An old dog, up to the same old tricks

January 12th, 2011 · 116 comments

One day, says Nancy in Arizona, her dad was getting in his car during his lunch break from Lowe’s (the home-improvement big-box store), when he found this note tucked into his door frame.

“He was surprised,” Nancy says, but instead of taking the contrarian approach, dear old Dad decided to humor the person and move his car one spot over. At the end of the day, he actually got a glimpse of the notewriter — a “rather old lady” who works as the store’s phone operator.

“We spent a lot of time discussing her possible reasons for wanting that specific parking spot back,” Nancy says — especially given that it doesn’t seem to have any particular advantage over the other 500 or so spots in the lot — but in the end, they just had to laugh.

I've parked in this space since 2002 I'd like my space back if you don't mind. Thank you

related: I’m gonna say this in the nicest way possible: don’t park in my spot.

FILED UNDER: Arizona · old folks · painfully polite · parking

116 responses so far ↓

  • #1   fuzzbutt

    i once yelled at some guy at a barry manilow concert when he complained i parked too close to the line (in my space mind you) that he was lucky i wasn’t a guy or else i would piss on him. She is lucky i didn’t get this note!

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      So…it’s a point of pride for you that you were the toughest person at a Barry Manilow concert..? Are you sure you can take a “rather old lady”?

      Jan 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm   rating: 83  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Canthz_B bang

      @ fac:

      My eyes adored that.
      Though she never laid a hand on him,
      My eyes adored that.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:03 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Woman on the Verge bang

      I can’t believe that you are admitting, in this crowd, that you went to a Barely Manenough concert.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:16 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   park rose

      I think the telling phrase is that it was all within her space mind.

      In our space minds, we can all be heroes, just for one day.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:54 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Scott

      whoa whoa whoa!!
      WotV – You mean my dad and I AREN’T the only ones that call him Barely Manenough???
      hmmm…You must be a long lost relative of mine!

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:51 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Nunavut Guy

      After reading your post I understand why you refer to yourself with a lower case “i”.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   kirstyn

      I call Barry Manilow, Barely Manenough too…my mom hates it lol

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #1.8   fuzzbutt

      to be clear, i took my MIL to the concert as a gift! HA! and yes, i was the toughest one there, since i was the only under 40!

      Jan 17, 2011 at 10:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #2   Julie

    Mmm…That note really hits the spot.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #3   FeRD bang

    In situations like this, I admit there’s a small, dark part of me that just wants to be mean and say, “…No matter. She’ll be dead soon.”

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Canthz_B bang

      She’ll probably have her casket bolted down in “her” parking space.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      FerD, I think I love you a little bit.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:16 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   FeRD bang

      The feelin’ is mutual, darlin’! You’re… well… I’ll just say you’re Quite Tasty™. ;)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:49 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #4   Liz

    It’s clearly the Best Spot In the Lot!

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Maggie

      Shaytards? Yessss, ftw. :)

      Jan 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Canthz_B bang

    Seems to me she has plenty of spaces…between her ears.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Janos

      Boom Tish

      Jan 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   bec

    Sounds like she has an obsessive compulsive disorder. If she has parked in the same spot since 2002 & it is not marked in any way I wonder just how many notes she has had to write in all that time, she may just be the queen of passive aggressive notes.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   obviousman

      normally, she comes in an hour before anyone else and never fails to get the space. Today, she had a doctor’s appointment.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Guy

      I thought that, too: OCD.
      I wouldn’t go so far as to write a note, but I have certain seats I like most in the movie theater – maybe not the best, but I’m comfortable there, and particular tables in restaurants. Especially as I get older, and things seem to change so much more rapidly, I like familiarity.
      That was the best of all worlds for the guy to share the note here, humor the lady with her preferred space, and share a joke with his daughter. Everyone wins.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Callista

      Yeah, there’s probably something odd going on here. Could be autism, too, if it’s not OCD. Most autistic people are actually pretty mild, and are employed and independent as adults. But they tend to retain quirks like needing some things to be the same in order to stay organized–like parking in the same spot every day. (I know this because I’m autistic myself, and while I don’t need the same parking spot, I do organize my desk before I use it so that everything’s in the same spot…)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #7   Canthz_B bang

    I’m betting she still has a profile on Myspace.
    Probably has pics of her space posted there.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Janellionaire

      Has anyone else here gotten a sad email from MySpace? It’s turned into the pathetic ex-boyfriend of the internet. “Oh, how are you and Facebook doing? Good? Yeah, I’m doing real good too, got a new layout and stuff. You should come by sometime and see it! Well, just wanted to see how you’re doing…so…uh…see ya later?”

