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It’s my spot and I’ll park what I want to

August 9th, 2011 · 125 comments

Kate in Melbourne caught a glimpse of this note from the street, and it looked so ridiculous that she snuck into the private lot to get a closer look. Adds Kate: “I imagine this person is quite popular with the neighbours.”

DO NOT REMOVE. This is the property of unit 1. We pay rent for this carspace and shall therefore use it for whatever vehicle we want to. [crossed out scribbles]

DO NOT REMOVE. This is the property of unit 1. We pay rent for this carspace and shall therefore use it for whatever vehicle we want to. [crossed out scribbles]

(By the way, Kate apologizes for the poor resolution of the photos; she only had her mobile phone with her at the time.)

related: Dear self-appointed parking cop: please direct your anger and self-righteousness elsewhere.

extra credit: This kid parallel parks better than I do [youtube]

FILED UNDER: kids · Melbourne · most popular notes of 2011 · neighbors · oh snap · parking

125 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Andi

    LOL, love the toy car – should have thought about that when we lived in a flat in Sydney and people would park in our parking space all the time because they thought we didn’t have a car (only one of us did). A bottle of Jif cleaner on an offending car’s windscreen seemed to fix the problem…

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   bean

      I just leave a note that says, “don’t be that guy”

      Aug 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #2   bean

    I’m gonna park a handtruck in my spot.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #3   Ember

    I think this is pretty awesome. I have had people take my space a million times just because it was open. If you pay for it, it’s yours. I actually had a neighbor ask if he could park his car in my spot while my car was in the shop because his tabs were expired. I didn’t mind and it was cool of him to ask.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm   rating: 89  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   blah

      Our house is on a corner, so my boyfriend and I have a space on both roads. We recently sold one car, because we don’t drive enough. Leaving a space, that was for visiters (but often empty).
      Since I wasn’t using one of them (the one with the better view) one of our neighbors decided to park an ugly-ass old trailer in the spot with the hitch propped up on cinder blocks. Never asked us once if it was ok.

      Why do people like this exist? :/
      (and yes, we gleefully got the police to get them to move it, because polite requests were being ignored)

      Aug 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

  • #4   Rillion

    Team Toy Car. If they pay rent for it, it’s theirs. Better to be annoyed by a kid’s car in the parking space you want then to have to deal with your car being towed unexpectedly, right?

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm   rating: 124  small thumbs up

  • #5   Squirrely wrath

    That’s no toy car, Andi. It’s a Smart car.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm   rating: 155  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Chesire Cat

      My kids each have one of those cars that they drive around my mom’s house. They freaking LOVE those cars!!! Since those cars have kept my kids happy its fair enough it gets a parking space.

      I read somewhere that the Little Tikes cozy coupe was the top selling “car” in the USA. More of those cozy coupes than real vehicles.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   nocturnesthesia

      I got myself stuck in one of those cars when I was 16.

      Aug 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

  • #6   J.See

    I like it! We have a parking spot, but no car. But we live in an area with limited parking during certain events, so during those times we like to let our friends who may be visiting use it. Lately the person who parks next to our spot has decided that their little car is far to big to just park in their own, or they are far too lazy to park correctly, so they just use two spots now. I’ve been trying to think of a good way to combat this, as I have no idea what unit they are in to find them to ask. This might be a good way?

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   shwo! bang

      A spike strip would work nicely.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Goldfish


      Aug 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Malice

      Have them towed.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Madrias

      Spoiled milk down the air intake vents near the wipers should do the trick.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   Mark

      The problem with most sabatoge to cars is the victim knows right away when he gets to his car, and therefore, might know the person who did it.

      The solution: Motor oil on the wiper blades.

