You bang a parked car and no-one's around.....

@James72 (26829)
Australia
September 14, 2008 5:39am CST
Are you one of those people that would leave a note? Or would you hot-tail it out of there as fast as you could and thank your lucky stars that you weren't seen? Which action would reign supreme; the "flight" mentality or would your morals kick in?
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• United States
14 Sep 08
I have no morals. I would hightail it on outta there.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Oh come on! The LEAST you could do is leave one of those tarot cards you stole from that bookshop under the windshield!
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• United States
14 Sep 08
What the hell would I want to do that for?! I had to go through a lot of sh!t for those cards... I'm sure not gonna pass them around so that then I'm not playing with a full deck, just because some poor sap parked his car in the wrong place at the wrong time because he needed somebody to slam into in order to justify his bad mood!!!!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
15 Sep 08
This is too funny.
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@dreamssri (1796)
• India
14 Sep 08
if it happens i will just leave the place as if nothing happened....if you see morals then you will be in problem..i will rather escape
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
It is good to see a 100% honest answer then! lol. Most of us are still deliberating! Thanks for responding.
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@dreamssri (1796)
• India
14 Sep 08
thanks
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Good thing I haven't been to that incident... But I just bump the door of the car to the door of the car next to the parking area as I opened it... Is that counted?! but I haven't tear the paint or any engraved mark on the door... hehehehe... So, I kept silent though... hehehehe I'm bad I know!!!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Oh I think we have ALL bumped someone else's car door when getting out of a car ourselves so I think we can let this one slide! lol. Thanks for responding and let's hope that it nevber gets any worse than a car door bump for you!
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@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Hahahahaha!!! I really hope that its all that and nothing worst to follow... hahahahah!!!!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I will definitely leave a note if there are visible damages. I might wait an hour for the owner to show up. I will do this because I don't want that owner to feel what I felt when I went back to my parked car after a full day at school to find a big indentation on the right side and the rear bumper about to fall off. It was the first time I heard a cop tell me that there is nothing they could do except make a report for insurance purposes or unless some witness comes up (this never happened). I had my car fixed and a few weeks later, I heard a similar statement from another cop when I had my car broken into.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Being at the receiving end of course we would wish for someone to fess up because dealing with insurance companies can be an absolute nightmare! I too would assess the situation and would probably only leave a note if the damage was significant. Otherwise I think I would be out of there very quickly! lol. Thanks for responding and I guess having this actually happen to us provides us with a clear perspective.
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@wildplace (154)
• Germany
14 Sep 08
I have learned my lesson. I would search for the car owner. Because, in my country leaving a note with your adress and phone number is not enough. So, if you do it, you get a nice visit by the police and in the worst case have an appointment at the courthouse. And in the best place it is only a ticket from the police and the damage to pay... So, I search for the car owner...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Wow! So even if you make the effort like this you are still seen as bad? Not really very fair is it! It cannot always be easy to find the owner of a car, especially in really busy places. Thanks for responding and welcome to mylot!
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• Germany
14 Sep 08
It is called "leaving an place where an accident had happend" . And - yes in Germany this is something to be blamed for. Have a nice day.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Thank you for letting me know. I never realized this at all as it is not a law in my own country that I am aware of.
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@Sarah1108 (310)
• United States
15 Sep 08
I have done that before i was a senior in high school and it was in wal mart parking lot. it was just a little mark nothing big the rubber on my car hit there car. i didnt park in the spot i was trying to get into when i did it. i drove to the other side of the parking lot. i was an inside joke with me and a few friends all senior year. i still remember the spot that i did it in and everything. i guess it is haunting me for not leaving a note or something but it was just a mark that would be washed off when they was the car
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 Sep 08
I would have done the same so don't be too hard on yourself about it. It was just a rubber mark! At least you got to become infamous at school with it as well! Thanks for responding.
• United States
14 Sep 08
If a car was in my way and I banged it in the first place, it would tick me off, and I would just ram it again, harder! Just kidding! My conscience would get the better of me. I would have to leave a note. It has happened that someone backed into my car a couple of days after I bought it. I noticed as we were walking out of a cafe. I asked my husband if he had closely inspected the car before I bought it. He said he had, and there had been NO damage to that car. My back bumper was smooshed under on the driver's side. I was furious that someone would do that then just drive away. So, knowing how I felt about it happening to my car, I would not do that to someone else.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Ha ha! I think some of us have definitely dreamed of doing just this at one stage or another even if you WERE joking! lol. You are the second responder that has had someone bang their car and not fess up so I can appreciate how having this happen personally would influence your answer. It still comes down to the level of damage for me. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
14 Sep 08
I am the type of person to face what is my fault and leave a note even if it is just a little bump. My car is standard and one time I i forgot it was in first gear when I first got it and when I turned it on the car jumped and ended up hitting the car in front of me a little bit, at least a little of my paint was on their front. I left them a note they called me and said do not even worry about it thank you for your concern.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
There's karma for you I guess! You did the right thing and they weren't concerned about it, so the end result is that your conscience remains clear! Good for you and thanks for responding.
