Page 37, “The Selfish”: “They’re the ones who don’t care about regulations or the common welfare, nor any conveniences regarding general order, if it runs against their personal convenience.
If they must park their car they’ll do it four meters away from one already parked, hindering another driver’s chances.
If they must buy the newspaper they’ll stop in the middle of the street or in front of the tramway and pay with a 20$00* bill, for it’s an opportunity to get spare change and it doesn’t matter if he’s keeping other people waiting.
They’re the ones who, while waiting at the back of a line that’s been told to halt by a traffic policeman, will stop at the middle of an intersection, stopping other vehicles who may have wanted to cross and are this way unable to do so.
When in the presence of a closed railway gate they don’t stop and wait behind the last car in line; they invade the traffic line running the other way so they can get ahead, and once the gate is open they’ll go full speed ahead.
To them there are no lines or traffic rules; there’s only themselves. They always have priority.
To get ahead is their motto. The police should make it their whim to never let them get away with anything, every time they witness their unforgivable shows of egotism.”
* That’s twenty escudos, the old Portuguese currency.