El Guapo in DC

I am El Guapo. The most Guapo man in all of DC. Mucho Amor

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Marxism...

My evening was cut short by the sound that glass and metal make when brought against each other. Three cars. In this order. One white cab. One blue two-door that has seen better days. One brand new, black German car.

The sound caused an immediate whip of my neck to see the source of the sound. I immediately grabbed my cell phone to call the police when the import took off at a high speed with the blue junker following quickly after her. Was she trying to get away or were they getting out the intersection to talk? Probably the former.

“They don’t speak any English and the girl is lying in the grass.”

The latter.

I walked over because I figure the language they do speak is mine. I was right.

The blue car was now angled in front of the German import in a blocking manner. I looked at the damage and am surprised by the driver being able to conduct such a maneuver while driving on his rims. The back of his car was destroyed. Impressive driving. Then I realize that the driver of the imported car looked like she had spent the last few hours getting beaten by a bottle of tequila. The bottle had won.

I was the interpreter for the night.

The two back seat passengers didn’t want to go to the hospital because they didn’t have any insurance. One of them, a 17-year old woman, kept fainting. I convinced them to go the hospital explaining that they were hit from behind and would be covered if the woman had insurance. She did. They went to the hospital.

This was their only mode of transportation. It was how they got to and from work everyday. It was how they dropped off and picked up their 7-month infant to be watched by a family friend. The German import was fine.

Their car had to be towed to a lot in DC. They lived in Maryland. They would have to pay extra in order for their car to be taken to Maryland. They didn’t have any money.

The driver didn’t have his wallet with him containing his ID and insurance. I think you can get arrested for that. Great. No money for towing, no money for whatever fine he’s going to get. Here, give me your registration. What number is this? Oh, it’s your license number! Gracias a Dios! In Maryland, they put your license on the back of your registration. Que suerte hombre!

The driver of the import is arrested. At least she’ll have to spend the weekend in jail. No? $500 gets her out? That’s it? You can pretty much ruin someone’s livelihood, attempt to escape the scene of an accident, injure people and still be able to spend the night in your own bed? Interesante.

It makes me wonder. The poor will continue to be poor because the laws are made to help the rich. It’s times like these that I wish I had paid for attention to the Karl Marx quotes written under the juice caps. Then I’m sure I could quote some very intense line about the poor always being at the mercy of the rich. But I can’t. I am but a simple Guatemalan who just writes what he sees and what he feels without being able to very much to change the system. Joder.

Mucho Amor,

El Guapo

28 Comments:

At 8:23 PM, Blogger angie said...

it's through the work and benevolence of outsiders and samaritans that allows for some justice to be served . . .

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude it was an accident... somehow I feel like if the positions were reversed you would feel differently

 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take that back... people should never drive drunk

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

Did this happen on Saturday night? Because there was some definite weirdness going on last night out here, too. At the local dive bar some drunken jackass tried to pick a fight with my boyfriend, harassed me and one of my friends, then turned around and tripped, hitting his head on the table next to us. Man, I wish he'd knocked himself unconscious, but no such luck.

 
At 1:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger Raven said...

How awful. I'm glad you were there to play interpreter, I'm sure it made the people who were hurt more comfortable.
As for the person who caused the accident, maybe we'll all be lucky and she will get a really strict judge. (Not that I'm holding my breath, but I am hoping)

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Rev. Brandy said...

I'm glad you were there to help. Everything happens for a reason.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and yet you hate Che. Logic?

The driver at fault is probably going to pay through the nose anyway.

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Sara said...

Thank you for telling this story. And for helping. Geez, what would those people have done if you hadn't been there?

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger ADW said...

It was good of you to help those people. Unfortunately, those laws do exist, but the police have all of her information and the people you helped will have some sort of recompensation (is that a word?)

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Some Catchy Chic said...

What a good samaitan you are.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger green_canary said...

I was in an accident last October, and the thing I remember most is the girl who came to my aid and held my hand while we waited for the paramedics to arrive. The victims in this accident will remember you for always, El Guapo.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Phil said...

But - the rich also have insurance. Hopefully the victims will be appropriately compensated (though I sympathize because a wreck of any sort is a HUGE pain to deal with).

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I was going to mention Che, but see I was beaten too it.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Jessie said...

