We all love the rain. It’s good for the ground, and we need it.
It’s not so good for hanging out the washing, and it’s certainly not so good when inconsiderate drivers park illegally on the pavement forcing pedestrians into the road.
The convo started off politely. As Partner plus dog were forced into the narrow road.
‘Hello,’ he said. “Could you possibly find somewhere better to park?’ ie not on the bloody pavement, when there is a car park less than five minutes walk away.
Needless to state, a vehicle came round the corner and soaked both Partner and dog while they had detoured into the road around the people carrier.
‘Lo siento,’ called the driver.
He wasn’t even going fast.
‘No pasa nada,’ said Partner. Not strictly true but not the driver’s fault.
Meanwhile, two kids came around the corner waving at mama sitting in the
idle fat kids people carrier.
Ah, of course.
That says it all doesn’t it? The sodding school run again. It’s not as though Gib is exactly unsafe, apart from when drivers disregard pedestrians.
They were old enough to make their own way home, or even to the nearby carpark.
This woman was illegally parked on the pavement and totally blocking pedestrian access.
Mr Polite, with totally drenched overalls, totally soaked dog, suddenly disappeared.
‘If you got your fat idle arse out of the car and walked with your kids, you might be a bit better off.’ [And the rest of us wouldn’t be walking in the road soaking wet either thanks to your lack of respect]
Just to be clear, kids run around in the middle of the night in Gibraltar. Collecting your kids at 3pm is not a safety issue. Plenty of kids do walk during the day, the night, and get on the bus.
And, when it rains, it’s so important to get in your vehicle rather than walk with a brolly or get the bus, so Gib gets even more impatient drivers on the road.
This is the second most densely populated place in Europe and the fifth in the world. We are slightly more than two square miles with 30,000 people. The rain brings out the worst in Gib drivers. Mostly, where there are pavements, drivers merrily speed on by drenching everyone.
Honestly, parking on the pavement is a) illegal and b) dangerous when it forces people into the road. Not a single person could have got past, let alone someone with a walking frame or a wheelchair. Rain just makes it worse.
Seriously, how inconsiderate is that?