DO YOU HATE VETERANS? AND OTHER MOTORIST ZINGERS
August 30, 2005
Back to questions
Would you like to pass on a
few suggestions for future editions of Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips?
For the "What To Do When Attacked"
section: When someone wants to physically come after me
on my bike, Ive yelled at them "Just to let you
know, it is not very smart to attack an off-duty police
The two times I have done this,
it stopped the people in their tracks. I should point out
that youre not saying you are an off-duty police officer
(I am not)youre simply stating that its
not smart to attack one. If they want to think you are the
law, so be it. For added theater, whip out a cell phone
(they think youre calling headquarters).
Heres one to use if someone
is behind you (e.g., at a red light) yelling, or beeping
their horn, for you to get off the road and onto the sidewalk
where you belong. Yell, "STOP TRYING TO SELL ME DRUGS!"
This works best in the summer (windows are down) with other
traffic around. On this one, I usually have a get-away plan
in mind too.
And for military veterans (which
I am), one more to use if someone is telling you to get
onto the sidewalk: Tell them "I am a military veteran,
gave X years of my life serving my country. I think I earned
my right to legally ride on the road." If you have
time, you can also throw in "Do you hate veterans?
If you do you must be one of those America-haters."
Many of these same people often are driving obscene gas-guzzlers
with "Support The Troops" stickers on them (they
just can't seem to equate a need for oil wars with their
driving habits), so the veteran issue can put them in a
Hope these items are of use.
What if I want to buy drugs?