Consider this scenario: you're waiting on the footpath at night in the City and spot two taxis approaching, cruising side-by-side in traffic.
It's fair to assume the cab travelling in the kerb lane is yours for the taking. But in these deteriorating economic times it ain't necessarily so.
You raise a hand and immediately the outside cab floors it to cut across the inside cab, aggressively squeezing between vehicles. Then he slams on the brakes to stop at your feet with wisps of blue smoke rising from the tyres.
With no where to go the inside cab also locks up the brakes to narrowly avoid a collision, then flashes the lights in angry protest at losing the fare. So, do you choose him or the kamikaze cabbie?
Rather than walk to the cab behind most people in this situation choose the driver who has pulled off the crazy manoeuvre. Believe it or not.
I'm talking about sober people, too, adults who normally give a damn. Intelligent dudes paid big money to make rational decisions. Plus hip, smart women. They're certainly not blind, or stupid, but they all do it.
I don't get it. Any theories on this are welcome.