      They very likely wont notice till they are both (1) days away and (2) a distance away from the scene of the crime.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:01 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #6.6   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Thumb tacks on the ground inside the lines of your parking bay; a sign saying “Beware! Thumb Tacks! Park here like a massive douche bag at your own risk.” should absolve you of any legal ramifications.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:03 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #6.7   Nikki

      What about just leaving a note on the windshield? Whether it’s a passive-agressive note or not is up to you. :)

      Aug 17, 2011 at 1:54 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.8   Sean

      What about a direct, polite conversation wherein you express your concerns in a polite yet unyielding way and request that they stop the offending action?

      Aug 22, 2011 at 8:33 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #7   scott hall

    If they have a car then it’s cool.
    If they don’t then not so much, but they aren’t really wrong, they could just stand to increase their coolness.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      That’s what I was thinking too. Yeah, they’re in the right. But….. It’s hardly neighborly. They could stand to be a little less uptight about this. Maybe lend the space to the next door neighbor, on the condition they park elsewhere if you need it for a visitor or something.

      My previous home had one assigned space per townhome. The other spots were reserved for homeowners, but not assigned per home. Then there were the very rare visitor spots. The end result is that it was difficult to find a spot at all if you came home late from work on a weekday. I tell ya, if someone had parked a toy car in their reserved spot on a more or less permanent basis, and I’m wandering the whole neighbhorhood looking for a space – any space – I’m going to be upset, especially if I had to park at the nearby shopping center in desperation. Might not park in their space, but I’ll still be peeved. They’re totally in the right, but I would still grumble.

      So, right, but not *right*.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 7:14 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   bookworm

      A reserved space is a reserved space, no matter what they have parked in it, The Elf. Your frustrations have nothing to do with how reserved that space will continue to be, even though you really really want to park in it.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 11:25 am   rating: 62  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   The Elf

      Oh, I completely agree! They are in the right. Clearly.

      It’s just…. not neighborly, assuming that they have little use of the space. There’s a difference.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Canthz_B bang

      Actually, in my lease we’re prohibited from parking/storing broken-down, derelict or unused vehicles in our assigned parking spots or even on the grounds. Parking and storage being totally different concepts.
      I think it’s a quality of life issue in that case in management’s eyes. One I agree with.

      Not saying anyone should park in the space you pay for, just that anything goes isn’t always the case either.
      Why is it so hard for so many people to read their lease? I mean, it’s all in there somewhere. Just read the damned thing before signing it and live by the rules you’ve agreed to abide by.

      Is that really so fucking hard to do?

      Aug 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   Rhoddy

      Unfortunately whilst the toy car may not be ‘neighbourly,’ neither is the mile that is usually taken when an inch is given in these situations. Letting someone get away with transgressions which merely affect you is a choice – usually, I would let this slide for the sake of neighbourly harmony (eg. – the house next to ours is flats, the students in the top flat sit on their roof and the occasional drunken accident or thoughtlessness lands pizza crusts or fag butts on our property). Letting someone develop a pattern of actually occupying space you own/lease on the other hand is asking for trouble and can have potentially dangerous legal consequences.

      Of course in situations like yours (Canthz_B) things are very different, but in terms of the submitter I’m going with the standard common law presumption that an owner or lessee of land has the right to do whatever he wants with it.

      Aug 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #8   Eileen

    The crossed-out scribbles make me think that someone came along and wrote something like “F*** YOU” on the sign, and someone else crossed it out so the “children” wouldn’t see it.

    To J. See: try printing out a “BAD PARK YOU!” sign and leaving it on their windshield a few days in a row, and see if they get the message.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #9   Really?

    Team Toy Car!!

    Aug 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #10   Kate

    Best idea ever! I’m so sick of having to pay for a parking space that my neighbor’s appropriate for their use. When my friends or relatives come over they have nowhere to park. I thought I was PAYING for that convenience?

