Rudeness in parking lots, street parking, blocked driveways...what are your experiences? Vent away!
Here's how I dealt with a rude parker in my neighborhood.
With the advent of the Red Box, and it's placement right in front of the handicap parking at my local 7-11, I'm seeing a lot of able-bodied folks using the handicap spot to return a movie.
The other day I amy'd up and said to one of the offenders, "I don't see a placard on your truck, must be a mental handicap?" He just chuckled and continued renting the movie.
To all those municipalities short on cash: scout out a Red Box placed near a Handicap spot and watch the $250 fines roll in.
Posted by: smurfy
at August 30, 2010 7:31 PM
There is a spot where a car can fit that is not actually a parking spot at my office building. It's on a corner and its purpose is to allow enough room for cars to come and go around the corner without hitting each other. However, some dumbass invariable feels the need to park there everyday just to get 20 feet closer to the door. How lazy can you be?
Posted by: Jennifer
at August 30, 2010 9:22 PM
My dad lives in a subdivision. For the first time ever, he backed into a car. The neighbor's car as he was getting out of his driveway. He was beating himself up to pieces over it, he felt really terrible. Paid for the fix and everything, without even complaining.
I complained. It was stupid. The people across the street have a driveway. And yet their daughter refuses to use it. She *always* parks on the street. Even when there's no one in the driveway. And the street-spot she parks in is the bit directly across from Dad's driveway. (Keep in mind this is a subdivision lane and not really big enough to have two cars abreast and be comfortable). And even if there is some force field preventing her car from entering the driveway, she could at least park to where she's not directly behind Dad's. She could park farther down and be out of the driveway's path. But does she? NO.
It could've been so easily prevented, just for the sake of a few feet (or the use of a damned driveway!)
Posted by: cornerdemon
at August 30, 2010 11:39 PM
People who think their extra special expensive cars deserve two parking spots OR park ridiculously angled so no one can park on either side of them.
My take - if you have a car that means more than life to you - you should park WAY far away at your own inconvenience, or don't take it out at all.
Posted by: Feebie
at August 30, 2010 11:39 PM
One more, grocery store parking lots. Put your flippin cart back or make sure it's not blocking a parking spot or can jar loose and dent someone else's vehicle.
In other words, put it back where you found it.
Posted by: Feebie
at August 30, 2010 11:41 PM
People who pour soda or coffee out the driver's side door in a parking spot so whoever parks there after them has to step in the sticky mess when they get out.
Posted by: MIOnline
at August 31, 2010 1:57 AM
Put your flippin cart back or make sure it's not blocking a parking spot or can jar loose and dent someone else's vehicle.
Exactly. This happens all the time. Why leave the frakking cart in the car parking area when there's a designated cart corral not twenty yards away? (At least they have the cart corrals at the supermarket I go to.)
Also, people who park in front of mini-mart/gas station door so that they can get their cigs and beer without having to walk a few extra yards from the parking spot on the side of the building. Blah.
Posted by: Jason S.
at August 31, 2010 5:05 AM
This may just be a western Midwestern thing and I have mentioned this before but I often travel a lot on interstate highways, primarily 1-80, I-25 and occasionally I-40. One of the easiest places to stop when you are traveling cross country is at the truck stops especially when you are pulling a trailer and you need some room to maneuver. My pet peeve is people who consider the position in front of the gas pump as their permanent parking place for the duration of their visit which often seems to include a lengthy trip into the snack bar, the convenience store or the restroom, sometimes all three. There will be a line of cars competing for 3 or 4 places at the pumps because three or more pumps are being blocked by people who filled their tanks and then just left their vehicle there. Some of these vehicles are blocking two pumps and there is plenty of parking usually less then 30 yards away.
Posted by: Isabel1130
at August 31, 2010 5:07 AM
People who park their SUVs or other behemoths in slots labelled "for compact cars only"
Posted by: Nancy
at August 31, 2010 1:38 PM
Regarding Carts - there is one store here that has little devices on the handle. You put in a quarter, the cart comes unlinked from the one behind it. It is the ONLY place that people bother to consistently return their carts. There is never a cart left in that lot!
