Today during lunch, I went to the bank, whick is located in a Safeway grocery store. To my great surprise, I found that I couldn't get through to park my car.
Why, you may ask?
Two elderly gentlemen were parked in the middle of the driveway in a large Impala. One was sitting in the car while the second was standing behind a Cadillac Escalade that was parked in a handicapped spot.
I put my car in park, noting that there were at least SIX cars behind me. I called to the man outside the car and asked if he thought he could move so that traffic could filter through.
His reply: "Nope. We are busy turning in this car that is illegally parked in a handicapped spot".
I asked "do you think you could park next to it so that traffic can get through?"
His crabby reply: "No. We are doing important citizen's business here today."
My (still calm) answer: "You need to move. You are blocking traffic and causing a serious potential for accidents."
Him: "Nope. You all have to wait."
Me (hysterically): "There are cars backed up to the road now. It is dangerous. Move now."
Him: glares at me and doesn't move.
Me: "I am calling 911. You are causing a hazard."
Him: "To hell with you all. I am almost finished."
In the meantime, the guy behind me has gotten out of his car and is swearing at the two old guys. There is lots of honking. A store employee has come out and is observing the scene. It is chaos.
The senior citizens pull into the next spot. I hear this:
"Just wait until this happens to you. You kids don't appreciate a damn thing we have done for you!"
We all are able to proceed to parking spots and go about our business. I count 18 cars behind mine. Yikes.
As I walk in, the store employee is still getting an earful from the old guy about his rights as a senior citizen...
Moral of the story: Two wrongs don't make a right.
For the record, my grandma is in a wheel chair, and I have been very upset at seeing non-handicapped (lazy) types use those spots. I just don't see how blocking traffic and making a scene is going to fix things.