Volume 96, Issue 95
Friday, March 28, 2003

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Classless drivers

To the Editor:

Last Friday night my friend and I were driving downtown to attend [the Western] law school's annual formal. My friend's car died right in front of the university gates on Richmond Street. We called a friend to give us a boost, but were forced to wait 45 minutes on the road as she bought jumper cables and came to get us. As the minutes passed, I watched incredulously as what must have been over a hundred cars passed us by without a second glance or any offer of help.

The complete lack of compassion from our fellow drivers intensified when a man stopped behind our car, stalked over and yanked open the driver's side door, without even knocking, and asked us rudely: "Can't you move?" When I explained we didn't have any power in the car whatsoever, he slammed the door shut, went back to his car and drove off.

Finally, a group of young people stopped and gave us assistance. Two young men stepped out of a car and, along with a taxi driver, pushed our car into the university grounds.

To those people who drove on by, and to that horrid man in particular, I am disgusted. I hope that one day you are all stranded in the middle of the road and that you get to watch the utter indifference and insensitivity of humankind as they honk angrily and drive right by. Perhaps then you'll think twice before refusing to summon any sort of common decency to aid those in need.

But to those young people and that taxi driver, who stopped that night in the rain to assist two complete strangers, my friend and I give you many thanks. You are good, kind people. I only wish there were more of you in this world.

Clarissa Rocco
Law I

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