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:30 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Ho-Ju

      MySpace’s confidence probably took a big hit when this was made public:

      500 jobs cut from MySpace, so now it looks to Janellionaire (and others?) for emotional support.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Russian

      Ironic LOL at ‘pathetic ex-boyfriend of the internet’!

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   FeRD bang

      Hahahahaha! I’m ashamed to admit it took me two reads to catch the “MySpace” joke. Well done, CB! :)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:46 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   Canthz_B bang

      Thanks. I try. With limited mental abilities, but still I try.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #8   liddy

    As I get older and older (50 and beyond) I am gaining a fuller appreciation for the need for routine , mostly I find due to memory issues.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   fuzzbutt

      what was this about?

      Jan 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Danny

      Walking outside and looking for the car that looks just like yours and has your license plates and responds to your keys is also a routine.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   WMDKitty

      Well, there’s “routine”, and then there’s THIS lady taking it to “fucking ridiculous”.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:12 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   The Elf

      I agree, WMDKitty, but I also have to cop to having “preferred” spots at the grocery store and wherever. I actually have walked to “my” spot and wondered “Who the hell stole my bike?!” before remembering I parked it somewhere else. And it isn’t like there’s a whole hell of a lot of bikes in the lot that I should get mine confused. Days like that sort of make you want to crawl back in bed and start over.

      Uh, should this shit be happening at my “young” age (thirties)?

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:33 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   TKD

      Elf, I had that shit happening to me in my twenties. Though now that I’m fourty it seems to happen without the alcohol induced slaying of brain cells.

      Does that make me Team Rediculous Old Lady?

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   April

      Yeah so like she will probably ALWAYS get that spot since she gets there so early. So if she is really that upset that for one day in several years she does not get the spot that she has to write a note, then I think the woman needs to be in a mental hospital and not working. What if a customer or client had parked there? Way to piss off the people that pay your salary.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   Sean Jungian

      Cripe, hyperbole much? Really, committed to a mental hospital? For preferring a particular parking place?

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   April

      yeah hyperbole. There is one thing to prefer a parking space and another thing to write someone a freaking note telling them that is YOUR space and asking them to move. That does strike as pretty crazy. Since she always gets this spot everyday to be so upset over not getting that exact spot for one day is pretty OCD or looney tunes.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Cathryn Bauer

    I’d be so tempted to rent a cement truck and leave it in that spot for 24 hours. With hidden cameras.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #10   Al Penwasser

    I’m glad I discovered this site. It reminds me of a note I saw when I was with the Navy in the Azores in 1987. One night, while on the midnight shift in our aircraft hangar, I was walking back to the office from the bathroom. I noticed a lump in the dark. As I approached it, I realized it was a dead pigeon (they were EVERYwhere!). I walked up to it and saw a little yellow note wedged underneath its body. It said, “Please leave a wake-up call for 6:30. Sincerely, A. Pigeon.” It wasn’t Passive-Aggressive, but it cracked me up!

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Spitizen Kane

      That dead pigeon was fucking delicious.

      Jan 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      That was uncalled for.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:20 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   park rose

      Al, did someone shoot the messenger? For shame.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:01 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Spitizen Kane


      Jan 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   JetJackson

    I thought monogamous parking was a thing of the past.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #12   WMDKitty

    Holy hell, it’s just a parking space. Parking is, and will always be, first-come-first-pick. Old lady needs to get the damn stick out of her ass, and PARK ELSEWHERE.

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Canthz_B bang

      Can this be?

      Easy for you to say, O Preferred Parking One.

      At her age, she probably has some condition which would qualify her for a handicapped parking placard.
      Bet that would make you very happy…then she could park in YOUR space! ;-)

      Jan 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   WMDKitty

      As long as she has a legit license plate or parking placard, it’s cool.

      Also, dude, there have been times when we’ve had to just suck it up (with me in tow) and take the AVAILABLE parking space at the back of the lot.

      A little exercise isn’t going to kill me OR the old lady who left that little gem of a note. It wouldn’t have hurt her to park in, say, the next space over.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Canthz_B bang

      Good, then you acknowledge that your little rant the other week was unwarranted.
      You’ll recall I asked back then what you do when all handicapped spaces are legitimately filled.

