Living in a three-plex, I have two reserved, covered parking spaces. One space for my car; the other for guests.
Have always felt archly amused when normally kind men swear at bad drivers while behind the wheel. Road rage? Not me.
But for the last two days, a Honda sedan has been illegally parked in my second reserved space. Using duct tape, I stuck two notes on the windshield:
"NO PARKING. MOVE THIS CAR NOW."
"Your car is in my parking space. If you don't move your car immediately, it will be towed. Towing is expensive for you."
"I have guests coming for the holidays," I told the building manager. She said the Honda will be towed in 24 hours.
I was suprised by how aggravated and territorial I felt!
"Refugees are starving and you're upset about a spare parking space?" I thought. "Put this in perspective."
The jerk finally moved his car last night. He tore up my notes and threw them on the ground.
After picking up the litter, as is my habit, I breathed a sigh of relief.
It is just not parking spaces. When I taught seated classes at a community college, the students tended to sit in the same spots that they sat in the first day of class. If a student came into the room and someone was sitting in his/her spot, the student would look disappointed. One day this happened and I jokingly asked, "Is Sally sitting in your spot?" The student said sadly, "Yes." Sally jumped up, apologized, and sat somewhere else.
Next time... Just go to Walmart!
Head to the kitchen items and get a basting needle setup (for injecting flavor into meat) and then over to the sporting goods section to get a bottle of fox urine.
Load the basting syringe with fox urine and stick it through the rubber weatherstripping of the car to spray all over the inside and on the upholstery. Of course this works great if it is a really hot day... But still smells bad on a cold one. When you pull the needle back out you will leave absolutely no mark anywhere and the person will be wondering how you did it.
Do you pay a premium for that extra space? Most apt complexes and other developments where there is assigned parking typically leaves guests with a select few spots. If I had to pay an extra premium to ensure my visitors had a place to park I'd sure as hell be territorial. LOL!
lol at our office building, we have no assigned parking spaces...and we have more parking spaces than tenants but somehow, we all have our own designated parking spots...I think it is a weird thing as well...sometimes I want to park closer to the building, but I don't want to take the spot where the grey Honda accord parks...I won't be towed, obviously, but out of some weird parking space respect, I park in my spot...third bush on the north side...
I live across the street from a Catholic church. One Sunday morning my son went outside to find one of the parishioners blocking our driveway. He talked to the church and told them it was bad enough that they park all around the house, but NEVER block our driveway again or the car will be towed. So far, we haven't had any issue.
I'm worse. There is just enough room on the public street in front of our house to park one car. But! It's dangerously close to our mailbox.. DANGEROUSLY CLOSE. Whenever anyone parks there, I track them down and tell them; YOU'RE BLOCKING MY MAILBOX. MOVE YOUR CAR." The neighbors are good natured and tell any and all guests/workers to not park in front of old man "Bigpaw's" house.....
I feel frustrated even if it is an unassigned stall at work. I park in the same stall all the time, every day and I'm even early to make sure of it. When my routine is broken when my stall is gone it throws off my day.
When people used to park in my second stall at an old apartment I would leave a friendly note the first time. The second time I towed them out of it.
As long as we're bitching about parking, how about those people with a big ass truck or phat SUV parking in space designated for compacts only to take up 1 1/2 spaces?! Sadly, in Oregon, there is an unofficial rule that "the bigger your tires, the more entitled you are." Grrrr.
Wow, that's some aggressive behavior. I think I would have written a note that said something like: "please find another spot to park by xx/xx I have company coming, or I have to tow your car". I would write a much different note if it wasn't where I live or if the spot was nowhere near my car. Then I would agree with the aggressive approach.
I was moving in to my house, and a neighbor two houses away told me my van - in front of MY house- was in his parking space. Two years later, when out to dinner with his hair dresser, she told me the street i live on is full of real jerks, then told me of the parking fight i had on day one. Needless to say, when i got home, there was another fight in the neighborhood.