Posted by: Just.a.Girl on Nov 26, 2010
Today I decided to live my the motto: "Don't get mad - get even" and what fun I had!
As I was driving on the M1 from Sandton towards Pretoria yesterday afternoon - on my way to a meeting - I missed the offramp I was supposed to take. So I quickly took out my Blackberry and turned on the GPS to try and establish the quickest root from where I was now heading, to my intended destination.
As soon as my BB was able to establish my position, I entered the address of the company where my 16:00 meeting was supposed to be. Found the destination, selected the option to be navigated to the destination. Just as I was starting to feel a bit less stupid for missing the offramp - I see a bright orange car next to me...Metro Police...and naturally I firmly holding on to my BB with my right hand on the steering wheel. He gave me one look and then turned on his lovely blue lights; so I pulled off.
A little irritated at the trouble I caused myself by missing my offramp; and a little irritated at what was about to happen, I quickly put on my seatbelt before I am in even more trouble and then sat in my car and waited for to Metro Cop to enlighten me with his presence. I was feeling like the Terminator; ready to tell him "Go ahead; make my day!!" when he was standing next to me and suddenly I felt that feeling you feel when you're being scolded or when you did something wrong...after all; I am just a girl.
"May I please see your drivers licence" said the Metro Cop in a firm and sturdy voice. Like a child being punished - I handed him the little card that admits me to free daily traffic. He examined the card, examined my licence sticker in the window and then gave back my card.
"Do you know that it is illegal to talk on your cellphone while you are driving??" said the mean voice. I told him - in the sweetest voice I could master - that I was not talking on my BB, but using it for navigational purposes (showing him the active navigation). He raised an eyebrow to peek at my BB's screen, and shook his head. "That makes no difference. You were using your device while you were driving and that is against the Law" he exclaimed in a firm voice and then thrilled me by informing me that he will just have to give me a fine.
I did not even bother to argue as I know it doesn't help; and besides I was now running late. The Metro Cop (who I have decided to call Thursday) gave me a lovely coupon to the value R 300.00...a coupon I had to pay for. I thanked him kindly, then drove away.
I was given until middle December to pay my fine, but I decided to do it as soon as possible due to the fact that there are roadblocks everywhere these days and should they pull me over and I have a fine, I will have even more drama.
I plotted revenge throughout the meeting and decided that I will put my plan into action the very next morning. This morning, I headed to the bank, withdrew the amount and then headed inside...smirking all the way. Part one of mission "get even" was now complete. I was now heading to the Metro Police department; excited like never before to pay my fine.
When I got there, I handed the lady my little coupon and she started typing away and doing her thing on the computer. She hit entered a few times, click-click and then: "That will be R 300.00 ma'am." I smiled and then took the fluffy bank-bag out of my handbag and handed it to the kind lady. She opened it; stared at me, stared at the contents, stared at me, gazed at the contents and then exclaimed "Eish!!" whilst looking completely bewildered. Yes, I was indeed paying my R 300.00 fine with 50c coins...and it felt so good!! "Sorry for the change!" I exclaimed sincerely but inside I was rolling over the floor laughing!!
She asked me how much money there was, and I told her: "I think there's R 300.00, but I'm not sure though. You're welcome to count it." taking my revenge even further. Unfortunately she chose to believe me, and started printing my receipt. I extended my apologies once again and thanked the lady for my receipt. Needless to say; I could not stop smiling as I was walking out of the Metro Police Department and driving to the office...I'm walking on sunshine! So maybe I was a bit mean...but it felt so good!
And that, my dear friends; is why getting even is so much better than getting mad!