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Subject:What do you do?
Time:08:18 pm
As you do every day, you head out of the garage near the office and turn onto a city side-street to head home. As soon as you turn, a couple stands in the middle of the street and tells you that it's a one-way street and that you have to turn around.

There are no signs visible indicating that it's a one-way street-- you can see as far as the corner in front of you, but not to the corner behind you. A lot of people make this turn when they come out of the garage. The street is not much more than an alley, is very lightly-traveled, and has parking on one side with no-parking signs (with faces both direction) on the other. It feels like it probably should be a one-way street, but you're fairly certain it's not marked as such (and certainly isn't marked in any way that's visible to you.)

What do you do?

Edit: They were blocking the street so I couldn't go around, and I had every reason to believe that they were 100% sincere in just not wanting people to drive that way down the street. I had no sense at all that they had an ulterior motive of any sort.
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burr86
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Time:2007-02-01 04:40 am (UTC)
Run them over is probably right out?
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gramina
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Time:2007-02-01 05:01 am (UTC)
There are normal traffic/no parking/whatever signs facing me as I travel the direction I was going? Continue to drive slowly forward, thanking them and telling them I'll turn at the corner. Other activities -- pulling cell phone, driving faster, driving around them -- vary depending on the feedback to what I try first. Either they're overcontrolling, nuts, or setting me up; until I can tell which, I'll try to allow for any :)
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tigerknight
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Time:2007-02-01 05:07 am (UTC)
Shrug and move along anyway, they have no authority.
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xb95
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Time:2007-02-01 05:18 am (UTC)
Say sorry and keep driving. :P
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abostick59
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Time:2007-02-01 05:33 am (UTC)
Suspect scam or worse. Attempt to drive around the people in the road, use horn (as attention-getting device, if nothing else) if they get in the way. Be prepared to reach for anything that might be useful as a defensive weapon (remembering that your car itself is a weapon, if necessary).
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mangosteen
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Time:2007-02-01 06:10 am (UTC)
What he said.

Two people? Secluded street? No other witnesses?

I'd suspect a hidden video camera and liability extortion in the making.

Try to drive around them and one will dive while the other is the only witness. In fact, any forward motion will likely produce the same outcome.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2007-02-01 07:57 am (UTC)
I'd get annoyed && walk back the way I came ;)
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j5nn5r
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Time:2007-02-01 02:26 pm (UTC)
Me? I'd keep driving and, if they were in front of the car, politely tell them to move. If they didn't, maybe not so politely if necessary.

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wild_irises
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Time:2007-02-01 02:34 pm (UTC)
I would turn around and go the other way. I'm fascinated that almost no one else would.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-01 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated that so many people think it was a dangerous situation. I didn't perceive it as such in any way. And I'm a hair surprised that nobody besides you would turn around and go the other way.

What do you think I did?
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wild_irises
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Time:2007-02-01 05:55 pm (UTC)
First, I should say that my "turn around and go the other way" was not about danger at all. You made it quite clear (at least to me) that your danger hackles weren't up, and I have a lot of respect for your instincts. It was about "okay, these people are serious about this and it's not much hassle for me to go the other way."

What do I think you did? I think you rolled down the window and said, "I always do this. What's the problem?" (That's something else I might well have done.)
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-02 10:03 am (UTC)
I did. And I also politely explained that there was nothing visible anywhere that would indicate that it's a one-way street.

They argued that they live in the neighborhood and now it's more dangerous for them because they have to worry about people going the wrong way. I really wanted to point out to them that walking down the middle of the street is dangerous regardless of which way traffic is going, but I didn't think logic was going to work.

They made it clear that they weren't going to get out of my way. I made it clear that I wasn't turning around. It was a standoff.

Eventually I said that I'd walk down to the ends of the street to look for a sign. If there was one, I'd turn around. If not, I wouldn't. I just left the car in the middle of the street, lights on, with them standing in front of the hood. No sign was apparent. When I got back they'd already wandered off.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-02 10:04 am (UTC)
And what I really wanted to do was tell them to move back to suburbia where they could have the tidiness they seemed to want.
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slfisher
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Time:2007-02-01 05:21 pm (UTC)
Call 911 and report a possible carjacking.
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drj0402
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Time:2007-02-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
I roll down the window ask "This is one way street? Where does it say that?"

If they couldn't prove that fact and stand down, I think I would turn around and go the other way. It's not polite to mow down pedestrians.

After that (either that evening or the following morning), I would check for more signage (if I remembered).

If it appears the one signs were vandalized or taken down, I would think about reporting it to the authorities, and then decide that the couple had a more vested interest in resolving the traffic flow and convince myself that they probably already had done so.

If not, then I might go the other way when I exit that day if I remembered. Or I might go the same way to see if they come out again.

Or maybe I start taking public transit to work and leave the driving to someone else. :-) Traffic is hard. Let's go shopping.
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