On practically a daily basis, I find myself shaking my head in disgust as I walk through the parking lot at work. A vast majority of those with whom I work are well educated individuals. At least on paper. But, when it comes to where and how to park a car, some of them fall severely short.
First, there’s one guy who, for about 2 weeks straight, would pull his Honda Odyssey into a parking space completely crooked. Seriously, no one in their right mind would park on either side of him for fear of him taking out their car on his way out. I considered the possibility that this was a strategic move on his part…to prevent people from parking too close. No…don’t think so.
Then, there are the people who think they’re too good for rules and laws and such. They arrive at work late enough every day that they are unable to find an empty parking space in that lot. It’s not the fact that they arrive late that I have a problem with. After all, my son’s school schedule causes me to be amongst the later crowd myself. What I do have a problem with is the way these individuals choose to “solve” their problem. They don’t adjust their schedules. They don’t go park in the neighboring lot. They park in the FIRE LANE! The same people…probably 2-3 times a week. Seriously…how important do you think you are that you can park your car in the fire lane?? Has it not dawned on you that the fire lane serves an actual purpose? And, even better yet, some days they double park in the fire lane. Of course, security issues tickets…but those are just a joke. I’m wondering how many times they can ticket the same car before they just up and have it towed at the owner’s expense.
My favorite lately though, is the person who has decided to change things up a bit. Rather than always parking illegally in the fire lane, she has been seen parking in other no parking zones. I wonder what she was thinking the day that she parked her minivan in the “Motorcycle Parking” section.