Date registered: Nov 2003
Vehicle: 1988 560SEL sold:
Location: Level 42
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...for Randy Cohen and other armchair ethicists.
This morning, I witnessed a fender-bender hit-and-run.
It took place in the indoor parking lot of Whole Foods Market(a typically yuppie upscale food market that caters to SUV-driving latte sipping cellphone yakking suburban trophy wives -- especially true at this particular store I go to every Saturday morning).
There was a brand new black Lexus GX470 parked at the handicapped space closest to the entrance, to which a dingy old Subaru backed into, creating quite a scuffmark on the bumper. The driver of the Subaru, a scruffy woman in her 60's, did seem to notice as she turned her head to assess the damage, but left the scene promptly. As she took off, I memorized the license plate. When I got to the Lexus, I realized that the Lexus had parked illegally as it had no handicap tag - a common occurrence in this part of the country as said suburbanites with overinflated sense of entitlement believe that they are above the law.
I was faced with a moral quandary: to leave a note with the licence plate info of the bumper scuff culprit for the Lexus driver, or not -- because the Lexus had parked illegally on the handicapped spot.
In the end, as I fetched the shopping cart and entered the store, I decided to leave a note. The reason being that there was a fender-bender hit-and-run, regardless of the fact that the Lexus was illegally parked, and since I am not in the position to punish the Lexus driver for illegal parking - a proper authority can take care of that part.
Once inside, I headed over to the customer service desk. When the time came to ask for a piece of paper and pen, alas I could not recall the license plate number.
Damn old age and declining short-term memory... but I was spared of having to make the uncomfortable decision.
what's your take on this?