      That’s cool too…and about time.

      Glad to see you agree with my original argument that the handicapped will be just fine if they have to use the “AVAILABLE parking space at the back of the lot” as you say you have no problem doing, and have on occasion done.
      You’re right. A little exercise isn’t going to kill you, in fact it’s probably really good for you, so eschew close-in reserved parking for your own good. ;-)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:32 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   jadefirefly

      But what if she shoveled it out and left a chair in it?!

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:34 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   Canthz_B bang

      Oh, then it belongs to her for life…that’s the law of the asphalt jungle.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:46 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Woman on the Verge bang

      This is why I used to keep a rather large, stolen, bright orange traffic cone in my car. I worked nights and didn’t always have someone to walk out with me, so when I left my shift, I’d put my cone in a nice close spot for the next day. Yeah, I was an ass hat.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:23 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #13   Odious

    I would have told her “OK, that’s cool, let me check with management, though, first, to find out where my assigned space is.” Just to see her reaction.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 12:46 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #14   Graham

    Once worked a place where half the staff had ‘their’ parking spots. An office move was planned which meant transferring to a new building 50 yards away. The old farts refused to move because there wasn’t enough parking spaces next to the new building and they would (shock, horror) actually have to walk the extra 50 yards.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:26 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   WMDKitty

      *clutches pearls*

      OHNOEZ! Not a 50-yard walk! How will I ever make it to the other side of the parking lot?


      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:17 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   April

      I used to work at a grocery store. They wanted the employees to park at the very back of the parking lot. I am talking no man’s land. I did not mind the walking. That was not my issue. My issue with it was I got off work at like 11 and 12 at night where there would be no one in the parking lot and it was dark and I had to walk by myself to my car. Plus there was a pool hall close by with drunken fools messing out in the parking lot.

      I straight up refused to park back there. I told the manager it was not happening. I would park up front wherever I happened to find a spot for my safety. They tried to argue with me and I said “Oh then are you going to walk me to my car personally every night after I get off of work or during my breaks?” When he started stammering I said “Okay then parking up front it is.”

      I was not putting my safety above some customer having to walk a few extra feet.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Christopher

      You’re lucky they didn’t fire you. While I do understand your concern and the manager should assign “buddies” upon leaving, insubordination isn’t appropriate.

      My employees are directed to park in the furthest spots. Why should a customer have to park in the back so the employees cars can sit in the best spaces all day?

      I do think that the store should have a buddy policy or an extra break to move your car closer before it gets dark when you’re scheduled late.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Canthz_B bang

      There’s no one in the lot, but there are people in another nearby lot?

      So, if you’re attacked and scream someone would hear you, right? Pool hall guys can probably beat the living shit out of any rapist.

      When I worked at a small insurance company in an inner city area, us guys would routinely walk our female coworkers to their cars after dark. It’s just what a gentleman does.

      Yes…you were putting your safety above some customer you’d have walk into the back of a supposedly dark parking lot.
      Not that they’d ever have to, given that late at night there are probably quite a number of vacant spaces up front (and most, but certainly not all, supermarket parking lots are well-lit. and I’m assuming supermarket since most little grocery stores don’t have parking lots big enough to have “no man’s lands”).
      You probably meant to say you were not going to put some customer above your safety, but I’m just making an educated guess on that.

      Why not park in the back while the store is busy, then move your car closer to the store after peak shopping hours have passed? Around 9:00 or 9:30?
      (I see Christopher already suggested that…”great minds” strikes again)

      Makes too much sense I suppose…my bad, I keep forgetting how uncommon common sense can be.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   Sean Jungian

      Using April’s own system of appropriate punishment, since her boss told her to park in a spot other than her preferred spot up close to the exit, I’d say commit her to a mental hospital.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   oi

      It is like April is on the mission to be deemed as unpopular and or stupid on this site. What’s point of that comment? That she is self righteously insubordinate to her employers?!
      What does she expect other people to do with that information? It is not even some funny comment.
      Dude! You don’t have to work this hard for your mission. You practically have no composition. Maaaaaaaaay be except for one.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   Canthz_B bang

      Nicely diagnosed foot-in-mouth disease, Sean. ;-)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.8   April

      To answer all the points. The boss would not give me a break to move my car up front after dark before it got too late. There were usually no other men employees besides the manager to walk me to my car and even if there were the manager would not give them a break to walk me out either. They were asses about giving anyone a break unless you needed to smoke and then you got to go outside anytime you wanted. Non smoker so I did not get many breaks and definitely not when I asked for them.

