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post #1 of 11 Old May 17th, 2010, 6:31 am Thread Starter
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So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

...and I come up on a guy riding what looks to be a clapped out early '90's Kawi LTD or something. Now it's pitch dark out and he's tail light what-so-ever, so I follow the guy (construction worker...t-shirt, half helmet) into his parking area...

me: Hey bro, your tail light is out.

cwg: Really? Ok.

me: Brake light works, just no tail light.

cwg: Cool man, thanks a lot. I'll check it out.

me: Wouldn't want one of these zombies to run you over, you know.

cwg: Well actually, I don't have a tail light....just a brake.

me: (I got nothing at this point)

cwg: Thanks for letting me know though.



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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

Here is a related question for the group:

If you notice a car with two out of three tail lights burned out (only one remaining), would you try to get their attention to let them know?

My family (wife and children) are very embarrassed when I do it, and give me a lot of hassle when I try. Their points are that it scares people, especially women driving alone, who are not expecting you to pull alongside and get their attention. They say it raises the risk that someone may overreact. They also argue that many modern cars notify drivers when a tail light is burned out, and the drivers are probably already aware.

My explanation: A long time ago I was camping with family and faced a long drive home at night. Just before heading home, for no reason in particular, I asked them to check out my tail lights. We discovered that none of them were operational. I replaced the bulbs right away, but decided it would be a courtesy to warn people if they were one bulb away from a similar fate.

I think people appreciate the courtesy, but my wife and children hate it.

What do you think?
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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

I always try to be courteous about it and let them know......problem I have is, I stand about a head and a half above most folks and have a voice that tends to carry pretty well........I don't like to be the imposition or anything...........if it works out and I don't scare the crap out of anyone, I go for it............$ .02
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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

I always try to let people know about things I think they could have easily missed..brake light out, etc. The best one ever... I spotted a guy driving down a 45 mph road with dinner on the roof over his drivers door. Got his attention and started the conversation with, "do NOT hit your brakes". After I got the stupid look to let me know he was sufficiently confused I asked, "Where is your casserole?"

The look on the guys face was priceless, topped only by the look on his wife's.

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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

Yes, I try to let folks know that they have lights out. Usually has to be two or more of their lights. I have even followed cars (short distance) to let them know. As of yet No one has mentioned or appeared to be uneasy about it and usually thanked me for it. One gal even said that she had just left the dealer and they told her they had fixed them.

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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

I got stuck for a while behind one of those box vans, We were headed for the same long off ramp and there wasn't enough distance left to get around him. I was in the car at the time. No brake lights, couldn't see around it to guess when he was going to slow down. Got next to him at the light and caught his attention for him to roll the window down. Told him about the brake lights and he said. "Oh yea, they kept blowing fuses so I just unhooked 'em".

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I got stuck for a while behind one of those box vans, We were headed for the same long off ramp and there wasn't enough distance left to get around him. I was in the car at the time. No brake lights, couldn't see around it to guess when he was going to slow down. Got next to him at the light and caught his attention for him to roll the window down. Told him about the brake lights and he said. "Oh yea, they kept blowing fuses so I just unhooked 'em".
That guy must have a few brothers that live in Texas. I think I have seen them.

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Question Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

A few years ago there was a story going around that gang bangers would target fokes who pointed out something not right with the banger's car. That is the method they used to choose their victims.

Not sure if there was any truth to the story, but my wife gets very upset if I attempt to point something out to another car.

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A few years ago there was a story going around that gang bangers would target fokes who pointed out something not right with the banger's car. That is the method they used to choose their victims.

Not sure if there was any truth to the story, but my wife gets very upset if I attempt to point something out to another car.

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If it makes you feel any better, it would fall under the "urban legend" category.

The story went something like this: the "Eagle-Scouts" would drive around with their headlights off. Whoever warned them by flashing their hi-beams would be followed and shot. Silly, to say the least.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Re: So I'm cruising on in to work this morning...

I would make no special effort to tell them unless you both happen to pull into the same gas station. Not worth it. I'm always amazed when I'm on a PGR mission and see the absolute stupidity of cagers EVEN when there are cars of uniformed of officers with lights blazing and funeral line a mile long.

Now, I will stop at a business when their flag is supposed to be at half staff and it's not. That's always interesting .......... and trust me, I'm more than polite when I tell them.
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