: Irritating Parking Lot Users
2008-03-06, 10:03 PM
In addition to the general themes raised here, it thoroughly annoys me when I see that all of the nice and close to the door spots are taken up by the employees. The paying customers are forced to park further away while an employee's car sits taking up a close spot for their whole shift. Then when you're in the store their service motto is up on the wall going on about how they're there to serve you - some service making the customers have to hike into the store.
Not only is this annoying, but dumb for the employees because as noted already, the spots at highest risk for door dings are the closer ones where there's more turnover, ie closer to the store!! Serves them right, I guess.
2008-03-07, 06:27 PM
That's the first time I saw someone actually block themself in!Try parking in some European parking lots. When they are full, and people haven't parked well, I've ended up in a spot so tight, I've climbed out the window. After experiences like that, the worse Canadian lot suddenly becomes very easy, and it never phases me if there's only 12 inches between me and the next car ... so I park between the lines, even if the car beside me is not in the right place ... normally they are too far over, and they have tonnes of space on the other side ... so if they need to climb through their passenger door to get back in - well such is life, perhaps they'll learn how to park properly, or to not drive inappropriately large vehicles into downtown Toronto.
2008-03-07, 06:33 PM
Well i hate the ones that park so bloody close to my car that I can't get into the car. This has happened to me twice at my local GO station and there's nothing worse when this happens and there's no excuse especially since I parked on the end and left lots of room.
The first time this happened I started making sure there is adequate space on the driver side and/or driving into the rear spot so that I can drive out of the front spot (equivalent to backing into the spot).
I'm a big guy so this makes it harder to do anything about this especially in the cold winter. The first time this happened I made a stupid decision and took a chance and tried to move the car back/ahead from the other side but I was lucky I didn't hit anything (BTW this is against the HTA ;)). The second time I asked a lady that was cleaning off her car if she wouldn't mind moving my car ahead cause some dick parked 8 inches away from my car.
2008-03-07, 08:40 PM
.. and tried to move the car back/ahead from the other sideI'm not picturing this ... what do you mean?
8 inches is pretty extreme - even I'm not nasty.
2008-03-07, 09:34 PM
I've climbed out the windowDid you have to climb back in through the window nfitz to get back into your car? lol
2008-03-07, 09:41 PM
I'm not picturing this ... what do you mean?
Tried to push brake down and move the shifter to move the car in reverse out of the spot. I had that shifter pushed up to park pretty quick. In hindsight I realized how stupid this was and how it could have been totally downhill from there (explaining to insurance :(), but what was I supposed to do - sit there by myself for 2 hours in the cold waiting for this idiot to come home and then go home.
8 inches is pretty extreme - even I'm not nasty.
I was pretty pissed and left a note on the wiindshield to the the effect of "Thanks a lot dickhead for parking so close"
2008-03-07, 09:45 PM
so if they need to climb through their passenger door to get back in
Lucky them - they are small and agile enough to get over the shifter and centre console to get into the driver seat from the passenger seat but when you're 6'2" like me (and fat ;)) that's hard to do in a passenger car
I'm guilty of evening the score in a parking lot when some dumb cow pulled right in beside me - she was in her mid 40's (I'd guess), got out of her drivers' side door and just hammered my driver's side door in my minivan, chipping the paint and creasing the door. She gave me a perturbed look, got out of her car and proceeded to walk away. He companion - a guy of about the same age, seemed to not care at all either (but why should he, he didn't do it...). Her look of indifference changed to shock when she heard my size 12 steel toe'ed workboot double-kick her door right at the belt line putting a defined dent and scuff in the paint. She dared to ask me what that was all about. I replied "I was allowing the incident to not require mutual involvement because now each of us could simply claim vandalism", and drove away...
There was never any further problems...
2008-03-08, 10:21 AM
Right on Bent! I guess they don't call you that for a reason. ;)
2008-03-11, 12:00 AM
I'll betcha he's the same guy that walks in the bathroom and uses the urinal right next to you even though the next four are open.
LOL. Or better yet, they stand a foot back from the urinal thinking their appendage is huge and won't have a problem "aiming", but I can't count the number of times I go in and its a puddle on the floor and I have to waddle around the spot to avoid stepping in it. Come on guys, it ain't that big! Anyways, that a post for another topic.
