When is parking spot holding not cool anymore?

I am pretty on the fence when it comes to parking spot squatter’s rights. Sure, the day after it shows, I understand. You spent all that time shoveling out YOUR spot and you should be able to keep it when you get back. We did it last Saturday while we ran to the grocery store. But if you are leaving all day to go to work? Is that fair?

What about a week after it snows? When does it just become selfish spot hogging? There are still plenty of spots being held, even though 90% of parking spots have been fully shoveled out by this point. As I drove to work this morning (a commute which takes me down residential streets for about 75% of the drive), I saw at least 30 spots being help by chairs and milk crates and chunks of wood. But there is hardly any snow on the streets. The 2 spots closest to my office are being held by giant spackle jugs. And this pisses me off.

I understand that the practice of holding spots is condoned by the mayor, but even he would be pissed about this. Take your chairs inside people. The snow is over, and now you just look like a greedy bastard.

3 Comments so far

  1. Brianne (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 2:47 pm

    Hell yeah!!! AGREED.

  2. CP (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 5:03 pm

    I’ve not tkaen someone else’s spot(s) when they leave something there to mark it’s “their spot.” I find an open spot and then on my way to my door, i simply remove everyone’s “markers” that are somewhat in my path. I sincerely hopes this pisses these people off that they lost “their spot” and hope it thoroughly pleases the one who obtains this newly freed spot a little ray of sunshine in their day. Whether you shoveled or not, it’s a public street. This isn’t mid 19th century Oklahoma. You’ve got no claim

  3. tom (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 7:55 pm

    i thoroughly agree it’s too much by now. i see all this furniture on my block and think, “enough is enough, idiots.” cp, i bow to your vigilante tactics, but i fear you may be committing the other innocent parkers to getting their cars keyed without even knowing why or doing anything wrong. as far as they know, this is a free and open spot (as it rightly should be). but those people who try to claim their spots and lose them anyway can be quite spiteful so i hear.

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