• Nov 2, 2007
So, this guy in Australia is all offended because he was mocked in a manner promoted by an anti-hoonage advertising campaign. He was so offended, in fact, that he hurled a water bottle at a woman's car and promptly got himself charged with malicious damage. Since nothing can ever be anyone's fault, the Sydney man is blaming his behavior on the Roads and Traffic Authority's anti-speeding campaign in Australia that diminishes any macho cachet surrounding risky traffic moves by showing wagging pinky fingers, implying the behavior is compensation for, well, you know.

Simon Jardak received an AUS$400 fine, but contends that the wiggling pinky gesture his victim made was akin to sexual assault, and enraged him far more than her flashing her headlights and using other common rude gestures. Whatever, dude. Are you that insecure? If you're having a gestural fight with another driver while rolling down the highway, you deserve whatever rudeness you get. What amounts to a schoolyard taunt certainly doesn't deserve having things hurled at your car. Perhaps Mr. Jardak needs to cool his temper a bit – we can certainly imagine that anyone reckless enough to engage in an argument on the road and throw things at other cars might not be the most responsible driver.

[Source: Drive.com.au]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Perhaps both parties should be sent to sensitivity counseling (snic).
      If you're driving like an ass, its only fair someone should tell you. We're not talking about someone sleeping in the left (right, I suppose) lane, since Ms. Whatshername was flashing her lights. Throwing things is just dangerous.
      And please, don't be so damn offended when someone brights you from behind- just means they would like to get by w/o tailgating or other dangerous behavior.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Funny, because "flash-to-pass" is still part of most DMV driving instruction booklets.
        Different argument- its legal in Germany, and they're strict as hell on anything that could cause a potential safety hazard.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually I always thought that flashing the high beams in the highway to the car in front of me was an acceptable behavior (not aggressively but just to let the driver know of my intention to pass him) Then one day I was chatting with a friend of mine who is a traffic cop and he told me that this is a dangerous thing to do ( and enough reason for a ticket )because it can temporarily blind the driver ,specially at night ,and cause an accident.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hah. Do that in Virginia HewHessHay and get a monster fine and 60 days in the slammer. Of course, only if you're minority female and have no money or political pull or wealthy/connected parents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...i think slow drivers should just get out of the way. Then there'd be no honking, no slamming on brakes, no finger gestures, and no crazy men throwing water bottles at them
      • 7 Years Ago
      I suppose it depends on what you mean by hoonage, but in ontario it can get you a lot more than a rude finger gesture. How about car seizure and a thousands in fines?

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071010.HIGHWAY10/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/
      • 7 Years Ago
      By God, you can give me the finger, call me an a**hole, and flash your headlights, but don't you wag your pinky at me or we've got real trouble sister!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, yeah that would piss me off. It's a funny campaign, but it is pretty sexist. Can we make ads of blondes yapping on cellphones driving SUVs awkwardly and never using their signals? Then make a sexist remark like "Blondes: Better in bed or in the kitchen than behind the wheel" for an entire campaign? I doubt it. But it's the same thing, just the roles reversed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "I guess everyone who drives a Hummer or a Corvette or a NSX all do so because they are genitally challenged. "

        Yup.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So this campaign suggests that men who drive fast only do so because they feel insecure about the size of their penis?

        Please.

        I guess everyone who drives a Hummer or a Corvette or a NSX all do so because they are genitally challenged.

        There is a difference between driving fast and driving dangerously.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is rather sexist. I'm sure that would piss a lot of women off if the tables were turned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lmao, i guess the taunt hit a little too close to home eh? his outraged response proves he really DOES have a small weeny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's Good For the Geese is Good for the Gander...
      It is a form of sexual harassment and he has the right to say so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if a woman came up with this ad. cause i'm pretty sure a normal guy would realize that this was a bad idea. i'd be pissed too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      would it be sexual harrassment if a man made a comment about the size of a part of the female anatomy?
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL... of course it causes "rage." Because it's so true!

      Now, I'm not saying it's *literally* the size of one's penis that causes antisocial behavior on the road.

      But c'mon; you can't deny that, in traffic, most overt displays of speed, swerves, and tailgating boil down to one man beating his chest at another; it's essentially shouting "mine's bigger than yours." Except, you know, with a 3,000+ lb machine. Which makes it even more stupid.

      And no, it doesn't impress women even the tiniest bit.

      Having fun with a car where it doesn't endanger others, purely for the thrill of it, that's a different matter entirely.

      Jackattak hit the nail on the head regarding the "sexism" BS. Being male, it's easy to see a double standard whenever anything with vaguely sexist content targets men. If it was done to a woman, it'd be a capital crime, right? Well, not really, and not until very recently. Women are crying "foul" about this stuff because it's the first chance they've had to do so in *hundreds of years.* If you think it doesn't still exist, you're kidding yourself. So give 'em a chance to air their grievances, while letting yourself off the hook for the prejudices of past generations. If they're reasonable people, they'll do you the same courtesy.

      This stuff sets men off because, in interpersonal relationships, we see women having *all kinds* of power; behind closed doors, they end up calling the shots more often than not. But don't confuse interpersonal power with social power. Women weren't even allowed to *vote* in this country until eighty years ago. Think about that. They still make less money on average. And they still have a mostly-male Congress telling them what they can and can't do with their bodies.

      I'm not promoting "male guilt," either; I think it's important to recognize anti-male sexism when it happens (and it definitely does happen). But don't kid yourselves, guys; it's still the exception, not the rule.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or, moron, because it's actually fun to drive like that.

        With that logic, going on rollercoasters is a guy's way of saying HAHA OMG I R BETTAR THAN U LULZ
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is probably one of the more entertaining posts that I've read in a while.

      I, myself, would also like to see slow people GET THE FRACK OUT OF THE FAST LANE, but this guy's behavior is unacceptable. It's just a gesture. Get over it.

      Also, PJ and Jackattak: Exactly.
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