Friday 13th: it’s a date, it’s a movie, it’s a shameless plug

Shame on you, Charlotte Pegman.

The woman is a personal injury lawyer. And guess what, she has an opinion about our upcoming "unlucky day". Apparently we’re all going to have more accidents. Isn’t that nice.

That wouldn’t be at all good for business, ms personal injury lawyer?

“While paraskevidekatriaphobics – those with an irrational fear of Friday 13th – will be staying at home, for those that venture to and from work, the superstition makes some commuters drive less well, and increases the risk of accidents," she says.

Great. It’s only the poor people cowering behind the sofa that will survive. The average Joe Bloggs is doomed.

"Friday evenings in particular have always had more road accidents, due to an increase in traffic, fatigue after a hard week, and that TGI Friday feeling.  Add to that a sense of irrational fear, and it’s a recipe for disaster."

::shocked pause::

You terrible, terrible woman! Why, even to suggest such a thing puts it into the universe and makes it more likely to happen! I must quickly touch wood. Maybe turn around three times on the spot just to be safe.

Pegman also kindly gives us a list of nasty things that have happened on Friday 13ths past to add a bit of colour:- The decimation of the Knights Templar in France on Friday 13th October 1307 is said to be the day’s origin.- Other explanations put forward are that the crucifixion of Jesus took place on a Friday after his Last Supper (totalling 13 at the event).- Many cities in North America do not have a 13th street or avenue.- Many skyscrapers don’t have a 13th floor and many hotels don’t have a room 13.- There are thirteen witches in a coven.

She concludes: "Similarly, at the workplace, the feeling of the day being an unlucky one, can lead superstitious employees to over complicate the simplest of tasks and actually make accidents happen."

::gulp::On second thoughts, Ms Pegman. Could I possibly have your card?

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