Rage isn’t the smartest of emotions. It stops you thinking straight. All sense of reason and fear of consequences go out the window. You just want someone to hurt for what they’ve done. And hurt bad.
Take road rage. There’s something about getting behind a wheel that turns humans into animals at the slightest provocation.
It’s also becoming disturbingly prevalent in Australia.
On January 24, The NT News reported: “An outbreak of supermarket rage ended when a man threw a newspaper stand through the store’s front window in Darwin.
“Senior Sergeant Louise Jorgensen said the 43-year-old man was sober.
“‘He needs anger management,’ she said.
“The man broke the window after an argument with another customer at the supermarket in Progress Drv, Nightcliff, yesterday.
And so was the window …
On March 23, The Age reported: “A frustrated and “hungry” convicted murderer broke the nose of a 7-Eleven staffer because the victim struggled to understand which pie he wanted.
“A court heard Jason Rex Cardwell, 43, reached across the counter of the store in Bourke Street, Melbourne, and grabbed the attendant by his shirt.
“Prosecutor Catharine Sedgwick said as he pulled the man towards himself Cardwell punched him in the face with his right fist.
“Ms Sedgwick yesterday told Melbourne Magistrates Court the blow chipped the man’s tooth and broke his nose and glasses.
“Cardwell, who had entered the store with four friends on August 2, 2009, let go of the victim and left the store.
“Cardwell, who left a handprint on the pie warmer, later made full admissions to police, explaining his reason for the assault was: “Just frustration. Hungry.”
Perfectly reasonable excuse … not …
On October 15, ABC News reported: “Police say a 68-year-old woman who was seriously assaulted in Preston earlier this month, was apparently set upon over a dispute about a car parking space.
“Police say the woman and her husband were packing groceries into their car near the Murray Road supermarket on October 6, when a man yelled at them and pushed the woman to the ground.
“She suffered a broken bone in her spine and shattered wrists.
“The man, believed to be in his 20s, was last seen running away on Murray Road.”
Seriously? Get a grip guys. It’s grocery shopping. Not a blood sport.
According to Scientific American anger behind the wheel is on the increase. “Road rage is remarkably common. In one survey of more than 500 drivers, 90 percent reported that during the past year they either were a victim of road rage or had witnessed it.”
Sadly, they offered no data on trolley rage.
I’m just thankful I don’t live in the United States. While researching trolley rage, I came across a AAA Foundation report that revealed: “Motorists involved in fender-bender collisions and silly traffic disputes are increasingly being shot, stabbed, beaten, and run over for inane reasons.
“A 23-year-old Indiana University student hacked a university maintenance worker with a hatchet after the two argued about the student’s car being parked in a service drive. Other cases stem from equally trivial apparent causes. In one case a man was shot and killed “because he was driving too slowly.” In another case a woman was shot because “the bitch hit my new Camaro.” In still another case a small child was seriously wounded because her father “cut me off.”
Jaysus. Makes Troppo Trolley Man look positively adorable.
Nah, he was a total eedjit.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of trolley rage?