Incident with a Segway.

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By Jabo
@jaboUK (53939)
United Kingdom
December 12, 2017 2:31pm CST
We were sitting in a cafe on the seafront here in Spain when a young man and woman came by on a segway. These are two-wheeled motorised scooter things - you can see them in the picture from Pixabay above. They are only designed for one person, but somehow they'd managed to both get on one. Anyway, just after they'd come by we heard a crash and a commotion. We didn't see exactly what happened, but they were both prostrate on the ground. The next thing we saw was that young man scrambling up to retrieve his sunglasses which had landed a few feet in front of them. He had to step over his girlfriend in order to do that, and didn't appear concerned about her at all. It was left to a passerby to help her up, and thankfully she didn't seem too hurt, though her knees were bloodied. Whatever happened to chivalry?
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@Platespinner (16520)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Dec
I suspect over-the-top feminism killed chivalry. I've seen women offended when a man holds a door open for them and I imagine that once a man has been treated that way a few times he might be inclined to give up.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@Platespinner Yes, I agree, but holding doors open is a bit different from helping someone who might be hurt. You'd think common decency would have kicked in.
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@xFiacre (4456)
• Ireland
12 Dec
@platespinner When I started going out with my wife she always just stood at doors till a man opened them, and stood beside a restaurant table till a man pulled her chair out for her - any man would do.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Dec
@xFiacre I think like your wife!
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@BelleStarr (38370)
• United States
12 Dec
I guess he cared more for his sunglasses than the young lady. She may have been his sister but either way, chivalry has indeed been killed by women who get ugly if men offer to help. I personally love a man to open a door for me, it shows impeccable manners. I didn't need to be liberated.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@BelleStarr It's a pity that feminism has knocked good manners on the head, isn't it? But in this case it should have been the natural reaction to help his girlfriend up and see she was ok, before retrieving his damn sunglasses.
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@BelleStarr (38370)
• United States
12 Dec
@jaboUK Maybe they were designer sunglasses lol!!
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@BelleStarr Lol - even so....
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• Preston, England
12 Dec
@jaboUK what a nice guy - even thinking about his glasses before his girlfriend - hope he is now looking for a new girlfriend
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@arthurchappell If it was me, he certainly would be
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@amadeo (65992)
• United States
12 Dec
sun glasses.The guy is a jerk.The girlfriend better dump him.
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@jstory07 (67166)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Dec
That is for sure.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@amadeo @jstory07 You've got that right!
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@amadeo (65992)
• United States
12 Dec
@jaboUK wonder if he will do this.Or laugh it off?
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@Corbin5 (106592)
• United States
12 Dec
Oh, that was a sad sight to see. I think chivalry is in short supply these days.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@Corbin5 If my fella had treated me the way this one did, he would have been history.
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@Corbin5 (106592)
• United States
12 Dec
@jaboUK Same here. It is definitely a sign that this fellow is not worthy.
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Dec
Maybe they were married (I know that's not really funny but I can't help giggling). I think chivalry slid out the door when feminism came sailing through. And they might have been really expensive sunglasses.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@JudyEv Wives or girlfriends are dispensible, but not sunglasses???
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@JudyEv (123433)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Dec
@jaboUK Have you seen the price of those things??? You can't blame him really.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec
@JudyEv Well I do blame him
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
12 Dec
Chivalry was replaced by equality.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@Asylum That could be so, but surely humanity shouldn't be usurped?
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
12 Dec
@jaboUK Very true, particularly since attending to the companion should be first irrespective of gender.
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@much2say (39271)
• United States
12 Dec
Boy, he must've been too concerned about his sunglasses being broken rather than making sure his girlfriend was not hurt . They shouldn't have even been on the segway together !
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@much2say I suppose they were saving money by just hiring the one. But he can't have been a very nice person to give precedence to sunglasses.
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@much2say (39271)
• United States
12 Dec
@jaboUK I'm just thinking that if was not designed for 2, then someone could potentially get hurt - and she did! I would have hoped that the guy wouldn't have wanted to take such a risk to begin with . . . I guess he'd rather save money, and save his glasses, than save his girlfriend.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@much2say You've hit the nail on the head - he has his priorities all wrong.
@Juliaacv (30424)
• Canada
12 Dec
I see that often too, and I wonder how society has advanced so much and yet regressed at the very same time. I always taught our son to walk on the outside of the sidewalk to protect the woman, and to open doors and pull out chairs. And I'm so glad that he embraced that, his wife deserves it, and so many of our younger generation deserve that, but the guys seem kind of clueless on that level. A lot of our son's friends tell us that they were never taught that.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@Juliaacv You are so right in that the young men aren't taught that sort of thing, but common decency shouldn't need to be taught. It should be instinct to help someone who might be hurt.
