When our office was relocated to a multi-storey building, the parking area was on the first four levels. As the area was quite congested, for safety reasons circular convex safety mirrors were installed at strategic positions to pre-warn drivers of oncoming cars. These safety mirrors were carefully tilted to the right angle to provide the best view of those blind corners.
Well, anyone who holds a legitimate driving licence would surely be familiar with such safety mirrorsâ€¦.so we thoughtâ€¦.until one of our colleagues proved otherwise!
The morning after the safety mirrors were installed, one of our colleagues was surprised to see a big round mirror on the pillar besides her parking lot. Thinking it must be a vanity mirror, she took the â€œinitiativeâ€ to adjust it to get herself in view so she could touch up her looks after getting out from her car.
When she met us in the lift she so eagerly remarked â€œDid you people notice something this morning? Donâ€™t know which stupid fella installed some mirrors in the parking lots but have them mounted so high up and all facing the wrong directions. What for huh? Put so high up scared people steal ah? Then why put it there? Anyway I adjusted it so I can look at myself. Aiyah, thatâ€™s what mirrors are for, right?â€
My better half had to rub his ears to reflect what he just heard. Then, starring at her in disbelief, he blurted out and said â€œhaaahâ€¦..â€ paused then involuntarily lengthened his neck and rolled his eye balls like a twister before blurting out â€œâ€¦. lei mo gau cho ma? (a Cantonese expression meaning â€œyou must be kiddingâ€) … Don’t tell me this… you actually don’t know what Safety Mirrors are for?”
For someone whoâ€™s been driving for decades (though itâ€™s only as far as from her home to office which is about 20km radius) this was absolutely incredulous. Nevertheless, when news spread about her â€œcreative useâ€ of the safety mirror, it provided the office with some light entertainment for the next one week. Well, this surely lives up to the motto of â€œinnovation working for youâ€