    Aug 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm   rating: 70  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Suzi

      Same here! Used to rent an apartment where neither of us had a car, but we would constantly have at least one driver over (we happened to be the most central for most friends), and they’d have to park on the street – and pay! – because random neighbours would yoink our spot.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

  • #11   bookworm

    Better in a parking spot than in the middle of the street where I usually see those toys.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #12   Dibs

    Maybe it’s a stupid question, but if the tenants pay for a parking space, wouldn’t it make sense to paint the apartment number on the parking space? I live in a huge apartment complex and we all have a reserved parking space with our apartment number painted on the ground. If you don’t have a car then your space remains empty all the time but no one parks in it because you get towed.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Sandy M

      You are sooo lucky to live in a place where people actually respect designated parking spaces. I lived for 8 years in a condo where my parking space was not only numbered but also in front of my unit and my 2nd spot was always hijacked by visitors. I use to keep it for my own visitors because the visitor’s parking was always used by the third or fourth car of other tenants. If I had thought about this idea I would have sooo used it!

      Aug 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Limeliberator bang

      The parking lot isn’t paved. Painting would do no good.


      Aug 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   behindbj

      It looks like there are signs on the wall running behind the parking spaces. Those may have unit number/parking spot ownership info on them.

      I am also on Team Toy Car. As someone who lives in a Downtown area with zoned parking (your area has a Zone Number and you get a sticker to park in the zone), I can relate to being someone with one car having to deal with households with 4 cars (and only two “sticker” spots are authorized – they abuse the Visitor Pass system for the other cars). I don’t care how annoyed people may get, that spot belongs to that unit and that’s apparently what they needed to do to keep people from getting comfortable with taking it.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 7:48 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   JoeKing

      A sound idea but it’s pretty hard to spray paint the gravel… it tends to move around a bit.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #13   James L.

    In China, many of the private parking spaces have mini-barriers bolted to the ground that pop up to prevent other people from parking in that space. They come in both manual and electric remote control versions. From what I saw, they seem to work well.

    See, e.g.,

    Aug 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #14   AT

    I am so happy to see so many people who share this problem! Our parking space is included in our rent so technically we are paying for it. We don’t have a car and people park there all the time and it irks me so much!
    It doesn’t matter if they are numbered if anything it just helps the neighbours remember what parking space number belongs to the people without a car.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Zorin

      If you don’t have a car, why be upset when people park in the space? I always say if I don’t need something right now, there’s no reason someone else can’t use it.

      Once you do have a car, then you’ll have to explain that to them, but for now, it’s no harm, no foul on their part isn’t it?

      Aug 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   chemgal

      Can’t speak for AT, but I know for myself, while I didn’t have a car, my friends or parents did, and I didn’t want to have to try to track down who the car belonged to that was parked in my space whenever I had someone over.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Patrick

      Why should I have to explain *anything* to them…it’s my space, not theirs, case closed. If they approach me and ask, sure, I’m as nice as the next guy and will probably help them out, but don’t assume that the space is yours for the asking, c’mon.

      Aug 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm   rating: 73  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Nicci

      Oh, we have this problem all the time. A point a lot of people are forgetting is that in most leases (like my husband’s and mine), you specifically sign an agreement that says you will only use your space, and that any visitor you have will only use the visitor spaces – if they get towed, its technically on you. So I’m all for team toy car, since i’ve had to have two cars towed.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:21 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   Chesire Cat

      I am with the others that if I am not using the space I own, I would not mind others using it. However they need to ask first and be respectful of the fact that when I have visitors that I will want them to vacate that space quickly. It is too much trouble to have to go door to door asking whose car is in my space every time I have a visitor coming over.

      I am a bitch about parking so I made sure to always live places where I had my own driveway and parking spaces so I don’t have to get into it with others. I still had a lot of problems at my old rental duplex though because the idiot neighbors would park all out on the street and block my driveway. It is so frustrating to not even be able to get in and out of your own home easily!

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   AT

      @Zorin Just because I don’t have a car doesn’t mean I don’t use that space. We rent cars for a weekend here and there and our guests use that space. I also ride in to work with someone who comes over after work sometimes for a visit or dinner. If someone is parked there what am I supposed to do? Go door to door in my building to find out who is parked there? Call a towing company and wait for them to show up before my space, that I pay for, can be used?

