In my apartment building we have a limited number of on-site indoor parking spots. Some few of these are just solo spots, but most of them are tandem spots, where one spot blocks the other one.
I was just assigned an indoor spot (most of the parking is either off-site or in the outdoor parking lot, which means shoveling snow in the winter, which I’m glad to be freed from.) The problem is either the buiilding’s rules (which sre definitely screwed up but not likely to change soon) or the guy I “share” the spot with.
According to the rules of the building, tandem parkers (in this case, me and him) may agree to give the other a set of keys and park in the rear (blocked off) spot whenever it’s free, and park in the front (unblocked-off) spot whenever it’s occupied.
BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO (that’s the screwed up part). If either party doesn’t want to do it that way, then the senior party can claim the front (unblocked-off) spot, and the junior party (me) must park in the blocked-off spot, and must move the senior party’s car whenever it’s blocking him.
Anyway, this dude left me a note yesterday, criticizing the way I parked his car (I parked it nose-in, and he wants it parked tail-in), and was vehemently objecting to a scratch he claims I put on his bumper (there are pillars around each spot, and this one is a particularly tough fit, but I don’t remember dinging his bumper, and it’s the kind of thing I would remember, though I guess it’s possible. I didn’t see any dent, only a tiny cosmetic micro-scratch.)
I don’t want to let this get out of hand, so I just answered him something like “I didn’t scratch your bumper–maybe you want to talk your insurance agent?” but I wanted to really vent on him; So here goes:
I’M NOT YOUR FUCKING VALET PARKER! YOU’RE LUCKY YOUR FUCKING CAR IS IN A SINGLE PIECE, YOU SELF-CENTERED ASSWIPE, BECAUSE YOUR INCONSIDERATION IS COSTING ME A MINUTE OR TWO EVERY TIME I WANT TO USE MY CAR, AND A LESSER PERSON THAN I WOULD DELIBERATELY BASH YOUR FUCKING CAR AGAINST BOTH PILLARS EVERY TIME UNTIL YOU GOT THE MESSAGE THAT YOUR IDEA OF SHARING A PARKING SPOT IS NOT MINE, AND AS LONG AS YOU’RE ASSUMING ALL THE RISK, AND ACTING LIKE A SELFISH DICK,YOU’RE LIABLE TO COME DOWN TO THE PARKING GARAGE AT ANY TIME TO FIND THAT YOUR CAR HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED AND HAS A LINGERING CHEESE-FART ODOR IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT TO BOOT.
Thank you for listening.