A British man paused by the side of the road and pretended to look at his phone on the way to work this morning, it has emerged. Matthew O’ Connor, a 31 year-old marketing specialist at Mobiles4U from Evesham, Worcestershire, explained to this blog: “I wasn’t particularly in a hurry and I’d just necked a Red Bull and was about to cross the street to my bus stop. But what happened was, I then saw a solitary car approaching. Now, if the car had kept going at a steady speed, it would have gone straight past me and I could have crossed the road without even breaking my stride – no inconvenience to either one of us. But the driver slowed just a little as he approached, and I could tell that, had I walked one step further towards the kerb, he would have stopped to let me cross in front of him – and I would have had to wait for him to stop and do a little ‘thank you’ wave as I crossed the street. I didn’t want that to happen. So, instead of stepping forwards, I took my phone out of my pocket and pressed some buttons and looked annoyed, as if I was reading a text message. It obviously worked, because the driver didn’t stop, but sped up again and drove right past me. I waited a few seconds until I was sure he couldn’t see me in the rear view mirror, and then crossed the street as I’d originally intended. I’m pretty happy with the way things worked out, and think I played a blinder with the phone.”
The driver of the car was not available for comment.