They seemed odd at first, but every store, everywhere should get them. Getting that little quarter back seems to make all the difference.
Parking - people who paid too much for the pavers in their driveway & can't let anyone park in it. One house down the street, is always having cleaning people & landscapers, who then have to block half the street.
And that guy is the worst driver too. He bought the largest pickup truck he could find & covered the back with awful little silver doo-dads, like flames & crap.
First he drives 35, where ever he is. Can't maintain lanes & is just completely entitled. I figured a lawyer or doctor maybe. They'd been trying to sell the house for 3 years, over $1million.
Posted by: MeganNJ
at August 31, 2010 3:44 PM
I have seen people leave their shopping carts by their cars when the space for carts was right beside them!
I have some cards I bought at a Spencer's Gifts store years ago. One says Methinks Thou Art An Asshole, and the other says You Are Cordially Invited To Go Screw Yourself.
If you have found one under your windshield wiper, it is probably because I saw you (a.)abandon your cart in the lot and then proceed into another store,
(b.)zip into the parking spot that someone else was obviously waiting for (ala Seinfeld), or (c.)you parked your precious car diagonally across two or more spaces.
Maybe leaving the cards is rude, too, but it beats the vandalism that my inner demon wants to indulge in.
Posted by: Pricklypear
at August 31, 2010 3:55 PM
*****People who think their extra special expensive cars deserve two parking spots OR park ridiculously angled so no one can park on either side of them.
My take - if you have a car that means more than life to you - you should park WAY far away at your own inconvenience, or don't take it out at all. *****
This is totally evil, and I don't recommend doing it unless you want to get into a confrontation with someone, but my late husband used to pull up to those "park on an angle across two spots" people and park as close as he could next to whatever side their back bumper is closest to. They couldn't pull out until he left, and he made sure to take his sweet time in the store.
Of course, he was a roofer and no one would mess with him. I'd probably get my ass kicked.
Posted by: Ann
at August 31, 2010 3:56 PM
In addition to a couple of the above, I get really annoyed by people who park close to me and then get indignant when my door bumps the side of their vehicle no matter how slight.
Posted by: parabarbaian
at August 31, 2010 4:30 PM
People who think their extra special expensive cars deserve two parking spots
My friend D. came to visit me and parked his FAAABULOUS brand new Mercedes right on my street. I worried aloud that it might get dinged. He didn't care -- his attitude was "It's just a car." If you don't have that attitude, don't drive your fancy car beyond your driveway.
Posted by: Amy Alkon
at August 31, 2010 4:30 PM
There is a car that has several times been parked two feet over the end of my driveway. I do not use my car that often so, to be neighbourly, I have left notes on their windshield asking them to stop blocking my driveway. Recently that car was once again parked in front of my driveway, this time for over two weeks. Finally, I needed to use my car plus I had people coming from out of town and they had to park in my driveway because street parking is permit only.
I called the police and asked them to trace the person, if possible, and ask them to move their car (man am I nice). The officer was unable to locate the person so the car had to be ticketed and towed. One of my neighbour's approached the officer and argued with him and the tow truck driver that they should leave the car blocking my driveway because the car owner is a neighbour and a sweet little old lady. The officer and truck driver kept pointing to my driveway and repeating the obvious, "these people cannot use their car, their driveway has been blocked for two weeks AND they tried to locate the owner before resorting to having the car towed."
Now, how about that, not only did one neighbour block my driveway but another neighbour actually argued that the car should not be removed!
To make it all more aggravating, a week later my husband was sick in bed (just released from the hospital) with kidney stones, when someone banged repeatedly on our door. Finally he got out of bed and answered the door, it was the woman who's car had been towed. She wanted him to explain to her why the car was towed - the ticket she received clearly stated that she was blocking a driveway. She also claimed to not have received any of the many notes I placed in her windshield on previous occasions. Not only that, the neighbour who argued that the car owner was a little old lady had lied, this woman was a very fit maybe sixty - in other words, she is about five years older than the woman who claimed she was a little old lady!
