Actually-my EX carpool.
I had to discontinue my participation in a carpool yesterday when one of the riders got very angry about being asked to wear her seatbelt. This was after she had been informed of the DC "Click it or Ticket" law which says the driver can be fined $50 and given 2 points for any unbelted passenger.
I have witnessed and even participated in some absurd conversations, and this one was at the top of the list. It went something like this:
A-Can you please put on your seatbelt?
A-Please... just put your seatbelt on.
B-I have to follow YOUR rules now??? Ha!
A-Yes. While you are in my car. Please put your seatbelt on.
B-Why should I have to? You didn't ask me to do it before!!!
A-Well, as you know, I was recently in a car accident and after going through that experience and in speaking with people @ the insurance company....let's just say - I am a lot more educated about these things.
B-Yeah right. WHATEVER.
A- ((silent and not moving the car.))
B-I am going to do WHATEVER I want in my own car.
A-((Not moving the car)) The hostility is not necessary. All I am asking is that you put on your seatbelt.
B-((Puts the seatbelt on)) You know A....you need to find another way to work. You have too many rules.
(OK..so I previously asked her to stop filing her fingernails in my car. However, the seatbelt law is imposed by the gov't - not me-LOL!)
That morning, I was determined not to have to deal with this person ever again. Luckily, I was able to find a vanpool almost right away by using some contacts at work. I sent an email informing everyone that today would be my last day in the carpool and thanking them for allowing me to ride to and from The Building with them over the past few months.
I did not have to take these folks home because I was yelled at and rudely told to "find another way to get to work" but I did not leave them stranded becasue I am always classy, never assy...Check this out: On the ride back B DID NOT put her seatbelt on. I am thinking this was done purposely to incite another confrontation, but I did not bite. I simply dropped her off @ her car and drove away.
This morning I found out that I am the FIFTH person in the past year and a half that has abruptly left that carpool.
Whew! Now I feel better...Thanks for reading this!