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March 25th, 2008

Parking Lot Annoyances

I realized today that I get way more annoyed than I should when I see that someone has parked their car in such a way that it purposely takes up two spaces. I’m not talking about their tire touching the white line, I’m talking about clearly parking half of the car in one space and half in another. It is so flocking obnoxious I can’t even begin to explain why.

Actually, sure I can.

It’s arrogant. It’s telling everyone around you, “My car is SO IMPORTANT and you all are SO CLUMSY AND CARELESS that I must take extra space for myself.” Dude, if you were meant to park your car in two spaces, they would have made half as many spaces at twice the size.

It’s also inconsiderate when you do it in a populated area of the parking lot. You’re wasting an extra space close to the building that someone else could use. If it’s so goddamn important you keep the doors on your kinda crappy SUV from getting dinged, park your lazy ass far, far away from the building. You won’t even need to use two spaces.

Posted in Cars, Everyday Life

jk March 25, 2008, 2:15 pm

I’ve always thought that such parkers were just asking to be keyed. Or have their doors kicked in. They are living life on the edge…

ryan March 25, 2008, 9:42 pm

While I agree that double-parkers are too self-involved, it is not entirely misguided.

Twice in one week, twice, I had my door dented by “clumsy and careless” idiots. Let me note that I park away from others on purpose, I have a small car that comes nowhere near the edges of my parking space, and I never double-park.

So apparently people see a lone car parked in the distance and decided not only to park next to it, but to park so close that when they fling their door open without a care, that their paint transfers onto my door for two solid inches, all the while denting it as well.

Perhaps if leaving a note was the norm, then I wouldn’t be able to sympathize with people trying to protect their car from morons. As it is, while I don’t agree with the practice, I understand the reasoning.

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Steve A March 25, 2008, 11:58 pm

You could always carry a glovebox full of “inconsiderate ass awards” to give to those offenders.

I used to do something similar when I lived in an apartment which had assigned parking. When I would come home to find someone in my parking spot — late at night as I worked the dinner shift at restaurants — I would leave an “award” to whoever was in my spot. It said something along the lines of, “I pay rent which equals $XX.xx per day to allow me to have this parking spot. I’ll appreciate your share in the morning.”

Giving your awards in public parking area is both fun AND rewarding as they don’t know WHO put it on there. (In the apartment they knew.)

Ciao,

Aanen March 26, 2008, 11:39 am

I remember in high school, some kid used to park his car at an angle between two and a half spaces. well, one day, everyone decided to block in his car. you should have heard his threats “if you don’t move your cars, I’ll take your wheels off!”

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