One of the joys of cycling to work is having a great excuse to eat breakfast at your desk. But a driver caught on camera by a cyclist in Surrey just couldn’t wait to have her cornflakes.

The lady, driving a Land Rover Discovery near Hampton Court, appeared to be eating her bowl of cereal while queueing in traffic to get onto a busy main road.

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As the cyclist, known on YouTube as Surrey Suburban Cyclist, turned left onto the side road he spotted the lady chowing down, holding her bowl with her left hand while attempting to use the steering wheel with the other.

She seemed completely unperturbed by the cyclist confronting her, telling her she was being recorded on camera and that the footage would be taken to the police.

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Wondering what the issue was, a motorist following the lady seemed shocked to hear what was going on in the car ahead, as the driver continued on her way with her cereal in hand.

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  • Richard J Francis

    That sounds like schpeels on wheels

  • Richard J Francis

    If people are becoming Nazi’s over eating breakfast cereal perhaps she’ll only be able to eat Oswald Muesli…

  • Steve Jones

    Yeh probably better just passing it on to the police who’ll do fuck all, needs to think about getting those breaks sorted bit anti social screetchy brakes

  • Ewan

    Roger most drivers I see(inc myself) consider themselves to be above the law, as you call it. God only knows how many times I’ve broken the speed limit(unintentionally and knowingly), and god only knows how many Amber lights I will have crossed over the years. Yet I have only been caught twice in 27 years behind the wheel. Next time you are out driving try and count the amount of time you break a law whilst driving and see how many times you get caught. Bet its never. It doesn’t matter if you break the speed limit by 1mph or 20 mph. Yet a motorist see’s a cyclist run a red light or cycle on the pavement(im not condoning either of these) and all of a sudden the motorist becomes holier than thou and a Halo appears above their car. Most of the clips you see on youtube etc have number plates visible, does than make those driver/posters vigilantes too? You never ever see people on these clips referring to the drivers/posters as vigilantes, do you?. What makes you think hes going around looking for transgressors? I have an In Car DVR and I dont go around looking for “transgressors”, they are every where.I bet I couldnt drive to the shops without seeing 3 people on a mobile, someone without a seat belt, people speeding, and thats without considering how many people are driving whilst disqualified, without insurance or without valid VED The standard of driving out there(as shown in the clip in question) these days is abysmal, as a cyclist you should know that yourself.

  • by-the-beach

    I’m outta here – you need to look in the mirror. Don’t understand why no-one wants here wants to have a serious conversation, rather you prefer to just make one liner ad-hominem attacks. I’m going to talk to some grown ups and go for a ride on my bike (feeling sorry that I have to be associated with the vigilante zealots) … bye

  • RH

    Perhaps because cyclists might be perceived to be to some extent above the law, since they are unlicensed, and anonymous in a way that cars etc. aren’t? Cyclists are also more manoeuvrable than cars and are thus perhaps felt to be at an advantage when it comes to making a quick getaway?

  • harry smith

    Why have you popped up on a story about terrible driving to slag off cyclists?

  • RH

    Well I am flattered that you should talk any notice of what I tell you, but that was not what I wrote at all. It’s the youtube plus number plate bit that bothers me, along with the fact that the bloke would appear to be going around looking for transgressors. I can see nothing at all wrong with intervening if the aim is to avert danger or prevent injustice, or with reporting a crime to the police.

  • Roger

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  • by-the-beach

    Can’t see where I was defending her driving, but don’t let that put you off jumping to conclusions or quoting out of context statistics. Can you direct those of us who think this is an important conversation to where those statistics come from before jumping to your defence of terrible cycling? Thanks

  • harry smith

    Those behaviours and other illegal or risky moves by cyclists account for fewer than 4% of RTCs that involve KSIs, but don’t let the facts put you off your defence of terrible driving.

  • Ewan

    Again, ill ask the question. Can anyone, explain to me why when you see these clips on FB, YouTube, LiveLeak, The news etc and its filmed from a car, bus, lorry or motorcyclist that you never ever hear the word “Vigilante”. Yet the minute its a cyclist that has filmed it its the first word of many a keyboard Kommando’s lips?

  • Ewan

    No Thanks, RH tells me that would make me a vigilante.

  • Ewan

    Thanks.

