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Onemunki says: We live in a world of genuine tragedy, starvation and terror. So, after hearing stories of cruise line passengers complaining at the air conditioning breaking down, what stories of sheer single-minded self-pity get your goat?

(, Thu 1 Mar 2012, 12:00)
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It annoys me when people leave flowers at the scene of previous accidents...

I was driving merrily on my way to work today, when I stopped at some lights, and some clearly insensitive fuckers had cable-tied bunches of flowers to the nearby railings.

Ok, so someone died there. I get it. But I was in quite a good mood up until that point. I did not need my happiness being somewhat interrupted by this forced reminder about what was probably a tragic incident that happened to someone I don't even know.

Thanks for that. Next time, make a donation to charity or something. For slithery fuck's sake, if you want to waste your money on remembering them, go to the pub and have a drink in their honour.

Stop ruining my day!
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 8:50, 14 replies)
"go to the pub and have a drink in their honour"
Then drive home?
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 9:05, closed)
Yeah, why the fuck not?
in fact, have 10, and then see how many wasters you can mow over on the way home.

No jury would convict, they knew the risks when they tried crossing the road.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 14:17, closed)
Worst of all was when Diana died......
fucking shrines on every bloody tree. Put there by people who'd never even met the woman. Next it'll be flowers every time someone carks it in EastEnders.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 9:54, closed)
Yes, totally baffling. We should remember that the next time we're tempted to laugh at those crazy North Koreans, wailing over Kim Jong Il...

(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:03, closed)
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
"Yes, but the council don't listen to you any more, do they? Not since you complained about those flowers"

"Well I didn't know there'd been an accident!"
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 10:48, closed)
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
Now THERE is a first world problem.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 13:54, closed)
Yeah, me & my fiancée are the only two people I know who likes it...
Most odd; it's not brilliant but it does make me laugh
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 16:46, closed)
Round my way there's a full-on carved headstone monument, by the side of the road in the middle of an industrial estate.
Now I understand grief and mourning, and the need to have a concrete physical focus for your emotion. But I don't understand the desire to mark the place where the loved-one died, as opposed to where they were laid to rest.

Personally I think I'd want nothing to do with the place they died. I'd probably drive a different way to avoid it.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:01, closed)
I thought that too,
but on further reflection decided that I actually probably would want to visit the place (maybe not immediately), and i probably would visit it quite often - if it was the place that my loved one spent their final moments.

But I certainly wouldn't want to put up some kind of memorial thing on the spot. I somehow find that disturbing.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:44, closed)

(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 13:52, closed)
There are a couple of these near me
I wonder what will happen when some roadworks come along and they have to dig it up or move it or something. Actually the inevitable outcome will probably be a letter to the Mail.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:54, closed)
Haven't you seen Poltergeist?

(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 14:59, closed)
Yeah, I cover my eyes every time I walk past a newspaper stand, too.

(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 11:50, closed)
Ghost Bikes
Round my way, there's a bike painted white at the junction where someone was killed by a lorry. It's covered in gaudy tat and long-dead flowers and has been chained up there for at least a year.

Not only is it a fucking eyesore, but if I was killed riding by a bike, I wouldn't want people's lasting memory of me being defined by my death. To top it all off, it was his own fault for riding down the inside of a left-turning lorry, as so it's basically a shrine to his own stupidity.
(, Thu 8 Mar 2012, 15:44, closed)

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