The best case scenario, when you're racing to work on a scooter, is that you arrive at your destination on time and safely, if slightly breathless. But if you absolutely have to get hit by a car en route, getting knocked over by an extremely apologetic Ashton Kutcher might be okay.
“He was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so sorry, are you OK?' ” Marenghi said. "And I looked up and realized it was him. I was like, ‘Yeah I’m fine, are you Ashton Kutcher though?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, but are you OK?' ”
Marenghi had banged up his knee but was otherwise fine, so instead of being angry at the actor, he asked him to pose for a picture. It's hard to tell if Kutcher is remorseful or confused in the resulting pic that Marenghi posted to Instagram, but his victim seems pretty stoked about the encounter.
"I’m so glad I was OK, because it changes the whole experience from something that could have been bad to a really cool experience," he said.
Reps for Kutcher have not yet responded to Refinery29’s request for comment on the accident.
"[N]obody wakes up in the morning, opens their front door and says, ‘God, look at how many cars there are, they’re parked everywhere,’ " Kutcher said, referring to how Angelenos complain about the ubiquitous scooters. "If you think about it from a pure square footage perspective, how much space a scooter takes up relative to a car, this is absurd, right? And fine, I understand, maybe we need to find appropriate parking places for these and everything else, but the regulatory function on this [is] just something you're not used to. It's just a better world if this takes off and works."
Pro tip, Ashton: You've got a better chance of making that happen if you don't run over the riders.