How high or how low?
I was relieved that they had not hit anyone or the car behind me and thankfully the “damage” to the van was minor…. Somewhat sheepishly I pulled over, gathered up the stricken rails, checked with the driver behind and apologised for my stupidity. A labourer who had heard the clatter peered over and shouted “that’s the third one today!”… presumably to reassure me that I was just one of several muppets that day.
I was cross with myself for forgetting about the roof rails, or rather not being cautious enough. As I pulled into the rental company forecourt, I reflected on what a daft thing I had just done. As I handed in the keys I told the attendant what had happened and we went to inspect the damage more closely. Nothing major… but as they had a security deposit they would take the repair cost out of that. “I wouldn’t have noticed” he told me… “You could have got away with it!”. That may have been true, but I was at fault and the damage would cost his small local business something to repair, I’m well aware that running a business can be tough and when your customers aren’t honest it makes life unnecessarily harder. In any event, if I don’t have my integrity what do I have?
My lift home was very apologetic, thinking that it was their fault for going under the bridge. In my youth I would probably have had the same sentiment, but the little wisdom I have picked up is that I’m responsible for my own choices, to follow was my choice.
Assumptions can be dangerous – as can failing to take proper note of warning signs.
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