Walking down the sidewalk on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich, I saw a tram coming from Usteristrasse. I stopped to allow it to pass me as it turned onto the Bahnstrasse. As it was turning, a back car swung out farther than I had anticipated and pushed me hard on the ground. Wearing a short sleeve shirt, I landed on my elbows but got up immediately. People around me came up and asked if I was alright. I felt foolish, embarrassed and thought I was fine.
I continued my walk past the Apple Store and stopped in front of Manor. I was feeling very odd and my elbows were bleeding. I thought, what better place to rest than at a cosmetic counter in Manor. I went in, sat down and started chatting with the staff.
"Hello, may I help you?"
"Not really. I just need to sit down for a moment. I don't feel very good."
"Are you OK?"
"I think so. I just got hit by a tram but there's nothing broken. I am bleeding from my elbow. Would you happen to have a band aid?"
They gave me some cotton.
"Are you sure you're OK? You look pale."
And the next thing I knew, I was on the floor, surrounded by a crowd of people, a beautiful cosmetic saleswoman cradling my head in her arms and a sprite young man holding my legs up. Another woman had a blood pressure machine.
They realised I had "come to" again although my eyes had never closed. We all agreed it was probably only the shock of the accident as I had no other symptoms. I regained some strength as they quickly got a wheelchair and wheeled me to the next door medical clinic. There I got a complete check-up, an IV drip and wonderful care as I regained my strength.
Later, as I was taking the train home, I felt grateful to be alive and, besides scratched up elbows, happy for not receiving any serious injuries. I was also feeling foolish for not stepping just a bit more back as the tram swung by. Suddenly, a conductor was in front of me asking for my ticket. I gladly gave it to him. He fined me SFr. 75 francs. I was aghast and asked him why. "Because you're sitting in first class with a second class ticket." I had no idea that I had been in the wrong class and explained to him about my day.
He refused to give in.
You win some and you lose some.
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