Photos and video by MJ Klein
This morning, my wife and I were on the way to the highway exit when we stopped to get a few things at the local 7-11. I was driving, and I parked (our new) car on the side of the road in a legal space and turned on the flashers. My wife went to the store and I stayed in the car with Phoenix. After my wife returned, Phoenix wanted a bottle so Hui-chen began preparing the bottle when a bus struck our left mirror, virtually shearing it off.
This is the bus, after I honked my horn to induce him to pull over. The driver turned out to be unpleasurable to deal with.
This is the driver, apparently trying to look tough. He really got upset with us about his hitting us. He complained that we were too close to the intersection and that’s why he hit us. If you look at the previous photo, you will see a red line going around the corner to the right. That is the intersection’s no parking zone, and you can clearly see that we are quite far behind that line. No, we’re not too close to the intersection. He got more and more angry, and made threatening gestures to us, often shouting like a madman. Several times he said he was going to take off and my wife told him to go ahead, since we already photographed he and the bus, and have called the police. Naturally, he chickened out and stayed until the police came.
He did one thing that neither Hui-chen or I can figure out. Both of us got out of the car after he hit us. He accused us of switching seats. Later when the police arrived, he implied that I probably don’t have a driver’s license. But I had been sitting in the front seat for most of the time while waiting for the police to arrive. When the police officer asked me for my driver’s license right in front of the bus driver, I pulled out my brand-new 6 year license and handed it to him.
The debris on the road from the accident. Notice the glass element in the lower left (more on this later).
The reverse angle.
The stump of the mirror. Notice the green strip antenna for the radio. The mirrors are electric, and have heating elements, so this isn’t going to be cheap.
I had to drive the car to the repair shop, so I whipped up this makeshift mirror by taping a bicycle mirror on the stump. It worked well enough for me to drive safely to the shop.
The following is a video clip taken from our dash camera. The bus driver was in the bus, apparently making himself more and more angry, and he decided to come out and give us a dose of verbal abuse, in conjunction with some violence. At the end of the clip, he picks up the glass element from the mirror and throws it down on the sidewalk in anger. This guy is a real class act.
It’s time for some good old fashioned internet humiliation, so please share this around.