He Always Drove Responsibly, but When a Neighbor Allowed Her Grandchildren to Play in the Road Unsupervised, She Claimed His Driving Put Them in Danger

A man, who considered himself a very safe driver, would always drive carefully on his residential road. At times, he rarely even hit the speed limit, but he would soon discover that even this wasn’t enough for one of his neighbors. 

Safe Driving Habits

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“I live on a residential side road for which the speed limit is 30 mph”, the man explained. “I do not drive down the road faster than this, and often drive slower, especially when there is ice on the road.”

An Unexpected Accusation

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Two days ago, while driving down the road at the designated speed limit, the resident pulled into his parking space. To his surprise, the woman from across the street approached his car with a stern demeanor.

Recognizing the Lady

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Before the woman had even approached him, the man recognized her. Her grandchildren would often run around carelessly outside the yard, sometimes even playing in the road without supervision.

Her Accusation

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The man explained what happened next: “The woman comes over to my car telling me I need to ‘slow down, my grandchildren who are 5 and 7 often play in the front yard and you could hit them!’” 

Defensive Rebuttal

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In response to the woman’s accusations, the man reassured her with his commitment to responsible driving. He calmly asserted that he was not driving recklessly, emphasizing that he had full control over his vehicle and was always vigilant of his surroundings. He reminded the woman that he was driving even slower than the posted speed limit.

Shared Responsibility

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The man had something else he wanted to say to the old woman. “It is YOUR responsibility to watch your grandchildren to ensure they do not run into the road”, he pointed out. “Based on the configuration of your yard, if they ran into the road it means YOU were not supervising them. Maybe you should watch your grandchildren and not put them in danger yourself.”

Frustration with Deflection

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The man’s frustrated response was not fueled by a desire to resist driving more slowly or to dismiss the woman’s concerns. Instead, it stemmed from what he saw as a deflection of responsibility. In his view, she was unwilling to acknowledge her role in ensuring her grandchildren’s safety and instead placed the blame on others.

Her Response

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Naturally, the woman was taken aback by the man’s tough stance, and she retreated. The man hoped that her quiet response meant that she would reconsider her accusations and make more effort to supervise her grandchildren in the future. 

Assessing His Response

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However, the man did feel a tinge of guilt. He had been quite ruthless in the way that he spoke to the elderly lady, and whilst he stood by his words, he wondered whether he should have approached the situation more calmly. 

Seeking Community Understanding

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To assess his conscience, the man headed online to his favorite community forum, posting the story for the world to read. Thankfully, his post was met with great defense from readers. “If you aren’t speeding or going too fast for conditions, then you are doing nothing wrong – it really is as simple as that”, stated one reader. 

He Did Nothing Wrong

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Almost everyone agreed that the man was innocent. “You are going the speed limit”, another community member pointed out. “If she doesn’t like it she can argue with the city to have the speed decreased. Either that, or she could put up a fence in her front yard to help contain the kids’ movements.

A Different Perspective

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However, not everyone took the man’s side. “You know that little kids are playing near the street unsupervised”, one critic pointed out. “If you even remotely consider yourself a decent human being, SLOW. DOWN. The priority should be to not harm the children, not to establish whose fault it will be when the police and the ambulance show up.”

End of Discussion

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However, there was no denying that the overall consensus was that the old lady should take more care to supervise her grandkids. “You were driving the posted slow speed limit… end of discussion”, concisely concluded another commenter.

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