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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lunchtime Quickie: Who's The Bigger Asshole?

Posted by on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Who's worse: The woman still driving in the fast/passing lane, even though a truck has been tailgating her for almost three minutes... OR middle-finger-man?

Video doesn't get going until about the 1:00 minute mark:


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sperifera 1
Keep Right Except To Pass.
Posted by sperifera on March 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM · Report this
biffp 2
Press gas when the light turns green.

Don't stop in the middle of the road for jaywalkers.

Don't stop in the middle of the road for cars sitting at stop signs.

Do stop at pedestrian crosswalks if people are in them.

Do signal your turns.

Do not stop in the middle of the road to decide whether to turn left or right.

Posted by biffp on March 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 3

You're required by law to stop for jaywalkers.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Per Bernstein 4
Are we replaying Charles' post about the escalator?
Posted by Per Bernstein on March 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
@1: Yes, but if the exit you want to take is from the left lane, I will not break the speed limit for tailgaters.
For example: SB 5 to EB 520 in Seattle at the ship canal bridge.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 6
Insufficient data. We need to know if the driver was going over the speed limit. If she was, and by at least 5 mph, she's not being an asshole at all. If she's not speeding then she should be in the right lane. (And it appears that she isn't intending to turn left, for those of you debating that point.)

Truck man is the bigger asshole for sure.
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 7
I voted the truck guy as the bigger ass, but wonder if she may have posted a pretty daunting piece of self-incriminating evidence if authorities were interested in charging her with fleeing the scene of an accident.
Posted by mikethehammer on March 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Report this
she was just standing her ground.
Posted by nador on March 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
She is for sure, since in addition to driving in the left lane she is filming the whole thing instead of just concentrating on her driving.

Now, if the question had been 'who's the bigger idiot?', then the truck driver wins that hands down.
Posted by slugbiker on March 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM · Report this
rob! 10
Though I loathe people who think big trucks make them manly while forgetting that they handle very poorly even on dry pavement, speeding or not, it's mature driving to move right when someone behind wants to get by and you can do so safely. It's immature driving, always, to deliberately attempt to piss somebody off, and that goes for truck guy swerving back in front of the lady as much as the lady herself.

Also, duty to stop and render aid unless Florida's struck that off the books, fleeing the scene (ditto), what if the truck had overturned and/or careened through the median into oncoming traffic, etc., etc.
Posted by rob! on March 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Please for the love of everything good, keep right except to pass. There is zero reason to block another vehicle from going faster than you, it is not a race, you will not give up positions and a chance at the podium. There is no way to tell why someone needs to get past you, they could be late for work, have a medical/family emergency, or just really need to go to the bathroom.
Posted by kylecheez on March 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
rob! 12
According to her comments on the video, the cops thought he was the bigger asshole, because they used her footage to catch and charge him after he himself left the scene.
Posted by rob! on March 27, 2014 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Fnarf 13
I'm just really disappointed that they didn't both stop and start blazing away at each other with their guns.
Posted by Fnarf on March 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 14
There's no such thing as a "fast lane".
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
I almost voted for the woman... but that dude is one surefire fucking asshole for crashing on top of everything else!

I'm glad she got to laugh at him.
Posted by lkwhjre on March 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Doing 58 mph in the fast lane and acting indignant? She must be from Seattle.
Posted by Short or long grey hair? on March 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Blocking the left lane can be annoying.

But tailgating is dangerous.

Nothing excuses tailgating. Especially at night with blinding headlights. That shit is dangerous.
Posted by If you blind me with your headlights, I must slow! on March 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
It's not the "fast lane," it's the passing lane. If you're not passing, move the fuck over.
Posted by MRM on March 27, 2014 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Dougsf 19
All filmed in stunning VerticleScopeTM.

There are no winners here.
Posted by Dougsf on March 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
1) she flashes her speedometer on-camera, showing a steady 60 mph on a road that appears to be a run-of-the-mill arterial, not a 70mph freeway.
2) she's passing slow lane traffic during the encounter, so she has a legit reason to be in the passing lane
3) she stood her ground in true florida style
Posted by Lack Thereof on March 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 21
Trucker got what he needed, an education in how being an Ass has consequences.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM · Report this
JonnoN 22
Addendum to @2 with something I see more lately:

If you're turning left at a traffic circle, go around the right way. Do not get mad at the driver you almost head-on'ed because you're on the wrong side of the street.
Posted by JonnoN on March 27, 2014 at 2:32 PM · Report this
Fnarf 23
You could also point out that videoing yourself while driving is not the cleverest idea ever. I'm sure it's illegal, even in Florida. It would be really funny if the authorities tracked her down from her Youtube account and gave her a $500 ticket. The trucker numpty already got his reward.
Posted by Fnarf on March 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM · Report this
wisepunk 24
She was in the act of passing cars the entire time on that video, truck driver is the aggressive ass. Of course, we have no video of what led up to this. America's penis needs to be castrated.
Posted by wisepunk on March 27, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
stinky 25
I think "you" for posting this kind of crap.

