When Stereotypes Collide

Earlier this evening, while on the way home from work, I noticed one of those scenes that have become a familiar sight around town.

Two vehicles were parked by the side of the road. One was a taxi, a Proton Iswara with those distinctive red-and-white markings. The other was a Perodua Kembara.

The taxi driver was standing by his car, his weathered face revealing his anxiety over the very visible damage done to the front-right side of the taxi. Although it wasn’t as if the taxi was a shining example of vehicular aesthetics. There were bumps and dents everywhere. At first glance, you could be forgiven if you thought this guy was one of those drivers who’s seen his fair share of middle-fingers waved at him on the road.

Next to him, talking into his cellphone while the taxi driver looked on, was a young lad – possibly a teenager – dressed in combat fatigues and sporting a spiky hairdo. He appeared relatively calm, as if he was used to this kind of situations. At first glance, you could be forgiven for assuming this kid was one of those daredevils for whom road safety regulations are a suggestion rather than the law.

So the question is: whodunnit? Which person would you have thought was most likely to have caused this accident?

This is not a trick question – I don’t have the answer. I’m just curious about what other people might think based on pre-conceived stereotypes.

And admit it, we’ve all got those stereotyped notions in our head, don’t we?

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5 thoughts on “When Stereotypes Collide”

  1. It was probably caused by a Mercedes or BMW that was driven by someone who was expecting everyone to get out of his way and ended up hitting one of these cars as a result of his arrogant impatience.

  2. Basically, some the drivers lack tolerance (maybe I’ll be in the lack-of-tolerance list, after I get myself a car). If they can be more patient, ths accident can be avoided.

    Luckly, no one got hurt in this accident.

  3. who did it? how were the cars positioned? was anyone crying? do we really care?

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    dude, talk about stereotyping eh. its the people slowing down to watch the whole thing thats adding to the problem by causing unwanted traffic jams.. heheh

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