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Road signs apply to everyone, no matter how good of a driver you think you are. One driver in Kerry, Ireland learned this lesson the hard way at the Blasket Island ferry port a couple of days ago.
Despite a stop sign, bollards, and presumably the evidence of his own eyes, this genius decided to drive down to meet the ferry instead of walking.
It’s a particularly confusing choice given that not only is there no car ferry but there’s also no way to get a car onto any of the Blasket Islands, which have been uninhabited since 1953.
The people running the Facebook page have been enjoying themselves with it, adding this cheeky comment that spawned over a hundred replies.
“On closer inspection we’ve realised that this car and the one from a few years ago are Hyundai.🤔 And we’ve yet to see this happening to a female driver.😂”
Quite a few men were upset by this comment. Facebook user Tadhg Mc Mark felt the need to retaliate by saying: “Female drivers couldn’t get into a space that tight.”
And user Éamánn Ó Bolguír said: “Blasket Island Ferries wouldn’t that be classed as sexist if it was the other way round😁”
Whoever is running the ferries’ social media accounts had a pretty good response, though. “Not if it’s an observation, I promise to post a photo if it’s a male or female driver getting themselves into a pickle.”
Quite a few women—and even some men—were having fun, digging up the old chestnuts like men not asking for directions.
Damian Mc Glynn said: “Bet the Wife was Telling him to Stop and ask for Directions!!”
Quite a few women seem to be tagging their men in the post, in fact.
Tim Dye had a good point: “To be fair it takes real effort and perhaps some misdirected skill to get that stuck.”
Some inter-county rivalry took off when Ciara Quill noticed the number plate “C=Cork=Clown”.
A lot of tetchy responses pointed out that just because the car is registered to Cork doesn’t mean the driver is from there, with one clever commenter adding Pamela Mc Dermott Swayne “Ciara Quill C=Ciara = …”
The car was eventually removed back up to the top of the pier, where it lay abandoned for some time. Presumably, the driver was too embarrassed to claim it.
On a more serious note, as the ferry company points out, this mistake could have been disastrous. Luckily, the ferries weren’t running that day, as this path is the only way back up from the landing to the mainland. Just read the road signs and don’t go places they tell you not to, it’s not that hard.
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org