      Aug 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #15   Mei

    Hi, for what it’s worth: I lived in an apartment complex that had non-designated spots – so there was no guarantee EVER that you would have a spot, let alone a spot anywhere near your unit.

    I would have loved to have designated spots – and if your complex won’t help to enforce your spot, call a tow-company. They are illegally in your paid spot.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #16   humorless

    I had a spot but no car, so I rented it out. Made $50 a month, so I definitely would have called a towing company on anyone parking there without my permission.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Lili

      This is such a great idea! Sadly I will be in university housing (subsidized) so I doubt I could do that, but someday…

      Aug 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   chemgal

    On a side note, I had to cut my SIL out of one of these cars after she thought it would be funny to get in it on Christmas Eve and then got stuck. Wish we hadn’t been as drunk as we were so we could have thought of a good note to have left from Santa explaining why it was ruined and why mommy had to go to the store and buy a new one on December 26th.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Your sister-in-law sounds like she knows how to party.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:07 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Chesire Cat

      LOL! I want to hang out with you guys. I fear I might end up cutting my own giant toddler out of his soon enough. He insists on getting in it even though he is getting too big for it. I figure let him try and if we have to cut him out, we cut him out and then that’s the end of the cozy coupe.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #18   Adriana

    I was rocking that car in ’84.

    Aug 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    Crap. Gotta go both ways here:

    1) My rent covers my space, so no one has the right to decide when I may or may not need it anymore than they can barbecue on my patio if they notice I haven’t been using my grill very much lately.
    If I didn’t have a car, it’s still mine for guest parking if nothing else.
    Talk to me and I’ll consider subletting it to you.

    2) I don’t see a way to go both ways on this.

    The unused parking space assigned to an unoccupied apartment is fair game!!
    I know…I use one because my wife uses our assigned space. ;-)

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:58 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #20   a-Arialist

    I’m with the notewriter on this. I pay a shedload for my parking space, but only have a car 2-3 days a week. I get irate when people park in my space and I can’t use it when I need it. If you want to use my space on the days I don’t – knock on my door and ask. If you’re too lazy or rude to knock on the door, get the hell out of the space that I pay for!

    Aug 10, 2011 at 3:09 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

  • #21   Canthz_B bang

    Why do people hate clowns so much?

    Can’t a Bozo park in this mutha?

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

  • #22   Canthz_B bang

    One of the coolest things about my place of residence is that if you ask at the office they will give you a list of unoccupied apartments and which parking spaces are assigned to those units.
    You can then use that space until the unit is rented, and then just go back to find the newest list of unoccupied apartments and the spaces assigned to them.

    Sounds too much like easy, but it works.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 3:20 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Marie

      Kudos to your complex for being flexible and accommodating, but I think this is a rarity. In places where this list is not accessible, people get used to thinking of ‘empty’ spaces as ‘available’ spaces, and they have no idea when this status changes. When I moved into my current place, there was a silver New Beetle that I found parked in my spot a few times, and I wound up writing a slightly PA note of my own. I’m sure they thought they were doing nothing wrong, but had I been a nastier person I could have had their car towed and involved the management, etc, etc.

      Point is, just because it looks like a space is not being used, doesn’t mean it isn’t. <—- I'm pretty sure this could win an award for "Most Awkward Sentence Involving Multiple Negatives."

      Aug 10, 2011 at 5:35 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   FeRD bang

      Point is, just because it looks like a space is not being used, doesn’t mean it isn’t. <—- I'm pretty sure this could win an award for "Most Awkward Sentence Involving Multiple Negatives."

      It couldn’t not fail to win the award for least non-awkward, that’s for sure!

      Aug 10, 2011 at 8:06 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #22.3   Canthz_B bang

      No, it would never work in a complex which always has 100% occupancy, but you’d never know if you never bothered to ask.
      I ask, and they accommodate.Life is easier that way.
      Not my fault what “people” get used to or why. “People” are stupid. Haven’t you noticed. ;-)

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:00 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #22.4   Pix

      So, how do you know when an apartment gets rented?

