Sue was at home yesterday with her 17 year old daughter, Mary. They live in attached rental condos. New neighbors were moving in next door. At some point, she was at her window looking out and heard a crunch, and saw her new neighbor’s car hit Sue’s husband’s car. Sue goes outside to see what happened. At this point, she sees the damage is not bad and plans on not making a big deal out of it until:
1. Two adults climb out of the back seat of the car and high tail it,
2. The driver appears young,
3. The driver says when confronted that she did not hit Sue’s car, the damage was already there,
4. Sue asks to see the girl’s permit, and the girl replies, “You want to see my permanent?”
5. When the girl’s mother arrives after Sue had the girl get her, the mother replies in clear English, “Oh, the damage is not bad, we’ll take care of it.” And tries to send her daughter away,
6. Sue asks mom, “Where’s your daughter’s permit?” Mom says, “She’s only 11.”
Now, Sue calls the police.
When the police arrive, so do about 30 people who claim to be relatives of mom: men, women and children. Also, mom can no longer speak English.
No one knows who owns the car. The girl claims she was the only person in the car (besides the two adults that ran away, the girl’s younger brother and their dog were in the car, too.) Mom is playing the “I don’t understand, I’m a poor foreigner” card. All of the bystanders, who are not witnesses, are confusing the matter by conversing in their native tongue. And while Sue is trying to sort things out, three grown men, related to mom, are giving Mary the eye and licking their lips at her.
When we were growing up, we were taught that it was rude to speak another language in front of people that couldn’t understand. Whether we were here or in Germany, we spoke the language of the host country or we waited until we were alone to speak to each other. In case you ever wondered: people are suspicious of people when they can’t understand them.
In case you ever wondered: eleven year olds are not allowed to drive cars in this country. We tend to frown on that. And if thirty people can arrive when the police show up, can’t thirty people watch your kid? Oh, that’s right, you had two adults watching her, they just didn’t have the balls to stick around, when, as one might imagine, an accident happened.
In case you ever wondered: you’ve already got the selfish, “I’m out for only me” attitude, so welcome to the US, you should fit right in.