“World’s Worst Driver Alert”

Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

“Dear PoPville,

OH MY GOSH. Did anyone else witness the world’s biggest asshole driving down 14th last night/this morning?? [going south past Taylor and Shepherd]

I was awoken by persistent honking around 3:00am. Living on 14th Street I’m used to being woken up by car alarms, sirens, and even the occasional drunk person yelling, however last night was probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve witnessed since I moved to the city. A pick up truck with Maryland plates and what looked like construction equipment in the bed of the truck was driving at a snail’s pace (probably > 5 MPH) and deliberately preventing anyone from passing him. The driver was swerving into oncoming traffic so people couldn’t go around him, and when drivers behind him would honk, he so kindly responded by holding down his horn as if it were all just a fun game. He also came to a complete stop a few times, as if to let people go around him, but when cars would try, he would swerve in front of them again.

To make matters worse, while cars were lining up behind him, I saw him leaning out his window to talk to a group of people who were walking up 14th (not sure if he was harassing them, or if they also thought it was a hilarious game to play at 3:00 in the morning). All of this continued for as long as I could see him from my window, and I could still hear the honking for a few minutes after.

In no way do I blame the drivers who were honking at him; I definitely would have done the same thing. It’s the fact that even at 3 in the morning 14th is a busy street, and yet someone would still act so recklessly just because they think it’s funny. It’s astonishing.

I realize there’s not much we can do at this point, but I’m just curious if anyone else saw this all go down?”

21 Comment

  • I stopped reading at “Maryland plates”. Enough said.

    Now I’m going to go back and read the rest. 🙂

  • someone should call the police next time they spot him…he is being reckless and could potentially cause an accident

  • PoP, is the photo choice meant to express the feeling that this driver should be struck by lightning? 😉

  • justinbc

    Either someone was really drunk, or really hates gentrification.

  • You sure you didn’t over indulge on SundayFunday, and was actually dreaming that this happened? lol

  • “In no way do I blame the drivers who were honking at him; I definitely would have done the same thing.”

    … and what would that have accomplished? The antagonist here was clearly being an asshole, but a bunch of people laying on their horns does nothing to remedy the situation. It’s not as if the driver was unaware he was being a jerk and a few well-placed horn honks would alert him to the fact. In all likelihood, people blasting horns may have made the situation worse, as it provided positive feedback that the driver was successfully trolling everyone in the area (not to mention the added noise pollution – unwelcome at 3 AM or any other time).

    • Most uses of car horns are expressions of frustration rather than legitimate attempts to communicate important information.

      • Alas, this is true.

      • I am one of the world’s worst drivers, and one of things that aggravates the situation is people honking (this is also very bad for me when I’m riding my bike). The noise startles me and will probably get me to act worse. I know I’m not a good driver and I try to avoid it as much as possible, but I am a pretty decent cyclists and drivers are just assholes with their horn. The only honking that should be allowed is a slight toot to remind the driver in front of you that the light has turned green. I don’t see any other point for the horn other than to be an asshole.

        • justinbc

          LOL, I suggest you never visit Casablanca or Beijing or almost any city in India.

        • What if someone drifts into your lane and is about to hit you? Or, decides to turn left directly in front of you from the right lane thereby almost causing you to smash into them. Yeah that happened last Saturday. It was an MD driver.

    • Or could have got the attention of a nearby police officer or someone not operating a car to call 911.

  • Glad I’m not the only one who heard this!!! I live on Randolph – close enough to 14th that I could hear everything, but I couldn’t see the driver. But my dogs were going crazy at all the honking. It was insane. It would be a Maryland driver!!!

  • I think I’ve been behind this guy before. Definitely sounds like something I’ve experienced before.

  • Do none of you people ever bother to just call the police? Lots and lots of complaints “what do I do?” Call the damn police, its what you pay DC taxes for.

  • There is something to be said about DC prior to gentrification. Back then they would just throw beer bottles or bricks at that guys truck from their apt windows.

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