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      How often do you spot a MORON

      I spot them very often...

      Saturday evening, place: vijaya bank layout, off bannerghatta rd, Bangalore. Went out with my wife and daughter to get some groceries. Whenever I park/stop my car, I always make it a point to park it so that it does not cause any public nuisance and no traffic jams to other commuters. Did the same on that day. (Had to walk a bit to find one such parking spot.)
      Happily finished the grocery shopping and was returning back to my car. I was about to get into my car and head back home. All of a sudden our hero(moron) came from nowhere with his maruthi 800 and stopped right in front of my car. There were plenty of vaccant slots where he can stop/park his car. He stopped his car in such a way that I cannot take my car out. He can very well stop his car a little back or move it a bit so that I can go. I showed him had gestures that I am moving out, but he was least bothered. Finally I had to step on the horn to awake his senses.

      Our hero, by the looks he looks very well educated

      I was telling my wife . Here is an living example of how education doesn't reform people. You need to have minimum common sense also.


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      These specimens on the road are too common...

      Where I work, we have common BMTC Buses for all companies and they head out in the evening at 3 schedules: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. And since these buses stop at all companies to pick up employees, there tends to be a big line of buses at those times.

      Precisely at these times, out comes all the morons specially in cars. Highly educated, highly paid in all cars and driving like real maniacs to pass these buses. Sitting on the horn continously behind the bus while he picks up the employees, flying down the wrong side of the road on the other side of the divider... etc etc..

      It happens everyday... What stops these idiots from starting 10 minutes earlier or later... They know the bus schedules... All Educated.. Having the attitude that the buses have no right to be there when they come out...
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      Anwar,

      You call the topic 'how often you spot a moron'. I think it should be like 'how many morons have you seen today?'. There seem to be so many of them.

      No point in holier than thou stance, as I definitely do some of those moronic things myself. But blocking someone who's parked takes slightly more IQ than what I have. My moronic avatar limits itself to overtaking from the left when I ask for the way and don't get it but see lanes clear on the left, psyching by honking those vulnerable and slow autos(rarely manage, since auto fellows have almost a dog-like ability to filter out the sounds they don't want to hear), bikers, Maruti 800s and Omnis out of the way(I admire Maruti gearbox that seemingly lets these dudes cruise at 25 kph in fourth gear - I've even peered down their cars to check the gear once or twice), blocking space between my car and the kerb/vehicle next to me by stopping slightly sideways at signals(too many scratches by helpless-looking bikers who are in such a terrible hurry to gain a few feet but are blessed with the sense of balance that a drunken fly would sneer at), etc., And like everyone else, I tend to think that I sort of earned it for whatever reason - it can be like 'Oh! not again, this time I will not succumb to mere good manners and get left behind' or best of all, 'I have exceeded the moron-sympathy quota for the day, so let me show what I can do'.

      It is a fact of life, to see morons on the streets - right from the Corolla guy who goes bang in the centre of a divided four-lane road straddling both lanes on Sony World to Koramangala bus-stand road, that too at a mind-boggling speed of 25 kph with the next car some 300 ft in front of him, or the genius lady who folds both her OSRVMs on i10 and gently wafts to the right side of the road 10 ft in front of you on Outer ring road while doing a cool 60kph, or the triumvirate of two-wheeler riders on Koramangala club road who are giving a non-Republic day demonstration of motorcycle parade while of course occupying the better part of an undivided road while cruising at a time-warp speed of 20 kph. And these are just some of the examples I noticed in the past 5 days while driving to work.

      I bet no other country in the world gives so much amusement in the mere routine activity of a daily commute!!

      Signs of spotting a moron:
      1. Guys, girls, aunties and uncles on cell phones -- single biggest reason why otherwise good drivers suddenly become mentally impaired.
      2. Drivers who hang their right hand out of the window and keep gesticulating - rolling the fingers, pointing and wagging a forefinger at an imaginary foe who they've taught a lesson, saying enough-enough with an upright palm, etc., These dudes typically are so engrossed in making a point to their passengers that the road and the traffic are unnecessary distractions for them.
      3. Closed OSRVMs. Period.
      4. Empty autos - give very stiff competition to the top slot.
      5. Young dudes with a girl behind them on a bike - they keep getting 'turbo' boost from the back which excites their hormones no end, and they make it much worse for the traffic behind --- for them, braking hard is as much fun as riding fast.
      6. Private mofussil buses - the sorts that ply to Anekal, Bommasandra, Attibele, Sarjapur, Siddlaghatta, Kolar, from Bangalore -- you know, the DVD sorts with 'Aisuvariya' written in 2 ft size fonts on the back. Basically the 30-40 km radius commuting buses(I've seen most long distance buses are sort of OK, may be because they avoid peak hours and have more costly buses to look after?). Empty autos and these are engaged in an epic battle for the top slot. I think those crazy Mangalore-Udupi-Karkala-Moodubidri-Manipal buses would be contenders too, but those guys are insanely fast.
      7. Tempo Travellers, call centre cabs, Swaraj Mazdas - they are the best physics students and have learnt Newton's first law like no one else - they never let go of their vehicles' momentum. Never. Ever.

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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post29200.html#p29200
      curious » Mon May 10, 2010 2:33 pm[/url]]
      You call the topic 'how often you spot a moron'. I think it should be like 'how many morons have you seen today?'. There seem to be so many of them.
      :text-+1:

      overtaking from the left when I ask for the way and don't get it but see lanes clear on the left
      Guilty as charged :roll:

      I bet no other country in the world gives so much amusement in the mere routine activity of a daily commute!!
      Yup! You don't need to visit a circus at all. Just get out on the roads and you are bound to be entertained non-stop.

