August 28, 2013

"They're not from here; they're tourists... They don't even speak English. They were very confused. "

"They had no idea how they wound up on the bridge," said the cop.
"I don't know how that would happen," said tourist Mike Norton to ABC. "They give you a little training before. They tell you don't take any bridges. I don't know what would possess you to take the bridge!"
Meanwhile: "Lost Tourist assumes all these people are in the wrong place not the other way around."


Cedarford said...

Driving while Asian?
Notice the article does not mention the ethnicity of those who did not speak any English stuck on the bridge. IF they were white from Moldava or black from Gaboon, I assume they would. Since the liberal and progressive jewish-run media bashes whites from anywhere, and it would be an instance of foreign blacks doing something newsworthy, blacks who were not involved in a violent felony.

Curious as well that SF allows people to drive around on public streets without a need to have any drivers license or ability to read any street signs. I guess what SF allows illegals to do, they figured was only fair to allow tourists to do.

traditionalguy said...

Maybe they were Korean Airline pilots on a layover.

MadisonMan said...

DWO, as my friend in Palo Alto would say.

bpm4532 said...

I think this explains a lot about President Obama.

Sam L. said...

I couldn't tell where they were, but then, I'm not for around there, either.

greeniereality said...

speaking of confused . . . a lawyer very much confused.


This took place in Charlotte North Carolina . A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.

Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company.

In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.'

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued and WON! (Stay with me.)

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, and that by not specifically defining what is considered to be unacceptable 'fire', was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure 20 lengthy and costly appeal processes, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the 'fires'.


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!

With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year's Criminal Lawyers Award contest.

Hunter said...

I don't find this incredible at all. I've had numerous experiences driving in unfamiliar urban areas where I missed a turn which then required a LONG drive to find a turnaround.

Kate Danaher said...

Actually, they could be European. GoCar is the name of a car share co-op around here. Based out of Germany.

Rocketeer said...

GoCar, huh? I smell a publicity stunt.

Tibore said...

Wow, you're really on a campaign about travelling, aren't you? ;)

Well, that there's an example of something you can't do without a trip: Strand your ass on the Bay Bridge. Unless of course you live in San Francisco or Oakland.

Ben Calvin said...

I live in San Francisco, and I've driven a GoCar, for an outing with my son.

You need a driver's licence to rent one. They are legal motor vehicles, although their small engines make them illegal to take on freeways, including the Bay Bridge. Think Autotopia cars at Disneyland and you get the idea.

We had fun running around, but if one wasn't from here it could be pretty terrifying. You are driving on the same roads as everyone else, and that means all the buses, trucks, cars and bikes you can handle.

I've seen more than my share of clueless tourists driving them, who seem to have no idea they're on a public street with other traffic.

Yes, it's entirely plausible a convoy of GoCars made it onto the bridge. I was crossing it once, and traffic slowed to a crawl. As we made our way by the obstruction, we saw a police car escorting an elderly man, dressed as Santa Claus, ridding a bicycle, off the bridge.

JRoberts said...

As my wife and I occasionally share: "We're not lost, we're exploring!"

Sam L. said...

Hey, that wasn't the video I commented on! Those folks had a right-hand-drive car.

Julie C said...

When we first moved to the Bay Area, my mom decided to take my brother and me to San Francisco on an "adventure." She dutifully followed the signs up the 101 (the freeway that goes up the peninsula to SF) and couldn't make up her mind about which exit to take once we'd hit SF. She missed the sign that said, in big bold letters, LAST SAN FRANCISCO EXIT. So we ended up on the Bay Bridge, headed toward Oakland.

Of course, we were in a normal car, not a glorified golf cart.

jeff said...

Many years ago I arrived in DC after dark. Following the signs to the Washington Capitol I arrived at a hockey game. That is a true story. The lawyer with the cigar story has been around for nearly 50 years. The criminal lawyers award committee needs to up its game.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

I just recently returned from a road trip from southern Cal to Bellingham, Washington. We took the 101 north, since the family voted to take the scenic route. I wisely decided to detour through the east Bay, since the 101 turns into surface streets in downtown San Francisco, surely one of the worst places to drive in the world. Tooling north on I-880, I must have missed the sign that said the three left lanes were about to turn onto the Oakland Bay Bridge, with only one lane continuing north. (I prefer to believe that there was no sign) We ended up driving across the bridge ($6.00 toll) and through downtown San Francisco at rush hour on a Friday. Did I mention that there had been a bomb scare on the Bay Bridge which had just ended as we began our detour? Long story short, it took us three hours to go from Oakland to San Rafael. My main takeaway from this sojourn? San Francisco drivers are the biggest assholes in the world.