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Vote with your wallet

April 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Whilst sitting at an intersection in my car the other day, I noticed a van with business details written on it – offering blind (as in window coverings) repair and cleaning.  As I have timber blinds on every window in my house, my attention was grabbed.  I turned through the intersection ahead of the van, and then for the next 10 minutes on the winding, single lane road he proceeded to sit on my rear bumper (I was doing the speed limit!), driving way too close.  When the road widened closer to town, he screamed past, and then proceeded to cut in real close ahead of another car and sit on the bumper of some other poor motorist.

I came very close to phoning the mobile number proudly displayed on the back of the van and letting him know what I thought of his driving… but decided he wasnt worth the bother.

But I will vote with my money by keeping it firmly in my bank account.  He can take his business elsewhere – I’ll clean my own blinds.

Do you vote with your money?  Do you support good community citizenship?  Do you avoid those you see driving like idiots on the roads?   And if YOU have display advertising on your vehicle – what does your driving say about how you run the rest of your business and your life?  Would you do business with someone who drove like you do?

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leah // Apr 20, 2005 at 7:06 pm

    I completely agree Karen. I ahve often been tempted call the number on the back of some trucks and instead have just chosen not to deal with the company.

  • 2 Naomi // May 10, 2005 at 9:50 pm

    Years ago, I was turning left from one busy city ‘one-way’ street to another, and was cut-off by a girl about my age, who had a “for sale” sign with her mobile phone number on it. I phoned it – hands-free, of course – and suggested that if she wanted to sell her car, she ought to drive a little more safely, in order to sell it in one piece, and not to a car wrecker! I couldn’t help but chuckle as I watched her, phone to her ear, look all about to see where the call was coming from!!! I didn’t give my identity away… Since then, as I drive around with vehicles that do display their contact details, I am aware of the ‘drivers’ that I would do business with, and those I would not, simply based on their driving. It says an awful lot, in my opinion. I don’t make calls to drivers anymore (!!) – I thought later that I could have helped “Little Miss Side-Swipe” to create more road havoc as she reacted to my phonecall!!!!! But, if I were in the market for anything and the driver was a dud, I would vote with my wallet.

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