Funeral Processions And A Baseball Bat

by admin on May 13, 2010

Re-reading all the road rage stories in the archives reminded me of an incident I was part of.

My brother and I were going to the local game store. He was driving, and he was in the left lane (of a four lane road) because the store was on the left. Lo and behold, a funeral procession came along. All the cars in the right lane immediately pulled over out of respect, but we weren’t sure what to do, seeing as we were in the left lane. We spotted an empty spot in between two cars and pulled into that, figuring that would be enough compromise.

Imagine our shock when this lady came out of the car in front of us and began banging on my brother’s window, yelling about us being very rude and driving during a funeral procession and didn’t we have any respect for the dead and we should be ashamed of ourselves. My brother and I just looked at her, looked at each other, then shrugged and went back to watching the procession.

“I’M TALKING TO YOU!” she shrieked through the window and went back to her car. The processional cleared and we pulled out to resume our journey.

Ironically, the man BEHIND us was going to the game store as well, and said that as we pulled away, she had pulled a BASEBALL bat out of her car and had been heading towards us. He said she had looked scared when she realized traffic was resuming and bolted back into her car as quickly as possible.

Incidentally, he said that he would have done the same thing had he been in the left lane.  0424-10

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cal May 17, 2010 at 1:02 am

@tina I think alot of those new additions are from safety issues as opposed to people not following etiquette or drivers ed. I think the sticker thing came into affect since most new cars have daytime lights, and no one would notice if they were on or not. All of the funeral processions I’ve been to the stickers were really small with the exception of the lead car from the funeral home (you have to pay extra for the police escort).

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Morgs May 21, 2010 at 1:52 am

You should’ve just stayed where you were. Not that you did anything inherently wrong, I’m guessing the woman thought you were in the wrong by “cutting off” the procession (ie. passing through the lane the procession was using). I”ve never heard of stopping for a funeral procession – if it’s a multi-lane road you just get out of the lane the procession is using. The only real problem occurs on a single lane road – processions are usually going so slow it’s unusual for them to get stuck behind a car going slower than they are, but if you’re stuck behind a procession you pretty much just have to put up with it, as it’s considered bad luck/taste/form to overtake a funeral procession. If anyone was in the wrong, it was the crazy lady – how does she think the people involved in the procession would’ve felt to look out the window and see her smashing someone or their car with a bat – gratified?!?

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Jade May 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Definitely not in the wrong here, and even if you were, nothing compared to what one person did during my grandfather’s funeral procession: drove on the shoulder to pass on the right, then cut THROUGH the procession, to make a left turn into a local shopping center.

I had to convince my brother that grandpa wouldn’t have appreciated him chasing the driver down to give him a piece of his mind. :(

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DeathHag June 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I can see to a point why she was upset. However you did nothing wrong and frankly many would have done the same thing in your situation. Unfortunately though this country has lost all respect for the dead which is something I feel must be rectified.

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zhoen June 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm

In the US, funeral processions are becoming a thing of the past, outlawed in many places or very restricted especially in cities. The ‘lady’ threatening violence certainly was not being respectful to the deceased, unless that was a mafia funeral of course.

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justme June 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Remember, say “I’m sorry, I cannot accommodate your request at this time”

J/K– is pulling over for a funeral procession a southern thing? I vaguely remember people doing that down south, but nobody does that here in New York (and would probably look at you like you were crazy if you did). Of course, if you need to turn left, you wait until the procession passes, but pulling over is strictly for emergency vehicles. I recently attended a funeral service in Albany, after which the procession drove to Cornwall, for another service and the burial. I can’t imagine the traffic jams that would have occurred if everyone on the interstate was expected to pull over until they’d passed.

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