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Friday, November 29, 2019

Own your mistakes, clown

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 9:32 AM

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To the older gentleman who decided to yell and beep at me, driving disturbingly close to me in your ill-timed attempt to turn left as I crossed the street at the Young/Robie intersection Sunday afternoon. I refuse to move through the world without publicly voicing that you are in fact the one who is lacking intelligence in this situation. I started crossing with 11 seconds on the clock. I was three-quarters of the way across when you misinterpreted when to take a left turn and decided to roll on up into my personal space.

Once you realized your error you took offense to it, but I guess you couldn't comprehend a world in which you made a mistake so you decided to honk and throw your arms up in frustration. I still had one second when this occurred and then the warning light came on which you pointed to. Let me educate you. If a pedestrian approaches a crosswalk and the hand is flashing that means you should not attempt to cross. I was already most of the way through the intersection when it appeared, which meant I still had time to cross. You, sir, were in the wrong and you can suck my proverbial dick.
—Courteously Correct
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Friday, September 6, 2019

Willow Tree mess

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 12:57 PM

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Dear HRM politicians and staff: The Willow Tree intersection at Robie and Quinpool needs a roundabout! Having five streets with stop lights makes for a complete nightmare. Fix this.
—Midnight Idler
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Bikes, lanes and automobiles

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 2:36 PM

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Do all jackass drivers in this province get a driver’s permit, regardless of incompetency and stupidity? I drive, walk and use my bicycle in good weather. I’m 63, and I have seen/experienced my share of close calls and collisions. While cycling in a bike lane in Halifax (during daylight) over the Labour Day Weekend, a driver trailing my bike-riding wife drove parallel to me, when I was riding carefully on my bicycle. We’re side-by-side on Lower Water Street. Not quite certain what this clueless-looking driver wanted to do, I started braking. Sure enough, the driver cuts in front of me and crosses the bike lane into a parking lot. WTF? Another head-shaking close call, courtesy of a careless and crack-brained motorist.
—Pedal-pushing Geezer
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

How to solve traffic congestion in peninsular Halifax—NOT

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 3:02 PM

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Throw more asphalt and concrete at it? I think those 40-foot long asphalt ramp thingies on South Park Street are raised bike lanes, and now there are four-inch-high concrete bollards along the rest of SP Street as well. I left work at noon today, and the buses and big trucks going opposite ways could barely squeeze past each other without scraping their sides. How is reducing SP St. to a single lane in either direction going to solve traffic congestion? It won't. Every time a bus stops, traffic will get backed up behind it—and I've heard that city hall wants to reduce Spring Garden Road to a single lane in either direction as well. Are they insane?

I hate motorists as much as the next bloke, but they have to drive and park SOMEWHERE. And I can see those asphalt ramps and bollards getting smoked by the first snowplow that passes them this winter. And when the city demolishes the Cogswell Interchange? Best dust off your sturdiest walkin' shoes, folks, 'cuz it'll be the only way to get around that won't make you bonkers over the next five years!
—Glad I'm A Lifelong Non-driver
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tailgaters

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 3:55 PM

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Listen up, arsehole on my car's bumper as we drive the Prospect Road: I'm not going any faster and you can't drive over me. You're so fucking stupid, you don't even realize that if you rear-end into my old clunker, you're automatically at fault. So suck on my middle finger, Rushy McRushRush.
—Tired Of Doing The Speed Limit With Lead-footed Idiots On My Ass
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Drivers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 9:20 AM

OK, I didn't think I would have to do this or submit anything like this to The Coast, but I have to. It's the way people drive. Either they drive too slow, or they drive too fast for the conditions and are running stop signs.

I'm a professional driver who drives for a living, and the stuff happening every day on our roads is unbelievable. I've seen people cutting people off when they turned right in the middle of the highway! And don't get me started on running red lights. For the love of god, people, there's a Driver's Handbook: please read it.

Texting, yeah that's part of it, but when you're supposed to be doing a hundred on the Circ and somebody's doing 75, something's wrong. People get frustrated when people sit in the left-hand lane, under the speed limit, thinking, "This is OK, it's a 100-series highway, I can do what I want."

