There is much angst in the UK this week over the stabbing death of an 18 year old lad on a Greek island.
Robert Seggard was on his first foreign vacation with mates when they got into an argument with two cabbies outside a nightclub at 3am.
The situation escalated when the youths allegedly abused the cabbies, jumped on their vehicles and shone lasers at them. The cabbies responded with a wooden baton and a flick knife. One boy died and four others were hospitalised.
Here and in the UK insults and attacks upon cabbies are commonplace. Most cabbies will grit their teeth and drive off, wondering how long they can turn the other cheek. Other drivers quit before they are pushed over the edge.
Shining a laser beam in someone’s eyes is particularly provocative, falling into the category of personal attack. It’s an especially dangerous act when the target is a known hot-head.
This does not excuse the assailant’s violent response and he should be punished accordingly. But the situation should never have come to that.
The lesson for young adults is that not every target will necessarily tolerate inflammatory behaviour, either at home or abroad.
And the lesson for taxi drivers is quit now if you have a history of hot-headedness.
Rest in peace, Robert Seggard.
UPDATE: Killer in court.