It's tough seeing accidents like that...and what a sad predicament those people were in...it was nice of you to be sure help arrived though. you seem like a really neat person...

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Helen Skor said...

El G, you are a hero. The only problem is that by the time the insurance company compensates these poor people for the drunk driver's actions, they will probably have lost their jobs. It's really, really sad. I hope they have friends or family who can help them out in the meantime.

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please- you make the regular "guatemalan" assumptions- poor me because I am a foreigner-you don't know that the law is not going to work, what you lament is that justice was not handed down right there on the spot like you would want-

I am sure its the law there that you have to have your driver's license on you when you drive=and keep your insurance id card in YOUR CAR, not your wallet-I am sure they know how to get in touch with a personal injury attorney-you don't know how the accident happened because you did not see it-

Also, wouldn't a white person have to pay just the same to have their car towed to Maryland? What is your point here? just because they are spanish spekaing (or spanish speaking illegals) they should not pay extra for anything?

why do you assume the person driving the german car was rich-maybe they borrowed the car. And, you did not even tie ONE POINT, either by fact or fiction, why this apparent RICH woman had the benefit of XYZ law that was created only for RICH people.

Writing what you "see" is definitely SKEWED in this instance. And you wonder why people are sick and tired of all of this manipulation going on?

You would make your point better had you stuck to the facts, but then again you point maybe was not to present the fact but to generate the sympathy card.

Myabe you are not even Guatemalan either.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

Looks like the driver of the German Import found your site El Guapo!

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger El Guapo in DC said...

From her spelling, she must still be drunk...

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.
-- Goethe

i just read that before turning to this comments page. i find it sadly fitting.

-jm

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger E :) said...

"Myabe (sic) you are not even Guatemalan either."

HAHAHA.

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Regardless of type of car that the woman was driving, it's really, really sad that she'd just leave like that. I don't know why this type of behaviour always surprises me (maybe because I'd never even think of doing something like that myself?)

I was in an accident a year ago too and what I remember most about it is the people that stopped to help (and that the other driver tried to blame me when he was the one who went through the light).

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignorance is bliss, isn't it? And it is rampant here.

No, I am not the driver of the German car either.

And, interestingly, the ignorance in this post and some of the comments is amazing and laughable.

Small minds attack the messenger rather than the message when they cannot defend their position.

What you don't recognize is that while you did a good thing to go and help, you immediately passed judgment on the driver of the German car without any regard at all to that driver. That is a small and closed mind, even if she was guilty as hell.

The pack mentality, even by a Guatemalan, is wrong.

You should remember that when the pack mentality is used against you, a Guatemalan.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger Prashant Jejurikar said...

El Guapo, it is the same everywhere in the world.. The poor pay for everything with their blood and sweat. I only hope that they will repaid in heaven.

 
At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she wasn't "as guilty as hell" then why was she taking off after the accident?

And even if she weren't guilty, do you really think that is acceptable behaviour to just leave the scene of an accident as she supposedly tried to do?

What if there had been no-one else around to help the injured?

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Lillian said...

Good karma--lots of it--to you for helping and acting as the translator. They'll remember that for a long, long time.

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous phoenix said...

You are as compassionate as you are observant, intelligent as you are witty, and as absolutely truthful as this anonymous descender is condescending and veiled by his/her own ignorance.

Never think twice about these convictions - they are the truth, they are the same around the world, and said person's assumptions of race, class, and status reversals have most interestingly been invented by their own mind. Their assumptuons about your behavior or the opinions of others should the situation been different shouldn't take away from the value of your helpfulness and your desire to make a bad situation better.

And yet, your story is only richened by all of it. Many windfalls to you, neighbor.

 
At 10:38 PM, Anonymous chiquilina said...

anonymous- you're missing the whole point here. By the way, nowhere in the story did el guapo mention that the people he helped were Illegal - this is why you should have paid attention in reading 101 - comprende?
#2 - nowhere in the story did el guapo hint that the driver of the German car was white;
#3 the driver of the German car was DRUNK. . is that not illegal?
#4 the drunk was trying to leave the scene of the accident -
How things can be miscontrued. . .
now you can go back to your militia training. (sarcasm; in case you fail to recognize it)
El guapo - thank you for being a good samaritan; doesn't matter what or who; what matters is that you helped.

 

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