Young man forgives taxi driver who tried blaming him after crashing into his vehicle
Any motorist knows traffic doesn’t always flow smoothly, and the roads can sometimes get pretty hectic. What’s most important, however, is being tolerant and considerate of other road users.
Mikkie Belen, of Pasay City, in the Philippines, could not even open his door after a taxi driver, who wasn’t looking where he was going, collided with his vehicle as the two took a right turn on May 26.
Incredibly, the taxi driver started shouting loudly, trying to pin the fault on him in front of bystanders and standstill traffic, which had banked up behind their two vehicles, which were blocking the road.
It was a hot day, and with impatient drivers honking their horns, and the taxi driver trying to shirk responsibility by blaming him, Mikkie was in a less-than-favorable situation.
When Mikkie requested the traffic enforcement officer to escalate the matter to the police, the taxi driver suddenly fessed up that he may be partly to blame.
Police arrived on the scene and established that the taxi driver was at fault, and he was to carry the costs. For the cost of a police report, Mikkie and the taxi driver would be required to pay 200 Philippine Peso (approx. US$3.75) each.
The taxi driver then asked the officer for grace as he only had 500 Philippine Peso (approx. US$9.35) in his wallet.
Mikkie suggested that his company shoulder the cost.
When the young man learned that the taxi company would not help, and that the whole sum would be deducted from the driver’s salary, he had a change of heart.
“How could I take this hard working man’s money?” he wrote on Facebook.
Feeling more sympathetic, he put himself in his shoes. He knows it’s hard for some people to get by and that nobody is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time.
“I can not blame them [taxi drivers] because sometimes rushing is their only way to make ends meet,” Mikkie added.
It was when the taxi driver admitted he had learned a lesson from this incident that Mikkie said “that’s okay,” and chose to forgive instead of pursue the matter further.
He chose to view the unfortunate incident in a positive light. Perhaps now the driver will take extra care on the road, which will not only be safer for him, but for others too.
Mikkie dropped his complaint against the driver, which means that no police report would be filed, and the man would not get charged. After sharing a few words of caution about being more careful whilst driving, and ending their interaction on a positive note, he bade farewell to the taxi driver.
“If you know me well, you know how I love my cars; but this time I’m willing to drive around with a scratched car until I can save to have it fixed rather than taking this man’s money not knowing how much hard time it could cause him.”
“For these drivers it’s giving up a meal or two for their family.”
When Mikkie shared what happened that day on Facebook, his post, which he started off by clarifying he’s “typing this with teary eyes,” was shared more than 5,200 times.
It just goes to show that when we stop being angry and try to control our emotions, one may be surprised with how a seemingly bad situation can be turned into a positive experience.
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