      Signs of spotting a moron:
      Eeerrr, you seemed to have missed out on the Sony/Pio dhinkchak cars that can be heard from a light year away.

      they are the best physics students and have learnt Newton's first law like no one else - they never let go of their vehicles' momentum. Never. Ever.
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      I live near the city of Morons in Europe: London

      I try not to see the morons but sometimes have to go to the city.

      But at least they protect us from seeing the chieftain of the morons a certain Gordon Brown and an army of lower ranking chieftains.

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      The thread title should have been "How do you spot a NON MORON". This is because spotting a NON moron is very difficult. Morons are available plenty on all the roads anmd sometimes you get free also(take 1 and get 1 free--Ex. bike driver and his pillion or car driver and his navigator)
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      [quote=[url=http://gearheads.in/post29252.html#p29252]mclaren1885 » Mon May 10, 2010 4:58 pm[/url]]
      Quote Originally Posted by "[url=http://gearheads.in/post29200.html#p29200
      curious » Mon May 10, 2010 2:33 pm[/url]":e62ed37h]
      Signs of spotting a moron:
      Eeerrr, you seemed to have missed out on the Sony/Pio dhinkchak cars that can be heard from a light year away.
      [/quote:e62ed37h]

      Yesss! How could I miss them! They typically roll down the windows AND cruise at 30 kph stopping arbitrarily on rather empty roads as they want the neighborhood to take note of their presence. I see lots of such buffoons on roads such as Koramangala one-way road that links Sukh Sagar and Masjid (JNC road), Jayanagar 5th block road (9th main or 10th main) etc., Earlier (mid 90's), Brigade road used to be a favourite haunt of such exhibitionists. Nowadays I think the ambient noise there is too much ;-)

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      Saturday afternoon,

      Monday to Friday I use office transport to travel to workplace so I make it a point to take my Car and Bike out for small spin on weekends.
      Saturday afternoon I was on my way home after a brunch with some friends at Eternity Mall (Thane) instead of taking the highway I took the city road as I had to drop a friend on the way.

      So here's the plot I am behind Auto-Rickshaw driving in middle of the road after a while I flash lights and honked twice but as expected the guy didn't move at all though the road on his left was empty
      with no choice left honked again n again and finally the guy moved his Auto-Rickshaw to left making way for my car to pass I down shifted gear in order to pass by him quickly and got shock of my life... As soon as I floored my car to pass him the guy sitting in back seat (Passenger of Auto-Rickshaw) leaned his head out and my Accent's left mirror smashed on his face all I hear was slappp and then blood on left side windows :shock:

      I stopped my car and got down the Auto-Rickshaw driver was looking at passenger who was crying in pain holding his face with blood all over his face and hands and the second passenger came charging towards me and started abusing me, my shock recovered after hearing some nasty words from that fellows mouth and I told him to that It was not my mistake I was overtaking from right side and I did honked before overtaking.

      In matter of few min I was surrounded by crowd and I was so frustrated with this "moron" as why the heck did he lean out???

      As the traffic was created a Police officer from near by signal came and took my car and Auto-Rickshaw on side and cleared the traffic and started asking question by the time the guy had cleaned his face and mirror smack had left his right side swollen like hell, I narrated the whole story to traffic police and then came the second shock to me,

      When the Police asked the fellow why he lean out of moving Auto-Rickshaw his answer was "Saab paan kha raha tha toh pichkari marni thi" (He was chewing a Paan and wanted to spit) I went back to my car and checked it was not blood on windows it was Paan spit

      That movement I felt like really bashing his face off leaving him in blood... Police officer asked me for my license after checking the same he asked me to leave.

      After reaching home I told my mom about the whole incident and she asked me to go down and clean the car as she didn't wanted to see Paan spit on the car...

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      Another incident to show that a driver needs "Common Sense" rather than "Driving Sense"

      In a scene that seemed straight out of a Bollywood flick, a man drove his car for about 100 metres with a police constable hanging on to his window, minutes before a VIP convoy was to pass.

      On Sunday night, Constable Govindrai Bhagat was on bandobast duty near Kharadi chowk for the wedding ceremony of minister Vikhe-Patil's daughter nearby.

      The wireless indicated that Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who was in the city was about to pass and the police began clearing the road.

      That's when the police noticed a Wagon R parked in the middle of the road.

      Bhagat approached the man, identified as Kharadi resident Ravindra Baburao Shinde (39), sitting in the driver's seat and asked him to move his car towards the side of the road.

      "He started arguing and we could see the convoy approaching. My senior told me to take the car towards the police chowky. I took him towards the side of the road and asked for his license," said Bhagat.

      That's when the horror began for Bhagat. "The man pressed a button and the windows rolled up.

      Bhagat's hand was half in to collect the license and it got stuck. The man then started laughing and started his car," said Vaishali Mule, assistant traffic inspector from Yerawada division who was present there.

      "He dragged Bhagat in that position for nearly 100 metres. It was a horrid scene, we thought he might lose his hand. After about 100 metres, the man told Bhagat he would teach him a lesson and started swerving his car from side to side. There was a huge crater-type hole as the road work was going on. When he started swerving the car he was looking at me and that's why didn't notice the hole ahead," said Bhagat.

      "His car's front tyre got stuck in that and the car tilted to one side and he had to halt the car there," Mule added.

      Within seconds, Bhagat's colleague came rushing to the scene and freed his hand by rolling down the windows.

      Bhagat, who was in great pain, was rushed to nearby Rakshak hospital for treatment. He sustained injuries to his right hand but resumed duty the next day despite a swollen forearm.

      Shinde has been arrested by the Yerawada police and charged with rash driving and endangering lives of others, besides hurting a public servant.

      "Had Shinde given the licence he would have to pay a fine of Rs 100 maximum and get away with a parking ticket. Now he is in police lock-up," said Mule.

      Source : NDTV News
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