Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Erroneous on Both Accounts

Whilst ambling up 5th Avenue today, a fast walking man bumped into a female, causing the following back and forth.
Man: (sincerely) Excuse me.
Woman: (angrily) That's my space!
It occurs to me that this woman has made two errors in her calculations:
  1. A quick perusal of the New York City Department of Transportation's "Pedestrians and Sidewalks" section makes it clear that ownership of sidewalks falls to the city or to building owners, and not to pedestrians.
  2. Even if the sidewalk was truly "her space," this man was obviously not attempting to overtake her territory. He had no weapons, no plan, and no armor. He's not going to fall prey to one of the classic blunders: never get involved in a land war on 5th Avenue.
So... to Man I say what woman should have: You're Excused.

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