For all that is holy, please learn to drive. I think to the left of your steering wheel is a turn signal; it works, so you should use it. And at night turn your headlights on cuz nobody can see you with your daytime running lights on and you have no back lights.
—Scared To Drive
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

STOP TEXTING AND DRIVING!!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM

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While I was stopped on the Bedford Highway waiting to make a turn, a driver who was texting RAMMED into the back of me at 60km an hour. I had a newborn, toddler and pre-teen in the car with me. What the hell is so important that you have to fucking answer a text while operating a vehicle? All of you reading this who text and drive: You are a fucking dumbass and STOP IT. We could have all been killed. SO STOP BEING A BIG HEAD WHO THINKS THEY ARE SUCH GREAT DRIVERS AND MULTITASKERS THAT IT'S OK TO DO THIS.

All because she had to have her shit phone up her ass. DON'T BE ONE OF THESE DUMBASSES.

That's all.
—Pissed-off Mom
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Pissed off at "slow" traffic?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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Last time I checked, we don't have any autobahn roads in NS with no speed limit. If you think driving 160 is OK on public highway, you are being an ASS. Yes, the "slowpoke" doing 120 in the left lane was slowing you down, that is because he was only somewhat above the speed limit while passing people, instead of driving like an utter ass. Where the hell are you going that it is so urgent? Get a grip, or get a membership on a private circuit track and drive 200+ if you are serious about driving stupid fast. Don't put other people at risk with your entitled attitudes and dangerous driving habits.
—Pissed Off At Entitled Fast Drivers
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pick at home and cover your mouth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Seriously? You believe the best place to pick at your fly bites and scabs is at the bus stop and on the bus? Not only were you picking—not scratching, but full on picking—your fly bites and scabs, but then you were wiping the blood onto your legs, arms and the bus seat. Come the hell on! How were you raised? No one wants to see that shit. It's disgusting. Then to top it all off you start sneezing with your yap wide open spreading your snot and spit all over the place for all to enjoy. Thanks so much for that. The topper to all of this was the huge wad of spit you graciously left on the side of the street before getting on the bus. Grow up and get some manners. I feel bad for whomever had to sit next to you on the bus.
—Wishing for some hand sanitizer
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

You look like an idiot

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 11:02 AM

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I was walking down Robie Street when a car drove by me with windows down and a guy in the car let out a scream directly at me. A full-fledged scream out of nowhere. Why? Fuck you.
—Pedestrian
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Karmic bitch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 5:22 PM

Hey, I was crossing on the light! You hang a fast left off Spring Garden Road and I am literally running for my life. Had I been 20 years older, I'd be another dead pedestrian. I looked at you through the drivers side window as you careened around the corner but your eyes were locked front. Then—sweet justice—a cop lights you up and pulls you over! I think that death for me and criminal charges for you were both possible had you run me down.
—Pedestrians' lives matter
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Dear left-turning drivers at Windsor and Young Streets

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:47 PM

When inching ever forward in attempts to sneak through traffic to turn left onto Young Street, try not to take up the whole intersection. There are other people trying to turn left through here onto Bayers Road, and you're blocking our lanes. Stay on your side of the yellow line!
Left-turning drivers at Windsor Street and Bayers Road
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dear Asshole Drivers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 12:12 PM

It seems there is a wide-spread, serious mechanical issue with most cars lately in HRM: All the indicator lights are out on the majority of makes and models, making it impossible to predict which way you are fucking going. This leads to me halting quickly while walking across the street when you almost run me over turning left without a signal and also making me stop within inches of your fucking bumper when you suddenly slam on the breaks to make your turn when driving. Get a clue, that little thingy on the steering wheel tells EVERYONE which way you are turning!
—I don't want to park in your trunk
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Accessibility woes

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Please, PLEASE, do not advertise that you are a fully accessible restaurant or store if your idea of accessibility is seating someone who uses a wheelchair in the dark corner of the restaurant where it is everyone else’s last choice and where cutlery is rolled to sit or having a second floor of the store they cannot access. Just say that! Just be real! My sibling is a person who lives with a disability and uses a wheelchair and it is a big production to go on outings via Access-A-Bus because you always have to book far in advance and it is not as easy as going down the street to another restaurant once you arrive. Things like one tiny set of stairs can make a huge difference! We all need to do better for people that have to consider accessibility constantly. It needs to be MANDATORY. It’s 2018! —Yearning for Equal Opportunity

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

New rules for vehicles?

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 11:57 AM

This year I have noticed at least half the vehicles do not use their turning indicators and about one in 10 who use their turn indicators do not turn. Also I live on a street off of Transom where there is a lot of construction going on and the contractors use the street as if it is theirs alone including parking on the wrong side of the street and sometimes even blocking the street altogether. I have been out of the province for a while and I'm wondering have the rules of the road changed? —Wayne


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