One single thing that makes you think "knob" Vol 4

One single thing that makes you think "knob" Vol 4

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nonsequitur

13,143 posts

71 months

Monday 29th June
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Liquid Knight said:
Chance encounter the other day. An idiot in a Corsa driving on the wrong side of the road. I had to stop to avoid him/her/it and he/she/whatever looked me gormlessly, noticed the camera, mouthed words I couldn't quite lip read as he/she/it was already past. I carried on as normal to work. About five minutes later there was a knock at the office door. It was the twunt from the Corsa demanding the video from my camera be deleted "of else". I pointed to the CCTV camera over my shoulder and asked "or else what?"

He/she/it made some Barbary Ape noises and left.

I hadn't given it a second thought and hadn't saved the clip but I have had to now in case anything happens to my car or I as proof of premeditaion. I've also had to let my employers know in case anything happens on site. rolleyes

On all UK roads. Unless you are overtaking or passing an obstruction, KEEP LEFT.
How did he/she/it, track you down.?

Monkeylegend

18,764 posts

186 months

Monday 29th June
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nonsequitur said:
Liquid Knight said:
Chance encounter the other day. An idiot in a Corsa driving on the wrong side of the road. I had to stop to avoid him/her/it and he/she/whatever looked me gormlessly, noticed the camera, mouthed words I couldn't quite lip read as he/she/it was already past. I carried on as normal to work. About five minutes later there was a knock at the office door. It was the twunt from the Corsa demanding the video from my camera be deleted "of else". I pointed to the CCTV camera over my shoulder and asked "or else what?"

He/she/it made some Barbary Ape noises and left.

I hadn't given it a second thought and hadn't saved the clip but I have had to now in case anything happens to my car or I as proof of premeditaion. I've also had to let my employers know in case anything happens on site. rolleyes

On all UK roads. Unless you are overtaking or passing an obstruction, KEEP LEFT.
How did he/she/it, track you down.?
And the fact they did should avoid you labelling them as other than what they are. That is a bit knobbish smile

Mind you it would be a tad embarrassing if it was a female hehe

Magnum 475

1,400 posts

87 months

Monday 29th June
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Monkeylegend said:
nonsequitur said:
Liquid Knight said:
Chance encounter the other day. An idiot in a Corsa driving on the wrong side of the road. I had to stop to avoid him/her/it and he/she/whatever looked me gormlessly, noticed the camera, mouthed words I couldn't quite lip read as he/she/it was already past. I carried on as normal to work. About five minutes later there was a knock at the office door. It was the twunt from the Corsa demanding the video from my camera be deleted "of else". I pointed to the CCTV camera over my shoulder and asked "or else what?"

He/she/it made some Barbary Ape noises and left.

I hadn't given it a second thought and hadn't saved the clip but I have had to now in case anything happens to my car or I as proof of premeditaion. I've also had to let my employers know in case anything happens on site. rolleyes

On all UK roads. Unless you are overtaking or passing an obstruction, KEEP LEFT.
How did he/she/it, track you down.?
And the fact they did should avoid you labelling them as other than what they are. That is a bit knobbish smile

Mind you it would be a tad embarrassing if it was a female hehe
After any incident like this, check your rear view mirror. You'll notice if they're following you and planning to cause trouble. As we don't live in the USA, shooting them isn't an option. You can however head towards the nearest police station....



Ares

9,598 posts

75 months

Monday 29th June
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Magnum 475 said:
After any incident like this, check your rear view mirror. You'll notice if they're following you and planning to cause trouble. As we don't live in the USA, shooting them isn't an option. You can however head towards the nearest police station....
...only find it closed/unmanned and leaving you in a deserted car park..?? wink

Liquid Knight

15,605 posts

138 months

Monday 29th June
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nonsequitur said:
How did he/she/it, track you down.?
The "He/She/It" question. They own/drive(almost) a Corsa so fk knows.

It's not a very big industrial estate, I have quite a rare car and it was Saturday morning so hardly anyone else about.

Word back from my employers. They have reviewed the CCTV, reported it to the Police and given me an incident number to use if anything happens.


I don't think I have ever pointed at a camera and shouted "CAMERA!" my voice isn't nasal enough for that. I had both hands on my steering wheel ready to operate the horn. hehe

Solocle

1,443 posts

39 months

Monday 29th June
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nonsequitur said:
Solocle said:
Apparently Wiltshire Police aren't accepting footage... furious
The long arm of the law.
An update.
Just got a call from them...