      Aug 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #22.5   Chesire Cat

      Oh man you must live in a sane complex then. My friends lived in the most nazi regime apartment complex. Each apartment only had 2 spaces they could use. They had larger parking lots you could use but that required walking really far. My friends had 4 drivers in one apartment so obviously parking was an issue nevermind that they had a lot of friends who visited.

      I would visit them and park in empty apartment spaces because we knew no one was currently living there. Guess what!? Stupid complex security would come bitch me out and make me move even after I told them that place was empty! I was SO glad when they moved out of there.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #22.6   Canthz_B bang

      Pix, you know when an apartment/space gets rented when you get a sticker on your car advising you to move it. Then you go back to the office for an updated list of un-rented spaces.

      We also have a large number of spaces which are for visitors parking, so it’s not really all that inconvenient to not have an extra assigned space…just that visitors parking spaces are not covered in this Arizona sun.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.7   Pix

      The complex goes to the effort of putting a sticker on your car to tell you you shouldn’t park there anymore? That’s awesome.

      That’s really nice of them. I love seeing companies make an effort to make people happy. :)

      Aug 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #22.8   Canthz_B bang

      What really happens is the new tenant drives up and you’re parked in their spot. They go to the office and say “Hey, someone is parked in my spot!”
      The office then sends a guy around to put a warning sticker on your car informing you it will be towed if not moved by 10am the following morning.

      I don’t think that rises to the level of “going to the effort” as much as just doing their jobs well. ;-)

      Aug 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #23   Carl

    Hahaha. 1000% awesome-balls.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 3:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #24   Amoeba

    It’s as much of a toy as most drivers’ cars.

    A significant proportion of people have cars that are far too large and powerful for their needs and driving-skills. Anything unnecessary renders it a toy.

    This space is of course, Private, however, cars on Public roads and land deny others the use of that Public Space, by enclosing Public Space, making it ‘private’. Just imagine the outrage of drivers if cyclists and pedestrians were to go around with a typical car-sized framework with signs saying ‘Private Keep Out’ on them. Well cars do exactly that. Just try and get into a car at a stop sign, in-order to use the Public Space that it encloses and tell us the response you got, if you live.

    See: ‘tragedy of the commons’.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 5:37 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you have a Prius.

      Me, I like my “toys”.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 10:50 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   bookworm

      I don’t understand what you’re getting at here. Are you arguing for the rights of cyclists to ram into people on the streets? What is this “Private Keep Out” space you are referring to? And where can I pick up MY bubble?

      Aug 10, 2011 at 11:30 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   TKD

      Hurray! It is a two for one sale day on PAN! An off topic rant about an undefined subject fits the concept of PAN so perfectly.

      Elf, my guess is that Amoeba does not own a Prius, a bicycle or any other object that could be considered private property. Otherwise the credibility of the rant would be completely shot. And that’s not a good thing. :-(

      Aug 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #24.4   Amoeba

      Your level of comprehension is too limited for you to possess an opinion of any merit.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.5   SilentPsycho

      I tried, got drunk, then reread this comment, but still failed to understand it. I’m sorry, guys. :(

      And this is speaking as a person who travels pretty much exclusively via public transport.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #24.6   Rattus


      Your level of articulation is too limited for you to possess an opinion of any merit.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #24.7   TKD

      The ability to communicate and explain a given subject matter is considered the test of one’s comprehension of the subject. As evidenced by the confusion your comment has created, it is your comprehension level that is in question. But thank you for the blind personal attack. Your credibility score continues to evlove.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #24.8   Canthz_B bang

      When I walk the streets the volume of my body takes up a small amount of the Public space. I still reject when someone on the street wants to get inside of me.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #24.9   Lili

      I’m sorry, but superfluous features does not render something a toy.

      toy |toi|
      1 an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something : [as adj. ] a toy car.
      • an object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult : in 1914 the car was still a rich man’s toy.

