PSA: Not Everyone Who Parks Shitty Is An Asshole

I know this is my second entry for the day but something that keeps popping up on Facebook HAD TO BE ADDRESSED. This is a very self-righteous buzzkill, but I have to go on record saying it:

Why are we so quick to assume everyone that parks poorly is an asshole that needs to be taught a lesson? What if that person just found out their Dad was dying, or that they just had another miscarriage, or that their Mom had an aneurysm? And they had to run errands dealing with that stress and they parked shitty because they had a lot on their mind? (I wrote about that terrible situation here in 2009.) What if you’re “teaching a lesson” to someone simply so distraught by grief that they don’t realize they didn’t park correctly.

Signed, the girl who parked terribly in all of those specific situations mentioned above and would have been devastated to come out to her car blocked in by shopping carts of people who knew nothing about her or her sadness.

(Yes. I’m aware most of those people probably are assholes, but is it worth the “lesson” if there’s a chance they’re not? Can we give strangers the benefit of the doubt and maybe just say a quiet prayer of thanks to the universe that we’re not suffering some life-changing trauma that could cause us to park erratically? Is it worth teaching 20 assholes a lesson if you traumatize ONE person who might be having The Worst Kind Of Day?)

3 Comments

  • Karen

    Yeah. I confess that I tend to assign that label to other drivers/parkers a lot. I don’t know what it is about being behind the wheel of my car that turns the normally laid back and ultra chill me into Judgy McJudgerson, but I have noticed it and am working on being much more chill about other folks’ driving/parking behavior. I know that I make mistakes when I drive and would not appreciate being labeled an asshat for something I didn’t intentionally do, so I have been consciously attempting to show grace on the road (and the lots).

  • Meg

    ALSO let’s consider the asshole level of parking crooked vs the asshole level of writing & leaving a nasty letter/buying and carrying fake “parking tickets”/ deliberately blocking someone in/screwing with their car in any way. Sure, someone might be bad at parking or just thoughtless about parking, but actively messing with that person is about 10,000 times more assholeish!

  • Mrs Dragon

    This is a pet peeve of mine. People taking pictures of “bad” parking jobs and posting them on social media with a whole lot of tounge clucking. The one that really butters my biscuit is the one where people have parked straddling a line. Look, they CLEARLY REALIZED what they were doing when they parked, that wasn’t accidental….so let’s have the grace to assume they did it for a reason? Like, they needed to get a wheelchair in/out and there were no handicapped spots available? Is it really that hard to notice the parking job and think “hunh, they musta had a reason” instead of “OMG WHAT AN ENTITLED ASSHOLE?!” Just, jeeze, back off people.