parking lot etiquette

So I had a confrontation in the parking lot this morning. I hate confrontations.

See i park far away in the lot at my office. I hate door dings. There’s a corner of the lot where there’s a super big space. Let’s say most spaces are 4 feet wide. This space is 6-7 feet wide. So whoever parks in that space gets a huge-a55 space. And that space is at the end of a row. So when most people park there, they park at the very end of the space leaving room for others to enjoy the big space (as shown in the top portion of the illustration above).

Well recently there has been a car that hogs the big space AND takes up the space next to it (as shown in the bottom portion of the illustration above). I think that’s wrong. Once she parked right on the line so I parked my car about a foot away from her to send her a message that she shouldn’t be taking up a huge space AND the space next to it. I was just parking cleaning in my space. So technically I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I made sure I didn’t door ding her car, cuz I don’t want to start a door dinging battle. My point is that she can easily park in the huge space and still have her comfort zone where people won’t door ding her and she can get easily out of her car.

Today she parked her car the same way. I was pulling up and she was in her car. She jumped out and we talked. Fortunately she was very pleasant. I explained my thoughts to her. Since that spot is especially large that she shouldn’t be taking up so much space. She didn’t see it that way. She explained that she had carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist problem) and tendinitis in the other wrist and a back problem. She had wrist supports on both wrists so she was clearly telling the truth. So that’s why she parks the way she does. I felt terrible and I told her that she can keep parking that way and I didn’t think the person parking there would have disabilities. I felt really bad.

THEN she pulled out a note that someone left on her windshield. She asked me if I left the note. I honestly told her that I THOUGHT about leaving her a note, but I never did cuz I thought it was a bit extreme to start leaving notes on people’s cars. And I said my note would have included an illustration simply showing that you can park in the big space and still have a nice comfort zone. The note would have had a polite manner to it.

She showed me the note and it said that if she keeps taking up two spaces that her car would get scratched. I think that’s absolutely terrible. I would never do such a thing. She told me that she thought I left the note cuz I’ve parked very close to her car before. I insisted that I didn’t leave the note. I told her, “Think about it. I tried sending you a message before by parking close to your car. Why would I follow up with a threatening note? I would immediately become your first suspect in a car keying incident. i wouldn’t want that to happen to me”. I told her I would never ever leave such a note. I said that karma would haunt me if I scratched her car. I was very polite to her and asked her a few questions about carpal tunnel (my wife had it years ago). I wanted to make a point to her that I’m really a nice guy who doesn’t leave threatening notes on people’s cars. Any ways. I don’t know how to end this blog post. So that’s that.

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skew
skew
15 years ago

Why does carpal tunnel syndrome in her wrists cause her to park the way she does and take up too much space? That doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t affect her walking to the office from the parking lot.

Gurd
Gurd
15 years ago

Stay in the lines! You wouldn’t have this problem if everyone would just stay in the lines!

Mark R
Mark R
15 years ago

I have to agree with Skew and Gurd. Her “disabilities” should have nothing to do with her ability to park within the lines. And if her physical troubles are such that she can’t even park correctly, then maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all. I mean, if you can’t even maneuver your car into an extra large space properly, how are you supposed to be able to handle all of the other more demanding aspects of driving which require more dexterity, focus, and skill. She doesn’t sound like a very nice person. I wouldn’t feel bad if I were you… Read more »

skew
skew
15 years ago

I think she was playing on your natural sympathies, Moose. She must have sensed that you are a nice person who wouldn’t argue with an injured person. Maybe you should have said “If you can just park your car correctly, I will carry your purse to the office for you, since your wrists are sore.”

Tom Saaristo
15 years ago

She sounds more like a victim to me, in the sense that she is playing the victim. What do her physical problems have to do with being unable to park correctly?

You may have convinced her that you didn’t write the note, but she still has to find the person who did to talk them out of keying her car.

Mark R
Mark R
15 years ago

So apparently, it wasn’t her disability that caused her to take up two parking spots after all. Who would have guessed???

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