Posted by: Ingrid
at August 31, 2010 4:50 PM
Private parking is just that. At my apartment, each apartment has 2 spots each. One night I come home to find both filled, and not by me. Ordinarily, I only need one, and I'm happy to share. But the next night I got home before the neighbors, and parked across both spots.
Parking lots: Ok, folks, it is a parking lot, not the Indy 500. I would be really resentful if you struck me. Particularly if I where on foot at the time.
Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie
at August 31, 2010 5:18 PM
People who use handicapped spots when the spot exactly next to it is empty. When handicapped spots first came out, there were sooooo many of them. Now it seems like you just need a sore finger to get a placard, and frequently all the spots are filled. My daughter uses a walker, so we have one, but if I can park almost as close, I'll leave them free for others to use.
And secondly, people who use the handicapped spots who aren't actually handicapped - either the person who needs the extra help isn't with them (I admit my husband tried to do this last night and I called him on it) or their handicap doesn't really cause them difficulty walking. Do you really need to park 3 spaces closer if you can walk to the a/v department of an 8 acre Walmart????
Thirdly, fat people who consider themselves handicapped and get a placard. Park farther away, get a little exercise. Stay out of the snack aisle while you're in the store.
Posted by: Lesley
at August 31, 2010 5:54 PM
My car is not more precious than life, but it is a nice one. It's six years old and has not one parking lot ding in it. This is because I park very very far away from the doors and the other cars, and walk a bit.
And I think it's pretty obvious why I park so inconveniently away from the front of the store, so WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU PARK RIGHT NEXT TO ME?!
Posted by: Steve Daniels
at August 31, 2010 7:46 PM
>>"I have some cards I bought at a Spencer's Gifts store years ago. One says Methinks Thou Art An Asshole, and the other says You Are Cordially Invited To Go Screw Yourself."
I made up a sign a few years ago (when I first moved into my apt) for a guy who kept taking up two spaces with his huge-ass truck. They said "Thank you for parking like a jackass! Congratulations, you have now inconvenienced all your neighbors!"
Posted by: cornerdemon
at August 31, 2010 8:10 PM
@ann, I do what your husband does (and watch the hilarity unfold--from a safe distance).
Once, in a very crowded mall parking lot, I see two spaces being vacated at the same time. Score! When I reach them, another vehicle (some kind of minivan) is ahead of me. Whatever, no big deal. There are two spaces. I put on my blinker and wait for her to park and for her and her kid to get out of the van. When I go to pull into the spot next to her, I realized that she has taken BOTH SPOTS, leaving a tiny sliver for me to fit in between her car and the wall.
I have a tiny Corolla. So I spend the next 5 minutes carefully wedging my car into the space (on her driver's side). There's barely enough room for me to get out of my door (my door hits the wall when I try to open it), but it's so worth it. I do my shopping and return to see her car is still there. So, I sit on the bench near the mall exit and wait for her to come out. About 20 min later, she does, and I enjoy myself thoroughly as she climbs in through the passenger side and wiggles her way into the driver's seat.
Posted by: sofar
at August 31, 2010 8:44 PM
Agree with MIOnline about pouring drinks out where the next parker has to step. This one has really pissed me off a few times lately.
My other pet peave – people who can’t put it between the lines. God help them if they are a few feet over on their driver’s side. I park it between the lines, and if that leaves them having to get in through their passenger door, then so be it. If the car on their right was over then line when they got there, that’s no reason to have a domino effect. It has to stop somewhere and it stops with me and them.
It’s just not that hard to put a car between the lines. I know when I have missed the lines on a first attempt and I readjust before I get out. It’s polite, it’s the right thing to do, and it makes sense. After all, there may be someone like me out there who will give no quarter, and then I’ll have to get in through my passenger side.
Posted by: Just a guy
at August 31, 2010 8:46 PM
I was sitting in the parking lot of Westside Pavilion. The line for getting a parking space in the garage was getting longer, at least 6 cars behind me. As I drove around looking to park in the garage, I finally found someone (Car 1) who was leaving. This other woman in her nice sports car (Car 2) decides that it wasn't worth her time to wait, so drove the opposite direction (also seeing the soon to be vacated parking space). Since Car 1 pulled out directly in front of me, Car 2 cut off Car 1 and pulled into the space. Unfortunately, I have manners, so I chose not to key her car.
