I’m a bit of a tit really eh

“Oh”  he said,  “so you knew all along then”

“Uh huh . . .”

Hang on.  Let’s stop right there and rewind back about thirty minutes.

I was stood beside a towering policeman listening to a scrawny drunken Shoreditch trendy rant on about his broken bicycle and careless drivers.

What is it with "single speed"“. . . and another thing yeh, how can you,”  he pointed at the officer,  “how can you allow this sort of thing to *hic* happen right?  I mean, he tried to kill me yeh *hic*?  Came out of nowhere . . . I was nearly killed man *hic*. . . and what am I supposed to do about my bike yeh? . . . ”

And on and on and on he went.  Relentlessly complaining about how he’d only had one pint, was on his way home on his bike when a car forced him off the road . . . and then driven off, not stopping.

The officer’s face was award winning.  Utter disinterest.  Thousand yard stare.  Lost completely in his own private “happy place”.  Eyes entirely glazed over.  Not an inch of movement or sympathy.

I however, smiled and nodded over theatrically at our patient – with only a hint of sarcasm.  The trendy’s chin was torn open but no bones appeared broken.  The bleeding had stopped and he was clearly going to need stitches.

Finally, a police van arrived to cart off the trendy’s bike to a safe place so as I could convey the patient in my car to the hospital just up the road.  It was after all, a ridiculously busy night and there were absolutely no trucks to send.

After saying goodbye to the police we set off.  The trendy was still at it though . . . yapping on about his rights and how dare drivers get away with that sort of behaviour.  Eventually, I interjected . . .

“Tim*.  You do know that copper had told me that they’d looked at the CCTV footage of what had happened.  There was no car Tim!  Just you.  They said they watched you just plough head on into the curb and go flying over your handle bars.  It was your fault Tim . . . you’re pissed”

There was a long pause.

“Oh”  he said,  “so you knew all along then”

“Uh huh . . .”  I smiled.

Another long pause.

“I’m a bit of a tit really eh”

“Uh huh . . . ”  I smiled some more.

The rest of the short journey was, I’m pleased to say, in complete silence.

Binder

*not his real name of course

 

Facebook Twitter Email Stumbleupon Pinterest Delicious

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *