There are bad drivers and there are bad parkers. A bad driver can mess up a moment, a bad parker can mess up your entire day. This is the story of how a bad parker fucked up my day.
After an eventful work day, I was finally home. My dogs were barking and Netflix was calling. Unfortunately, someone who thought the world revolved around them, parked in a manner that prevented me and my neighbors from accessing our parking lot. That’s my driveway up there, well, half of it anyway. “Hulk smash”! Hulk wanted to smash but took the high road instead. After circling the block for twenty minutes in search of free parking, I finally had to pick a meter spot and pay. While doing so, I ran into three of my neighbors who were also angrily feeding the meters. After a few rounds of WTF’s?, we all decided on leaving choicely worded windshield notes. Notes aren’t as satisfying as smashing, but they’re what civilized people do.
See the curb? See how far away the perp parked from the curb? What really irks me is they had to know that they parked like an asshole. They exited their vehicle, noted their bad parking job, and simply walked away from the scene of the crime, as if the world revolves around them.
The notes leaned more towards gentle reminders that we should all try to coexist, rather than F’ you rants. I did add in mine, that I would “give them an hour and then call a towing company”. Hours passed as the parking meter ticked, but I just didn’t have the heart to pull the trigger. Sure, this negligent parker cost me time and money, but having someone towed seems like bad karma.
In the end, they got a city parking ticket ($12, I think). I also noted a substance that resembled mayo, smeared on their handle. Maybe a neighbor did this. Maybe not.
I have to admit, I did a little window stalking. I watched and waited for the suspect to return to their vehicle. I just wanted to see what they looked like, and see their reaction to the notes. I saw many people pass and shake their heads when they noticed the bad parking job. I plugged my iPad in to charge, and when I looked out the window again, the car was gone.
Do you think the bad parker felt remorse when he/she read the notes?
Do you think they’ll be more mindful in the future?