Some people really hate this about Sao Paulo… err Brazil in general. You can’t cross the street and expect the cars to stop. Pedestrians do not have the right away here. I have a super cute adorable little ball of fofo- “cute” so people usually stop out of courtesy. In fact some nice old lady helped me carry groceries home the other day. See aren’t Brazilian’s nice.
Well that is of course until they get behind the wheel. They go flying through intersections. If you are the pedestrian you had better look both ways and make sure there are no cars coming. And if you see a motoboy, don’t even think about trying to beat him to the other side of the crosswalk, because he will get there first. AND he will definitely not stop.
I like this, no more lame pedestrians jumping into the cross walk making you stop and miss the next light. Yeah, I suck, oh well.
So with that introduction to the laws of crossing the street in Brazil. I found this little site funny. A crossing guard.
See how the guy is holding a VERY long pole with a STOP flag on the tip of it? Yep that’s right, even crossing guards here know better than to stand in the center of a crosswalk with a shiny orange vest and a stop sign. They’re not taking any chances with their lives either.