A TITTER ON TWITTER, WITH LESSONS

There was this story on Twitter.

Someone was riding in one of the cab hailing services (Taxify) and recounted how the driver of his taxi got into a fight with a tricycle (Keke NAPEP) driver.

Here is the narrative, edited slightly for better clarity:

I just drove myself to my destination because the driver jumped out to fight with a Keke Marwa driver & disappeared…

So the driver shows up, bloodied but alive. He fell off the tricycle, was injured and they both ended up at the LGA Office.

Through a friend who saw them there , I was able to call the driver on telephone to tell him where to pick up his car, his shoes, watch, phone.

He is lucky to be alive

My response was,

You took a very bad risk. You should have alighted from the cab and gone on your way..not drive a car that doesnt belong to you without PAMISION.

It was hilarious to OBSARVE how many people on Twitter rushed to correct the (deliberately wrongly_spelled ) PAMISION to PERMISSION. I actually changed PERMISSION to PAMISION because I had reached the 140 character ‘limit’ of Twitter and wanted to squeeze the message in.

I consider myself well above average where English mastery, punctiliousness in grammar and spelling proficiency are concerned. It was so funny to me I was wiping tears from my eyes.

There are three salient points to note here:

FIRST

I once wrote a post, Evil Association Corrupts Good Spelling where I condemned the deliberate massacre of spellings by a character on Twitter. Apparently, doing something out of the ordinary gets a lot of attention, whether good or bad. I am not a Twitter person, I hardly ever post anything. So seeing many mentions on twitter because of a deliberate misspelling (in a quest to squeeze a comment into 140 characters) – was surprising. And amusing.

SECOND

This passenger who drove the Taxify car away had good Intentions. He didn’t want the irate cab driver’s car to be stolen. But he could have landed in trouble. Technically, he stole that car – for a brief period.

I commented,

He was a thief for a brief period. He ‘stole’ the car (depite good intentions)

Stealing is taking something that doesn’t belong to you – without the owner’s permission.

Someone was of a different opinion and countered,

A thief that told the car owner where to pick his car?

I don’t think he can be called a thief!.

I am no lawyer, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Does the law judge intentions, or ACTIONS?

If I drive away a car that doesn’t belong to me (without permission ) to prevent that car from being stolen, have I not ‘stolen’ myself? What if the Taxify Driver had gone to the polce to report his car as being stolen after his pugilistic escapade with the Keke Marwa Tricyclist? Would this Good Samaritan not be in ‘hot pepper soup’?

In his position, I would have parked the car exactly where the driver started his fracas, locked the car securely, pasted my contact number on the windscreen (yhe driver did not have his phone on him) and taken the car key away.

That’s a more sensible action than driving the car away.

In our quest to be helpful, we need to exercise more common sense – so we do not end up in (police) trouble for an apparent ‘crime’ that we know we had no intention of committing.

THIRD

The need to control our temper in all situations. What does it profit a man to lose his car while proving a macho_point (by getting into fisticuffs)?

So, a tricycle driver breaks your side mirror. Is the best course of action available to you is to jump down from your cab, not minding if your car – along with other valuables inside the vehicle – is stolen, and engage in a boxing match? What’s the essence of insurance, or even the police to settle matters?

Don’t be a victim of The Weightlessness Of Anger

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