Posted by: April G
at September 1, 2010 12:15 AM
Got another about parking lots and shopping carts. I parked one day in a parking lot. On my way back to my car, I saw someone PUSH their cart "toward" the collection area. It was so far off, it missed the collection area completely and HIT my car. She stood there staring at the cart the entire time, didn't even acknowledge that it hit my car and pretended not to see me.
Posted by: April G
at September 1, 2010 12:20 AM
"And I think it's pretty obvious why I park so inconveniently away from the front of the store, so WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU PARK RIGHT NEXT TO ME?!"
I KNOW! What is the psychology behind that? I don't get it either. (Similar to going to a beach with no one there, picking a spot WAY out of the way, and having some large family with a lot of kids who like to feed seagulls come and sit RIGHT NEXT TO YOU. It's like they have the WHOLE shoreline available to them, and yet they come and sit right on top of you. I swear, this happens almost every friggin' time. )
Is it a weird needy-person thing?
Posted by: Feebie
at September 1, 2010 7:13 AM
This was back when my father was still driving locally, about four years ago. The next-door neighbors have four cars, and they refuse to use their driveway, so all four cars are on the street. My parents had two cars: My mother's was in the driveway, and Dad's was on the street. They would frequently force an 85-year-old man with severe arthritis to walk a whole block to get to his car because their cars took up the entire space in front of my parents' house.
Dad got his revenge last year, during his last time behind the wheel, when he snuck out of the house, started up the car, hit the accelerator and just kept going -- into the neighbor's car. He never got out of the spot.
Posted by: MonicaP
at September 1, 2010 3:21 PM
One time I came out of a store and someone had parked so close AND at an angle to my driver's side door that I couldn't even squeeze in between the cars (it was so close I was surprised my side mirror survived). BTW, I was firmly centered between the lines.
I contemplated climbing in the passenger side but the angle of the other car made backing out an iffy proposition, plus it just hacked me off. So I had to go into the stores (starting with the closest ones) and have them page the owner of the other car (by car description).
I lucked out at the second store but could tell, once I saw her, why she needed all of the extra room to get out of her car....
Posted by: Midwest Chick
at September 1, 2010 3:22 PM
People that don't drive in designated driving lanes in parking lots. I understand if you need to cross through a set of empty parking spots carefully, but there's no need to drive recklessly through the parking lot. There are designated driving lanes for a reason.
Posted by: Annie
at September 1, 2010 9:41 PM
People who have driveways, but park their vehicles on the street, taking up valuable spots for those who don't have driveways to park in.
I had a neighbor who, despite a wide driveway & garage, usurped a parking spot 24/7 with his junky Imperial Newport that he never drove.
Posted by: Jen Wading
at September 2, 2010 8:14 PM
My husband's business has a guest house in the country, near it. There are absolutely no hotels in the area except a couple of 'love hotels' so visiting big wigs stay at the guest house. It is unoccupied most of the time, although I take care of it and we stay there sometimes so we can open the windows and air it out, etc. We go one weekend a month, roughly.
There is a gate leading into the property, and from the property line to the gate we paved with lovely stone, it's quite obvious where the property starts.
I went out one Sunday morning to find two trucks parked, FootWork Parcel Service effectively blocking the entire gate...'Excuse me, this is private property' 'Are you planning on going out?'
'Yes, but that's beside the point-this is private property you're parked on' 'Wait a minute we'll be done soon!' Which tells me that this is a regular occurrence, and also explains the oil stains I'd been finding. I called their dispatch office and raised bloody blue hell on the phone about their obviously poor 'shaiin kyouiku' (employee training/education).
One other time I went on a weekday (the neighbors only expect to see me on weekends) to find 6 cars crammed every which way into the space. I opened the gate and carried my stuff into the house, let the dog out of the car into the yard and then went looking around for where all the guests were. I couldn't tell so I parked across the space to keep them from getting out and went in the house, and took my time answering the doorbell when it was time for them to get home.
