Last night, I heard an odd sound: outside I could hear the muted shouting of a woman who was having a heated discussion, with the engine of her car running. She was on her hands-free kit, obviously having arrived back from work but still in conversation.
Thirty minutes later she was still there, the engine still running. I didn’t have a leaflet with me, so I went outside to tap on her window. She was just wrapping up her conversation. She wound down the window and I asked whether she could switch off her engine. She asked why? I indicated that the pollution was affecting the neighbourhood and was a hazard to the nursery just 3 metres away. She said that it was not a nursery but a child-minders. The front garden of this nursery has a permanent play area on astroturf where the child-minder charges play throughout the day. Her point was?
She wasn’t happy being told what to do. Without the leaflet to explain about fines and that it was illegal – she just started to wind up the window. She ignored me and did not switch off the engine.
I asked her to simply switch off the engine out of courtesy to the neighbourhood. She said she lived in the neighbourhood. Her point was?
I was resolved then to get the communication right – leaving a leaflet under her wiper in the morning.