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
14 Sep 08
If it happens to me, I would check whether I have damaged the other car that I have bumped into or not. If I have damaged the car yes I would leave a note with my telephone no, or try to find the car owner. However if there is no damage done I would leave the scene. I don't want the owner to take advantage of the situation.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
I have actually seen situations where the owner of a car that had little or no damage totally overreacted and made it out to be a LOT worse than what it was, so I can understand your viewpoint here! Thanks for responding.
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@Antzon (159)
• Singapore
14 Sep 08
I will leave a note and ask the person to call me. Well, its my fault anyways and you cannot run from your responsibilities. There is a case where a car banged my father's car and that person just drove away, however a security camera recorded the whole incident, we did not really get the person's car plate number however it is enough for the insurance company to cover the expenses. That person is lucky he got away.....
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
It is good to see that your own morals would win out then! Thank goodness your Father's insurance company paid out in the instance you provided becasue they always seem to be loooking for any excuse not to! Thanks for responding.
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
14 Sep 08
Thankfully I haven't done it as yet. Atleast ,not that i am aware off. My concience would get the better of the flight mentality. I'm sure of that. Leave a note is probably the thing i would do after i was sure that i could not meet the person and explain,apologise, pay for the damages..... Should I ?
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
I have often wondered what I would do myself actually. It would depend on the damage I guess. If it was a minor scrape I would probably get the heck out of there! But if it was something more serious then I would like to think that I would leave my details. I am still not sure to be honest! Thanks for responding and I hope that you never actually have to be in a situation where you can test this!
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
14 Sep 08
neevr experienced it coz i am not driving.but if it would happen to me yes i leave a note coz who knows it will happen to me too.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
Karma! (Sort of a play on the word "car" too when you think about it! lol). Thanks for responding and good for you for doing the right thing!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
14 Sep 08
you know james i am good girl hehehe,by the way i can drive but not four wheel drive.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 08
I have had no need to drive for over two years now! I do miss it though.....
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
16 Sep 08
I think I am too moralistic to have taken the flight and would leave a note for sure. My unrighteousness has cost me some important things in life as in relationships and love. But I just cannot do without it. Its so intrinsic and basic in me that its like having my two eyes, a nose or wearing my specs (I am virtually blind without those).
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
There is no doubt that this is the RIGHT thing to do and good for you for being one of those people that will actually do what should be done. But I do think that you are a rare breed unfortunately because many of us would definitely hot-foot it out of there if given half the chance. Just not all of us are actually willing to admit it! lol. Thanks for responding mimpi.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
16 Sep 08
I know its bit quirky but I cannot help. I do not mind people fleeing either. I hardly get judgmental, they must be having their reasons.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
I wouldn't call this "quirky" mimpi. If anything it is commendable more than anything else! My attitude on what I would do is still related to the level of damage so I am one of those people that would more than likely flee! lol. I would have to deal with karma later I think.....
@camomom (7536)
• United States
16 Sep 08
thats a hard question for me to answer. i'm one of those people that if you park too close or park crooked so i an't get in my car that i'll purposely slam my door against the other car. i know, i know....i'm a horrible person and i wouldn't want it done to me, but i wouldn't be an idiot parker. if it was an accident and there was little to no damage, meaning unnoticeable unless you now it's there, i probably would leave. if there was damage that was noticeable i'd either leave a note or try to wait for the person or try to find them in the store by having them called on the p.a. system. it also depends on if others saw me do it.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
Ah! So you are one of those aggressive door slammers! lol. I have the same mindset as you actually. Whether I leave a note would all come down to the extent of the damage. If it was minimal then I would more than likely get myself out of there really quickly! Thanks for responding camomom.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
17 Sep 08
you are very welcome
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@ddp_dev (184)
• India
3 Oct 08
i am person of flight mentality so i would leave note of flighting note such as i will bang your car again
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
3 Oct 08
Hahaha. So sort of like a phantom car banger that flees into the night but shall return! Thanks for responding ddp_dev.
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
15 Sep 08
You made me think here.Hmmmm,well,sorry to say,but I think my flight mentality would reign supreme.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 Sep 08
lol. Well at least you are being honest about it! Thanks for responding and keep practicing your running just in case this comes up!
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Sep 08
hi james if I had been driving and banged into a parked car, I would try to find who owned the car, if I could not do so, I would leave a note with my insurance and phone number. I would never just drive away.I dont drive but if I did I would definitely admit I had done the damage and was willing to pay for it. I try to live up to the morals I was taught as a child. after all I have to live with my conscience.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
15 Sep 08
It still comes down to the level of damage for me. If it was just a minor scrape I think I would be out of there in a flash! Thanks for responding and good for you for having a conscience on this one!