Because of some vandalism last winter we put up cameras and they STILL park, right under the security camera! What's it going to take? The streets are awfully narrow, they can barely park their own cars, so our newly paved space is a godsend evidently...it was a wooded lot with trees all the way to the street when we bought it.
They could at least ask.
Posted by: crella
at September 3, 2010 2:35 AM
The slant-parking of expensive European cars. Last winter, a BMW owner took up two slots. Bad enough in CA, horribly rude in -5F MN downtown parking lots. I had to park far away because of this guy. It's on my blog here => http://passepartout.posterous.com/beemers-get-two-parking-spots-at-ignitempls-i
Posted by: John Woodworth
at September 3, 2010 10:58 AM
Crella let the air out of their tires, or if you happen to know anyone with a tow truck have their cars towed, after having to pay towing and storage fees a few times to get their property back thy might wise up
Posted by: lujlp
at September 7, 2010 2:25 AM
Go to iparklikeanidiot.com.
I affix one of their bumper stickers about once every 3 weeks for particularly obnoxious offenses.
The stickers aren't sticky--they come right off. It's about doing it in such a way as to maximize the amount of time the sticker is visible to other people before the idiot notices.
Posted by: Mike
at September 8, 2010 1:02 AM
I haven't seen this one posted yet: people who pull all the way through and park the wrong way in angled parking spaces, especially as you are prepared to pull in correctly to said space. This also irritates because you have no way of knowing when they're going to pull out of the spot to leave.
Posted by: Jeremy
at September 8, 2010 5:27 PM
I guess I can't understand how some people find it so hard to park a car.
I spent close to a year working for a rental car company here in Aus, and as staff, I had to move cars into car spaces when they got left in the driveway (the city office is located in an apartment/hotel block).
Funnily enough, you learn fast how to park a car without scraping it when it's not yours and in some cases costs up to $110K (AUD).
Nose-in, I was (and am) extremely good at parking with (at the very least) the wheels straight. I'm also good with cars in tight spaces. Big car + small space is not easy, but can be done in a pinch.
Posted by: Sonja
at September 10, 2010 11:24 AM
So moving back into an apartment complex means new joys with neighbors and the asshats they know. Last night at 2:30 I was awoken by some idiots testing their car horn. Just as I was drifting off to sleep again these same idiots decided to have a dance party in the parking lot. I was seriously not about to stand for this.
Fortunately by the time I got a shirt and sweatpants on and got down their the security guy was already there making them go away. So I went back to bed feeling much happier that the security here is at least on the ball.
Posted by: Elle
at September 23, 2010 8:25 PM
I was parked and surrounded by giant SUVs. My little Passat Wagon is a fine car. But it is hard to see around all the giant cars. Anyway I started to pull out very slowly because I can't see over these cars and I see in the direction away from the blinding setting sun there is no traffic and in the direction of the sun I could not really tell. So I continued squinting into the sun and pulling slowly out. At this point a women turns down the lane and rushes to position her car directly behind me where she slowed to a crawl so she could take her time sneering at me while I stopped half way into the lane and waited for her to pass. She seemed very pleased with herself. The entire episode took maybe a minute. She apparently thought it was rude of me to want to safely pull out in the blinding setting sun. And she seemed to be trying to force me to hit her car while she sneered at me.
Posted by: Steve In Tulsa
at October 17, 2010 5:37 PM
My husband and I were at the parking lot in Walmart, we had the signal on, obvious we were going to get the parking someone was backing out from. But then comes this... lovely lady... and takes the parking, LOOKING at us and LAUGHING. I got sooo mad!
Posted by: Anonymous
at March 5, 2011 7:03 AM
I called 911 today about a traffic hazard: a commercial van parked in the middle of a lane, in a no parking zone, blocking a hydrant, so close to the corner I almost rear-ended him as I turned the corner (he was in front of me as I made a right). I started with a "by the way' and they were kind enough to give me my 'new' city's # for my other complaint, knuckleheads who stop or park in a main downtown traffic lane, clearly marked "no parking" and/or "buses only," thus f'ing up the flow of traffic down this major thorofare at rush hour. Will be calling shortly.
