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For whom the bells toll

Update: January, 16/2018 - 10:21
The complicated traffic situations at BOT (build-operate-transfer) toll booths hit a ridiculous point recently when a bridal procession became trapped in a long line of vehicles waiting to pay the disputed toll. — Photo vietnamnet.vn

The complicated traffic situations at BOT (build-operate-transfer) toll booths hit a ridiculous point recently when a bridal procession became trapped in a long line of vehicles waiting to pay the disputed toll. In fact, without a bit of quick thinking, their day of happiness was headed for the wall.

The procession, all the way from HCM City to the western province of Bạc Liêu, was suddenly trapped in a stagnant line of cars and trucks in front of Phụng Hiệp toll booths in Cần Thơ City.

While the argument over fee reductions between drivers and BOT operators continued at a furious pace, the miserable couple began to get heated about their impending nuptials. Time was running out.

“The ceremony was planned to start at 1pm, but at about 11a.m, we were still at the toll gates,” moaned Phi Long, the groom.

Necessity is the mother of invention, so, using one of the humankind’s most ubiquitous inventions, the smartphone, they livestreamed their images, performing the marriage ceremony in front of their waiting families and friends 100km away.

It was their first step in life  - and it was a winner. The toll gates shrank into insignificance as the couple repeated their vows.

We wish them a happy life and hope that the BOT people weren’t mean enough to charge them for waiting so long. — VNS

 

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