2008-03-11, 10:31 AM
I'd like to personally pistol whip modern-day parking lot designers. For the last ten years or so, stall sizes have been steadily decreasing. With the considerable girth of the average Canadian, it's a miracle that people can even get out of their vehicles. Dings and dents and scrapes are common. Our brand new vehicle lasted 3 days before we got our first passenger door ding.
As previously mentioned, Costco has it right. Lots of space, ample room, no one gets cranky or upset. Wow, what a concept.
But the worst parking lot people are those useless lazy meat-bags who leave their empty shopping carts in the parking space instead of returning them to the corral (which is usually only a few steps away). They are the same lecherous bottom-feeding people who leave their garbage and food wrappings all over the food court tables instead of taking the mere seconds to clean their own mess. That's ok, someone else will come behind you to do it.
"What this world needs is an enema" - The Joker
Truer words were never spoken...
2008-03-11, 11:59 AM
I think I have you all beat...
I went to do a quick run to Zehrs and on my way out the parking lot was blocked...
These people parked in such a tight spot that in order to get their groceries in the car, the husband had to pull the car out of the spot into the main parking lane so his wife could get to the trunk!!! This forced several people to go back to an empty spot so they could turn around and exit the lot from the other direction...
And related to this, in my condo we have to dig our cars out... so the person next to my car shoveled the snow up to the dividing line!!! No common good will towards your neighbor. (this is at my second parking spot which i just got assigned to me).. at my main spot i always shovel the whole area between my car and the next... just makes sense and i know its what I would want done for me.
2008-03-11, 04:17 PM
the person next to my car shoveled the snow up to the dividing line!!!You should just shovel it back onto his spot. I hate ignorant people like this
2008-03-11, 04:31 PM
useless lazy meat-bags who leave their empty shopping carts in the parking space instead of returning them to the corralLast summer in a supermarket parking lot I watched in horror as one of those abandoned carts was propelled by a gusting blast of wind about 100 feet into a lady's car.
2008-03-11, 05:58 PM
I was at Safeway one day picking up my mother after she had finished shopping. She was in late 70's then and was not as mobile as she used to be. When she went to get into the passenger side she left the door open for a few seconds, a young woman and man tried to park right next to us and couldn't because of the open passenger door. Even though the parking lot was 99% EMPTY the young woman honked her horn LOUDLY because she wanted to park right next to us. I was putting the grocery cart away or else I would have asked her what her problem was.
I was loading my truck late one night (the lot was nearly empty) and had a lady patiently wait for my spot. The one right next to the door. I stopped and pointed to the space BESIDE my truck, but noooo she was willing to wait. :confused:
2008-03-12, 02:54 AM
I was walking through the parking lot of an A&P across the street from my house. The lot was almost empty (Tuesday morning) but there were a handfull of small compact cars parked close to the front door and there was one empty space in the middle. I see this lady in her monstrosity of an escalade trying to park in this small parking space.. This lady had her choice of other empty parking spaces 3 rows from the front door but for some reason, the empty space in the 1st row called to her.. The funny part was, it took her 10 times to try an park this beast of an SUV before she was able to get into the space.. Now I go into the store to get myself a coffee from timmies and a couple things for later in the day.. Here is the really funny part.. When I leave the store, the lady in the escalade is now trying to back out of the parking space but she can't.. One of the guys outside collecting the shopping carts had to guide her out of the parking space... I was laughing my A$% off.. All I could think of was one of those guys at an airport with those light sticks guiding a 747 into the airport
The moral of the story is....
If it takes you 10 or more attempts to park a giant SUV..... GIVE UP:o
2008-03-12, 08:24 AM
It seems to be a common peave in this thread, I find it pointless when someone will spend 15-20 minutes looking for a spot near the door when there are tons of spots available farther back.
2008-03-12, 09:44 AM
I went to Sobeys the other day and some redneck, with a extended cab pickup truck, parked in a handcap space. He did have a handicap tag, but he parked at such an angle that he also took up the parking spot beside him.
I saw the guy when he was getting in his truck, and he sure didn't look or act handicap. Probaby using someone elses handicap tag.
he was probably mentally handicapped. :)