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Fire Engine Frustrations

Inconsiderate people are everywhere. Not just at the lifts at the MTR. Is it Hong Kong’s stressful, time-lacking situations that make it so? It must be tough work being a customer service officer here. People want top service but are out to get the best deal and expect the first class infrastructure to help create that competitive environment. 

I watched this Fire engine wail past me at the Wan Chai / Johnston Road intersection, its fire fighters all suited up and sirens at maximum volume. I took a leisurely stroll (maybe 2km/hour) up Wan Chai Road towards the market to find it completely stuck before the Queens Road East intersection. How can a person carrying a baby, a backpack and an umbrella be walking faster than a fire engine?

How frustrated the firemen must be. Cars were double parked two vehicles deep on one side and a truck occupied the other side of the road. And the truck and goods people expected the fire engine to somehow squeeze its way through. The road was certainly not designed as a three laned highway. 

If a fire was burning down a house or a family was trapped in an elevator, this little traffic jam would be wasting valuable time. Do the drivers care? No. What if it’s their family? 

The truck finally moved off at the insistence of the fire engine. Those cars double parked should’ve moved off too. 

If only the traffic police would allow pedestrians to report obstructions and penalise them, that might force all these drivers to behave with more consideration. 

Pedestrians beware: Crazy Woman in Wanchai 

I was walking down Lockhart Road yesterday at 11am (not rush hour) looking for a shop to buy the Grohe shower accessory that broke. I was walking at an even pace without any erratic change of direction. I was looking out on both sides of the street to find the shop that I’d been referred to.

Suddenly I heard a jangling noise and a sharp pain in my calf just above my ankles. A metal push cart had caught me in step but the person pushing the cart didn’t stop and caught me in my other leg as well when I stepped forward. This was definitely intentional.

It was painful and it was a shock. The pavement is amply wide and it wasn’t crowded by any definition. 

So Why and Who did this?

I turned back to look expecting an apology of sorts, or just a tip of the head at the very least. But no…. what I got was a lady in a mask glaring at me as though I had just elbowed her or something. 

She gave me the glare and just wheeled on without a word. I was stunned and it took me a second or two to recover and chase after her. She may have some physical and mental disabilities but it doesn’t qualify her to go around ramming people with her delivery cart. 

Look out for her and avoid if possible. Unless you have my misfortune and she’s coming up behind you…