Health Risks of Baggy Pants and Texting

texting and walking

Everyone knows, or should know that texting and driving is one of the most dangerous choices a person can make. What about walking and texting?

Almost every week, a person gets hit by a car on the main road near our house. You would think that they would learn to use the crosswalk, but they don’t. See, I’m a chicken when it comes to crossing busy intersections. So much so, that I’m afraid to even use the crosswalk. If at all possible, I prefer just staying on my side of the street. The roar of the traffic scares me. I guess that’s a product of growing up in a small town.

Not everyone has that fear though. The other day, we pulled out of our neighborhood only to be met by a man who proceeded to walk out in front of our car. As we were driving in his direction, he stepped off the sidewalk while staring at his phone. He didn’t glance up to look for oncoming cars, nor did he pick up his pace to cross the road.

Instead, he slowly made his way to the center of the street where he came to a complete stop. Seeing that he was no longer moving, we had to hit the brakes to avoid crashing into him. Although we had come to an abrupt stop and we were sitting directly in front of him, he still didn’t look up.

With his phone in hand, he stood there texting away as if he was the only person in town. Finally, we came to the conclusion that he was in no hurry to move and had no idea we were even there, so we turned and drove past him.

Either that text was more important than his life, or he was too drugged to know that we were there. Whatever the case may be, texting and walking is not a good idea, especially when crossing the street.

Secure Those Pants

When it’s not texting that causes people to mosey across the street, it’s their baggy pants. We frequently drive in an area of town where people seemingly have a death wish. It’s an area of town where most of the people spend their days walking around, getting high and having no care for tomorrow. It’s a very sad place to be.

The main road that goes through that part of town consists of 4 lanes of traffic. Almost every time we go through there, we see someone slowly walking across the street, oblivious to the oncoming cars. This isn’t done in a crosswalk mind you, and cars are traveling at rates of 40-50 mph. People get hit by cars so often there, that most of them don’t even make the news anymore.

baggy pants

The pedestrians’ slow pace in this area is sometimes due to texting, but most often from walking in a way that enables them to hold up their pants, or what’s contained within them. “It’s still there”, I want to tell them as I pass by, but wisdom always stops me.

Each step they make is so drawn out and exaggerated that it takes them ‘forever’ to cross the street. From all appearance, it’s a mission for them to be able to get across the road and still be dressed on the other side. I can’t count how many times we’ve had to stop in the middle of the street or swerve past people to avoid hitting them.

People should be able to wear whatever they want. But in my opinion, if your pants have the possibility of getting you killed, wouldn’t it be smart to invest in a pair that properly fits? Then again, who am I to say anything? I’m a girl who wears heels sometimes. Those are a twisted ankle waiting to happen.

After experiencing so many close calls with people on the road, I’ve decided that both texting and baggy pants can be bad for your health. So, I have two requests for these people. First, don’t walk and text. Second, please secure your pants before crossing the road.

These may be simple requests, but adhering to them could save lives.

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16 Responses to Health Risks of Baggy Pants and Texting

  1. I left the US near on 9 years ago now, and the phenomenon of certain people just walking out in front of cars had just started. I’d use my horn – that just earned me a slower walk and a rude hand-sign. People didn’t use phones as much then either. I’d for sure kill a few if I drove there now.

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  2. Doobster418 says:

    I’m not so sure it’s simply being oblivious that causes people to cross a street without looking or to cross at a place where this is no crosswalk. I think sometimes it’s a matter of inflated self-worth or an attitude that essentially says, “screw the rest of the world.”

    If someone receives a text message while navigating the city streets, and they stop paying attention to what’s going on around them to focus on reading and responding to the text message, that is because they are so important that reading/replying to that text message takes precedent over everything \and everyone else, including what others are doing.

    And as far as those with baggy pants, I think they’re often trying to prove something. I’ve had to come to a screeching halt several time to avoid hitting a baggy-pantser with my car. If the individual notices me at all, it’s usually to give me a dirty look, as in how dare I challenge their right to do whatever they want wherever they want.

    One of these days I’m just going to run one of them over. THAT’s how dare I.

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    • mewhoami says:

      I agree. It’s as if they are the most important person on the planet. No one else matters, but them.

      There have been numerous times where we have gotten the look that you mentioned. It’s not them that’s in the wrong. It’s us.

      It’s funny how you said that one day you’re just going to run one over. I said practically the same thing the other day. I’ll feel bad if I hit someone, but at the same I may be more concerned about my car. After all, it’s not my fault they decide to stop in the middle of the street. It would be somewhat challenging to feel sympathy for them. That’s terrible, but come on. Common sense people.

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  3. suzjones says:

    I don’t know how many times I had to tell the middle child during his teenage years to pull his pants up. I replaced that many pair of boxers because he tore out the crutch! Seriously that is one ridiculous fashion practice.
    And as for walking and texting. I got into trouble from my Tween the other day at the beach because I was paying more attention to my phone that to my surroundings. In my defense I was checking out the photos I had just taken with it lol

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    • mewhoami says:

      That is one thing I’m very thankful for. My son is very particular about having his pants snug and to the waste. I never thought about the boxers getting ruined, but I guess they would since that’s what’s showing the most.

      Well if you were looking at pictures, then that doesn’t count. 🙂 That’s your freebie.

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  4. One of these days I WILL get out of my vehicle, go up to one of the baggy butts and jerk their pants up to their nipples. And cinch the belt tight to keep them there. I will. I will do it!

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  5. April says:

    You just gave me a thought for a blog. 🙂

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