Although their traffic department is too inundated to deal with footage-only prosecutions, I was able to identify the chap behind the offending vehicle (who overtook beautifully, but was a independent tradesman with his name and contact details on his van!)

As such, he corroborated my account of events, and some form of prosecution for careless driving is being persued. thumbup

Frank7

5,434 posts

42 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Just heard on the BBC news that the leader of the union that represents London’s minicab drivers, (maybe Unite, but I don’t know), says that the decision by Sadiq Khan to make his members pay the Congestion Charge, but still exempt Black Cab drivers, is bordering on discrimination, (presumably racial), as 94% of London’s minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
This makes their union leader a knob IMO, it sounds like he’s jumping on a BLM type bandwagon.

markyb_lcy

3,697 posts

17 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Frank7 said:
Just heard on the BBC news that the leader of the union that represents London’s minicab drivers, (maybe Unite, but I don’t know), says that the decision by Sadiq Khan to make his members pay the Congestion Charge, but still exempt Black Cab drivers, is bordering on discrimination, (presumably racial), as 94% of London’s minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
This makes their union leader a knob IMO, it sounds like he’s jumping on a BLM type bandwagon.
(Race aside) Do you think it’s fair to hit minicab drivers but not the (massively overpriced) black cab drivers?

S1KRR

12,301 posts

167 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Liquid Knight said:
Chance encounter the other day. An idiot in a Corsa driving on the wrong side of the road. I had to stop to avoid him/her/it and he/she/whatever looked me gormlessly, noticed the camera, mouthed words I couldn't quite lip read as he/she/it was already past. I carried on as normal to work. About five minutes later there was a knock at the office door. It was the twunt from the Corsa demanding the video from my camera be deleted "of else". I pointed to the CCTV camera over my shoulder and asked "or else what?"

He/she/it made some Barbary Ape noises and left.

I hadn't given it a second thought and hadn't saved the clip but I have had to now in case anything happens to my car or I as proof of premeditaion. I've also had to let my employers know in case anything happens on site. rolleyes

On all UK roads. Unless you are overtaking or passing an obstruction, KEEP LEFT.
Something similar years ago. Was driving down a road. I had priority. And a car pulled out from my left to go towards me, but did such a st job of it they ended up on my side of the road! Gave the woman driving a "what the fk hands up" gesture. Stopped. She glared at me and drove back to the right side of the road. I thought no more about it.

I lived round the corner. So carried on. As I was getting out of my car some utter in a RAC uniform appears in my garden. With hindsight, he must have been behind her at the junction and had then followed me.

"you upset my wife"
"err what?"
"at that junction, you called her a wker" (odd choice of insult to a woman, but there you go)
"err no, she was on the wrong side of the road"

At this point poor innocent wifey appears behind her sack of st partner

"You need to apologise to her"
"You do know what a give way road marking means?"
"I don't give a fk, you need to apologise to her!" (he's starting to simmer and fists are now clenched)

I'm thinking what's the point. rolleyes

"Oh, OK then I'm sorry she was upset"

"Good! Now fk you, you "
And off he stomps.

Did watch him to the end of the road, then legged it up and got the reg of the RAC van and a partial of her Nissan Micra. Contemplated reporting it to the RAC, but knew this was the kind of dhead would have come back and damaged my car. Plus there was no proof of anything. Long before dashcams were a thing

I sincerely hope he was killed in some horrible way biggrin

I will NEVER EVER spend ANY of my money with the RAC, forever. It won't harm them, but its my stand against any company that happily employs fktards.

carreauchompeur

15,999 posts

159 months

Tuesday 30th June
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True joy is being brake tested in an unmarked police vehicle wink

djc206

6,551 posts

80 months

Tuesday 30th June
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carreauchompeur said:
True joy is being brake tested in an unmarked police vehicle wink
What do they get charged with? Dangerous driving?

