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Warning, this is me venting at idiots who think that a car is just a car and that dings are inevitable.

So I park in a garage at work. At the outside corners, there's an open area, which isn't technically a spot (** in diagram below).

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I always park on the end, next to this open area, and a few inches over the line away from the car next to me to avoid dings. Lots of other people with nicer cars do the same. The parking situation is tight, so there are often no-open spaces anywhere.

Today I get back to my car and I have a note on my windshield:

Selfish @^!#!! You don't deserve 2 spaces! A$$hole!

I was literally a few inches over the line into a space that isn't even a legal parking spot. Meanwhile, there's a Toyota Corolla wedged into the corner, which somehow has managed to get in between my car and the BMW on the other side of the corner. I was angry at this point, but would never, ever, ever touch anyone else's car, so I wrote a reply on the back of the note:

Thanks for the nice note. Seeing as I was 3 inches over the line I don't think it's fair to say I was in 2 spots. Especially considering you aren't even parked in a legal spot. Have a nice night.

And put it on the Corolla's windshield and made a note of their plate. I'm not 100% certain they're the ones who put it there...but it's likely.

Why do other people not understand the love I have for my car and the need to protect it from accidents? My last car got so dinged up parking in this garage that I just gave up trying. Now I'm worried my car will be targeted for vandalism. Ugh.


-end vent-
 

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We have similar issues at our garage... people like to wedge themselves in the same spot... only we have in house police so they go and write a ticket and if it happens a few times you arent allowed to park in the garage
 

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Re: (peter_reece2003)

I understand entirely.

My friends laugh at me cuz I always park as far away as possible. Many times there is someone right next to me when I come back to my car.
 

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There is nothing you can do unfortunately, because i always have this problem. You park far away from everyone, some idiot has to park next to you, and if you try and take up two spaces (I don't) that are in the middle of nowhere, you're a c0ck...
 

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Re: (05BruzaS60r)

Quote, originally posted by 05BruzaS60r »
I understand entirely.

My friends laugh at me cuz I always park as far away as possible. Many times there is someone right next to me when I come back to my car.

exact same.
 

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Makes me glad that when I do drive mine to work, I park behind my office and nobody is within 1/4 mile from me either way, literally, maybe further than that. I hate people that seem to make it their personal mission to 'f' up nice cars in lots.

I was at Target last weekend and we were driving the R. We came out and my wife asks me if that was a cart "resting" up against my car. It was on the opposite side of the car from where we were walking, so we couldn't tell. Well, as we walk up, sure enough we could tell it was a cart. I was at the bottom of the hill of the parking lot, so I started having visions of this car flying down this hill and slamming into my car ( we were the only ones parked in this while line of the lot, it was early). Well, we get there and it's literally a 1/2 an inch from my car and it stopped somehow, physics says it should have hit my car, but I'm very sure it didn't. I seriously had steam coming out of my ears walking up to it, I was so pissed, but then so elated that there wasn't a big red mark etched into the Sonic Blue.
 

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A person that works in the same building as me lost control of her door because of the wind and put a nice dent in my front passenger door. She was kind enough to find me in the building and was very cooperative with getting it fixed. I had a paintless dent removal guy come out, he fixed it, and she paid him with a check on the spot.

It sucks when bad things happen, but honesty can almost make it feel alright.

By the way, apparently our doors are not the easiest to remove dents from because of a bar that goes across them horizontally. It blocks them from getting their tools into the places they need to remove the dents effectively, so some may not come out without a serious repair!
 

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Re: (GiRaff3)

I own a town home with shared parking lot. We have a reserved space in front of the house, but I park my Jeep, R, and XC90 in these 3 spots. If we take the XC90 out we put my wifes car in the spot to make sure no one parks there. I don't like people near my cars.

Edit: I wonder if its part of the reason the neighbors hate me.



Modified by dave_n_ruth at 9:01 PM 3-19-2009
 

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Re: (dave_n_ruth)

Honestly, I'm starting to hate self-righteous people. Actually, most people are just becoming a-holes, plain and simple. Gone is common courtesy and common sense.

I think it's awesome you put the note back on their windshield. If it wasn't the Corolla owner, i'd be shocked.
 

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Re: (dave_n_ruth)

Quote, originally posted by dave_n_ruth »
I own a town home with shared parking lot. We have a reserved space in front of the house, but I park my Jeep, R, and XC90 in these 3 spots. If we take the XC90 out we put my wifes car in the spot to make sure no one parks there. I don't like people near my cars.



