Friday, September 28, 2007

The Scooter and the Taxi

We had finished our visit to the Hwaseong Fortress and were waiting to cross the street when I saw a scooter come zipping out of a side street and BANG, it was hit by a taxi. The taxi driver got out and began to yell with hands waving at the scooter guy who was laid out on the pavement at the time. I'm yelling at Curt to call 119 (911 in Korea) since no one else seemed to be concerned. He didn't call because his Korean is just a little better than mine and we didn't know where we were. (It's hard to find a street sign in Korea). We are still waiting for the light to change and I'm complaining to Curt about how the taxi driver is handling the situation. Of course, the scooter guy was wrong but geez, you hit him with your car! How about a little compassion!

The street light finally turned and we crossed the street to find this scene. The lady was the customer in the taxi at the time of the accident. I couldn't believe the taxi driver wanted his fare. The scooter guy is sitting on the sidewalk out of the shot, holding his stomach and shaking his head.

Now, she needs to find another taxi to get her to her destination. No one was talking with the scooter guy to see if he was alright and I really didn't know what to do since I couldn't speak in Korean. I'm not sure if the police were even called. I hope the scooter guy is ok. Scooters and taxis are two reasons I DON'T drive in Korea. They are crazy; running red lights, driving on the sidewalks (the scooters) and basically using their brakes only when absolutely necessary.


Helena said...

Yikes! I hope he's okay. Scary.

Becky said...

I found out from my Korean teacher that as a foreigner for emergencies to call 1339 so now I know!

Helena, I just saw the banners you designed for Eva. They are amazing!

CreekHiker said...

Quite a lot of excitement for one day.

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