Crosswalk Creeps: An educational filmstrip

This image of Edward G. Robinson is courtesy of whatever Hollywood media conglomerate owns his image.

This is Edward G. Robinson; I’ve been torn from my eternal slumber to warn you about a dangerous new wave of degeratism sweeping across this country.  But first, some rules: No talking during the filmstrip. No sleeping during the filmstrip. If you have to go to the bathroom, be sure to get some ice for Mrs. Larson’s scotch glass. All right now sit still and we’ll get started.

[Lights dim.]

Crosswalk Creeps – they’re everywhere!  Infesting the arterials of our decaying downtowns…  Lurking in the shadowy corners of the otherwise peaceful neighborhoods of this great land… Someone you know might be one.  You may even be a Crosswalk Creep yourself!

An Incher in Seattle, from a Seattle DJC blog post complaining more coherently about much the same thing.

Crosswalk Creeps fall into one of two types.  The first type is the Incher.  This degenerate is deluded into thinking he has powers of telekinesis that will allow him, if he inches into the crosswalk incrementally, to change traffic lights from red to green. He’s so deluded that he even thinks he can will pedestrians out of existence simply by blocking their sole crossing point across a roadway.

Upstanding Americans know that they can’t force a light to change, no matter how much of the crosswalk they park in.  So stay behind the stop line, for Pete’s sake!  You wouldn’t want to be a Crosswalk CreeeEEEOOUUououououoaplllllloo………

OW! Johnny! Mrs. Larson, Johnny hit me with a spitball!

Johnny! John Anderson, I saw you!  Come here this instant! You just earned yourself detention young man! Constance, please start the filmstrip while I escort Johnny to detention.  Children, sit still and be quiet and no one better touch my glass!

………oooeeeeheheheheheEEEEEehehEHecond type of Crosswalk Creep is the Giddy Skidder. This menace to society thinks he’s so important that he can’t wait a handful of seconds for a crosswalk to clear before he starts to turn. Instead he starts creeping towards the crosswalk, aiming his lethal machine at the law-abiding citizens in the walk. Some of these monsters like to rush to get out of the way of oncoming traffic and instead fling themselves right at the good people on the sidewalk, oftentimes blocking a portion of the walk if there’s a steady stream of pedestrians.

It’s not that complicated: Keep it straight, and don’t be a giddy skidder!

But hey, Mr. Giddy Skidder didn’t hit anyone, so as long as there’s no sidewalk smears there’s no problem, right? Wrong! Not only wrong, but sick and twisted, I should add. You don’t like it when Daddy gets drunk and points a loaded gun at your face, do you? So why would a pedestrian like it when you point your car at him? It’s just as easy to keep your car pointed straight ahead until the crosswalk is clear, and if you really loved America, that’s just what you would do.

Inchers, Giddy Skidders, they’re all Crosswalk Creeps. Our glorious democracy is far too imperiled by the Communist threat to put up with internal miscreants like Crosswalk Creeps, so don’t be a Crosswalk Creep! And if your Mommy or Daddy is a Crosswalk Creep, hurry to your local FBI office to report them.  Remember kids, you’re either with us, or you’re a Crosswalk Creep!

[Warbly music fades as the filmstrip runs out, leaving only a relentless flipflipflipflipflip as the film remains on the spinning projector.  This sound is nearly inaudible as a general high-pitched cacophony rose as quickly the closing music faded. Camera pans to Mrs. Larson, who is slumped over her desk. Fade out on now-empty scotch glass.

Fin.]


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9 Responses to Crosswalk Creeps: An educational filmstrip

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke December 14, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Well then, here's a clip of Edward G. Robinson saving a horribly dressed Joan Bennett from getting mugged: http://tcsidewalks.blogspot.com/2009/01/classic-s

  2. Jessica Schoner December 14, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    My favorite kind of crosswalk creep: The one who doesn't realize that the intersection is NO RTOR, so they're stopped in the middle of the crosswalk, forcing you to dangerously walk close to oncoming traffic to get around them, FOR NO REASON because they can't even turn anyway.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke December 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      I always walk intimidatingly close to these people, like actually rubbing my butt on their hoods, tapping my hand on their fenders.

      I am a bad person?

      • Brian Udell December 15, 2012 at 2:57 am #

        I do the same thing. I've contemplated, for the worst offenders, walking slowly in front of their car, stopping, slowly turning my head towards the driver, and staring right into his or her eyes silently for about 10 seconds, or until the light turns green. Haven't mustered the stones to try it yet though.

      • Phil December 15, 2012 at 8:01 am #

        That's okay–at least you go around. I just step onto the hood of their car and continue moving through the crosswalk.

  3. Janne December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Love it.

    This isn't really relevant… but I think Alex may be a generation younger than I am. As someone who went through elementary, middle and high school watching film strips and films, I feel compelled to point out that filmstrips are manually turned (at a beep), typically by a favored student appointed by the teacher, and so don't 'flipflipflipflipflip' at the end.

    I think this is really about either an 8mm or 16mm film.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=16mm+film+projecthttps://www.google.com/search?q=8mm+film+projecto

  4. David Levinson
    David Levinson December 15, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    As a pedestrian, I hate them, and do give the dirty look. I sometimes pull out my camera phone and photograph the license plate, someday I will do a Wall of Shame.

    However, as a driver, sometimes creeping up will change the light from red to green, if the intersection is actuated and the loop detector is under the crosswalk. This is just bad (or non-existant) design (and bad driving, but there are multiple fingers to blame: those who put in the loop detector, those who designed the signal, those who painted the crosswalk, those who aligned sidewalks where they did, and so on).