      The parking lot was not well lit and not in the best neighborhood. I was not taking a parking space from a customer because by then the parking lot was empty with plenty of spaces right in front. I never parked right in front anyway more like 10 spaces back where I could find one since I didn’t come in till later in the afternoon when all the spaces were taken up front anyway.

      I asked the boss to walk me out and he refused. If they fired me, big whoop, I can get a cashier job anywhere and they liked me because I always showed up on time and never called in which was better than every other cashier they had. I would also call the labor board on their asses for unsafe working conditions such as making a young girl walk alone to her car at the back of the parking lot late at night and then firing me when I refused.

      Also technically I was a customer. My father did all his grocery shopping at that store. So did I. I also would buy drinks or gum or whatever while on my shift so that counts as being a customer which means I should be able to park whereever I damn well please. They brought up the whole park in the back thing after I already signed up to work there too which is a dick move to change the rules out of nowhere. If I had known ahead of time I might have found employment elsewhere who care more about their employee’s safety.

      I could care less if anyone on this board likes me. This is not high school. I got real friends in real life that like me so a message board really does not mean that much to me. This is just a boredom pass the time thing.

      I was partially wary of the pool hall guys too since they always came out of there drunk …they would be just as likely to attack me as someone driving through the parking lot or waiting on me. Not to brag but I was a hottie and I had guys hitting on me the entire time I worked, usually skeezy old men and so I was smart to consider the fact that one of them might wait for me after my shift out in the back of a dark parking lot. It happens. Or I might just get my purse snatched. Either way, I was not down with taking any chances.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.9   April

      ps if noone likes me how come my comment got 4 likes? Der…

      Jan 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.10   Sean Jungian


      Jan 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.11   Odious

      You could care less (but not currently?)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.12   mediabrat

      So smokers got to take breaks whenever they wanted? I would’ve bummed a smoke off a co-worker (or bought a pack) and taken a “smoke break”. Simple solution. I wouldn’t have actually smoked the thing, natch, just made it look like I was smoking for appearance’s sake. If they had an issue with that, they’d have no choice but to force the smokers to adhere to the same break schedule as everyone else. And if the smokers didn’t like that, fuck ‘em, they shouldn’t get to kill themselves on company time.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.13   Canthz_B bang

      I get the feeling someone likes to make things up as she goes along.

      I’ve never heard of anywhere where smokers are given unlimited breaks while other workers get NO breaks. Periodic breaks are often mandated by law.
      Surely this place gave employees (smokers or not) time to take a piss or have a meal.
      Move the car then.

      “Up in front” doesn’t mean cheek-by-jowl with the front door. In a large lot, 10 spaces back is “up in front”.

      Never count thumbs. Just because a number of people are just as wrong as you doesn’t make you right. If two wrongs don’t make a right, neither do 50. ;-)

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.14   April

      I got my mandated breaks. Sure. If I go in to work at say 3 pm for example I might get a break around 6:30 pm. They would not want me to move my car then because 6:30 is still a busy time at a grocery store and I would be taking a spot from a customer (according to them). So I head back to work at 7 pm. Then I might get another 15 minute break around 9 pm. A good time to move the car except by 9pm it is already dark or getting there and the store is still fairly busy at 9pm. According to the managers I was not allowed to park up front period. Even at 9pm. Then I get off work around 11 pm.

      Yeah that place was hella unfair about the smoker thing. Not the first place I have heard stories of that happening especially if the manager is a smoker too. They sympathize and will let them break more often. Happened to me once and I have heard friends bitching about the same thing. Heck even “Friends” had an episode about it.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.15   April

      Anyway, sorry if we got a little off topic here. I kinda thought it was a little relevant since we were discussing employee parking and managers telling people where to park and what not.

      I was not the only one ignoring the parking rule. It was a shopping center where all the other businesses closed around 8 pm and so it is not like that one store even could lay claim to owning the parking lot or bossing everyone around in it. I have always been a rebel when it comes to stupid ass rules and bosses throwing their weight around for no good reason.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.16   Canthz_B bang

      “Friends” was a fictional sitcom TV show, not a documentary series.
      TV sitcoms exaggerate life circumstances for comedic effect.

