Yesterday DS and I were walking out of the shopping center and back to the car, when this old and beaten up Ford Festiva parked next to us. The car was parked right on the line, about 30cm away from my car.
There were 2 adults in the front. In the back there was a baby capsule, a 4 year old and a 6 year old boy (Im just estimating the ages) The 2 boys were not sitting in a carseat. It was very very cramped in there.
Anyway, the woman (mother I assume) was yelling at the boys to hurry up and get out of the car. I knew what was going to happen next.....
The 6 year old pushes the door wide open and slammed it into my door. The result was a dent and a scratch
The father (bare foot, filthy trackies and foul mouthed) first didn't notice I was standing there watching them. He wanted to walk away until I said: "Next time be careful when you open your door. You just dented and scratched my car".
The boy ran off, like he knew he was in trouble. His mother ran after him.
In the mean time the father walks upto me saying "These f*cking kids are going to get it!!! Im sick of their f*cking ****!! I f*cking hate these little c*nts!!!"
The mother dragged the boy back and his father walks upto him and smacks him on the back of his head, followed by his face and stomach with a flat hand. He was swearing at him like you wouldn't believe
He then asked me what I wanted to do. He said he couldn't afford any repairs so if I wanted to get a quote, he would have to pay it off monthly.
I put DS in the car and thought about it. I then decided to leave it as it is. I told him I would try to polish out the scratch and the dent wasn't too deep. My car is already 3 years old anyway.
The guy thanked me and they walked off.
My father now calls me an idiot. According to him I should have gotten his details and got him to pay for a paint job. Yet if you looked at the car, you would know it wasn't insured. Also, if the boy already gets belted like that in public, God knows what will happen to him when they get home and dad is looking forward to a repair bill caused by him
What would you have done? Would you have gone on to get the guy to pay for the minor repairs? Or would you have let it slide?