Also, "me," for watching and then commenting on it.
Posted by stinky on March 27, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Why do people tacitly imply that it's okay to take video while driving?
Posted by xizar on March 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 27
At the very end of the video she has stopped, so we can't say she left the scene of the accident.
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 28
What @19 said.

If someone doesn't understand how to properly record a video, then I'm not going to waste my time on it.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM · Report this
I hate tailgaters. I rhetorically wish them a slow painful death.
Posted by anon1256 on March 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 30

The problem on a busy two lane highway is that while the left lane may be the "passing lane" it is also the lane to avoid having to deal with all the cars entering from the entrance ramps.

Many times people have no idea what the phrase "accelerate to highway speed" means, and they expect to enter the right lane without checking their mirror at all, at very low speed, and expect you to slow down for them! This is why I avoid the right lane, but also I do not like to speed more than say 5 mph over the limit, which means I do occasionally get tailgated by hotrodders.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM · Report this
While we don't know the very beginning part of the story, what we do see is the driver distracting herself from the road by videotaping (the shots are too tight and well-framed for her to have just been pointing the camera while keeping her eyes on the road), knowingly and deliberately driving in a way that she knows is pissing off and provoking the other driver, and cackling with glee after seeing him in an accident that might well have injured him or caused catastrophically expensive damage to his car (and which could have easily killed an innocent bystander if there had been oncoming traffic).

The truck driver appeared to be acting out of anger at a legitimately frustrating situation. The film maker, on the other hand, acted with cool and deliberate malice. That is what makes her the bigger asshole.

Posted by Bama Librul on March 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM · Report this
the video lady is a moron. she provokes truck guy and what if his dunb ass manuever sifeswiped into an oncoming car or minivan full of kids. yes, truck driver is an idiot but she is his equal.
Posted by Cassette tape fan on March 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM · Report this
Posted by spelling on March 27, 2014 at 7:35 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 34
To add to @3, in Washington state crosswalks span all intersections -- whether marked or unmarked -- and drivers must yield to pedestrians:

Legal pedestrian crosswalks exist at every intersection, including three way and odd angle intersections, whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. A marked crosswalk normally indicates a preferred pedestrian crossing point which is the safest place for a pedestrian to cross. Perhaps it is a location where lighting or visibility is best among a number of options, or where the potential for pedestrian-vehicle conflicts is lowest.

But everyone here knew that already, right?
Posted by Ipso Facto on March 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM · Report this
bracted pedicularis 35
The woman
• In the fast lane (not going fast)
• Who does not move right when she has the opportunity to do so
• Who speeds up when the truck guy tries to pass
• Who is filming the whole thing the bigger asshole if two gaping assholes.
Posted by bracted pedicularis on March 28, 2014 at 6:38 AM · Report this
persimmon 36
Everything points to this woman being a huge self-righteous dick. I've been tailgated plenty of times before, and I never once thought to pull out my phone to videotape it. And if you've ever been behind someone trying to drive while operating a cellphone, this causes them to drive erratically and unpredictably--which would not make me feel comfortable passing them on the right. This woman has multiple opportunities to get over and let him through. If he wanted to speed, let him speed. Not to mention the fact that she speeds up as he's starting to pass her. All around giant dick.

I'd go with the guy being a giant dick because he flips her off, but I'm from New York, where we communicate on the road almost entirely in middle-finger gestures.
Posted by persimmon on March 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM · Report this
I was all for the woman being the bigger asshole. Then the clown in the pickup truck thought it was so important to continue flipping her off, adjusting his speed to do so--instead of simply speeding past--and swerving in front of her so sharply that he wrecked his truck.
Posted by clashfan on March 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM · Report this
The cackling hag is an inbred cunt. She's so concerned with safety that she stops in the middle of the passing lane, blocking traffic, solely to cackle, gloat and shoot video.

She should remove herself from the gene pool.
Posted by joemomma on March 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Not only did this woman use the left lane for travel (instead of passing, which is WHAT IT IS ACTUALLY FOR), when the car behind her made it clear he wanted to pass, by tailgating, she didn't move to the right lane- she had her passenger START RECORDING A VIDEO. Then! When the guy got frustrated enough to pass on the right, SHE SPED UP to A) not let him pass and B) get more footage! And then laughs about it, in the middle of the road?

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

She caused this accident, realistically. Fuck that bitch.
Posted by twiggn on March 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM · Report this

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