If there’s one thing that Singaporeans should learn in 2018, it’s this: being the first to post online doesn’t mean you win.
Nor does playing the role of a victim.
Firstly, Singaporeans are acutely aware of the Rashomon effect: most of the times, they won’t just consume everything online at face value, because we’re smart like that.
Secondly, Singaporeans aren’t idiots – they can tell who’s right and who’s wrong at first glance.
Thirdly, Singaporeans know how people nowadays have resorted to online shaming in order to win arguments, kind of like primary school students who resorted to “he beat me first” tactic.
Chim? Well, here’s a perfect example.
A Video That Got People Talking
So, at face value, it’s pretty clear who’s wrong: a sports car driver had lost his temper and kicked another car.
Take a look and you’ll understand:
Here’s the alleged description that comes with the video:
The road rage driver was not able to get into the nursery and wanted us to reverse our car to the main road which is dangerous for us. Since there are a lot of trucks plying Punggol East Road.
Moreover, we have a 6-month-old baby in the car.
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He alighted his car and started scolding vulgarity. After he reversed passed us he suddenly got out of his car and jumped onto ours.
My son is only 6 months old and he got traumatised by this incident. I am really very mad!
For non-driver, I’ve taken the initiative to draw out the scenario.
So, Car A needs to reverse out because there seems to be something wrong with his IU unit, or the gantry.
Car B claims that it’s dangerous to move back, as it’s the main road behind.
This kind of scenario is as common as rain in Singapore: once, someone actually came up to me when I was stuck in front of a gantry, lent me his cash card to open the gantry and even thanked me (though to be fair, I was exiting and my cash card was low in credit, so the scenario is a tad different, but anyways).
Usually, drivers would reverse. If they can’t, they’ll give a light honk first, then try to find ways to let the front car exit.
If I were there, I’ll do this temporarily so that Car A can reverse out:
(The red arrows would be where I move; sorry but we only have budget for MS Paint)
But well, if you’ve seen the video, you’ll know how the person with the car cam, whom we should fondly call Mr Victim, thinks otherwise.
Instead of being gracious, they got into a heated quarrel and the wife or girlfriend, who is obviously married or attached to him (HAHA), kept on saying “I don’t want to move…I don’t want to move…”
And when the sports car driver finally lost it, Mr Victim and his wife seemed happy AF as if they’ve won 4D. They wanted to call the police (which they have; poor police)
Mr Victim Didn’t Seem Like a Victim Online
Remember the second point: Singaporeans aren’t idiots – they can tell who’s right and who’s wrong at first glance?
Well, it seems like Mr Victim didn’t get the memo ‘coz from the video description, he seems adamant that he’s right.
The Internet, however, doesn’t agree.
Moral of the story?
Why are people still online shaming when they know they’re wrong?
The Victim Card made of gold ah?
In the meantime, if you’re thinking of filming that guy who always farts in the train, don’t. Let this article be a lesson for you.
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