      Kind of like you exaggerate for dramatic effect.

      Surely, there were more people out and about in the parking lot at 9 than at 11, so it would be safer to walk in a dimly lit lot then. The pool hall boys wouldn’t even have a buzz by then.

      Mid-lot beats no-man’s land…you didn’t need to be up front to increase your safety, so you could have moved your car to be in a safer place at 9:00 had you wanted to be “smart”.
      If you wanted to be really smart, you’d have parked up in front in front of one of the other businesses in the shopping complex. Could have done so on your 9:00 break while there were people in the lot. Just popped your car in front of a store that closed at 8:00. Then you’d have been in the front of the lot, and appreciatively safer.
      No one said you had to be in front of your market to not be in no-man’s land.

      Stop whining. And stop making things up as you go along. Any parent can see through this smoke, I’ll show you in a minute…

      Jan 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.17   TKD

      Mission Accomplished!

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.18   Canthz_B bang

      The Devil is in the details…

      “I told the manager it was not happening. I would park up front wherever I happened to find a spot.”

      “I didn’t come in till later in the afternoon when all the spaces were taken up front anyway.”

      “I was not taking a parking space from a customer because by then the parking lot was empty with plenty of spaces right in front.”

      “They would not want me to move my car then because 6:30 is still a busy time at a grocery store and I would be taking a spot from a customer (according to them).”

      It’s busy and there are cars taking the spaces up front vs. It’s empty with plenty of spaces right in front.
      Both your comments. Well? Which is true?

      Sorry, but just when did your car get up front again? You say when you parked the lot was empty with plenty of spaces. You also say when you came in it was busy and stayed busy until after dark, but you never got a break during which to move your car.

      So, just when did your car get to the front, where you claim to have told your manger you were going to park for your safety no matter what the rules, from the back…where it had to be when you got there since you say:

      “I didn’t come in till later in the afternoon when all the spaces were taken up front anyway.”

      Foot-in-mouth disease indeed.

      You’re full of it, or are you really saying that you broke the rules two or three times and parked closer to the store when you had a chance, not that you were nominated for the Norma Rae Award for standing up to that bully of a Manager?

      Because your contradictory comments sure make it look like you’re making this all up, or at the very least you’ve exaggerated the grand way you stood up to your boss…and duped a few poor suckers who gave you thumbs along the way.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.19   Seen Enough

      I like to read this site and i don’t say much but April CanthizB is right. you are full of sh*t.

      You say one thing than another just to cover ur *ss.

      U think ur smart but he’s smarter.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 8:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.20   oi

      ok April I kept giving you benefit of doubt. Congratulations! Finally you are successful in your mission at least with me and from comments above with others too. You are an over sharing idiotic troll.
      p.s. CB, I should have just trust your judgement from way back PAN. My bad.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:37 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #14.21   Canthz_B bang

      Thanks, SE & oi, but it’s not rocket science when it comes to April…just common sense. :lol:

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:47 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.22   April

      You are being obtuse. The parking lot has like 200 spaces.I park in a space as close as I can so within maybe 10 cars from the store. They demanded I park 200 spots from the store. It is not that hard to understand. I refused to park that far away so that I had to walk a long ways in the dark after work my car alone.

      By that time I would be the only car in the parking lot. Being 10 spaces from the door is a lot safer than 200. So someone would hear me scream or I could run back in if something happened.

      The reason I stood up to the manager because the whole thing was stupid. Since it was a shared parking lot they had no right telling me where to park. That was one reason I ignored their request. Reason 2-not safe. Reason 3- I was technically a customer as well.

      The whole moving the car does not apply. I asked them and they said during my shift I was to park in the VERY back the entire time. Whether or not the parking lot was crowded. So it was park way back there and stay there or break their asinine rule. I chose to break it and tell them as much.

      I never got a “Front” space which to me means less than 5 spaces from the front. I was more like 10 spaces back leaving plenty of room for customers but close enough I did not feel in danger. I don’t get why that is hard to understand. To get a front spot I would have to be either handicapped or just very lucky to pull up just as someone was pulling out and that never happened.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:16 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.23   Canthz_B bang

      Oh, I understand what you’re saying…just not falling for it.
      You say it was a large shopping center with many stores.
      You don’t have to park farther back when you can park laterally on either side to be safer.
      How in the world can you consider a space 10 spaces back as not “front” in a lot 200 spaces deep?! Wouldn’t that leave 95% of the spaces farther away than yours? I call that “front”. Anyone else? 200 x .95=190. 200-10=190. 190=190…do the math. You’re parked ahead of about 190 spaces if you park 10 spaces back.
      I can’t make up mathematics.