      Conspicuous consumption exists but Toyota Land Cruisers, though unnecessary, are not toys. People drive them to work and back. That’s not fun or entertaining. The extra features are just proof of ability to provide for one’s young with a high income.

      Wouldn’t extra features render nearly all cars toys? I mean nobody needs a cassette deck, either, but most cars have at least that, if not many more features, standard. Power locks and windows FTW!

      Aug 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.10   FeRD bang

      Most cars have a cassette deck? …What year are you writing from? :-)

      Aug 12, 2011 at 1:10 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

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    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   divaandwriter bang

    This is great! I am Team Toy Car all the way.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 8:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #27   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Team Toy Car. He/she HAS paid rent for it, after all, and it is very very funny.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #28   aaa bang

    That car’s trunk is hardly big enough to put groceries in.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:55 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   The Elf

      And yet, bigger than some…..

      Aug 10, 2011 at 10:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   Amoeba

      The Elf,
      You are wrong.

      Go play with your rattle or ding-a-ling, or whatever you call it.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #28.3   SilentPsycho

      You are wrong. Some trunks are very small indeed. Look up the word ‘innuendo’.

      Go play with your hyper-sensitive pride, or whatever you call it. :)

      Yours sincerely,

      P.S. Sorry for +1-ing you, I’m a bit fumble-fingered when I’m drunk/tired/in a rush/had a bad day/any or all of the above.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #29   KimG

    A good solution if there is room: if you come in and someone is in your space just pull your car right up to their back bumper. Now when they try to leave they have to track you down to move your car. Hilarious!

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:03 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #30   Andrea

    I don’t drive, but almost everyone else I know does.

    I wrote two notes on one car before I called the tow. Then he got the idea that maybe he shouldn’t park in that spot.

    Then he would keep trying to plug his car in wintertime into our plug in. I would just unplug it all the time in the night.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #31   Anne

    I wish we had reserved spots in my complex. I used to come home from working night shift (7PM to 7AM) to find this one car parked across 2 spots. I finally got fed up one day and put a bit of a PA note on his windshield. After that I noticed he stayed within one spot when he parked.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Chesire Cat

      Yeah some bitch kept taking up two parking spots on purpose at an apartment complex with very limited parking. She would park right down the middle of the two spaces. Her car was not even that nice. I keyed it. After that she only took up one space. Mwahahaha. I was drunk and young at the time but you know, she kinda had it coming.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #32   Amoeba

    Are you playing dumb, or just dumb?

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   SilentPsycho

      I don’t know, although they did manage to keep it in the correct thread. I had to actually search to try and figure out what this comment was responding to.

      Methinks it was sarcasm, which is actually one of the highest forms of intelligence. Just so you know.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   The Elf

      Dunno, but at least Bookworm can stack a comment!

      Aug 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #32.3   TKD

      Hmmmm, going off topic again. I sense a pattern here.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #32.4   bookworm

      I’m wondering the same about you, Amoeba. This is like something out of a cartoon. Unreal.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #32.5   it's naptime

      You know amoebas. They’re all over the place.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #32.6   Rattus

      Amoeba, you’ll note that I gave you a thumb, but only because I can’t give you the finger.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #32.7   Canthz_B bang

      Boy, the regulars who post on every note here really pile on a newbie like sharks to blood in the water.
      I think that’s reprehensible behavior!! (he says with sarcasm and a bit of glee) ROTFLMAO

      Aug 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.8   Rattus

      Well this particular newbie has a swastika for an avatar, and I don’t care if it’s a pink peace and love swastika, anyone who sports one is either combative or an idiot and deserves the most unbathed, rolled in roadkill, mangy mutt pack of dogpiles.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #32.9   Canthz_B bang


      Aug 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.10   Oh Geeeee

      Tibetan good luck charm.

