A couple of days ago I was riding with someone to a location about 70 miles away. Since she and I don’t live very close together, it was most efficient for me to park for the day close to where she could pick me up on the way to our final destination. Here in San Francisco, most residential streets have 2 hour parking limits except for residents (who get a lettered sticker on their car if they want). But there are a few exceptions, and I found one. Lucky me.
When I got back, this hand-written note* was on my car (all spelling and punctuation reproduced exactly):
"Parking like this is just asking for your tires to be slashed. Do it again, and your request will be answered.
“Eat ass and suck a dick.”
First, I know I should just ignore it, and there is small chance I will ever park there again anyway. But I can’t seem to let it go. What parking crime did I commit? There are two choices that occur to me - 1) parking all day in a neighborhood not my own; or 2) possibly I was hogging two car spaces (I didn’t think so but I didn’t go back to check). #2 is a nearly-capital offense in this parking-shy town, while #1 has no merit at all, as far as I’m concerned.
I considered writing something rude on a photocopy of the note and posting it on the nearest light pole, ending with “p.s. I am keeping the original for the police.” But I doubt the effectiveness of such a tactic in reaching the original note-leaver. Or I could park there again, and sit in a friend’s car nearby to see if anything happens.
Would something like this affect you at all? Could you easily ignore it and let it go? Would you park there again, if the occasion warranted it? Or would you want to retaliate in some way (want to, even if no practical way is available)?
*The note is mostly printed with a little semi-cursive thrown in, and looks fairly well educated (mostly correct grammar and punctuation). I’m guessing it was an older person, based on some clues in the penmanship.