Incident with a Segway.
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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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
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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• Portland, Connecticut
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.
• United States
@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.
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.
@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
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.
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'.