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There’s Hertz…and there’s “not exactly”

February 10th, 2008 · 50 comments

Thanks to Rusty in Decatur, Georgia, who spotted this lovely exchange on the door of his apartment complex’s parking garage.

there's hertz...and there's

FILED UNDER: exclamation-point happy!!!! · neighbors · oh snap · parking · rebuttals

50 responses so far ↓

  • #1   brinkofacomplex bang

    that’s just awesome.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #2   stargirl

    cool. 2nd comment

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   #1 Pet Peeve


      Feb 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #3   cre8tivewmn bang

    Who’s the note addressed to? It looks as if nobody is allowed to park there.

    How did the second writer know the note was about him/her? Were they just feeling guilty?

    So many questions…

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Khak

      Betcha that the first note, the “wrong parking” note was one someone’s car window. Then the driver of that car wrote the rebuttal and taped it to the door because he didn’t know who left it.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   fukitol

      My guess is someone affixed the first note to her rental car (seems female by the handwriting) and she posted her reply in a public location where the original note-leaver would likely see it.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   cre8tivewmn bang

      Makes sense. Thanks to both of you for the explanation.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Neil

      The top note was originally taped to the persons rental car.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   fukitol

    Dammit! Foiled by Khak’s quick typing.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Gauloises

    7 exclamation points versus 1?
    Clearly we know who the winner is.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   amazon bang

      You forgot all-caps vs. regular. Not to mention the odd phrase “wrong parking” vs. complete sentences. Top note FTW!

      Feb 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   amy d bang

      I respectfully disagree. The implied shouting and overuse of phallic punctuation are classic signs of Napoleonic Complex.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   raiseyourglass

      The winner is clearly the one who used the sharpie.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 9:24 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Writerrejected bang

      Plus the second note’s exclamation point is after the “Thank You!” which is PA code for “Fuck You!” So, it’s extra powerful and trumps all the lame exclamation points of the first note.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 10:30 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #6   Steph


    Feb 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Canthz_B bang

    Most people get home and need to pee. Our first note writer gets home and needs to check parking stickers.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #8   stuffed owl

    I love the PA “Thank You!” which switches to sweet-ass cursive mom-handwriting. F-awesm!

    Feb 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Ricehead

      Same sentiment Owl…simply F’n Delish

      Feb 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   Canthz_B bang

    If this person parked under the wrong apartment building, did they sleep in the wrong apartment 4-B?

    Feb 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    That “Thank You!” is sooo Rod Steiger as Chief Gillespie in “In The Heat Of The Night”!

    Feb 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Lurker

    Obviously she can park there, since she did.

    Sorry. My Dad used to pick on “Can I” vs. “May I” something fierce.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #12   Izzy

    I wonder why the anonymous note writer cares so much. Is there a space problem? From the second note, I’d assume not, so obviously it doesn’t matter.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 6:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   park rose bang

    You’re wrong!

    No, no, no, you are

    No I’m not, you are


    I love the call and response.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Lorelie

      You’re wrong to infinity!

      Feb 11, 2008 at 8:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Mark

      You’re wrong infinity plus one! Nyah!

      Feb 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   GVI bang

    Hmm. Decatur, I’m shocked they know what passive aggressive is out there. From my experience-Decatur is aggresive aggressive.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 9:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   anglophile bang

      Not Decatur, Georgia, but still: Decatur.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   p'chick

      Ahhh…that’s a blast from my past…my old stompin grounds, Decatur, IL.

      Wonder if the old chicken-mobile still cruises the streets?

      Feb 11, 2008 at 2:19 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   WanderingPenguin bang

    “Well, you have two choices. You can NOT park in here, or you CAN. It’s clearly up to you, although this lot is for ‘WRONG PARKING!’, so next time kindly park at a weird angle and block the driveway. Thank you!”

    “No, you are incorrect. This is a rental car with the ability to hold a pen and form complete sentences; alas, not also with the ability to hyphenate properly. Still, you don’t know who you’re messing with. I’m evolving at an incredible rate so you’d better watch your ass. Thank YOU!”

