posted on Jun, 29 2014 @ 01:19 PM
You know, you are right. Some of this is just attitude and laziness, and even people with fancy cars who take up two spaces because they don't want
anyone parking next to their perfect car. But also, we are victims of social engineering, of political correctness, and instead of blaming the
pointy-haired bureaucrats who cause the problem, you're blaming the victim, which is exactly what THEY want. Congratulations. They are smiling at
your conformity. They win. You see this all the time on ATS. TPTB divide the populace and set them against each other, and you fall for it every time.
I usually drive a medium-sized sedan. It will fit in any parking space made, including "Compact" designated spaces. But I also have a pick-up. It's
a standard size 3/4 ton that has an "expanded cab" but it is not a "crew cab" which adds significant length. They've been making this size of
"light-duty pickup" for over half a century and there are quite literally tens of millions of them on the road. Why do I have it? It hauls stuff. It
even hauls stuff for "friends" (acquaintances who know I have a truck) who otherwise rant about trucks, but happen to need a couch moved.) It's
great for moving plants from the nursery, lumber from the lumber yard, sacks of everything from cement to bark. You name it.; it will haul it or tow
it. Given what I normally do, I find it indispensable. Given the number of calls for help I get, so, apparently, do you.
But the city planners these days have put the screws to businesses in a number of ways, making them "conform" to local "building codes.' Normally,
codes work in favor of safety and I approve. But sometimes they are used for social engineering, as in the size of parking spaces and parking lots.
Now angled parking isn't usually a problem, even if a bit narrow, I can squeeze in. Good luck getting in your own car if you are next to me, but I'm
between the white lines. It's my space and you have yours with a lot more room around your vehicle. If I can possibly do it, I won't park next to
you anyway. If I must, deal with it. I didn't design the lot.
There's one "business park" which I frequent because that's where one of my suppliers is. The parking lanes themselves are very narrow. Likewise
the parking spaces. Some city planner demanded that the businesses have X parking spaces for customers and that they be X" wide. This configuration
is so tight that I can't just turn into an available slot. The truck's turning radius is too large. Also, the slot is so narrow that when the truck
is parked correctly in one of them, the tires touch the white lines on both sides, never mind the rear-view mirrors which encroach on the spaces on
It takes a good long time to get into one of those spaces, back-filling forward and back, ensuring the back end doesn't hit another car. Last time I
did this it took me a good solid ten minutes to get OUT of a space because other drivers, oblivious, hemmed me in so tightly. No, I really didn't
want to hit the BMW parked beside me so close I could touch it from the driver's seat.
So I've become one of those people you hate. If I need two spaces, I take them. When I go to my afore-mentioned supplier, the curve to get into his
allocated spaces is such that I just swing it as tight as I can, take two spaces, and position myself so that backing out is a breeze with no chance
of hitting another vehicle. I'm in and out in a few minutes instead of half an hour spent making sure I don't inconvenience some ding-bat who feels
entitled to any space she wants.
In other words, SCREW IT! If the traffic engineers can't see fit to make the spaces big enough to handle a standard-sized pick-up, which is a LOT
smaller than a "tank" and happens to be the best-selling vehicle in the country, then go ahead and just TRY to give me a citation. Speaking before
the City Council and the Judge ought to be a lot of fun. And if you've got this attitude, don't you dare ask me to move your damn couch! Put it on
wheels and tow it behind your Prius.