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Smashed car at Trader Joe's

Mike the roving UHub photographer reports from the Trader Joe's parking lot this afternoon:

Lady smashed into the black car repeatedly until it hit the building, then said she didn't know what happened. Parking is tight at TJ's but wow!

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Then her license should disappear until she and her doctor can figure that out.

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She didn't know what happened? That's the best excuse I've heard in a long time. I'll have to remember it if I succumb to road rage (parking lot rage?).

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Hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

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repeated that over and over.

Take that BS to Florida where everyone does that old gas pedal switcheroo.

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That sounds like the most likely explanation, in addition to the idea that the lady wasn't thinking straight.

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Fried Green Tomatoes reference. Doesn't sound accidental - this parking lot is brutal but I think most TJ parking lots are (search buzzfeed for articles). I never to this one except by foot or within an hour of closing.

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This all could have been avoided. If only cars came equipped with some sort of pedal that slowed them down. Or if there were a green line stop literally 15 feet from the entrance to that store...

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For when that didn't work.

A special setting on the transmission, maybe labeled "n" for "neutral" that kept a revving engine from powering the wheels? Or is that too much to ask?

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If we just made sure that motorists had to read a book, maybe a take a test, we would totally be able to avoid this. We certainly wouldn't just have them take one test and go from there, no of course not, we would totally ask for re-testing every several years.

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double post

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Not this accident which seems to have involved, er, two cars. Or--I'm sorry--was there some other incident where a bicyclist rammed a car into a building full of grocery shoppers? Did we miss something or were you just ranting about an imaginary event?

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If only bikes had to have registration, license plates, and insurance we could hold them account...

Wait a minute...!

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Looks like we also need some math education and a remedial math test for certain people.

It isn't good to be lacking in basic computational skills needed to calculate such things as cost to administer registration programs versus actual damage, comparative costs for motor vehicle mayhem versus miniscule cyclist damage, etc.

Being able to calculate cost-risk-benefit is critical if you are going to spout about policy.

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that cars have all of those things, yet their drivers crash them into people and other things all the time.

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They make no sense for cyclists and bikes.

Again, you need to learn what the phrase "orders of magnitude" means.

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This was nothing but a jab at all those idiots calling for plates and insurance for bikes because we're all dangerous reckless daredevils out to skip red lights and run over gramps in the crosswalk.
Clearly plates and insurance do not prevent collisions and crashes.

I'M NOT CALLING FOR LICENSE PLATES FOR BIKES!

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That whooshed over my head, but admit it--you did a pretty good imitation of a "HEY BIKES SRE WORSE--THEY ALMOST KILLED MY AUNT MILLIE!" poster.

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it's obvious we've all read that kind of dribble one too many time.

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Registering bicycles with the town or city of one's residence, however, is a good idea, for at least one other reason: If one's bicycle is stolen, sometimes there's a better chance of the owner of the stolen bicycle in question getting it back.

I know afew people whose bicycles were stolen from their apartments, who managed to get their bicycles back, through the police, due to the fact that their bikes had been registered with the police.

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It's not much of a system of the towns don't share registration data. Thief grabs your bike that's registered in Cambridge, cops recover it it Medford -- would they be able to find you to give it back?

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It's the pretty much the sole reason I got bike back when I was a BU student now a bunch of years back. Thought it was a total loss then boom, I got a email from the Cambridge police who was able to trace it back to me because it was registered to me. Got my bike back and even a new front wheel (it got stolen because I got lazy one of the days and only locked the wheel like an idiot - I still hang my extra wheel in the living room as a reminder to both my stupidity and luck).

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He's being sarcastic, silly.

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It takes millions to re-assemble an uninsured idiot who ran a red light and got run over by a bus. Their stupidity might not cause much damage to others, but the damage the cause to themselves is very expensive to repair.

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Please provide us with an example of an uninsured cyclist running a red light, getting run over by a bus, and costing us millions.

Or you could just stop making shit up in the first place.

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Maybe it's time to give this particular sarcastic "joke" a rest.

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There are 2 pedals in my car, and I for the life of me can't figure out which one does which. There's a lot of trial and error that goes into driving. Today, the driver got an error. A big error.

My honest snark- I can bet roughly how old the driver was.

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Which lady? That one there, the one in the black shirt and white pants?

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Driver isn't shown.

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I know exactly how this woman steers her shopping cart in Trader Joe's.

purposely hits my cart with her cart, and then sweetly says "Oh, excuse me!"

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If I have to drive to that Joe's, I never head for the lot. The drivers are like hyenas circling for a space or maybe like ants mobbing a Popsicle on the sidewalk.

Across the street on Sewall or around on Harvard, I always get a space. It's worth the quarter, two if I have a long shopping list.It's a cheap price to avoid the mishegoss...I can walk a half block, and getting out and away is quicker.

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Trader Joe's, recognizing the blindingly obvious popularity of its Coolidge Corner store, is opening one in Lower Allston. GEE I WONDER IF THE SAME LOGIC APPLIES TO CASINO GAMING

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Complaining about lack of parking started, oh, months ago! Most of it amounts to "I expect there to be an open space with my name on it right outside the front door at all hours because I (have a baby, have an elderly parent, can't be expected to walk, etc.).

This is in an area of extensive lanes and paths going almost to Boston and all the way into Medford, so I hope that there will be adequate bike parking, too.

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My red '79 VW convertible was my favorite car - ouch

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I drove to that TJs once to buy their sparkling water and never again. Mem Drive TJ for all my needs with a far better parking lot.

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Now I only buy non-carbonated water when driving there.

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I started taking a long hard look at my time management skills when I realized I was using a car to drive somewhere just to buy carbonated water.

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Mem Drive lot is pretty wild though. Only in comparison is it better. Kind of like, the Brookline TJs is Donald Trump, the Mem Drive TJs is Scaramucci.

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The car smashed into the building didn't respect the queue (one way traffic to go in and out) and scooped the person waiting for that spot. They hit the gas, backed up, hit the gas again - then amnesia! Looks like parking lot rage over someone stealing their parking spot. Don't feel too bad for smashed car owner if this is true. Parking lot is bad enough without shenanigans.

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You can tell all that from a single photo? Why are you wasting your time on UHub when you could be helping the local police departments solve crimes?

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look up the meaning of :"guess"

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Look inside it to see all the people who care about your "guess".

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both inside and outside C.C. TJ. The way TJ management encourage passive aggressiveness and a faux 'chill' attitude among their employees doesn't help.

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Was the driver wearing a helmet?

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Whenever I’m at that TJ’s I always wonder how many people who drove there could’ve easily walked to that location. I suspect it’s a relatively high percentage...

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I'd bet only a small fraction of those drivers drove a few tenths of a mile to TJs, shopped, and drove straight home. I'd bet lots of folks driving around the area doing all kinds of errands stop in on their way home. Of course, some make the special trip but are buying more than their bodies can transport with a granny cart or in a few paper bags.

source: I shop there once a month, and maybe drive there once a year

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I'm as suspicious of drivers as any self-righteous urbanite, but "walkable" isn't the same thing as "walkable when carrying a bunch of groceries."

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I don't know, I think they can be the same for some people. In my old neighborhood, lots of people got little rolling carts to walk to the grocery. That way they could take a whole load of groceries home on foot. The grocery store even sold the carts there. Plus there are so many cool bikes now that have a huge carrying capacity. I think a big grocery load does not always necessitate a car.

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