I’m double-pitting this morning. They earned it!
I checked my e-mail early this morning and found yet another forwarded message from that relative whom I’ve told in no uncertain terms to stop forwarding her urban legend/Jesus is coming back so watch out/send a greeting card to the sick kid/ spam to me.
So, this morning she sends another forward to me that’s been forwarded already a zillion times so it’s got two hundred other people’s e-mail addresses in the forwarded message. (Wait, did that make sense? )
I look further down and see that she’s forwarded not two, three or four but five different spam messages, some with attachments. No more e-mail for her; she’s going on my blocked list and I’ll call her tonight to tell her why. I told her several times not to forward that crap to me but apparently she feels I need to see it. I don’t. No e-mail for you!
Next on my list:
I’ve seen this particular parking lot snafu happen at the school several times, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why apparently intelligent people who have cars and driver’s licenses can’t seem to figure out why doing this is not good.
This morning I took the little people to school. (Yeah. We missed the bus. ) I parked in the parking lot (in a regular parking space…) and walked inside. I made the rounds, walked back out to the parking lot so I could leave to go to work.
The parking lot often fills up, so some yahoo will somtimes just park behind another car, blocking in that vehicle, and “just run inside real quick” to take their kids inside. Lo and behold, this morning when I came out of the school, there was an SUV parked behind a couple of vehicles that were parked in regular spaces, and there was a lady there talking on a cell phone, standing by one of the blocked-in vehicles, and looking mighty pissed off.
“I was just running inside real quick and I apologize that I got to talking to my kid’s teacher about something important and I lost track of the time,” was the excuse given to me last year when this happened to me. That day, I was astounded to see that when I entered the parking lot and approached my car, there was another vehicle parked sideways right behind me, blocking me in, and partially blocking the vehicle next to mine.
The owner of the partially-blocked vehicle had already arrived when I got there and he was steaming mad. He said it had been almost ten minutes since he’d called the front office of the school to tell them an announcement needed to be made that the owner of the vehicle with plate #(specific license plate) needed to come out and move it immediately. They did make the announcement, he said, but no one came to move it. He called again while I was there and asked that they announce it again, and they did.
Needless to say I was flabbergasted that this idiot would just park behind someone else’s car, blocking them in, and just leave for a while.
I offered to go back inside the school to inquire at the office, and he said he would stay there and keep watch for the owner of the blocking vehicle. He said he was giving it two minutes before he called a tow truck.
I started walking down the parking lot to go back inside the school when this woman came walking briskly down the crosswalk and turned to go into the parking lot. I thought it was probably the owner of the vehicle blocking mine, and sure enough it was.
She got to her car down towards the end of the lot and sure enough, that was her car. The guy who was waiting started railing at her about how inconsiderate it is to pull that kind of crap on people and how if there’s not enough spaces she needs to just park somewhere else where she’s not blocking in anyone and just walk herself in to the campus. I came up to them while he was ranting at her and I pretty much just told her I was now really late for work, that it was pretty inconsiderate to block in other people’s cars, and could she please just move her car so we could get going.
But the guy wasn’t done yet and he went on that he was two seconds away from calling a tow truck and she was lucky her vehicle wasn’t towed away. So she came back with the excuse of talking to her kid’s teacher about something important and losing track of time, and he came back with, “You chose to park in the middle of the parking lot and block in two other cars because you were too lazy to just go find an empty parking space somewhere else. The world doesn’t revolve around you. Get here earlier to get a space if it’s that important to you to be parked in this parking lot. I am not interested in hearing any more of your story because I am late. I need to get going.” (So that’s not verbatim; but it’s the gist of what he said …)
So he got in his car and I got in mine, and she peeled out as she turned around and drove off. Don’t know what point she was trying to make but she gunned it out of there.
Anyway, the whole point of that is that it continues to happen. I’ve seen several different incidents with different cars just this school year alone where people don’t want to park further away, so they just park behind someone else’s car, blocking in one or more cars at a time so they can get down and take their kid inside. A note from the principal came home at one point warning parents against doing this, but it still happens.
News flash to the idiots: It’s never just a “couple” of minutes. And if you want a closer parking space, get there earlier. Your tardiness isn’t my problem and you have zero business blocking in my car, preventing me from leaving. I don’t care if it’s for one minute or fifteen. Don’t do it. If you want a front space, get there early enough to take one. If the lot is full, well, it sucks to be you. You’re going to have to exit the lot and go find somewhere else to park. Next time I’ll pull a Kathy Bates on your car.
(I think Kathy Bates’ fabulous car-moving scene was from Fried Green Tomatoes, right? The young girls steal her parking spot, saying something like, “We’re younger and faster!” Then Kathy’s character rams their car out of the space with her own car and takes the spot, and says, “I’m older and I have more insurance!” Great stuff. Not exactly the same but you know…)
But it’s not an isolated incident; it’s happened quite a few times just that I myself witnessed, and I’m sure it’s happened on days I haven’t been there. What is it with these people? Do they not understand basic courtesies? I thought it was just basic consideration and common sense that you don’t park and block in another random car.
So, parking lot car-blockers and spammers, consider youself pitted.