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Ophbalance
05-14-2015, 01:24 AM
I had to hit up a pharmacy and a food store tonight so I took the two wheel transport to get there (hurray for plausible excuses to use it!). Anywho... the pharmacy visit was pretty normal. They did not, however, have some of the snacky things I need for the kids lunches. To the food store!

I go in, and after some deliberation, decide to take off my helmet. Mostly so I could put ear plugs in for the ride back home. I enter into the void that is the store and exit as quickly as can be done. And then, it happened. I was walking to my parked bike in front of the store (they only had one entrance open).

Really Old Dude: "Do you work here?"
Me: *only barely registers the noise"
ROD: <louder> "Do you work here?!"
Me: *dawns on me he's talking to ME*. "No"

Now, keep in mind. I'm wearing a highlighter yellow jacket, carrying a Motorcycle helmet, with a backpack. How exactly does that scream out that I work at the food store?

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raudf
05-14-2015, 01:28 AM
The same world where a woman who is pushing a stroller with a grumpy baby could be working there. I think it's the half-zombie, sleep deprived, "I no longer have any damns to give," attitude that does it.

WishfulSpirit
05-14-2015, 01:52 AM
At least you got asked if you work there. Twice I've been at the Greens of Wal in a polo shirt (NOT the same color as the employees wear, mind you) and had other customers walk up to me demanding to know where the widgets were. Not asking, demanding. I shouldn't be surprised but I was. Being rude to a total stranger who has no incentive not to punch you in the nose is a bad idea.

Ophbalance
05-14-2015, 02:36 AM
The only thing that makes any sense at all is maybe he figures someone in that much HiViz must be a cart boy? Just a very interesting addition to my ride tonight ;).

Silent-Hunter
05-14-2015, 03:31 PM
That's my favorite shade of yellow!

pudddykat
05-14-2015, 08:12 PM
Yay for a biker who does it right. Bonus points for HiVis. I too often see shorts and/or sandals. The first thought that goes through my head is "You really don't like those first three layers of skin do you?"

cindybubbles
05-14-2015, 10:36 PM
If I see someone with loads of stuff in their cart, my tired self automatically assumes that they work there, even though they don't have a uniform on. Then I remember this site and tell myself, "that's a customer, that's a customer."

Blue Ginger
05-15-2015, 02:23 AM
Yay for a biker who does it right. Bonus points for HiVis. I too often see shorts and/or sandals. The first thought that goes through my head is "You really don't like those first three layers of skin do you?"

Even worse is when it is a child on the back with shorts, t-shirt, sandals and a bicycle helmet on a major road with an 80km limit. Coppers got called on that 'parent'. :rant:

RichS
05-15-2015, 01:19 PM
The first thought that goes through my head is "You really don't like those first three layers of skin do you?"

Experienced that first-hand, and I was wearing an equivalent to what the OP has on. You won't believe how fast pavement can eat away at jeans (and skin) while sliding down said pavement @ 60 MPH...:(

Having gone through that, I can't believe the things I've seen people wear while riding.

Ophbalance
05-15-2015, 04:14 PM
Yeah, eventually I'll have to pick up a thick pair of jeans. The ones I've got on are about a year old and still have a fair amount of material to them. I'm too old to go around without HiViz safety gear on, though from what I hear, there's still plenty of folks that will claim they don't see you. I'd like to think I've hit a maturity level that will keep me from being killed on this thing ;).

AccountingDrone
05-15-2015, 05:02 PM
Experienced that first-hand, and I was wearing an equivalent to what the OP has on. You won't believe how fast pavement can eat away at jeans (and skin) while sliding down said pavement @ 60 MPH...:(

Having gone through that, I can't believe the things I've seen people wear while riding.

I have road rash scars from sliding at 20 mph wearing a heavy leather jacket, Levi 501s with tights [for warmth, it was January in Virginia Beach, still gets cold there.] Screwed the pain on the tank of my 84 V30 Magna :cry: Granted it was 3 years old at that point, but it was *my* V30 Magna.

Gilhelmi
05-16-2015, 07:54 AM
I definitely have to agree with the "Cart boy" theory.

In fact, you do look just like the ones they have at Walmart.

Blue Ginger
05-16-2015, 08:46 AM
Yeah, eventually I'll have to pick up a thick pair of jeans. The ones I've got on are about a year old and still have a fair amount of material to them. I'm too old to go around without HiViz safety gear on, though from what I hear, there's still plenty of folks that will claim they don't see you. I'd like to think I've hit a maturity level that will keep me from being killed on this thing ;).