  • by-the-beach

    And many cyclists are failing cyclists by their irresponsible behaviours. Maybe it’s time that bikes had number plates so that all the motorists with cameras can “catch” cyclists jumping red lights, going through zebra crossings with pedestrians on them, overtaking on the inside at a junction, riding on the pavement etc etc etc etc ….?

  • dave

    The guy has a really annoying self congratulating voice. I and him are probably guilty of the the same crime! Whilst cycling and trying to eat at the same time especially in winter with gloves etc, I’m sure my concentration is not 100% on the road! Weird that in 1984 it was the government that were snooping. Now they have the proles doing the job for them.

  • by-the-beach

    How about telling her to be a good citizen (or reporting it to the police privately) but lay off posting a video and her number plate on YouTube – that’s the bit that makes you a prat or perhaps a vigilante if you were out searching for law breakers.

  • marzipan

    Wow, you really have no life mate

  • Vespertine

    I am sure I could look the statistics up, however that isn’t the point I was making. Regarding the nuclear power station and camping gas question, you will probably find that due to the enormous risk mitigation and management of “messing around” with a nuclear power station vs. the unregulated and much more common activity of “messing around” with a camping gas bottle, that statistically, the nuclear power station “messing” is safer. However both of your points are a straw man as they do not address mine in any way whatsoever.

  • fghgg

    What do you mean by “caught”? What happened the driver?

  • fghgg

    How many people have been killed in the UK by cyclists this year? How many by motor vehicles? Would you say that messing about with a camping gas bottle was the same as messing about with a nuclear power station?

  • Tom

    Quite. “Put that down. You’re going to the police.”

  • Ewan

    On the way back from B&Q this morning I nearly ran into the back of a woman in a Dark Blue Ford Galaxy. Then I realized she had no brake lights at all, not even the high level one. Thought about letting her know she had know as shes breaking the law, endangering herself and others, but decided not to bother, didn’t want to be seen as a Vigilante. Here’s hoping no one is killed when they run into the back of her, but hey that’s really not my concern as it didn’t really have a knock on effect for me.

  • Vespertine

    I’m trying to equate the posting of irresponsible behavior online and the differing reactions to the same dependent on perspective. On one hand we have cyclists posting videos of themselves doing incredibly dangerous things that could easily cause bodily harm to innocents, look at the videos some fixie riders post on YouTube and the associated comments, and we also have cyclists posting drivers doing exactly the same thing here and look at the associated comments. How are they inherently different?

  • fghgg

    Except that you are trying to equate two inherently different behaviours.

  • Gary James

    Sadly that subtlety is going to be lost on the great British mobile phone and cereal toting public.

  • Vespertine

    Equating the behavior, not the risk.

  • Gary James

    If a road user is going to behave irresponsibly then I’d much rather they do it on a bicycle than a two ton Wankpanzer. I’m astonished that some seek to equate the risk each introduces into shared public space.

  • Vespertine

    There are literally millions of videos on YouTube of cyclists behaving just as irresponsibly. Some of them we even laud, lets get off our high horses hey CW?

  • RH

    Not anyone. Cyclingweekly did it here. They are hardly vigilantes. Someone who goes around acting like a self-appointed policeman, punishing transgressors, might be considered a vigilante.

  • Ewan

    Ok. You win. Anyone who posts video online of someone breaking the law is a vigilante……….

  • RH

    I said I didn’t do FB etc. You are the one who then started with online media. I never said I don’t do online media.

  • Ewan

    I never referred to it as social media. This is the online version of cycle weekly, hence why I said online media.

  • RH

    I don’t do the subset of online media commonly referred to as “social media”. I don’t consider this site to be part of that subset.

  • Ewan

    I said FB, YouTube etc, you said you dont do FB etc…… So you either do online media, or you dont…..

  • RH

    Is this FB? I thought it was cyclingweekly. Weird indeed.

  • O.D

    Slightly disappointed this didn’t end badly, purely for the ‘Cereal Killer’ headline opportunity.

  • Ewan

    You don’t do online media, how did you find this then? Weird.

  • RH

    No. I can’t. I don’t do FB etc. However, if somebody in a car, bus or lorry or on a motorbike behaved as a vigilante, I would think it reasonable to consider him/her to be a vigilante too.

