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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Simply Selfish

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Arriving, PETER sees a car parked right in front of his home. He recalls something.

  5. PETER (V.O.): When I came back a couple of days ago, it was this car that was blocking the access to my home. I complained to the management.

  6. Peter calls the management. Later, STAFF#1 arrives.

  7. PETER: This's the 2nd time this car is blocking the access to my home. So inconsiderate. Please take enforcement action.

  8. The Staff checks the car's particulars. Then, he finds a half-naked MAN to remove the car.

  9. PETER (V.O.): This inconsiderate man looks like a low-esteem tradesman.

  10. Peter stares at him in a disapproving fashion. Then, he sees the man parking his car a few houses in front.

  11. STAFF: It's no good to cause inconvenience to others.

  12. PETER: He simply doesn't care.

  13. Act 2


  15. Peter is typing a phone message as STAFF#2 fills up his car's tank. Then, Peter hears knocking sounds at his door.

  16. STAFF#2: Here're the receipt and your cards.

  17. PETER: Yes.

  18. As Staff#2 leaves without facing him, Peter discovers something.

  19. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've forgotten to put on my face mask.

  20. Immediately, Peter puts on his face mask and drives off.


  22. As a car in front of Peter's is entering the roundabout, we hear horns from a on-coming car which stops to avoid a collision.

  23. PETER (V.O.): The driver drives without reasonable consideration of other road users.

  24. As Peter waits to enter the roundabout, a car parallel to his is entering the roundabout. Again, we hear horns from another on-coming car which stops to avoid a collision.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why can't the driver drives with due care and attention.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although there isn't any collision, the drivers have already committed the offence of careless driving.

  28. Having taken due care, Peter drives into the roundabout.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've prosecuted hundreds of such careless drivers. Many of them are repeated offenders.


  31. Arriving at his parking lot, Peter looks frustrated.

  32. PETER (V.O.): The rear side of the car parked at the back of my parking lot is inside my parking lot.

  33. Peter parks his car carefully.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This isn't the first time the driver of the other car has parked like that. I complained to the management which didn't seem to have taken my complaint seriously. Now, it recurs.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In my another parking lot here, the driver of the car parallel to mine would park his car at the border line between the parking lots.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I park a bigger car to educate the driver not to trespass into my parking lot.

  39. Peter is taking photos, evidencing the car's trespassing in his parking lot.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Every time I park my car anywhere, I'd check that I've parked it properly. Why don't others do something that makes common sense?


  42. Standing at the front desk and staring at inattentive STAFF#3 and #4, Peter waits for their service.

  43. PETER (V.O.): It seems that I'm transparent. I've lost my patience.

  44. PETER: Would anyone care to serve me?

  45. Upon their response, Peter shows to staff#3 and #4 the evidence of his complaint.

  46. Act 3


  48. PETER (V.O.): As the trespassing isn't new, I've urged the security staff to take prompt action.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Don't inconsiderate people know that they're inconsiderate?

  51. Thinking.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): People may be distracted with the things going on around them some of the time; but not all the time.

  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe inconsiderate people are simply selfish. They only think about themselves and have no regard of others' emotions.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Being considerate, thoughtful and kind requires one's emotional labour.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A moral person should balance one's interests with others'. Immoral ones just take things for granted. And they can't change or be changed.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Thus, laws are there to ensure that for every wrong done, there's always a remedy. Trespass to land is actionable per se...

  61. FADE OUT.

  62. THE END

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