Those of you who are familiar with Permaisuri would know the horrendous double-parking practice at the shop area, since no one wants to park at the vast parking lot provided and pay RM2 for mere minutes.
People have double-parked behind us so many times, too. Yang paling kami marah – dah la dalam baaaaaaaaaaaaanyak-banyak kereta yang park, kereta kami yang jadi mangsa. Lepas tu, tak tinggal nombor telefon for us to call for them to remove their car pula tu. Bila hon pun, lamaaaaaaaaaa baru nak teringat yang dia double-park belakang kita.
With that in mind, Abang & I have long prepared our phone numbers on an A-5 size paper (A4 paper lipat dua) in the car. A number on each side. Kalau aku yang bawak kereta, I’ll put the side yang ada my number if I double-park (or even tumpang parking kat space orang). If Abang yang bawa, he’ll put the side with his number.
So far, we’ve never being called for us to remove our car, which is ok la kan. Maybe sebab kami tinggalkan kereta sekejap aje.
But tadi, this noon, I had to double-park behind a certain red MyVi since I was just going to be very quick in the pharmacy (quick tak quick pun, mau 5-10 jugak la I needed). As usual, I left my phone number on the dashboard. Mind you, on A5 size paper, tau. Big and bold the number is. Bukan tulis kecik-kecik on some decrepit old receipts ke apa.
You know when you’ve left your number like that, you tend to ‘let go’, like, less aware of any honking whatsoever. Ye la, nombor dah besar-besar terpampang kat atas dashboard, you tend to be at peace dah la kan. Asal jangan pegi jauh-jauh dari kereta, dah la.
And also I put my handphone on loud so that I’ll hear the first ringing from deep inside my bag.
True enough, five minutes in the pharmacy, I got a call from an unfamiliar number. I said, “Hello?” And I got a reply from some really irate Indian guy, “You’re blocking my car lah!!!”.
Calmly I replied, Ok Ok I’m coming out now, sorry!
Wow, I told myself. Marahnya dia??? Itu aku letak nombor, tu. Kalau tak letak nombor macam orang lain yang selalu buat kat kami, macam mana la agaknya ya??? Kira akak macam bengang la jugak, kan.
I excused myself from the adik-adik kat pharmacy yang tengah melayan aku, walked out deras-deras to cross the road to remove my car. Before I got into my car, I smiled at the guy, who was with his family maybe (I saw a big elderly woman, a couple of kids and a lady behind the wheel) and said, “Ok sorry!”.
And as I was reversing back, the owner of a Wira car beside the irate red MyVi (whom I also double-parked him) datang berlenggang dari arah Supermarket with his trolly. So, I reversed lagi jauh sikit, selang satu kereta (lepas la kalau dua-dua kereta nak keluar), ‘coz the Wira guy decided to park the trolly right behind his car-boot to transfer his groceries. And I gave a light-signal so that cars behind would know that I’m about to take over the parking space from the red MyVi.
Cars were coming, streaming the one-way road, making it hard for the lady in the red MyVi to reverse. Macam biasa la kat M’sia ni, lagi nampak lampu reverse, lagi nak lalu. Bukan reti nak kasi chan ke apa.
Satu kali, pompuan tu bukak tingkap, suruh akak ke belakang lagi. Aku tunjuk la gesture – aku dah ke belakang. It’s the trolly who’s blocking your way, dammit. Part ‘dammit’ tu dalam hati aje la kan.
Makna kata, baik la dia suruh Abang Wira tu to alihkan sikit the trolly, kan??? Itu pun akak reverse lagi sikit, Dik non! Kot la dia ni tak berapa pandai reverse tempat sempit ka, kan.
And dia STILL nak suruh akak ke belakang lagi! Ya Tuhan apa kena dengan pompuan ni, ni??? Kereta macam aku aje, bukannya besar lebar macam SUV ke apa.
Bila dia akhirnya dapat reverse keluar habis, dia naikkan fist dia (or maybe she was making a gesture too, but glad I didn’t see) and jerit “BODOH!!!” kat akak!
Kau yang bodoh tak pandai maneuver kereta, kau marah orang lain pulak??? Kalau dia tahu yang akak ni pernah bawak keta kat segala tempat sempit di celah-celah makbeydah Scotland, Isle of Skye or even the hillocks of tea plantation in the Highlands dulu, pasti dia tak maki akak… agaknya la.
Pastu dia pun ciao, sebelum sempat akak nak react. Ye la that was really uncalled for, okay!
Eh, geram gila akak, dik non oi!!!!
Akak pun park baik-baik, and masuk balik Pharmacy to continue with my shopping. Akak pun cerita la what telah happened to the adik-adik pharmacy yang tengah tunggu akak, kan. Depa pun naik geram. Ye la, akak kan dah tinggalkan nombor phone for them to call, bukannya I left my car double-parking others irresponsibly, kan?
Adik-adik pharmacy tanya akak, akak tak maki dia balik ke?
Akak kata, kalau dia dah bodoh, nak maki dia balik pun tak guna sebab dia memang bodoh, aku kata.
I went back with some sense of… unfinished business, I would say. Bukan sebab akak nak marah orang tu balik ke apa, but akak nak their explanation kenapa yang dorang marah sangat ke akak padahal every single thing that I did tadi I had them in the best of my interest.
And then I remembered, oo yeaa, kan mamat tu ada call aku??? Hence I have their number!
So, lepas aku park keta kat condo and sebelum keluar dari keta, I sent them an sms. But not first without reversing the car back and imagining a trolly right behind my neighbour's car and another imaginary car behind the trolly, just to gauge and understand the lady's frustration. Hmph, tak susah apa pun. Aku rasa mungkin dia dah tak tahan nak berak pagi ke apa, tak sabor nak keluarkan kereta, pastu marah ke aku pulak. Ye la, takkan nak marahkan ke trolly, kan. Doubling her bodohness.
This was what I sent:
“Dear kind Sir, Good Afternoon. I’m the lady who blocked your car, but at the same time left my number for you to call/sms to remove my car. I’m deeply disturbed that your lady had, for whatever reason, ‘maki’ me (I think she was angry at the trolly that made her difficult to reverse, but vented out on me instead. So, I would like to forgive her for that). Just so you know that perhaps next time you should marah people who block your car WITHOUT phone numbers just like they do ALL THE TIME HERE in Permaisuri, instead of me. The world is small, kind Sir. We may be living/working in the same block, no? Peace.”
Haa mak ngkau. Panjang lebar akak nulis nya. But at least akak rasa lega lepas tu, kan.
Akak ingat nak add “Makkal Sakhti” ke kat belakang. Tapi takut depa orang-orang kuat MIC la pulak, kan. Mana la tau! So I ended with “Peace” aje, cukup la tu.
(FYI I did that "Makkal Sakhti" wish to my contractor once, not knowing that his cable in the organisasi terdiri dari orang-orang kuat Amenok, hence, dia tak pernah respond when I first said “Makkal Sakhti” to him. Mujur contractor aku tu kuat kerja gila, completing my job three months in advance! But at least now he knows that he doesn’t need to kipas me for any jobs. As long as he’s darn good in his work, he deserves what he’s due.)
Do you think they’d be fuming mad further after receiving my sms like that?
I haven’t received any reply, nor do I expect to get any reply from them. I hope if they do not have any kind words to reply my sms, then they better don’t.
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Hey, by the way, do you guys know any supplier that could make (and then also sell) car sticker (or even yang boleh gantung kat kereta guna that plastic sucker tu) that says…
“KINDLY LEAVE YOUR NUMBER IF YOU FEEL LIKE LEAVING YOUR
… or something funny along the line.