Frank7

5,434 posts

42 months

Tuesday 30th June
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markyb_lcy said:
Frank7 said:
Just heard on the BBC news that the leader of the union that represents London’s minicab drivers, (maybe Unite, but I don’t know), says that the decision by Sadiq Khan to make his members pay the Congestion Charge, but still exempt Black Cab drivers, is bordering on discrimination, (presumably racial), as 94% of London’s minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
This makes their union leader a knob IMO, it sounds like he’s jumping on a BLM type bandwagon.
(Race aside) Do you think it’s fair to hit minicab drivers but not the (massively overpriced) black cab drivers?
First of all, if you think that they are massively overpriced, (remember, TFL set their fares, not them), don’t use them, use a minicab, bus, or a rickshaw, it’s your call.
Second of all, minicabs are used by their drivers as the family car as well as a tool to earn a living, so should TFL work out a scheme where they’re exempt with a genuine passenger on board, but not when they’re taking the kids to school, or picking a relative up from the station?
Black Cab drivers may take their kids to school too, but 99% of the time they are carrying a fare or looking for one.
Sure, I drove a Black Cab for thirty years, I’m bound to lean their way, but I still think that it’s total BS to claim racial discrimination because most minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
In 2018 there were 114,000 licenced minicab drivers, including 45,000 Uber drivers, there are maybe 21,000 licenced Black Cabs, so I’d guess that the 114,000 are taking up most of the road space, why not charge them the CC, and leave the iconic Black Cabs, first licenced by Oliver Cromwell in 1654 alone?

donkmeister

2,472 posts

55 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Hol said:
I can confess to tracking down and knocking on the door of someone who upset my wife once.

In her case, he objected to her safely entering a roundabout before him and showed his lack of manhood by forcing her car off the road and banging on the windows in the process scaring one of my pre teen sons and his two school friends in the back seat.
Sometimes it has to be done. My act of White Knighthood took place in a popular mouse-themed amusement park in Florida... a thankfully unusual but unpleasant experience involving a cast member plunging a real, actual knife into someone not six feet away from us led to Mrs D and me being sat down in an office in an admin building, and the park rep (who had been fully-appraised of events) mocked Mrs D for being overly-sensitive (to a stabbing), which pushed her usually stoic self over the edge and she burst into tears. I looked over at her tearful face and was suddenly filled with an incandescent rage that someone had hurt my girl... I experienced that sort of out-of-body feeling where I wasn't in control and honestly thought I was going to thump him but oddly my reptilian hindbrain elected to give him the tongue lashing of a lifetime. I don't recall what I said, but after I finished telling him off he turned and apologised to her.

Also he gave us free fast passes for the rest of our stay. Win.

markyb_lcy

3,697 posts

17 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Frank7 said:
markyb_lcy said:
Frank7 said:
Just heard on the BBC news that the leader of the union that represents London’s minicab drivers, (maybe Unite, but I don’t know), says that the decision by Sadiq Khan to make his members pay the Congestion Charge, but still exempt Black Cab drivers, is bordering on discrimination, (presumably racial), as 94% of London’s minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
This makes their union leader a knob IMO, it sounds like he’s jumping on a BLM type bandwagon.
(Race aside) Do you think it’s fair to hit minicab drivers but not the (massively overpriced) black cab drivers?
First of all, if you think that they are massively overpriced, (remember, TFL set their fares, not them), don’t use them, use a minicab, bus, or a rickshaw, it’s your call.
Second of all, minicabs are used by their drivers as the family car as well as a tool to earn a living, so should TFL work out a scheme where they’re exempt with a genuine passenger on board, but not when they’re taking the kids to school, or picking a relative up from the station?
Black Cab drivers may take their kids to school too, but 99% of the time they are carrying a fare or looking for one.
Sure, I drove a Black Cab for thirty years, I’m bound to lean their way, but I still think that it’s total BS to claim racial discrimination because most minicab drivers are of an ethic minority.
In 2018 there were 114,000 licenced minicab drivers, including 45,000 Uber drivers, there are maybe 21,000 licenced Black Cabs, so I’d guess that the 114,000 are taking up most of the road space, why not charge them the CC, and leave the iconic Black Cabs, first licenced by Oliver Cromwell in 1654 alone?
I do think black cabs are overpriced and I'm highly aware of my right to use or not use them based on this. As it happens I don't take cabs often in London but when I do it's usually an Uber because I prefer to order one to my destination rather than wave my arms around in the street like a Team America extra smile

So your argument is because black cabs are "iconic" and are in the minority vs other types of taxi, that they should be immune from the CC?

Personally I think it would be more "fair" to either charge all or charge none.

S1KRR

12,301 posts

167 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Problem for Mayor Khan is that his crooked and corrupt ways have helped the crooked and corrupt LTDA set the rules.

