Jackass of the Day Award, Vol. IV

White doing his one-finger salute before spinning out of control (WFLA)

White doing his one-finger salute before spinning out of control (WFLA)

Under normal circumstances, the Jackass of the Day Award would be assigned to someone who acted completely ridiculous or did something extremely stupid today. And I’m sure there is no shortage of candidates in today’s news headlines. However, I feel obligated to mention someone who clearly earned the award last week and deserves the proper recognition: 33-year-old Jeffrey Travis White of Tampa, Florida.

Last Monday, White was traveling down State Route 41 in his pickup truck—driving in the left lane usually reserved for faster traffic—and got behind a woman he felt was moving much too slow. Rather than passing her and going about his business, though, White decided to tailgate her car for miles.

From what I understand, the slow driver in question was actually doing just over 50 mph in a 45-mph zone. Granted, this isn’t speeding by very much, but she was moving faster than most. Too bad it wasn’t fast enough for Mr. White.

In a classic road rage move, White eventually decided to pass the woman, cruised by her and then slowed down so he was driving beside her. As the woman filmed him with her cell phone camera, White flipped her the bird—extending his middle finger to signal his disgust in her driving skills—and proceeded to speed past her.

And in the immortal words of John Lennon, that’s when “instant karma” snuck up and bit White in the ass.

Moments after passing the woman’s car—and because the road was wet and slippery—White’s truck suddenly spun out of control and crashed in a ditch on the opposite side of the road. As you might imagine, this pleased the target of his road rage, who laughed as she passed him and uttered something like “that’s what you get.”

See for yourself by going HERE.

A more formal photo of White... from jail! (WFLA)

A more formal photo of White… from jail! (WFLA)

“Honestly, looking back, I feel kind of bad for laughing,” she said later. “But at the same time, it’s kind of funny.”

Of course, she received just as much criticism for using her cell phone while driving as White did for being a jackass on the road, but you can’t please everyone.

After the crash, White fled the scene and returned home, where authorities found him a short time later—his license plate could be seen in the video, after all. He was arrested for reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and fleeing the scene of an accident. And even though you may agree that the woman filming the video was also driving recklessly, the police thanked her nonetheless for reporting White’s bad behavior.

“None of us are good drivers,” she told reporters recently. “We all have our problems. Maybe this is his opportunity for growth. Maybe he can use this as a learning tool and not go off the rails next time.”

I certainly hope so, but for now, please congratulate Jeffrey White on being the Jackass of the Day! I only hope he doesn’t try for a second award soon!

Posted on March 31, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I was stunned that even after he knew he was being recorded, he continued to act like an ass. Most people would have straightened up, and scurried out of there but not this douche. If you look at his mug shot closely, you’ll see anger instead of fear. Most people who get busted look depressed or fearful and this guy is neither.

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