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No hit and run here
Photo and story by Thomas F. Tessier
One day, while travelling through Chiang Mai, I was sitting at a coffee shop near the Tha Phae Gate when I suddenly heard a loud noise. As I looked out the shop window I could see that a motorbike had run a red light and smashed into the side of a vacant samlor taxi.
Both of the samlor's rear wheels were completely destroyed and needed to be repaired. Surprisingly, though, the owner of the samlor taxi and the motorbike driver talked calmly to each other and before long, two new wheels – complete with new tyres – were delivered on-site.
Amusingly, the samlor owner casually finished eating his meal before fixing everything like new. But what was most impressive was the calm manner in which everything was handled.
The motorbike driver bowed many times, repeatedly saying how sorry he was and that he would buy new parts for the repairs. Then after the repairs were made, the owner of the samlor taxi rode off looking for new customers.
hit and run – an accident caused by a driver who does not stop to help ชนแล้วหนี
run a red light – to go through a red light without stopping
smash – to break or damage something noisily by dropping or hitting it with a lot of force ทำให้แตกเป็นเสี่ยงๆ
vacant – empty ว่าง
rear – back ด้านหลัง
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
calmly – in a relaxed way without anxiety อย่างใจเย็น, อย่างไม่ตื่นเต้น, อย่างสงบ
before long – in a not very long time อีกไม่นาน, อีกไม่ช้า
on-site – at the place where some happened or is happening ที่สถานที่
amusingly – in a funny or entertaining way อย่างขบขัน
casually – in a relaxed way and seemingly not worried about anything อย่างเรื่อยๆ, อย่างไม่สนใจ
impressive – something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
manner – way ลักษณะท่าทาง, กิริยาท่าทาง, วิธีการ
handle – to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation จัดการ
bow – to move your head or the top half of your body forwards and downwards as a sign of respect คำนับ, น้อมศรีษะ
repeatedly – happening, said or done many times อย่างซ้ำๆ