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By Jordan W. Charness

Brenda had had a long, tough day and was looking forward to spending a relaxing evening at home with her husband and children. She works at a high-pressure job downtown that carries with it a lot of responsibility, and although she likes it, she is more than happy when the work day comes to an end and she can get home to her family.

Today had been “one of those days.” Although nothing really went wrong, everything seemed to go long. Unfortunately, her day was not going to improve after she left the office. When she got downstairs and went to where she had parked her car, she found that the one behind her had tucked in really tight and near her back bumper. To make matters worse, she herself had parked with a few inches to spare between her front bumper and the rear bumper of the car ahead of her.

Heaving a deep sigh, she climbed behind the wheel and attempted to extricate herself from this tight parking place. She turned and twisted back and forth until she only needed one more reverse manoeuvre to get herself out and on her way. By this time, her patience was wearing thin and she did not pay as much attention to her driving as she should have, and she hit the car behind her with a bit of a whack.

Cursing under her breath she got out of her car to check for damage. She was relieved to see that there was only a tiny scratch on her bumper but the car behind her seemed to have been dented. It was only a little dent and she rapidly talked herself into believing that the dent had probably been there for a long time and was not caused by her.

She looked at the dent. She looked at her watch. She got into her car and left without so much as leaving a note behind.

Unbeknownst to her, her manoeuvring back-and-forth in an attempt to extricate herself from the tight parking place had caught the attention and interest of a passer-by who thought it was funny and videotaped the whole thing on his cell phone camera. He was quite surprised when Brenda left without advising the owner of the car that she had damaged.

The passer-by quickly switched from video to camera mode on his cell phone and snapped a picture of her license plate as she left the scene. He then walked over to the car that she had hit and took a picture of the dent. His next step was a trip to the local police station where he played the video and showed the picture to the officer in charge.

A few weeks later Brenda received a phone call from the police hit-and-run squad asking her if she remembered the incident. She honestly responded that she did remember that something like that had indeed happened. She did say, however, that she had hoped that the dent in the other car was already there and not caused by her. The police officer told her otherwise and sent her a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the damage she had caused to the police or to the owner of the vehicle. She paid the ticket.

Depending on the severity of the accident and the jurisdiction, hit and run can be considered a traffic offence or even a criminal act!

A few weeks later, she called her insurance company as she wanted to insure a new car that she was thinking of buying. The insurance agent told her that her insurance rates would skyrocket because of the hit and run incident. To add to her woes the bystander had loaded her whole parking incident on YouTube for all the world to see!

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