    Feb 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #16   WanderingPenguin bang

    You know, I wish people were more vigilant in my garage. I’d welcome a note like this on my rental car if it meant people were actually paying attention to strange cars taking up paid-for parking spots. There are a couple of cars that don’t even have plates in our underground garage but complaining about it has yet to produce results. Team WRONG PARKING!!! FTW

    Feb 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   posty

    What an assholish reply. If I were the first note-leaver, I’d have the car towed out of spite.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   rob

    I like the Thank You! It has such flourish

    Feb 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   MJaz

    OK – this reminds me of a true story:

    My mother (the Queen of PA outrage) owned a Co-op in The Watergate, in DC. Parking was always an issue.

    My hubby brought our SUV to help her move something and Mama got permission for him to “park” the car for a few minutes in the front driveway.

    They came back down 10 minutes later and the car was plastered with bright orange no-parking stickers.

    My mother pulled her 5’5″ self to full regal haughtiness and marched into the building and demanded that the stickers be removed IMMEDIATELY!

    My hubby said he was smirking and snickering as the sticker-monger peeled and scrubbed the car, while my mother glared with crossed arms.

    Seriously – it’s no wonder I am the way I am… it’s genetics, I think.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Khak

      Wow, my mother, martyr extraordinaire, was rumored in her younger years to like to plaster stickers on cars parked in ways not up to her standards. But she used smiley faces and stars and would only cover the windshields.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 7:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   morpho aurora bang

    aren’t rental cars usually marked in some way to show that the car is a rental? if so then the parking monitor was a jerk and needs to get a new hobby. besides, what kind of creepy weirdo hangs out in parking garages counting cars and spaces?

    i thought the response was pretty polite, considering note #1 comes across pretty rude (to me anyway)

    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   MJaz

      In some areas of the country there is no marking allowed at all on rental cars. I know in Florida a few years ago, bands of predators were targeting rental-designated cars. I guess they assumed that rental car = tourist = cash. After a half dozen or so murders, Fl. required that rentals no longer be designated. At least a few states that I am aware of, followed suit.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 7:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Lorelie

      Don’t forget rental car = tourist = expensive digital cameras.

      But in addition, the more upscale rental companies (ie not Hertz) don’t put any ID on their cars because it’s considered tacky.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 8:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   Markly

      Also, rental car companies stopped putting their logos on cars when tourists were being targeted, sometimes murdered.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 9:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   WanderingPenguin bang

      How is comment 20.3 “also”? Isn’t that exactly what MJaz said in the very same thread? Or am I losing it completely?

      That last question was rhetorical, before you all jump on the bandwagon. :P

      Feb 11, 2008 at 10:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #21   etherealangel

    So umm was the rental car parked in someone elses space? Did the first note writer think they were doing a good deed for their neighbor by leaving a note on a rental car they though was parked in their neighbors spot? So many questions. I think the first note writer will think again before leaving random notes on peoples cars.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:52 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   cre8tivewmn bang

      I think the rental car was in the correct space (or lot if there are no assigned spaces). Some vigilant person noted the unusual car or lack of sticker and decided to take action.

      Somehow I doubt this will cure the notewriter.

      Feb 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   KJ

      There is no reason to believe that the car was anyone elses space.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   unholyghost2003 bang

    No no no no no. In the fit of pique the writer of the first note made a SLIGHT spelling error. You see it is WONG parking, reserved for those picking up take-out from Wong’s House of Canton. Rental car or no, it shouldn’t take all night to grab your egg rolls.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #23   bellabeastie

    Excuse me, I think I am in the wrong lot. Would you please give me directions as to where I should park my anger and self-righteousness??

    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Feb 11, 2008 at 6:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #24   nina

    I’m just surprised by the first note maker for making an unnecessary effort to go get a pen, paper, and tape in the first place.

    If it were me thinking they were in the wrong lot, I’d ignore if if they’re not doing any harm. I mean seriously! What an a-hole!

    Feb 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   machead


    Haha, classic…

    Feb 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Olivia bang

    The man (looks like male handwriting) has more patience that me. I would’ve said “Fuck you, asshole” in big, bubbly lettering. : )

    Apr 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   the parking class

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    May 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   bobby

    does this sign appear giant to anyone else?

    Jul 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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    Aug 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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