Yeah, I heard. Andy emailed me about it. Not that I knew him that well. He did the late shift and I always worked early. The only thing I remember about him was the websites he used to look at. Stuff like ratemypoo.com. He’d call me over with this little mischievous grin on his face and show me them, then tell me not to tell anyone, as if we were kids looking at something we shouldn’t.
Sad, though, what happened. Why did he go to Vietnam again? Work? His wife worked at the embassy? Brave move, at his age. And with a young daughter. But if your wife’s a high-flyer, well. Didn’t really see her as the type. I always thought she’d be in an NGO. Or a social worker. Something good. Shows how much I know.
And then their daughter getting killed.
Well, the drivers are mad over there. I’m not surprised she got knocked down. I went there on holiday a few years back. No rules of the road at all, or if there are they get ignored. I saw motorbikes go through red lights then drive the wrong way up a one-way street. And the taxi drivers – awful. Don’t know where they’re going then just turn without looking and take a few pedestrians and motorbikes out while they’re at it.
I can understand why he did what he did, why he felt he had to do something about it. Why should his daughter have to look where she’s going on a one-way street? It couldn’t have been good for his wife, though, or her career, her husband going off on one like that.
Yeah, I saw the video on youtube. Andy sent me the link to that too. I felt sorry for him even if the comments below the video were all about how mad he was: look at this loon, what an ex-pat prick, etc. The faces on the motorbike riders were priceless, though, when he stopped them and pointed to the road signs. As if he was the one doing something wrong. Good for him trying to bring a sense of order even if it’s too late to bring his daughter back.
Somebody should’ve stopped him from getting that baseball bat, though. I know one of those motorbike guys drove over his foot, but still. He’s in a foreign country. You can’t change a country. And clotheslining people as they drive by is not going to help even if he does get some sense of satisfaction out of it.
I didn’t see that video, though. Andy sent me the link, but it took too long to load and I had other things to do.
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