  • Ewan

    Because quite simply he is a witness? Can you, or anyone else, explain to me why when you see these clips on FB, YouTube etc and its filmed from a car, bus, lorry or motorcyclist that you never ever hear the word “Vigilante”. Yet the minute its a cyclist that has filmed it its the first word of many a keyboard Kommando’s lips?

  • Ewan

    She’s even been spotted having breakfast in Hampton Court Palace, which was once the residence of Cardinal Muesli.

  • RH

    You appear to be very keen on the idea of his being a witness. Perhaps I can make your evening by repeating: yes, yes, yes, he is definitely a witness. No one has disputed the fact that he is a witness.

  • fed up

    In the words of Homer Simpson. It’s funny coz it isn’t me.

  • Ewan

    At least we agree hes a witness.

  • Riothamus

    Yeah…lets hope nobody starts filming the stupid,arrogant and dangerous stuff i see cyclists do everyday otherwise we will have a whole newspaper dedicated to it…not detracting from the point the woman is a menace though if it tells the whole story.

  • Carpog

    This woman is well known in the East Molesey area. She is a cereal offender.

  • RH

    Yes, yes. He is a witness.

    AND he is a vigilante, albeit a feeble one. I don’t know what dictionary you are using, but ODE, Chambers and Webster make no mention of violence. A vigilante does not necessarily behave violently. This bloke is, however, avenging crimes: he is putting his films on the web along with the offenders’ registration numbers. That is a heck of a lot more than just being a witness. His purpose is surely to punish the offenders. I can see no other reason to publicise the registration numbers. I personally don’t give a damn about social media, but people have suffered as a result of this kind of thing, and it is not appropriate for a society that claims to uphold the rule of law.

  • dave arnup

    The reason cyclists and motorists have taken to using cameras is to record what people do. Very handy is someone crashes their car in to you and it’s not your fault – also pretty handy when a motorist is EATING their BOWL of CEREALS whilst driving…. or is that ok in your world? I’m ok perhaps until they mow in to your child and kill them………

  • briantrousers

    I’ve never ridden a bike in London but have in Paris. It’s as scary as you think it will be, particularly when circumnavigating the Arc de Triomphe roundabout. Also nearly got knocked off by a bendy bus which undertook me whilst it was in a bus lane so fair cop really. Some cyclists are their own worst enemy. If you’re going swimming with sharks you need to wear steel underpants.

  • fed up

    But where does this camera culture end. according to some on here point of view we should therefore all have cameras in our car and when out walking or in the pub and witness and film every thing someone does wrong like pub fights smoking in the toilet dropping litter speeding etc. we would all end up like the Stasi in East Germany and no doubt have got a right good kicking as well if you did it where I go out for a pint . it’s the police job not ours albeit they aren’t too good at it in the UK

  • Ewan

    Vigilante. any person who takes the law into his or her own hands, as by avenging a crime. done violently and summarily, without recourse to lawful procedures.
    Witness; a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place.

    So hes a witness.

  • Tom

    Great point Mark – perhaps its more a function of us Brits – we are too het up on getting from A-B as quick as possible, constantly in a rush, when perhaps the slightly more laid back approach might suit us better. I haven’t ridden a bike in Paris but would be intrigued to see how it compares to riding in London. I know that riding a bike in the Alps however results in often being given enormous amounts of space and rightly or wrongly feeling far more relaxed about other users of the road.

  • mark

    Agree this chap a bit OTT, challenging and attempting to intimidate strangers on the road is a bit foolhardy too – has he never seen road rage take over?

    On the topic of cohabiting road space, it’s a difficult one, but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect road layout/road laws to change dramatically (too expensive, not enough space) and in my opinion it’s more critical that some road users simply improve their skill sets to such a level people can share the existing space better. This is a perfect example, she’s not eating cereal at the wheel because the road needs segregation from cyclists to make it safer, she’s doing it because she’s oblivious to the danger she’s putting herself and others in (or, more worryingly is so selfish she doesn’t care knowing that she’ll probably be fine in her massive car) – that’s just a personal failure on her part rather than road network.

    It’s a bit depressing that on even a short distance trip in London I could witness umpteen examples of selfish driving/riding by any group of road users (including pedestrians), too many people, although definitely a small minority, aren’t prepared to have a bit of patience and think of others once out on the road. I don’t think that’s a failure of the road system, more some of the people using it, and those people just haven’t been educated (by driving tests, road safety awareness etc) well enough to think things through properly.