      Besides, when was the last time you saw a mega shopping center located in a shitty neighborhood? Merchants just don’t do that, because there’s no money there.
      You’re exaggerating at the very least.

      We aren’t buying it anymore. We are all familiar with strip-mall layouts.

      You spooled out the rope…hang by it with some semblance of dignity. ;-)

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.24   RP

      “I’ve never heard of anywhere where smokers are given unlimited breaks while other workers get NO breaks.”

      I’ve only worked in 3 different jobs but in 2 of them the smokers do get away with taking as many smoke breaks as they want.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:01 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.25   Canthz_B bang

      I’ve worked in more than three, and smokers get the same two 15 minute coffee breaks and a lunch break a day as everyone else.
      There’s no such thing as a cigarette break, smokers smoke during the long-standing tradition of the coffee break.

      As a smoker, I’d love to agree with you, but I know I have to wait until break-time to light up each and every workday, so I just cannot agree.
      We get no special privileges…that’s a non-smokers’ urban myth.
      If I could smoke at work whenever I liked, I’d smoke more than three cigarettes during my workday. But that’s NOT the case…hasn’t been for over 20 years.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.26   knittykat

      whoa April sweetie—there are 200 spaces in the lot and you are supposed to park 200 spaces from the store?

      is the lot only 1 row wide and 200 spaces deep?

      You fail.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.27   April

      Probably 200 spaces total is what I meant. The farthest spot was maybe 35 spaces back. I suck at guesstimations so you know I could be way off. It was far enough that to walk from the front of the store to the farthest most parking space where they wanted us to park would take about 5 minutes to walk at a decent pace back there. Far enough away that no one would hear you scream possibly definitely not if they were inside the building and far enough away that you could not run back inside quickly if some crazy ass pulled up and starting trying to make you get into their car.

      Thank you RP. My BFF used to be a hella smoker and she admitted that smokers got more breaks than nonsmokers. She was a manager herself and was guilty of allowing this till she met me and I made my point about it being unfair. She said from them on she allowed fresh air breaks for the nonsmokers too. It happens. Maybe not so much right now as most places are very non smoker friendly but 10 years ago before all these laws got passed and that was not the case.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.28   April

      I use a lot of hyperbole in my speech so you know, when I say 200 I mean like 30 to 50. Still that is a long way to walk in the dark, by yourself, late at night, with no one around to help you. There is no arguing that. The managers were dicks plain and simple to try to act like they owned the entire parking lot and to not care if something happened to me.
      Heck I should drive back to that place and count the damn spaces myself from front to back. Now I am actually really curious the exact count…….not just spaces either. There were some driving lanes that intersected through the parking lot as well that I also had to walk through to the very back. My husband worked there too and he is better at guesstimations. I will have to ask him how many he thought it was. He agreed with me about it not being safe for me to walk that far by myself at night. If he was there they would not even let him walk me out unless his break time happened to come at the exact time I got off which never happened.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.29   Canthz_B bang

      And just how is 35 to 50 car-widths back in no-man’s land again? We’re talking less than 50 or 60 yards.

      And, quite frankly, I can’t imagine a store manager who would not let your husband walk you to your car for what would take like 3 minutes. Hell, he’d probably encourage that and ask your husband to collect shopping carts on his way back, killing two birds with one stone!

      You fail.

      Heck, your husband thought an earlier note referred to the TV show “House” instead of “household items”. We’re supposed to rely on his “guesstimations”?

      You are both failures. :lol:

      Jan 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.30   tvelociraptor

      WAIT WAIT WAIT. There exist shopping center employees who LISTEN to the parking rules? Your center must have had some vigilant security guards to enforce the parking lot regulations – so why couldn’t they walk you to your car?

      Jan 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.31   Canthz_B bang

      Because the security guards were only on duty to watch for UFOs.
      They used to spot at least three a night, and if one landed, they had to take it to the nearest Air Force base. They were strictly prohibited from looking after the safety of the center’s employees…who had to walk two miles in the dark to their cars all by themselves because no one had sense enough to know it was unsafe to do so because of all of the rapists and purse-snatchers in that crappy area.

