It’s interesting that I would see this story today, because I came across a similar situation yesterday downtown, and I got (what you might call) a twisted pleasure from how it unfolded.
I was southbound on Garry St. approaching Portage with the green light. I came around the corner at whatever speed I was going, and as I came around, about 30 – 40 feet west of the crosswalk was a guy – jaywalking – crossing Portage.
Young guy- 20-ish – again, crossing Portage nowhere near the crosswalk…and completely engrossed in his phone, buds in, and messing with it…texting or something.
Had it been you or I – or anyone with situational awareness – we would have seen the car (me) come around the corner and moved get going across the street. Not this guy, his attention, while crossing a 4-lane artery illegally, was only in his phone, so he continued to stroll.
I’ve got the brake covered, but noticing that he was paying zero attention as he was dangerously crossing the street, I leaned on the horn for a good second. He literally jumped..as in, almost came off the ground…and he was all of a sudden nothing but a mass of lanky limbs scittering across the road to safety. He never looked at me, because it was quite obvious that he felt stupid for being so oblivious.
My reaction…I felt a strong sense of victory in a message well-delivered, and a very comical-looking result.
Was I wrong?
The story with the woman walking down the freeway paying attention only to her phone is HERE.