I hope Khan loses this. Yes the "racist" angle isn't clever.

But if it crushes the LTDAs spirits I'll bathe in it! biggrin

nonsequitur

13,143 posts

71 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Me, yesterday.

I actually thought that the Audi driver behind would not tailgate me in a 40 mph stretch within an NSL road, and that he wouldn't OT me on a blind bend when the 40 ended and the NSL continued.

Wrong on all counts. (an extra U in there).

Edited by nonsequitur on Tuesday 30th June 17:20

donkmeister

2,472 posts

55 months

Tuesday 30th June
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markyb_lcy said:
I do think black cabs are overpriced and I'm highly aware of my right to use or not use them based on this. As it happens I don't take cabs often in London but when I do it's usually an Uber because I prefer to order one to my destination rather than wave my arms around in the street like a Team America extra smile

So your argument is because black cabs are "iconic" and are in the minority vs other types of taxi, that they should be immune from the CC?

Personally I think it would be more "fair" to either charge all or charge none.
I find it difficult to make a logical argument on this one but think only black cabs should get the exemption... I also think A****** L** should f&£# off and stop using bus lanes...

Emotionally, I feel that a cabbie has invested a lot of time and effort in training to do the job, and whilst internet-connected satnav systems are so good these days the cabbie will still have routes he can take that Google won't have thought of where he will avoid a particular snarl-up. They have invested in a career, they're an iconic part of London, they deserve a leg-up.
Uber drivers... I've used exactly one Uber in my life and it was perfectly fine, but riding in the back of a Prius watching someone follow their phone screen is hardly how you should experience the greatest city in the world.

Before satnav was ubiquitous any late night minicab journey always started with that discussion to find a place you both knew that was near enough to your home to act as a vague target "Do you know George Street? Marylebone? No? Marble Arch? Yes? Ok, drop me around there and I'll walk". And the car smelt of sick.
Once you actually found a black cab, and assuming there wasn't a pretty girl flagging down the taxi you'd spotted first, and assuming you weren't heading in the opposite direction to the cabbie's house, you just told him where you wanted to be and hey presto that's where you ended up.

Frank7

5,434 posts

42 months

Tuesday 30th June
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markyb_lcy said:
I do think black cabs are overpriced and I'm highly aware of my right to use or not use them based on this. As it happens I don't take cabs often in London but when I do it's usually an Uber because I prefer to order one to my destination rather than wave my arms around in the street like a Team America extra smile

So your argument is because black cabs are "iconic" and are in the minority vs other types of taxi, that they should be immune from the CC?
In a way, yes, but not because they’re iconic, but because they’ve always been the real deal, an emblem of London if you will.
The other mob are really for the most part a bunch of chancers, and they don’t drive taxis, at least not in London, maybe in their dreams, let ‘em pay for the privilege of being allowed to take that chance.

biggbn

5,035 posts

175 months

Tuesday 30th June
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Frank7 said:
markyb_lcy said:
I do think black cabs are overpriced and I'm highly aware of my right to use or not use them based on this. As it happens I don't take cabs often in London but when I do it's usually an Uber because I prefer to order one to my destination rather than wave my arms around in the street like a Team America extra smile

So your argument is because black cabs are "iconic" and are in the minority vs other types of taxi, that they should be immune from the CC?
In a way, yes, but not because they’re iconic, but because they’ve always been the real deal, an emblem of London if you will.
The other mob are really for the most part a bunch of chancers, and they don’t drive taxis, at least not in London, maybe in their dreams, let ‘em pay for the privilege of being allowed to take that chance.
Make them all pay. Fairest way. What's so special about a taxi that is is exempt, they must be huge polluters in any city centre. Muppets round my way sit in ranks with engines idling for as long as it takes to get a fare cos its a wee bit cold. Streets with ranks stink

Blown2CV

23,720 posts

158 months

Tuesday 30th June
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i do appreciate all the effort that london black cab drivers go to to get certified, but i guess even with a total novice of a driver the current guidance apps are often just good enough to get me from A to B in an Uber. I am not saying they have encoded all the knowledge, because sometimes the knowledgeable cabbie does know a back route that for some reason other drivers do not... but it's rare. Usually when it's busy, it's busy, and that's it. So when it comes down to it would I rather sit in a comfy car, not have to handle cash etc, or sit in what amounts to a rattly van thing (london cabs are not comfy) and pay twice the amount. Tough one.