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April 27, 2015

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Parking A New car

April 27, 2015

Now I openly admit to having more than a passing acquaintance with OCD.  I drive "she who must be obeyed" barmy with it sometimes. My probable worst trait is not being able to resist the urge to run my finger along ledges to check for dust, women just LOVE anyone doing that!! I keep lists for everything, not JUST because I am likely to forget half of what's on them but it's just my annoying way. I can't stand seeing anything lying around and I am probably one of the world's tidiest people, how SAD is that? But there is one thing that REALLY irks me, one thing that really annoys me.

We change our cars quite frequently, that's not a boast just part and parcel of what's behind  the rant. Like most people, I suspect, when the car is still in its "new phase" we are extra careful about getting it scratched. NOW; my wife and myself have both suffered the upset of parking our cars somewhere, the supermarket for instance, and coming back to find some idle, useless person of ill defined parentage has scratched or dented it. So; knowing how idle most people are we adopted the tactic of parking as far from the entrance of whatever we were visiting as possible. OR we looked for the far corner of an otherwise "emptyish" car park and parked there. But; no matter WHERE we park we come back to inevitably find some pratt has plonked their car not just NEXT to ours but stupidly close to it!! WHY do they do that?? WHAT attracts people to forsake hundreds of free spaces, where no other cars are parked, to deliberately park next to mine? Happened today again in Meadow Hall Shopping Centre near Sheffield. It has HUGE multi storey inside and outside car parks. We parked miles from the main entrance, came back to find three freakin cars surrounding ours.

And before anyone says it, YES I know life is far too short to worry about such mundane things but then again I have to channel my OCD somewhere!!

April 27, 2015

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 558
Parking A New car

April 27, 2015

I know EXACTLY how you feel Dave, I am similarly obsessed ! I too have come across this syndrome of  idjits parking next to me when I've deliberately gone out of my way to "escape the masses". Without being too much of a MCP ( accused many times !), I have found it's mostly females who "cuddle up" to my car when they're parking - I can only assume it's a security thing with them, herding together rather than risk being alone. I've known 'em park so close I cannot open the drivers door, & have to get in via the passengers side, which is not getting any easier at my time of life !! John (JKW)

April 27, 2015

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 558
Parking A New car

April 27, 2015

I know EXACTLY how you feel Dave, I am similarly obsessed ! I too have come across this syndrome of  idjits parking next to me when I've deliberately gone out of my way to "escape the masses". Without being too much of a MCP ( accused many times !), I have found it's mostly females who "cuddle up" to my car when they're parking - I can only assume it's a security thing with them, herding together rather than risk being alone. I've known 'em park so close I cannot open the drivers door, & have to get in via the passengers side, which is not getting any easier at my time of life !! John (JKW)

April 28, 2015

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Parking A New car

April 28, 2015

Gents, I put it down to the "herding" instinct!! Why else would these idiots drive further than necessary just to park where we put our car , as you say, when there  is no-one else in the vicinity ? Is it the colour of the car, it's manufacturer, its size, height, what? Would the latest fad remove the stupidity of this activity - the driverless reversing and parking syndrome??? Or would it be better to own a Challenger 2 and use that for the shopping trip? I should think even the most stupid drivers in our country would avoid anything that size?? ps: silly me, perhaps not, they will not change.......

April 29, 2015

Joined: May 9, 2014
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Parking A New car

April 29, 2015

Anybody else noticed ? cars are getting wider ? note the once aptly named Mini or fiat 500---- now as big and wide as any other. Also, car park markings are no wider than years ago - maybe even closer, so NCP and others can squeeze in a few more cars per acre.  (note paint residue on concrete pillars)

April 29, 2015

Joined: May 9, 2014
Posts: 21
Parking A New car

April 29, 2015

Anybody else noticed ? cars are getting wider ? note the once aptly named Mini or fiat 500---- now as big and wide as any other. Also, car park markings are no wider than years ago - maybe even closer, so NCP and others can squeeze in a few more cars per acre.  (note paint residue on concrete pillars)

May 18, 2015

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Posts: 558
Parking A New car

May 18, 2015

I chose a great parking spec, on the end, nice 'n' wide with plenty of spaces clear around me at Tesco's Supermarket. Came back, still no cars parked next to me but noticed a bloody dent in the wing !! Obviously a s'market trolley on the loose I reckon, or possibly a car door swung open - either way, no one had the decency to leave a "sorry" note,(surprise surprise). Fortunately the paint wasn't damaged & so I employed one of those PDR guys (Paintless Dent Removal) to sort out the eyesore on my lovely new car. Took him 3 hours of painstaking skill to remove said dent, leaving no evidence whatsoever of the "trolley dash" damage, & so the £60 bill was money well earned I reckon, but just annoying that the person causing the problem didn't pay it ! I'd NEVER use a Disabled space, but those extra wide "Parent/Child" spaces are looking more appealing now, wink wink (kids should be at school anyway !). John (JKW)

May 18, 2015

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Posts: 977
Parking A New car

May 18, 2015

I saw the herding instinct of the driving fraternity in all its stupidity when I visited my daughter in Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast. We went to a fabulous wide estuary, frequented by visitors local and from far afield. She directed me to park the car far from lots of cars which had parked further out towards the sea. I wondered why she sent me away from the other cars,  and inland a bit, where only a few cars, locally registered, were parked with lots of space around them for picnics, but after 2 hours  the tide came in, and all the cars that had parked on the the coast were in to up to 2 ft of sea water, packed like sardines. They had trouble moving off, and many were bogged. Why do they do these daft things?? It was a lemmings syndrome I think, without the cliff, but lots of sea. AND there were lots of warnings, Welsh and English, on the approaches to and on the beach, of tidal changes. Why do they do it??? But it keeps the locals well paid to get the waterlogged back to the tarmac!!!

May 20, 2015

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Parking A New car

May 20, 2015

We were at Tesco's two days ago. All the car spaces anywhere near the entrances were taken EXCEPT for about 25 empty disabled spaces and the same amount of mother and toddler ones. Having already experienced the "park at the far end of the car park where no one is parked, only to come back and find your car is boxed in by two other tw*ts who have parked there" I put JKW's idea into practice and friends, I parked in a mother and toddler space!!!!! I know, I know, heinous crime EXCEPT it isn't an offence. Parking in a disabled spot IS. Now what I did wasn't clever, it WAS a bit anti social et al BUT I have to confess I am untroubled by my actions!! When we returned to my car there were even MORE disabled spaces free and roughly the same amount of mother and toddler spaces empty. I would never use a disabled spot BUT last week we went into town and the council run multi storey car park was full on all levels bar the very top one but there were, and we counted them, 47 yes 47 disabled spaces empty. Sometimes we go just a tad OTT in being disabled friendly methinks. Yes; I know that's very unPC. Bit like me really!!

May 20, 2015

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Parking A New car

May 20, 2015

Half time score:  David 2  morons 0. Say no more...


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