RULES OF SHOTGUN |
The rules listed below apply to the calling of
Shotgun (the passenger seat) in an automobile. These rules are
definitive and binding.
Section I - The Basic Rules
Section II - Special Cases
In order to
call Shotgun, the caller must pronounce the word "Shotgun"
in a clear voice. This call must be heard and acknowledged by the
driver. The other occupants of the vehicle need not hear the call as
long as the driver verifies the call.
only be called if all occupants of the vehicle are outside and on
the way to said vehicle.
are strictly prohibited. Shotgun may only be called while walking
toward the vehicle and only applies to the drive immediately
forthcoming. Shotgun can never be called while inside a vehicle or
still technically on the way to the first location. For example, one
can not get out of a vehicle and call Shotgun for the return
The driver has
final say in all ties and disputes. The driver has the right to
suspend or remove all shotgun privileges from one or more persons.
These special exceptions to the rules
above should be considered in the order presented; the case listed first
will take precedence over any of the cases beneath it, when applicable.
instance that the normal driver of a vehicle is drunk or otherwise
unable to perform their duties as driver, then he/she is
automatically given Shotgun.
instance that the person who actually owns the vehicle is not
driving, then he/she is automatically given Shotgun, unless they
instance the driver's spouse, lover, partner, or hired escort for
the evening is going to accompany the group, he/she is automatically
given Shotgun, unless he/she declines.
instance that one of the passengers may become so ill during the
course of the journey that the other occupants feel he/she will toss
their cookies, then the ill person should be given Shotgun to make
appropriate use of the window.
instance that only one person knows how to get to a given location
and this person is not the driver, then as the designated navigator
for the group they automatically get Shotgun, unless they decline.
instance that one of the occupants is too wide or tall to fit
comfortably in the back seat, then the driver may show mercy and
award Shotgun to the genetic misfit. Alternatively, the driver and
other passengers may continually taunt the poor fellow as they make
a three-hour trip with him crammed in the back.
Section III - The Survival of the Fittest Rule
If the driver
so wishes, he/she may institute the Survival of the Fittest Rule on
the process of calling Shotgun. In this case all rules, excepting
I-4, are suspended and the passenger seat is occupied by whoever can
take it by force.
must announce the institution of the Survival of the Fittest Rule
with reasonable warning to all passengers. This clause reduces the
amount of blood lost by passengers and the damage done to the
If there are any arguments or exceptions not
covered in these rules, please refer to rule Section I-4.
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