This is not me being negative towards you so don't take it that way

You know your neighbors hate you. And my guess being a DC Suburbs resident for 33 years and living in a condo and town home myself at one time, you are most likely violating your HOA by parking cars in spots reserved for visitors and or having more than two vehicles. Or maybe you have generous amounts of overflow parking but thats rare as hen's teeth around the DC Metro Area
 

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Re: (Oceans60R)

Well I am supposed to be selling the Jeep. I just can't seem to find my For Sale sign. I lost it about 6 months ago.

Edit: Then I have the problem of having no buffer car next to my R. So my wife's car will just end up there.
 

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Re: Need to vent - Some people just don't understand (djkronik57)

My mom once gave me crap for caring so much about my car. She left a shovel next to it when I was home, the handle fell and whacked my mirror. I asked how she would feel if I accidentally crushed some plants in her garden, she never leaves tools around it anymore. People just need to think of it in terms of something they DO understand.

Usually I go out of my way just to park far away. If its so far out people won't go near it period, then it won't get dinged. My friends who ride with me hate it, though I guess they fall into the category of idiots who don't understand.
 

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Re: (dave_n_ruth)

Quote, originally posted by dave_n_ruth »
I own a town home with shared parking lot. We have a reserved space in front of the house, but I park my Jeep, R, and XC90 in these 3 spots. If we take the XC90 out we put my wifes car in the spot to make sure no one parks there. I don't like people near my cars.

Edit: I wonder if its part of the reason the neighbors hate me.



Modified by dave_n_ruth at 9:01 PM 3-19-2009

Probably, but I'd do the same thing
 

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Finally some people that understand me. My friends and family think i am crazy. With my other car, the camry, i have had so much crap happen to it. I have had friends sit on the hood or lean up against it and they were wearing belts. I had a shopping cart put a huge dent in it. I hate when people think your car is a desk to set things on....either food or bags or clothes or anything, drives me nuts. I spend so much time caring for my cars. Anyone know the legal extent a person can go to when someone "dings" or "chips" a car even though its parked? Its still damageing personal property right?
 

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Re: (m3nt0s)

Just looked up the rules, seems they can't say anything. Except that all the vehicles are registered in California.

Edit: You are not alone, there are a few nuts in here like us! My wife is sick of me parking a mile away from every entrance just to make sure no one parks near me.
 

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Re: Need to vent - Some people just don't understand (djkronik57)

I don't blame you. I have one of those spots at work and I always take it.

Fortunately there's a grassy curb thing in the corner so you can't park in it. I put a loose wedge of asphalt against the back curb behind the right wheel so I know how far to back up so I don't nick the exhaust. I back slowly up to it-no scuffs.

And yes, I park far away while my friends and family say,"Hey there's a spot!" "What about that one?"
Nope, we are walking...
 

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Re: (Wilsonman08)

...as long as it's not *their* car...

I have one friend who doesn't give two isht's about his car (he's lucky if the oil gets changed) and one who doesn't take their car out if there's a 10% chance of rain. I let the two of them borrow my car (long story) and they came back with a push-on flag in the window (the kind that clips to the window then you raise the window to hold it in). I wasn't too happy and I make them take it off (it was on the rear window). I go to drive to dinner w/ them and they put it in the front window now, with me telling them now (this was the guy who doesn't take his car out) - scratched tint on both windows.

Another guy babies his car - spends every chance he can get leaning on my car... "I don't have any rivets"
I don't care if you're wearing silk boxers over silk pants with a silk zipper, get the eff off of my car!

Pits in the bumpers from license plate nuts/bolts from (attempts at) other folks parallel parking and using the car in MOVING 2" as an indicator that there isn't any more room to move


...and to top it all, the girlfriend parks her (now 3 week old) BMW in a parking lot at a local diner. There was a *slight* downhill and a geriatric (no offense to all you geriatric "R" owners) lets his Buick's door just slam into hers. We both look over, and she graciously opens the window and yells "ARE YOU F*CKING SH*TTING ME?!?! WHAT THE F*CK?!?!?! YOU F*CKING RETARD?!?! ........ (he and his friend look over... then look back and start to back out) WHAT THE F*CK?!?!?!" - so we get the plate number, call the police, file a report, get their insurance info, call their carrier, get an estimate, and have a check sent to her, no questions asked. If that would have happened while we weren't there, there'd just be a nice crease on the rear quarter with nothing to show for it but a nice crease


Since this has already gone waaaaay further than I expected it to (as both a thread and as a post), I'll comfortably say that many people need to drive off a cliff (that's the "nice" version of saying what I want to).
 
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