Check out Draggin Jeans. I know that they are in Oz and I'm guessing there would be similar products in the rest of the world. They are jeans that have kevlar in them, normally around the knees and hip/bum area. Much better protection than normal jeans.

My dad has gone through quite a number of pairs over the years he was riding to work everyday. He says that they are easier to ride with than leathers during the summer and dry faster in winter when you get rained on.

wolfie
05-16-2015, 05:15 PM
I'm too old to go around without HiViz safety gear on, though from what I hear, there's still plenty of folks that will claim they don't see you.

The idiot who changed lanes into the lane I was already occupying claimed they didn't see me. Cost me a tire (not an immediate blow, but sidewall was damaged so I needed to get it replaced) and some cosmetic damage. The wheel lugs on my front wheel tore the side panel of their vehicle open. Yep, I was driving the Peterbilt of Natural Selection at the time. If someone can't see an 18 wheeler, they DEFINITELY won't see a motorcycle.

RichS
05-17-2015, 09:54 PM
I have road rash scars from sliding at 20 mph wearing a heavy leather jacket, Levi 501s with tights [for warmth, it was January in Virginia Beach, still gets cold there.]

Even though they've faded, I still 'feel' where the road rash was, and my left knee is getting worse. Scraped the left side, dented the left side of the tank, and messed up the front forks on my little Honda 200 - and it still ran.

Took me 10 years before I started riding again, and I wore all of my safety gear. Had to sell my bikes to move into a house, but I'm feeling the bug again.

I'll have to look up those jeans when I get another bike.

pudddykat
05-21-2015, 07:18 PM
@Wolfie it's my personal policy to not argue with or challenge 18 wheelers because they will always win. In fact, I give them space and right of way and don't ride in the blind spots. Easy math: Me small and them big = me smooshed. No thanks. I always look twice for bikes and hope they are smart enough to pay attention on their end too.

raudf
05-23-2015, 12:19 AM
@Wolfie it's my personal policy to not argue with or challenge 18 wheelers because they will always win.

"Greater mass equals right of way" is what one of our local traffic reporters would say when a small car would get smooshed after being in a competition with a big-rig for the right of way.

Argus
05-23-2015, 01:45 AM
If someone can't see an 18 wheeler, they DEFINITELY won't see a motorcycle.A while back, I saw a description of a different vehicle that a driver "didn't see": 8 feet wide, 10 feet high, painted fire engine red, and I don't remember how its sound was described.

greensinestro
05-23-2015, 11:06 AM
My mistake was the time I was at the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach dressed in jeans and a Ron Jon t-shirt. I must have had five people ask me if I worked there. Since then, I always make sure I'm wearing anything that does not relate to that place.

Seanette
05-23-2015, 12:20 PM
Sounds about like going to Bullseye in a red shirt and tan pants. :)

Lovecats
05-23-2015, 04:59 PM
Sounds about like going to Bullseye in a red shirt and tan pants. :)

I used to work there and you'd be surprised at the number of people not working there who came in to shop in red and khaki.

WishfulSpirit
05-23-2015, 10:16 PM
I don't own a red polo but I do have a red shirt and khaki pants. I'm tempted just to come in and mess with people.

morgana
05-23-2015, 10:33 PM
"Greater mass equals right of way" is what one of our local traffic reporters would say when a small car would get smooshed after being in a competition with a big-rig for the right of way.

Old friend of mine used to call that "right of WEIGH."

Crossbow
05-24-2015, 02:54 AM
Old friend of mine used to call that "right of WEIGH."

A.K.A.: The Universal Law of Gross Tonnage. "I'm bigger, I win."

Lace Neil Singer
05-26-2015, 11:20 AM
Yeah, eventually I'll have to pick up a thick pair of jeans. The ones I've got on are about a year old and still have a fair amount of material to them. I'm too old to go around without HiViz safety gear on, though from what I hear, there's still plenty of folks that will claim they don't see you. I'd like to think I've hit a maturity level that will keep me from being killed on this thing ;).

The second accident I had on a motorbike, I was wearing high viz. Didn't stop the guy from sending me flying, cuz the accident happened not cuz he couldn't see me, but cuz he was shit at overtaking. I slid down the road with the bike on me, and got away with just a broken hand and two cracked ribs. It was my jacket and trousers that got the scrapes.

Oh yeah, and I've gotten customers mistaking me for staff thing before. Once when I was wearing a pair of motorbike trousers and boots teamed with a Marilyn Manson t-shirt (I'd left my crash helmet, gloves and jacket at the garage where my bike was having its MOT sorted) and this woman customer still thought I was staff at the shop I went to in order to buy magazines and smokes. :doh: Maybe we retail drones just give off an aura of retailness or something.