I am writing this letter as a member of the UC Davis community, proudly serving as a staff member since 2005. Today, as my friend and I left Froggy’s Bar and Grill for a relaxing lunch hour respite, we crossed G Street well within the confines of the crosswalk when a white car driven by a young man turning off Second Street came within inches of hitting us. We stopped short, he stopped short, and as he drove off I counseled him calmly (after all, I am representing UC Davis even during my free time), “Watch where you’re driving.” His reply as he sped away? Let’s just say it was a variation on a vulgar four-letter word.
Let me get this straight, young man (who I assume is a UCD student): You drive carelessly, almost take out two young women who are lawfully inside the crosswalk, and when you are respectfully advised to be careful, this is your response? This is not the first time I have been harangued as a pedestrian walking through Davis city streets. Just crossing in a crosswalk in the evening has earned me an admonishment in the form of less than polite language.
What’s wrong in Davis? Why the hostility? If you younger people are so frustrated and impatient just waiting for a person to cross a small town street, how will you deal with the real issues in life — waiting to hear if an interview yielded you a job to pay your bills or anticipating news of whether or not your biopsy for cancer is benign or malignant, just to cite a few examples? If you (young man driving) were trying to impress the young woman sitting in your front seat, let me tell you as a woman — it’s not attractive. That sort of attitude is the reason why our society is suffering from a crippling lack of civility.
I understand that there are much more pressing issues facing our university and our world at this time. But why make things worse by being so rude? It comes down to this. Be nice, be kind, treat others as you yourself would like to be treated and please, watch where you’re driving.