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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Simply Selfish

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - AFTERNOON

  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


  14. EXT. PETROL STATION - NIGHT


  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.


  21. EXT. ROUNDABOUT - LATER


  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.


  30. INT. ESTATE CAR PARK - LATER


  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?


  41. INT. SECURITY OFFICE - LATER


  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


  47. INT. PETER'S URBAN HOME - NIGHT


  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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