Friday, June 27, 2008
See this? This is correct...the stop sign is facing forward and the controller is also motioning you to stop (okay, so he's yelling it but it has to do with today's story so please read on....)
On my way to pick up some supplies this morning before work and I come up to a construction site (not that I saw any construction, just two flagmen but that's not the point). The point is that as I approached my flagger had his "slow" sign to me so I slowed down. He waved his hand at me so I slowed down even more. He REAAAAAAALLY started waving his hand and I slowed down even more than the mosey the car was doing at the moment when finally he screamed "You need to F-ing STOP!"
Well I must say this caught me off guard and I stopped. Mind you he wasn't holding his hand up like I should stop but was making the motion the guy always does that says "move along, move along, nothing to see here" and his SLOW sign was staring me right in the face.
He stood there grumbling for a few moments, flashed me a couple of black looks, looked around PAST his sign before flipping it around to now read STOP. I waited. He finally looks at me again and yells "MOVE IT!" and angerly waves me through! Again, the sign facing me says STOP!
What a moron.
I should have pulled over and asked for his supervisor because that idiot is going to cause an accident. His buddy looked over and yelled something at him I couldn't catch after I was buzzing back down the road and I was too peeved to see if he was correcting his road sign.
Honestly, yelling at someone when YOU are in the wrong is hardly the way to rectify the situation. Given, he might not have noticed his sign was turned about but he did look past it a couple of times while I sat there waiting, you'd think SOMETHING would have registered.
Maybe he really was a moron, maybe his mind was elsewhere, maybe he was just in a bad mood but that doesn't fix the fact that I was treated like an idiot for doing what the sign said. As I said before, that situation is an accident in the making.
Sadly we have many mixed signals in life; some unintentional, some deliberate....most of them just as dangerous as that road worker today.