Over the (top) rainbow

May 27th, 2013 · 65 comments

Writes Tom in Cleveland: “In the parking garage of my apartment building, some B parked in assigned spot 144, which belonged to another B, who then covered B1′s Jeep in harshly-worded notes on multi-colored construction paper.”

DISLIKE This person parked in my spot. Inconsiderate much? I had to park 3 blocks away just so a person could park in a spot I paid for. I'm posting pics of your car info on social media. I have 20,000+ followers. Don't worry...I called management. Leopard print? Try the Jersey Shore!!!

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

FILED UNDER: blitzkrieg approach · Cleveland · parking · public shaming

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  • #1   Noel

    Would it not have been easier to simply call a tow truck?

    May 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   H for Toy

      Not as much fun.

      May 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Mike

      Sadly you can’t! Only your apartment manager can – and since it probably happened after they closed, you’re screwed.

      May 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   JN

      Depends on where you live, I think. Where I am, if you own your spot (purchased and pay property taxes on it) you can have it ticketed and towed. If your building owns it, then only the building managers can have it ticketed and towed.

      May 28, 2013 at 10:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   redheadwglasses

      Then talk to your apartment complex manager and find out what your options are after hours. Get permission to tow cars.

      May 28, 2013 at 11:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Dalamara

      Our old apartment complex had assigned spaces and the towing company was posted on the front of the gates leading into the complex. My husband had no problem calling that number and getting someone towed out of his spot.

      May 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   H for Toy

    If you parked 2 blocks away just so this person could park in your parking spot, why are you complaining that they took advantage of your generosity?

    May 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Kelly

    While I think this is 4 notes too many, I am sympathetic to the parking spot owner. I’ve lived in an apartment where parking spots where paid for, and there’s nothing worse than coming home, tired from a long day, and finding some strange car in YOUR very expensive parking spot. It’s rage inducing. Getting the car towed is a pain, and by that time, you’ve already had to park your car somewhere else. I think there is a special circle in hell for people who steal parking spots.

    May 27, 2013 at 10:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   kat

    This is why God gave us towing chains.

    May 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Jai

    I’ve had this happen many times. It really got me because I had to pay for my very own handicap spot too. Luckily I was smart enough to become friends with the tow truck driver.

    Shouldn’t the dislike one be on light blue paper?

    May 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Elf

      And a handicap spot to boot? That’s LOW.

      May 28, 2013 at 7:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   redheadwglasses

      Yeah, that’s pretty shitty. I”d tow ‘em with ZERO qualms.

      May 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   Olivia

      We had a similar issue in our building that we just moved in to. We have one car and an allocated spot. Obviously some people had two. One night I came down and every single car had four flat tyres. And no valves. There were FIVE of them. Now we always have free visitor spots, including the disabled.

      Team Note Writer, but she should have just pulled their lugs out.

      May 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Scott Hall

    Team neither. Does a 16 year old girl own this parking spot? No one cares how many followers you have or how many “dislikes” you give the owner of this spot-stealer.

    May 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   kbee

      It’s only legit if the Dislike came with a thumbs down sketch.

      May 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Matt

      Yeah, somehow I doubt that this person actually has 20,000 followers on anything

      May 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   NoAdditives

    Still not a bad as hearing some douchebag honk endlessly because someone is in his spot. I had to listen to the honking for at least 10 straight minutes before he finally have up. I’m sure it must be terrible to have someone steal your paid spot, but at our complex there was ample free parking. (So why did the person steal a paid, covered spot? I don’t know.)

    May 27, 2013 at 11:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Beatus Mongous

      Because they are lazy.

      May 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   fuzzbutt

    we used to live in an apartment. our space was right by the walkway to the next building, AND some “B” ran a daycare out of her apartment. EVERY FREAKING DAY DURING THE WEEK, my spot was taken by someone “just picking up their kid.” We finally just parked in back of their cars and left to go eat dinner.

    May 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Beatus Mongous

      Done that before.

