On our way home in the 100 degree heat, the highway was closed for over an hour.
This can bring out the best in people....or the worst.
Who is in charge of the road? This is a public space and our taxes pay for its upkeep.
What are the social norms? Rules?
About 30 minutes into our stalled trip, two cars decided to drive on the shoulder of the road so they wouldn't have to sit in the heat.
The pickup truck right in front of us decided that was NOT acceptable. He pulled onto the shoulder and blocked them. A woman in the car started to yell (and I laughed because I sensed drama was coming, and classical music was playing in our truck, and it was just a surreal moment).
The woman from the car got out and went up to the truck to convince him to let them by. He refused. So she got in front of his truck. They tried to drive around. We actually tried to let them get by, but he slowed down so we couldn't do that.
So. This is a public space.
Should folks follow social norms, such as not driving on the shoulder? If they don't, should citizens take it into their own hands to force them to?
In this day and age with the prevalence of handguns, I was actually worried that someone might get shot. Luckily, no one did.
What would you have done?