Friday, February 12, 2010
A seemingly scratched car, and a phone call
I had a bad feeling about the park, and in Johannesburg, you listen to your intuition. Its often saved my life, and the lives of others.
Yet, at the university where I attend a top law school, there was such an influx of pupils this year, that there are hardly any parks, previously, it was a breeze to get parking. It will get worse with the Fifa world cup around June. Apparently, we're meant to be happy one of the European teams is using our facilities as a home training ground. perhaps the ladies are, I am not.
I turned suddenly to get the park, and suddenly was obstructing traffic, I did not know what to do, and under pressure, I did not think, I pushed forward out of the road, and suddenly I was in a fix. Like a hex, I could not escape this net I had entered into. I reversed desperately, and tried to turn out. Suddenly my little blue Polo 1.4 trendline, wasn't moving, it was somehow wedged with the car next door. I put all my driving experience behind myself and escaped into a gap in the traffic, before parking properly. I'd be late for my criminal law lecture now, but my parents had taught me to do something if I ever did damage another's car.
I ripped off a piece of green cardboard from an old course-pack which i still had in my car. Wrote an apology: "I may have scratched your car... I'm really sorry" or something like that, and of course my cellular phone number, so that they could phone me to pay the damages. I put the green cardboard below their windscreen wiper, and rushed away.
I spent the entire afternoon at a friend's house, having driven there. And by evening when the call came. I had forgotten all about my incident that morning.
"Who is this?" the person on the other end said. I was suspiciaous, and asked what it was in connection with. "You scratched my car, what's your name?"
"Oh, yaah... I'm Marc!" I apologized and apologized for my terrible mistake. I was just getting ready to arrange for whatever procedure would be needed to pay, when the adult man's voice said something odd.
"You scratched my daughter's car, but you were honest, so I'm not going to make you pay!"
My heart was still beating, I was worried, and nervous. I had been and was. He asked what course I was in, I said "Law", he asked what year, I told him my year of study.
He was glad that I still existed, that a law abiding citizen would own up to and pay for damage to a vehicle. It was my honesty that stopped payment. I was still nervous. I was scared.
After I let down the phone, I still felt like shaking. I said I was glad that "charitable people" still existed to the scary voice. make no mistake I would have paid, and it was not guaranteed that I could escape. Make no mistake, I felt I may be beaten up when I wrote that note, with my details.
Oddly, my evil, because of my good- made someone think the world was still good and decent. I still feel guilty about scratching that car. I can drive, but nerves, parking and being near late along with drivers right behind me had somehow distracted me, and I had caused harm.
Who is Marc Evan Aupiais?Attorney; Writer; Enthusiast of Germanic, Celtic, & Romance languages, with a love of exploring law, speech, legal systems, linguistics, sociology, & int. news.
I have always been fascinated with the law. By chance, it happens to be my field. I am an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, as of 28 January 2016.
It was my fellow students' suggestions, in the final years of school, that I might be suited to a career in law, along with long discussions with a friend of mine - which imbued me with a keen interest in the history, language, and laws of the Roman Empire - that made me realise that law was the choice of career that best suited the ideas and plans I had for the future. I enrolled in an LLB degree at Wits University and subsequently graduated Bachelor of Laws a few years later.
I completed, with distinction, the Law Society's Legal Education and Development (L.E.A.D) School for Legal Practice program. I am pleased to have had the privilege of having served at two very different firms during my articles, giving me a much broader experience of work in the profession.
I believe success requires not just hard work, but intelligence, perseverance, humility, integrity, ingenuity, diligence, a strong work ethic, and the courage to request the assistance of those better-versed in a matter, or field.
I am passionate about the place of my birth, South Africa and am proud to be a patriot and citizen of this diverse and beautiful nation. I consider myself a global citizen and keep connections in a number of different nations across the world. Communicating with people from other cultures, I believe, has aided me to have a more open-minded approach in so far as how I see and interact with the world.
The cultures and legal systems, morals, and courtesy systems, languages, intricacies and religions of South Africa and of the world, are subjects I love to research. I extensively enjoy reading and writing, and in keeping abreast with important events occurring in other countries, I find my knowledge of other languages, especially French, to be quite useful.
Law & Career
Law firms I have worked at include: DL Wilson Attorneys in Randburg North, Desmond Barry Attorneys in Morningside, Sandton, Botha & Sutherland Attorneys in Aukland Park, Johannesburg. I currently work as a Consulting Attorney for Serina Govender Inc. Attorneys-at-Law. My professional website will tell you more about me, where you might want to subscribe to my professional blog . I also edit and write for the SACNS, write breaking news for a multinational service called InfosNews Breaking News, and act as a correspondent for the popular french language Les News service.
Novels I have written include
A Lesser Instinct | My first foray into the world of long form fiction.
Read it without payment - on Scribd.
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