  • Dominic Allkins (BMCC Webmaste

    So if this woman (or someone doing something similar) runs over and seriously injures a relative or friend of yours (because a witness didn’t report this when they could have done) then you’ll be fine with that?

    I only ask because unless witnesses step up and publicise the sheer recklessness of drivers like this then death or serious injury is a probable consequence. The camera is only a way of providing actual proof of the crime – otherwise it’s one word against another.

    In the US she would be charged with reckless endangerment. It’s likely that she’ll just get a tap on the knuckles here.

  • Ed

    Shreddies?

  • Tom

    No doubt, she is in the wrong (probably a busy person trying to save some vital minutes – we’ve all been there) but at the same time, us cyclists need to think about where we pick our fights. The way this chap reacts with utter outrage to the fact “she is eating cereal” is in my opinion a bit OTT. A tap on the window, and a shake of the head would suffice – posting the video on youtube and running to the next car to tell on her just ups the whole ante between cyclists and cars. In the UK cars and bikes don’t cohabit well – there are a ton of bad drivers and a ton of frankly crazy cyclists who abide to rules when they see fit (btw I am a very keen cyclist…). Until such a time as there is an overhaul in both road layout and road laws that give a clearer set of rules for us all to follow, this sort of somewhat school ground behaviour will persist. No ones fault – just a function of the ground rules!

  • TrevorHoldsworth

    In France you just tap on the window and say ‘bon appetit!’

  • TrevorHoldsworth

    I’ve fitted a washing machine and tumble dryer on the back seat of my car. Those are automatic, but ironing the bedsheets while driving is a darn pain!

  • Riggah

    There should be the option in law of an instant driving ban for inattentiveness. That is ‘instant’ as in “Park over there please madam then hand over your car keys. You’re walking from here. You can collect them from the police station in 30 days.” Plus a cash penalty of course.

  • RH

    Of course he’s a witness. However, he appears to be on the look-out for people he considers to be misbehaving and sanctioning them. That makes him a vigilante.

  • Jordan

    The point is that she was eating cereal while driving. Usually, cereal requires two hands to eat; one for holding the bowl, and one for holding the spoon. Driving a car requires at least one hand as well. Unless she has a third arm arm, she’s putting herself and others at risk.
    In the event that a collision occurs between her an a pedestrian, the car will always win, as it weighs a lot more. The cyclist is not only looking out for himself when he warns her, he’s also looking out for other pedestrians.
    Just because she wasn’t prepared to start the day doesn’t mean she has the right to endanger others.
    And to answer your statement directly, no, I wouldn’t love it, but if my actions are reckless and might hurt others, then I’d appreciate someone telling me.

  • Ewan

    Sounds pretty irresponsible to me.

  • Eric Prot

    That’s nothing. First, I make proper bircher muesli in the glove compartment, then whip up a smoothy in my in-car food processor, brew some expressos on the back seat while eating the muesli and whisking up an omlette on a gas stove in the front passenger seat footwell which I eat before doing my in-car Tai Chi and having a quick nap before I arrive at the office ….

  • Eric Prot

    … only if she does porridge …

  • Ewan

    Right, so hes a witness. Glad we got that sorted.

  • RH

    You are a witness if you witness something. If you go around looking for trouble and acting like a self-appointed traffic policeman, you are a vigilante.

  • RH
  • RH

    Yeah I bet you would love it if some goon stuck a camera in your face and started telling you off while you were having breakfast.

  • Jordan Le

    You’re right, if we all just be as passive as possible and not interact with any living organism, we’d all be better off.

  • Ewan

    Go look up the meaning of the word “Vigilante”.

    If you witness a murder and report it to the police, does that make you a vigilante? No. It makes you a witness.

  • blemcooper

    Hm…passing on the right and then turning left–classic left hook maneuver, but by a cyclist rather than a motorist.

  • fed up

    I’m sick of these camera vigilantes just get on with cycling not looking for things to video. You are as bad as drivers for not concentrating

  • Phil Hall

    Fausto Coppi chillin’ in the velodrome.

  • Francis Plum

    ahh – it’s only dangerous if someone gets run over…

  • Roger

    That’s nothing. I make coffee and drink it when I am driving to work. And I read the newspaper whilst doing so.

    That cyclist seems a bit of a pratt.

  • Tom

    Will this woman wave Cheerio to her licence?