Posted by: Mr. Teflon
at March 15, 2011 6:07 PM
I have three:
1) Monster SUVs in compact car spaces
2) Monster pickup trucks parked diagonally so they block one lane of traffic
3) Cars parked so close to an intersection that an approaching driver can't see
Posted by: Anon E. Mouse
at April 13, 2011 11:15 PM
Neighbor parks in such a way that I am unable to open my drivers side door. What can I do about this?
Posted by: lisaf
at January 1, 2012 4:52 AM
Sorry, not enough detail. Have you spoken to her? Is she an ogress who you're terrified to speak to? Could you write her a note? Is it obvious that you can't open your door the way she parks? Is this an apartment parking garage?
Unfortunately, I am not a psychic -- I need details!
Posted by: Amy Alkon
at January 1, 2012 8:11 AM
At the health club I belong to someone in a luxury car parked taking up 2 spaces close to the door, probably to keep someone from dinging it. I drive a small car and had just enough room to wiggle my car in leaving a few inches for the drivers side door. I was legally parked within the lines. I took great pleasure in seeing the woman have to enter her car through the passenger side and climb into her drivers seat. I took a pic of my parking job with my phone, wish I could post it here, its priceless.
Posted by: Steve H.
at February 5, 2012 6:16 AM
There's this short, little troll that drives a white mini-van. He is such an arrogant jerk - he struts around like he's all that and seems to look down on women. For someone who is so high on himself, he doesn't seem to realize that he doesn't know how to freaking PARK!! I park between the lines as does everyone else he parks near but he parks right up against the other car's driver-side door. I was so pissed one day. I was about to get out of my car and he screeches into the spot next to me and gets out. He sees I can't get out of my car and keeps on his merry way toward the building. I had to back my car up and reposition it so I could squeeze out of it. Even if I had a 4 door instead of a 2 door vehicle I still would have had to adjust my car. I wanted to slam my door into the side of his van so bad..but I didn't want to ruin MY car.
Posted by: Stacie S.
at April 20, 2012 10:13 PM
At the plant where I was working, Security issued a memo about parking only in legitimate spaces and not using handicapped parking without having the required decals, etc. I took a gamble one day and went off site for lunch. When I returned, it took me a while to find another parking spot but I eventually found one. As I was trudging back to me office, I couldn't help but notice the the vehicle parked oddly in front of one of the plant buildings. It's been a while so I can't remember if he was parked in a handicapped spot unnecessarily or, more likely, was parked on the small patch of grass adjacent to the front of the building. On impulse, I picked up a nearby house phone and called security suggesting that they might want to take a gander at this vehicle. I heard later on that the car was towed and I had to stifle my urge to snicker loudly. The security staff and I, since we were on friendly terms at the time, laughed about it after work when we stopped into the local bar for a drink together at the end of the day.
Posted by: David
at May 10, 2012 8:15 PM
Yesterday, I was in a parking lot, there is a lane coming in that hits a T-intersection with the land in front of the store. I was passing this (on my right, I had no stop sign) and somebody coming the other direction (on my left - also with no stop sign) started giving me an extended-horn blast and gesturing madly at me that I was blocking her left turn.
I assume she thought I had a stop sign or something, but this was excessive since she had come to a stop before I got there and wasn't moving when I went to pass the intersection.