      See? I can make up crap on the fly too. ;-)

      Jan 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.32   Canthz_B bang

      “I was not taking a parking space from a customer because by then the parking lot was empty with plenty of spaces right in front.”

      “I never got a “Front” space which to me means less than 5 spaces from the front.”

      So, there’s at least 10 spaces deep of safety zone (because that’s where you say you parked…10 spaces back). So we’ll say 20 spaces deep to the very back.
      To have 200 spaces…hell, let’s say 400, you still only have 20 rows across.
      Parking must go parallel to the shopping center, not perpendicular, to accommodate the other businesses in the center.
      Again, we all know how shopping centers are laid out.

      Some large shopping center, huh? Large enough to have a parking lot big enough to have an area which one could describe as “no-man’s land”, right?

      Get off it.

      Please, Lord, shut her up before she contradicts herself again!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.33   RP

      As a smoker, I’d love to agree with you

      Agree with me about what? You said you’ve never heard of a place where the smokers get away with taking extra breaks. I stated that it happened at two of the places I’ve worked.

      There’s nothing to agree or disagree with here. I’m not arguing that it happens where you work or that it happens everywhere or even that it happens all that often. I’m just pointing out that there are places where it does happen.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.34   Canthz_B bang

      …smokers do get away with taking as many smoke breaks as they want.”

      I’m just pointing out that where it may happen it’s the exception, not the rule.
      I wish it were the rule, but it isn’t.

      Three places of employment (and I don’t know what type of employment) is a very small sample to work from.
      I’m an office worker. Smokers and non-smokers all have to log out and log into our system when we leave for breaks and when we come back…there are no extra break times that smokers get that non-smokers don’t.
      Everyone gets two 15 minute breaks and a lunch break. There are no additional “smoking breaks” given or allowed.
      Been like that since the late 1980s or early 1990s.
      That’s all I’m saying. ;-)

      Somehow, non-smokers have convinced themselves that smokers come and go as they please, but that has not been the case in my experience. Smokers don’t get as many breaks as they want in my world. We get the same number as non-smokers…and haven’t asked for more.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.35   RP

      So then we agree that there’s nothing about what I said to disagree with. Alrighty then…

      Jan 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #14.36   Farticus

      Don’t worry, April. CB has a weird vendetta against retail employees, and believes that their lives don’t matter.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.37   Canthz_B bang

      RP, we’re basically all good. I just disagreed with the perception that smokers across the business world get to leave whenever to smoke when that’s not the case.
      I’m assuming you accept the fact that, even though there may be exceptions at some smaller businesses, the vast majority of employers enforce written break-time policies which apply to all employees equally.
      Not saying that if you work at a corner laundromat or something this would apply, but most if not all major corporations have policies in place to cover this issue.

      Farticus, I have no “vendetta” (please look the word up before using it next time, it doesn’t mean what you think it means…but I’ll stick with it ) against retail employees…just liars, those who would overly exaggerate facts, people who contradict themselves and idiots who cannot see what is right in front of their faces.

      Jan 15, 2011 at 1:24 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #15   Divvitar

    Poor woman must live there if she’s been parked in that spot since 2002. Probably went to buy some groceries for lunch to cook up in the kitchen aisle, before retiring to the patio furniture for the afternoon.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:45 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #16   Nahhh bang

    Oh, it STARTS with the parking spot. Next thing you know, they’re stealing your booth at the diner. Then you can’t get an appointment with YOUR hairdresser on YOUR day. Within weeks, your doctor’s never even HEARD of you! So you gotta nip it in the bud, or all HELL will break loose. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Now, give me back MY computer terminal, if you don’t mind.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 7:19 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   thrall

      Yeah. The other day an old bat chastised me for going the wrong way up the cereal aisle in the Stop & Shop. There is no end to how far these things can devolve.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   clumber

      Want more. Need to know what is the “wrong way” in a cereal aisle and want to know how you responded – you can use the real thing you said and/or what you thought up later (if you’re at all like me) that was more clever.

