Dear parking jerk:

29 May

Dear (if I knew how to do that thing where you put a line through Dear and then use another word, I’d totally do that here) driver of the ute (truck) who parked across the sidewalk a few houses down:

What were you thinking? Could you not be bothered to pull in the extra 8 feet so you weren’t blocking the entire sidewalk? Did you not know that it is actually illegal to park across the sidewalk? Of course it is. Duh.

And here’s why: The driveway you decided to pull up to, but not in to is just after a corner. A crazy corner at the top of a hill where people drive way to fast and accidents happen there all the time. Like the one our car got into just the other week. And then another car 2 days later, and another one a couple days after that.

You parked so the front of your truck was just barely past the fence of the property you were visiting. Or live at. Not sure which. There was only about a foot between the fence and your truck. Not enough room to push a wide pram containing two kids through.

Your ute was all the way across the sidewalk and past the shoulder of the road.

How did you expect pedestrians to get past your truck? Were we supposed to trespass on your property by going around the front of your truck and through a bit of your yard? Oh wait, we couldn’t fit through there anyway.

Were we supposed to go around the back of your truck, forcing me to push the pram IN THE ROAD at the crazy corner?

Oh, did you expect me to fly? Dig a ditch under the driveway? Fold up the pram and go around the front?

In this particular spot, there is a decent sized hill just before the curb. I could have gone back the way I came just a little way, but the little hill was impassable with the pram over there. AND the corner of the road was right there.

So what was I to do Mr. Parking Jerk?

There was no room on the driveway between your truck and the curb for me to nicely push the pram down the gentle slope from driveway to road.

I had to push my pram with two children in it over the hill just before the curb and then down onto the road. I got over the hill ok. But then the pram was stuck. Did I mention that there was a dip in the road just after the curb? So little hill plus dip on the other side made for quite a big hill when you’re talking about getting a pram through.

Were you watching me struggle as I nearly toppled the pram over getting around your jerk truck?

I had to go around the front of the pram and pull the front wheel up to get up the dip, making the back wheels drop off the curb rather violently. Just to get around your truck. Which never should have been parked there in the first place.

Then I had to wait on the shoulder next to the butt of your truck, which, as I mentioned, was blocking the whole shoulder too, and watch for oncoming traffic.

When I couldn’t see anyone coming, I had to make a mad dash IN THE ROAD to get around your truck, all the while hoping that no one came flying around that crazy corner and into the back of us.

Did you see me running around your truck? Did you see me struggling to get the pram up the curb and over the hill on the other side? Did you just watch from the window and laugh, you parking jerk?

Maybe next time you’ll park properly. As in, NOT blocking the sidewalk. Or maybe you won’t. Maybe you really are a jerk, not just in my mind because I’m annoyed at having to push my kids in the road due to your selfishness.

Sigh.

Seriously though, WHY DO PEOPLE PARK LIKE THAT?!?!?!?!

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7 Responses to “Dear parking jerk:”

  1. idiosyncratic eye May 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Maybe you should pin it to his van! Oh and I think you can use strikethrough in WP, it’s next to the bold and italic buttons. 🙂

    • Mommy Adventures May 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      Oh, Thanks, I’ll have to try it, I didn’t know it had a name…. I thought about leaving a note, but I didn’t have paper or a pen.

      • idiosyncratic eye May 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

        It’s hard to find how to do something when you don’t have a name for it, or my other trouble, I have a name for it but no one else uses the same name as me! One word would have done: idiot. 😉

  2. Shell May 30, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    People like that…you’d like to take a baseball bat to their vehicle 🙂 The ones I also really hate are the ones that park so close you can’t get your door open in order to get your kid in their carseat…I’d like to put a sign on their car that says “thanks for parking so close a-hole…next time leave a can opener so I can use it to get into my car”!!!

    • Mommy Adventures May 30, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Hahaha, yes, that is really annoying too. Or when you’ve got your car door open to get a baby in or out and someone pulls up wanting the vacant spot next to you. They have to wait like 30 seconds while you do/undo seat belts, and they actually glare at you! Well, sorry, but it’s not like they didn’t know they’d have to wait a bit, the car door was open before they pulled up.

  3. LBcruiseshipblogger May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    The strikethrough button is the one that has ABC on it.

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