      Ya know, sharks have much more difficulty sensing human blood in the water. They are meant to sense fish blood which is oil based as opposed to the water based human blood. Or something like that. Anywho, if folks are “piling on” I want in . . . or on . . . or something.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #32.11   Canthz_B bang

      Moths to a flame then. Is that a better analogy to have used in my sarcastic comment? ;-)

      Aug 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.12   Oh Geeee

      Only if you think Amoeba is going to destroy us… ;-) Hey! Maybe that’s the whole swastika thing!

      Aug 11, 2011 at 5:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.13   Canthz_B bang

      Destroying us cannot be allowed. We need a final solution to this problem.

      Aug 11, 2011 at 10:51 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #33   rusty shackelford

    I thought the contributor’s comment (“I imagine this person is quite popular with the neighbours.”) was snarky and uncalled for. If I lived in this complex, I’d be a huge fan of theirs.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   creamy

      I’m the contributor. And I’m ridiculously happy to see my photos on PAN. I think I sent it in 2007! Actually I partly agree with this comment, I’m kind of on team car too, if only because this was hilarious. The thing is, that this car space was in an inner city university suburb in Melbourne (Carlton) where parking is a nightmare, and car ownership for residents is quite low because the area is right next to the CBD, and you can’t get parking permits from local government – so a lot of people have nowhere to keep a car. In this context renting your spare space to people studying at the uni, or neighbours without any spaces is really common –and in fact lot of students who live locally can only afford the rent on their inner city apartment because they sublet their car space. So I think if the neighbours had a problem it would be because the owner was ‘wasting’ a car space – instead of renting it, or making it clear that the toy car was reserving the space for guests. The other thing is that the dust on the car made it obvious that it wasn’t getting moved around (and holding a space for occasional use). I read this sign as saying something along the lines of – “I don’t own a car, and I know I could rent this out, but I’m going to park a toy car here instead, because it’s hilarious”. So yes, some people will be fans, and others will be pissed off. I don’t own a car either, so I think this note is amusing, the neighbours on the other hand… Maybe not so much.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #34   Black Bellamy

    I don’t know who that Amoeba fellow is, but he sure seems like a real dick.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   Bubba

      Amoeba is what we refer to as a “troll”. Also, not a very intelligent or provocative one.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #34.2   Risha

      The swastika is a nice touch.

      Aug 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #34.3   creamy

      Pretty sure that anyone quoting the ‘tragedy of the commons’ is got to be closer to Jain than Nazi in the swastika department.

      Aug 13, 2011 at 1:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #35   Nahhh bang

    When I chew, I have a spot in my mouth that is over-sensitive, and it causes me discomfort.

    My dentist says it’s under a bridge.

    I suspect it’s a troll.

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #36   Jeopardy

    The Cozy Coupe is the best selling car of all time and is in the automotive-aviation museum. It earned that parking space!

    Aug 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   FeRD bang

      …There’s a whole museum dedicated to flying cars?

      Aug 12, 2011 at 1:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #36.2   Canthz_B bang

      Yes. The original Jetson 2000 is in there.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #37   A

    I have a parking space too, but no car.

    I would feel like a true dick leaving a sign like this. If I can help someone at no cost to me, I’m happy to do so.

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:15 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   B

      Are you SURE that it would be at no cost to you? Assigned parking spaces are normally included in your rent.

      Aug 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   FeRD bang

      If A is already paying/paid rent on the space regardless, then yes: letting someone else park there is helping them out at no cost to him/her.

      (P.S> I kinda wish I wasn’t too much of a narcissist to log out and leave this comment as “C”. But I am.)

      Aug 12, 2011 at 1:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   Sean

      So if you’re not sleeping in your spare bedroom, you don’t mind me coming in unannounced and sleeping there without asking you?

      Aug 22, 2011 at 9:03 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #38   Amoeba

    Why do I get the distinct impression that none of the writers of the comments aimed at me really understood what I wrote?