      I’ll wait. Thx. (off-key whistling and toe tapping)

      F5? Nope not yet. (more off-key whistling and toe tapping)


      Jan 14, 2011 at 12:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   Canthz_B bang

      This evening my wife and I got in line at the supermarket behind an older woman holding about 3 or 4 items.
      After a few minutes, an older gentleman rolls up with a cart-full of food and slides in next to her.
      As it happens, she was in line holding space while the old bugger was doing the actual shopping.
      I nearly burst a gasket, but my wife shooed me away before I could level my full verbal barrel at them!

      Damned country is going to Hell in a hand-basket when people can’t even respect how to use a freaking line!!

      Jan 14, 2011 at 12:37 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   Le lac

    He should take it one step further and create a sign for her space with her name on it and the words “Since 2002″. Lowe’s has all the stuff he’d need to do it. Then, it can really be “her spot” and he will triumph in his passive-aggressive reply to her note.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 8:47 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #18   Kristin

    Maybe it’s just me, but if I received a note like that, I’d be sure to take that parking spot every time it was available!

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:38 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   anglophile

      No, it’s not just you.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #19   Harmy G

    I despise those who use “tradition” or “status quo” to justify something.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   johnnyboy

      I don’t think Status Quo is justified under any circumstance. “Rockin’ all over the world” is the crappiest song ever.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #20   neurotic notes

    I have a neighbour like this. Good to know I’m not alone.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   April

    No way would I move my car. Finders keepers. If you want that spot you better get their early bitch.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Nunavut Guy

      I think it’s time to play”ignore the troll”.

      Jan 15, 2011 at 6:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   divaandwriter bang

    “I’ve parked here since 2002.”

    Well, don’t you think it’s time for a change? Why not add a little excitement to your life! Park in the next spot over!

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   The Elf

      Hoping for change is sooooo 2008.

      Jan 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #23   GhostWriter bang

    A handwritten-note, courteously requesting that you move your car, using “if you don’t mind” and “thank you“? Pretty Tame.

    If you want to see a real feud, try sitting in another family’s claimed pew at a Sunday Catholic mass.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #24   fingers

    Your Dad sounds like a great guy! Good for him

    Jan 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #25   sdeditor

    Well, in fairness to the woman, she wasn’t nasty about it or anything. All the other Lowe’s employees probably know about her little eccentricity and indulge her in it. If that’s the case, I think it’s kind of sweet that her coworkers do that for her. It’s much better than the pointless bickering – usually over nothing – that goes on at most workplaces.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #26   Sara

    I probably would have kept parking in that spot just to play with her. :)

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   Frosty

    I work at a Lowe’s myself (albeit up in Montana), but the hella old folks I work with are just like this, if you do anything even remotely outside of their rigid set patterns, they jump up your ass and bitch endlessly until they get their way, it’s such a pain in the ass.

    Jan 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Canthz_B bang

      Old people jumping up there has been known to do that. LOL

      Jan 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #28   havingfitz

    As someone with mild OCD I can be a bit sympathetic. A few weeks ago a pregnant coworker of mine stole the chair I’d been using for six months and left me a broken on in its place because ‘mine was more comfortable’ and she felt that being pregnant entitled her to it. I was livid. Took it right back when her pregnant behind went home for the day. Came in the next day and another coworker had slapped a sign on the back that read “This is (havingfitzs) chair. If you take it you are a bad person!” It’s okay, OCD Old Lady. We few, we happy few. We band of buggy.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:15 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   April

      Its not really OCD. It was YOUR chair and she took it without asking. Not cool. If she needed a better chair as pregnant women do need comfy chairs, she should have asked the boss for one or brought one from home or asked to switch with someone.

      A chair at your desk is your chair. An unmarked parking spot in a lot is no ones.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:20 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   RP

      I agree with April. The pregnant lady was being an entitlement whore.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:45 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #29   Ashley

    Perhaps she forgets her parking spot otherwise?

    I park in the same spot at work and so does my friend. We are also the only two people that park where we are supposed to and not in customer parking as well.

    I get annoyed if someone is in my spot (which has only happened maybe twice), I like familiarity.

    I wonder how many days he parked there to deserve a note?

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   Penny

    It’s not OCD you guys, it’ just old people don’t like change- EVER. Even when they die they’re only uphappy about it because it changes their routine. Don’t think they’re not trying to still sit down to dinner at 5 when all the other angels are just getting off work.

    Once an old person has done something similar for a week (even if it’s not every day) then it becomes routine and woe-be-tide anyone who tries to change that. Parking there since 2002 would in her mind mean she practically owns that space.

    Feb 10, 2011 at 8:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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