Posted by: Shannon M. Howell
at June 5, 2012 9:08 PM
I cannot stand it when people just wait for a parking spot in their cars in the middle of an aisle. Instead of moving on and trying their luck like the rest of us, they sit right in the middle and take up the whole lane. On Christmas Eve I had a terrible experience at Whole Foods (Even in the Boston area, I didn't think Whole Foods shoppers on Christmas Eve could be such jerks). There was a guy in an SUV taking over almost the whole parking aisle. Two cars pulled out simultaneously. I put my blinker on to claim one and leave the other for the SUV. But, no! He wanted MY spot! I was determined to follow through with my blinker- induced rights to that spot and kept pulling into it. He tried to swing into the spot really fast and intimidate me. I told him I had my blinker on. He said he was waiting longer. I said, "I had my blinker on. How am I supposed to know you want this spot and not the spot two cars down? I was leaving you the one closest to you! You can't claim them both!" He proceeded call me every four letter name in the book. All I could answer with was "Merry Christmas." I'm not originally from the Boston area (I'm a Midwestern gal) and have been struggling with the constant attacks of rudeness around me. However, I thought that a Whole Foods parking lot on Christmas Eve was a new low.
Posted by: Lindsay Mitchell
at July 20, 2012 6:35 PM
I volunteer at a used bookstore that is in my library. I arrive, and I park in my usual space that is close enough to the library without having to walk across the parking lot. As I was arriving, I clearly saw the person who had parked before me, open her door as I was pulling in, hitting my drivers side door. I'mturning 50 shades of red, and reaching a level of pissed off that I had never reached before. How I managed to remain calm was beyond me! THe person was obviously foreign, and she was standing there laughing as I was trying to take a pic of the damage, and gather her lisence plate number. She kept asking if my car was alright, while laughing! I am now left with a white mark on my driver's side that I can't afford to fix! Oh, and I had enough mind to walk into the police station, which is right next door to the library, to file a report.
Posted by: Eva
at October 3, 2012 8:58 PM
If you're in California, write to the Secretary of State's office (there's info on this if you call the DMV...or maybe it's that you write to the DMV in Sacramento). They'll give you the info on a person if there's a hit and run. You needed to ask for her information - insurance, license - but maybe it doesn't matter that you didn't then. Her insurance company needs to cover this, with no reporting by you to yours.
A woman scraped my car while parking -- and I found out who she was, got her insurance info, got it estimated, and got it taken care of by her company. I refused to even give them my company's name.
Posted by: Amy Alkon
at October 3, 2012 10:39 PM
My next door but one neighbours who thought it was perfectly fine to park one of their numerous vehicles outside my house for two weeks whilst they went on holiday. When I challenged them about this they said that as they had paid their road tax, they could park wherever they liked. I pointed out the empty spaces across the street (and not directly outside anyone's house), where I'd had to park my car for the past two weeks, but they said that their car wouldn't be covered by a security camera there but it would outside my house. Yes, my camera, which I bought to protect my property and my car!!!! I gave up trying to make these rude morons see sense at that point and just vowed to let down all their tyres if I found their car outside my house again. To date, it hasn't appeared again!
Posted by: Vik
at March 30, 2013 6:46 PM
When I used to live in an apartment complex, we had assigned parking spots. My apartment came with a very convenient spot right next to the elevator. Neighbors would often use our spot to load/unload groceries and other purchases. Most of them were really diligent about leaving as soon as we got back and needed the spot. We also had a few older people in our complex whom we told could use the spot if they needed to, and we'd help them with their groceries if we ever saw them unloading. One time, however, a young woman insisted that she needed 20 more minutes in our parking spot (for no good reason) and that I'd have to wait. I was not sympathetic and told her that we needed our spot back. She did move, but not before calling me names.
Posted by: Louise
at June 18, 2013 5:30 PM
I had an incident in a Target parking lot...I was pulling out of a space- I had pulled through when a young girl was trying to pull in to the space, she completely blocked me from pulling out- then would not move! She told me I had to back up because she had a right to the space I was in. I told her I was trying to leave and all she had to do was back up enough to let me out. She refused again. As I was fully and safely in the space I pointed out I could just go back in to Target and she still would not get the space...still would not let me out. So I get out of my car and go talk to the guy pulling carts together...he said it happens all the time...apparently she thought she might get in trouble with target so she finally moved....but have never had that experience- if you want the spot- you have to let the person out to get it- is it really that hard to figure out?
Posted by: Sue
at October 18, 2013 4:32 AM
I have only lived in my home for 3 years. There is an suv parked in front of my home right now near my driveway. I can't see my way out when I'm backing up . should I call law enforcement to assist me. because I don't know where this person lives. please give me some advice. my street is busy with traffic.
