There was fun in the air in the Battambang commune of Tapon on Friday afternoon, when motorbike riders staged a 'wheelie demonstration', which pleased the local residents 'no end'.
The teenaged riders converged near the market about 4:30pm, but, having been told by traders to take their stupid antics elsewhere, they giggled amongst themselves and rode off at high speeds, whooping with delight.
Once they were out of sight of the busy market, however, and had found a nice, straight bit of road where they could 'exercise their craft', they started 'pulling wheelies' - a dangerous stunt whereby the rider raises the motorbike into an almost vertical, rather than horizontal, position, by yanking the handlebars upwards, whilst applying plenty of throttle.
That there were a group of young children playing on some grass nearby, seemed of no consequence whatsoever.
The scallywags rode up and down on one wheel near the frightened tots for around three minutes until Englishman Moys Kenwood arrived home from work. Seeing the madness, he shouted wildly at the youths as he passed them on a motorbike being driven by his wife, but this had no effect.
Just then, however, a woman emerged from her house and coolly threw a large bowl of dishwater over one of the riders mid-wheelie, which made him curtail the wheelie rather sooner than he might have done had he not been drenched in filth. His mates cheered, and the show was over.
There was no angry protest by the 'Wheelie Riders', no shouting or screaming, no argument about how insane it had been to try to dislodge the rider from his bike by throwing water over him, no threat by either party to get the police involved, indeed, there was no dialogue of any sort.
The riders had met their match, and rode off to pull wheelies elsewhere.