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Oh Geeee

      Are you suggesting it’s because you falsely assess yourself and your poor arguments based on your own inherent incompetencies?!? That Your arguments may have actually been incomprehendible? That’s unusually introspective. Well, with some training you may be able to make better arguments that others will understand. Either that or you will be better able to recognize the logical fallacies inherent within your own.
      Nice video, actually very interesting.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 6:12 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #38.2   Oh Geeee

      I meant incomprehensible… Before you say anything. Damn iPhone keypad lol :-). Maybe with training I will improve, but then, probably not.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 6:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #38.3   bookworm

      Because you write in gibberish and/or don’t have a grip on the situation yourself.

      Aug 12, 2011 at 10:07 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #39   FeRD bang

    Clicking on the extra credit link led me to this cool little bit of reciprocal promotion, which I hadn’t previously seen: PAN now has its own YouTube channel!

    Mercifully, there doesn’t appear to be any way for anyone to “comment” on it in any way, so it’s spared the usual brain-liquefying discourse that occurs in any and all YouTube comment streams. (Of course, the individual videos are not so fortunate.)

    Aug 12, 2011 at 7:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   Dani

    Totally team toy car… I lived in a duplex once and both apartments had completely separate driveways/parking spots that we each paid for in our rent. No one in my apartment had a car,but we often had friends come over that would use our spot. The people that lived above us took it upon themselves to treat our parking space as their own,telling their friends to park there,etc. without consulting us. My roommate borrowed a patio set from her parents and we put it right in the middle of our driveway and only moved it to the side when we knew someone was coming over and would need it. If the note writer pays for that spot..they should use it as they see fit!

    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #41   TKD

    You get that impression because you are self-deluded. You are not nearly as intelligent as you believe yourself to be. Unfortunately for your case, you are not the first one here to read Hardin. But your attempt to synthesize an extension to support your own argument was poorly thought out, clumsily presented and almost completely out of context with the current topic of discussion. Further, your immediate jump to personal attacks when challenged leads us to one of two conclusions. Either you do not understand your own arguments well enough to hold a logical discussion. Or, worse yet in this forum, you lack any understanding of proper public discourse. So, while it may make you feel better to assume we are incapable of understanding your superior intellect, the reality is that the issues lie (or is it lay? I never can remember) between your ears. That was evident with your first post.

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:39 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   TKD

      OOPS, this is actually in response to Amoeba in post 38. It looks like responding to a troll has caused a loss of my ability to stack a comment. I must now go to posting rehab. :-)

      Aug 13, 2011 at 12:43 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #42   dkc

    Team Toy Car all the way. If they pay for it, they can use it any way they want. No different than if they travel for their job… their apartment might be empty a lot, but it wouldn’t give someone the right to move into it just because they wanted it and it was unused at that moment.

    Aug 14, 2011 at 10:19 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #43   Juniper

    I’m on toycar’s side. I suppose it’s normal to notice that a space is regularly unused – but then you go and ASK to pay for use of the space if you want to park there.

    Aug 15, 2011 at 7:02 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #44   Ceili

    At our apartmentcomplex they have signs at the front of the parkingspaces saying RESERVED and then a sign with the licenseplate below it, any car parked in it that does not match the plate gets towed instantly, there are also people who own 2 cars that have 2 plates below it and its just 1st come first served for them, not ideal if you dont have a car and get a lot of visitors but it does make sure people don’t park there. Also all the other parking spots have a 2 hour limit on them, if you stay in it for longer then the allotted time you also get towed.

    Aug 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #45   Stephanie

    I can see this from both sides of the coin. On one hand, if other people are taking your reserved spot, that’s a pain in the ass.

    On the flip side, if you don’t own a car and there’s limited parking – don’t be a dick, rent out the space to someone who needs it. And a lot of complexes don’t allow anything but an actual vehicle in the spots – junk and old cars aren’t allowed.

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #46   beth

    Ahahaha! Is that a pack of cigarettes there beside the toy car?

    Aug 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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