Posted by: val
at December 10, 2013 2:58 AM
Sorry, but I don't know whether this person is legally parked or not or what the laws are there or even where you are.
If they are legally parked but it's impeding your ability to get out of your driveway, you might leave them a nice note (with a smileyface) saying, "I'm sure you didn't realize this but this is a dangerous corner and when there's such a large vehicle parked right here, it impedes the view coming out of my driveway, and I'm worried about hurting somebody. Could you kindly pull up about six feet the next time you park here? Thanks! All the best, YOUR NAME
No, this isn't what you want to write but it'll be more effective than doing that sort of venting.
Posted by: Amy Alkon
at December 10, 2013 4:01 AM
I have family that comes over every day. They bring screaming kids that tear up the house, and it's like a party almost every day since people can't get away from their mother (my step mom). Anyway so we have a big driveway since i live in a small town. Basically its two cars wide at the entrance and you can fit about 4 easily infront of the house. There's also the side of the road you could fit 3 cars on easily.
What do they do? They don't pull up next to my car or anyone elses they have to park behind me. The worst part is then 2 or 3 more park behind us and not use the side of the road. So once they are here nobody can get out! They refuse to park on the side of the road or next to another car! So if you want to get out you have to tell 3-4 idiots move your damn car it's disrespectful to block me in. If i have to go to work that means i have to wait 15 minutes to have that sorted out.
Whenever i go to someone's house and they have a small driveway. I always ask when I first go in if I'm parked okay so if I am blocking someone already I'll move it so I'm blocking nobody that way there's no hassle. Not with my family nooo!
It's about respect, if you have a way to park and block nobody do it, but they do it deliberately and just don't give a shit!
Posted by: J Fox
at December 16, 2013 2:05 AM
There is a stop sign in the mall parking lot and nobody gives a s--- to abide by it. Me and a friend along with several other shoppers had the right of way in the crosswalk and almost all of the cars stopped, but this one college kid (who should be at home studying rather than being out late) was driving recklessly and blew through the stop sign. Good thing nobody walked in the path of the speeding car or he would have been in worse trouble than running a stop sign.
Both drivers and pedestrians need to pay attention at all costs and drivers need to pay attention to that stop sign!!!
Posted by: Go To Class
at April 9, 2014 3:52 PM
I cannot stand people who drive distracted while in a parking lot! It is quite annoying and extremely dangerous. I had a relative have a problem with a distracted driver in a store parking lot. The distracted driver backed up awfully slowly and in a erratic fashion which made us both suspicious about this driver. About 5 minutes later, the driver backed up and then stopped for no reason (no cars were backing out nor coming when the distracted driver was driving). I noticed that the driver was not paying complete attention to the road at all. People like this distracted driver should not be driving because of the high danger they create.
Posted by: Be Safe
at April 21, 2014 6:06 AM
My friend was dropping me and another friend off at the shopping center and I'll be darn if we almost get in a wreck. The problem: some idiot runs a stop sign while driving distracted and almost hits my friend's car.
My friend did stop before proceeding, but the other driver needs to go back to school and learn to pay attention to all traffic and to STOP AT THE STOP SIGN!
Posted by: Safety Watch
at May 1, 2014 1:39 AM
High school students who are too lazy to use the school parking lot, walk, rideshare with an adult, use the sidewalk not too far from the bus stop to park. That is so dangerous and creates a major traffic hazard. And what if the bus driver has to assist a senior and disabled person and can't park straight because of some spoiled lazy children??
The parking by the houses in that area are for residents ONLY....Not for lazy and spoiled children. If an accident happens because of them, guess who will be paying the bill?
Posted by: Citizen
at September 25, 2014 3:42 AM
One of my peeves is people that pull through an angled parking spot then proceed to drive the wrong direction to leave, and if I try to drive the corrct way I get honked and yelled at for blocking them.
Posted by: R Ciula
at November 24, 2015 4:34 PM
Is a stop sign red or blue? (required):