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@jstory07 (67166)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Dec
His sunglasses were more important than his girlfriend. What a gentleman he is not.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec
@jstory07 Yes - a right moron. I couldn't believe that he actually stepped over her.
@garymarsh6 (14085)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
He is obviously too vain and left his beau in Pain. No chivalry in sight but yellow livery his might. Did you offer your service to their plight! How about that for a dreadful four liner! Sorry there is no hope for me!
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
Hi Gary - many kudos for your verse, it's good. This happened when they'd gone about 10 yards past us, so someone nearer was helping her up.
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@garymarsh6 (14085)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
@jaboUK I bet you are glad you are in Spain Janet. it is so cold here!
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
@garymarsh6 It hasn't been as warm as usual here, but it's a lot better than home. We return on Tuesday.
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
13 Dec
He sounds cheap and creepy at the same time. What a jerk! My husband and sons were raised to be gentlemen.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@DianneN You hit the nail on the head - he was a real jerk.
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@DianneN (78465)
• United States
13 Dec
@jaboUK Lol! There are many jerks in our world, unfortunately. How much longer will you be in Spain?
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec
@DianneN We go home next Tuesday - only then will I start thinking about Christmas
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@pgntwo (21658)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
12 Dec
Hmmm, no segué to that question...
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@pgntwo You never disappoint
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@pgntwo (21658)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
13 Dec
@jaboUK You'd be surprised!
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
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@Shiva49 (13036)
• Singapore
13 Dec
Everything seems to have gone wrong with misplaced priorities. I hope they learn the right lessons from overstepping the line in every way - siva
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@Shiva49 They obviously thought it more important to save money, than to be safe. Who knows, perhaps they will have learnt from the incident. If I'd been that girl I would have learnt that he's not the man for me.
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@Shiva49 (13036)
• Singapore
13 Dec
@jaboUK Some are callous and never learn. Many here are getting injured as these mobility devices are encroaching on pedestrian walkways. When they zoom past I feel a shudder. And to think the silent electric cars are around the corner! siva
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@Shiva49 I think it's a pity that anyone can get a mobility scooter - they should be only for people who really can't walk far, not just for fat and lazy people. As you say, they are a danger to pedestrians.
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
28 Dec
Segway is designed for those who have difficulty in walking as I have known it on TV. But it has become an enjoyable thing for teeners most especially. That's bad for the boyfriend not to be bothered of helping her girlfriend from the ground.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
28 Dec
Yes, the youngsters seem to love zipping around on the segways.
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@SIMPLYD (79762)
• Philippines
28 Dec
@jaboUK It's fun using it that's why. We have that before for rent at the celebration plaza of the mall we.manage.
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@ridingbet (53168)
• Philippines
16 Dec
hmmm, so maybe there is no true love between these lovers, or maybe the girl is already accustomed to her boyfriend? incidentally, segway here in my country has a different meaning, and this is 'diverting a conversation to another topic'.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
16 Dec
@ridingbet It's a funny word isn't it? Spelt differently here (segue) it means that one topic moves smoothly into another.
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@ridingbet (53168)
• Philippines
18 Dec
@jaboUK yes, that is the right spelling for the segueway that i was mentioning, but it is pronounced as segway, hahah! us Filipinos, we tend to shorten the spelling of some words as long as they are pronounced the same, like the UR in YOUR.
@jobelbojel (7178)
• Philippines
14 Dec
What is wrong with that guy! That was a mess!
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec
He obviously is uncaring, I hope the girl dumps him.
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• Philippines
14 Dec
@jaboUK she better dumps him.
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@LeaPea2417 (20461)
• Toccoa, Georgia
13 Dec
Wow, that guy sure didn't seem too caring towards the woman.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@LeaPea2417 He certainly didn't - I hope this has opened her eyes about him.
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@LeaPea2417 (20461)
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Dec
@jaboUK I hope so too.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Dec
Sunglasses over his girlfriend @jaboUK ? Oh now that's just wrong. If I would've been her, I would have hugged the person who helped me up and then kicked the boyfriend in the butt.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@nanette64 That's exactly my reaction too Nanette!
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Dec
@jaboUK I hope this opens her eyes to this guy.
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@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
13 Dec
Wow. Sounds about right though.
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@jaboUK (53939)
• United Kingdom
13 Dec
@FayeHazel - it's sad that this sort of thing should happen, isn't it?
@FayeHazel (18027)
• United States
13 Dec
@jaboUK Yes... very sad-- Chivalry is pretty much gone, and so is even just being a decent person in some cases
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