Well, i hope your ankle is OK and the baby wasn’t hurt.
This is an interesting issue for those of us who’ve never lived in a snow-bound city before. This is the first REAL snow we’ve had in Baltimore since i moved to the US, and as i saw people digging their cars out yesterday i actually wondered to myself about the etiquette of parking in a cleared space. After all, it was taking some of these people a good half-hour to get rid of enough snow to get their car out, and it would be a bit demoralizing to go to the store and return home only to find that your space was taken.
This morning i saw a few spaces with chairs in them, and i could see from a distance that a couple of the chairs had notes on them. I didn’t bother reading the notes, but i guess they said something like “I spent much time clearing this space, and would appreciate it if you did not take it from me.” Either that or “Park here at your own risk, lazy fucker.”
I’m a little ambivalent about the whole issue. While i understand the frustration of those who have dug their car out, the fact is that parking in a public space on a public road is everyone’s right. Exactly how long after you’ve dug it out does it remain “your” space? Until there are a few other spaces? Until all spaces have been dug out? Until the snow has all melted? The problem with this sort of culture and etiquette question is that so many people interpret what constitutes “appropriate behaviour” in so many different ways.
The line is much clearer in Qwisps case. I would have been tempted to tell the bitch that she had two options:
Drive away and let you have the spot that you had obviously been waiting for.
Walk away, and come back to a car with loooooooong key marks down the side.
On a somewhat related issue, what really pisses me off is people who “claim” public treet parking spots with chairs or garbage bins when there is no snow or anything like that. Just because you happen to live on this block, fucker, does not mean that you get keep a free spot even while you’re at work. I’ve seen this a few times in my neighbourhood over the past year or so, and i often wanted to drive around, move the bins, and park there just out of spite. (I know, i’m a bastard, but this sort of selfishness pisses me off.)