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The Ticket Tale

By moiral
Afternoon all. This unfortunate chap parked his bike where he shouldn't have. This has resulted in a ticket from a traffic warden. He will be waiting for the owners of the other bikes to appear too.
I was going to post this shot as a Silly Sunday shot yesterday, however the more I looked at the poor cyclist, the less inclined I was to find anything funny about the shot. The receiving of a parking ticket is obviously a great source of humilation and shame for the man. Look at his body language and his stance. He is moving his feet like a naughty child. This shot actually speaks to me about the Japanese culture as a whole. A race of people who take a great pride in their country and themselves as individuals.
Thanks for C&Cs on yesterday's upload.

Tags: Photo journalism Harajuku Tokyo Portraits and people Japan Traffic warden Cyclist

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 3:01PM
you are right certainly not a silly sunday shot!
poor guy!

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24 Sep 2012 3:05PM
Well spotted and captured Moira, by you and the traffic warden,
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 3:26PM
I think you have read his body language correctly Moira Smile
Well captured
He really does look ashamed of himself, poor guy.
Great candid occasion of course.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Sep 2012 3:53PM
I know where that bike would be ending up had it been mine Moira !!
Good bit of street photography.
It seems that in Japan, people respect the Police unlike certain UK politician!

A photo telling a story.
24 Sep 2012 4:02PM
Great capture, he does look like he's well embarrased.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 4:05PM
You certainly caught this moment very well.
Tibetan 6 3 England
24 Sep 2012 4:34PM
I'm not saying I agree with the photo content! but respect is some thing that appears to have gone out the window here in the U.K. but! does seem a bit harsh for parking a bike! wonder how much the fine would be!, good job they did not tow it away!, regards Leon.....or clamp it!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin good clear crisp photo.
9 10 10 England
24 Sep 2012 4:35PM
You've got to feel sorry for him - very well noticed and recorded .
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Sep 2012 5:19PM
Well captured candid moment, Moira, and the poor chap does look as if the bottom has fallen out of his world.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Sep 2012 5:34PM
How terrible that you can be given a parking ticket for a bicycle, Moira Sad Carol
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Sep 2012 5:40PM
As a cyclist I know what I think, but sticking to saying a well captured candid, Moira.

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 6:52PM
A well spotted piece of street photography and documentary Moira.
24 Sep 2012 7:30PM
Instead of a parking ticket he should have told him to get on his bike excellent shot
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:00PM
Ah-so, i have caught you, well spotted Moira, when in Hong Kong i had to wait till the police were not looking coz they did not like you taking photo's of them, Peter..
24 Sep 2012 10:24PM
This is brilliant street photography Moira we know from history that the Japanese are a brutal people but highly disciplined and easy shamed so he would stand there
and take it from the warden and look very ashamed.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 8:08AM
A brilliant candid of another culture MoiraSmile
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 7:39PM
See what you mean Moira, he does seem devastated
poor chap like the way you have captured this so poinantly
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 10:55AM
Excellent street take...
What a moment captured...
So well spotted... IB

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