      May 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   njaneardude

    When I was in the Marines I worked for the base telephone company. People who had residential phone service on base would drop by our office to pay their bills. On one occassion this Marine parked his Trans Am in the designated spot for our senior Master Gunnery Sergeant. You know, leathered skin, stripes down to his wrist, permanent hook in his index finger from holding a coffee cup. The Marine came out to find his car blocked by the Master Gun’s car. He then commenced to drive over the sidewalk, ripping off his air dam in the process, drive across the grass, all the while the air dam dug a trench in the grass. Yeah, Master Gun’s found out who it was (easy enough, he just paid his bill) and had him fix the grass over the weekend.

    May 28, 2013 at 1:24 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Beatus Mongous

      That’s it? Being military, one would think the dude would be subject to other forms of punishment as well.

      May 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Sailor

      Seeing as how it’s not against the UCMJ or anything to do that, I’m not sure how much more harshly he could be.punished. just because the Military is tough doesn’t mean it’s insane.

      May 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Beatus Mongous

      No, but it’s disrespectful to one’s superior in rank, and I would think he’d have to do 200 pushups or something, or clean the latrines.

      May 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   jdaniel

    If I had parked in YOUR spot, I would certainly apologize profusely. And then ask you “is this REALLY the worst thing that has happened to you thus far”? Followed by GFY.

    How’s that for both passive and aggressive?

    May 28, 2013 at 1:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Tom

      It doesn’t matter if it’s the “worst thing that has happened” to a person or not (notewriter didn’t bring it up so I don’t know why you are) – all that matters is you are effectively stealing money from a person by parking in a paid spot. That makes you a thief. Simple as that.

      May 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Nana

      It may not be the worst thing, but it may be the final straw of a terrible day.

      May 29, 2013 at 4:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   girlwithknife

    These notes aren’t even really directed at the offender. Is this like when somebody bitches loudly about something within earshot of the person they’re actually upset with, or is this different?

    May 28, 2013 at 2:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Jessi

      The site *is* called passiveaggressivenotes.com.

      May 28, 2013 at 3:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Team Neither purely because I have nothing but contempt for self-submitters.

    May 28, 2013 at 5:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   JT

      Where do you get that this was a self -submitter?

      May 28, 2013 at 6:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Tesselara

      Probably one of the 10,000 friends saw this gem and, cackling with glee, brought it to PAN. Also, 10,000 Facebook friends? I wonder how many of them friended her, and then immediately blocked her posts from their newsfeed?

      May 28, 2013 at 6:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   The Elf

      I think the word you’re looking for is Facebook “friends”. The sarcasm quotes are absolutely essential.

      May 28, 2013 at 8:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   Tesselara

      Yes! Dammit, I was going to put them in anyway, and forgot.

      May 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   D

    Happened to me once. I took one of those neon “THIS CAR IS ILLEGALLY PARKED” stickers and affixed it on the windshield. With super glue.

    May 28, 2013 at 6:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   redheadwglasses

    I’m from a college town (Iowa City). If you’re parking for free, something is very wrong. This is why I never, ever park in someone else’s designated spot, even for “Just a minute.” Where I’m from, free parking = you will be towed.

    May 28, 2013 at 7:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Karla

    Someone parked in my spot once and I had them towed. They then left a very nasty, threatening, profanity-laced note on my car. My modus operandi from that point on was to leave a note that said “You parked in my spot. Please don’t do it again. Thanks.” That did the trick.

    May 28, 2013 at 7:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   redheadwglasses

      Someone who’ll park in your designated spot won’t care that you left them a note. I think that was just coincidence that it worked for you.

      May 28, 2013 at 8:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   The Elf

      Unless they aren’t the type to do that and they truly didn’t realize the spot was reserved. It depends on how parking is done in that particular area.

      I’ve also noticed that those who live where parking is unregulated don’t understand reserved parking in residential areas. They may see the “reserved” marking and correect themselves, but first instinct is just to park wherever that’s close to the residence. The entire time I lived in the townhouse, I heard complaints from the relatives – all of whom live where parking isn’t regulated – about passing perfectly good parking spaces to park in the remote visitor parking. Every. Time.

      Mind, I’m not fond of the PAN technique of parking enforcement, but if it worked…..

      May 28, 2013 at 9:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   redheadwglasses

    Here in the Twin Cities, reserves spots specifically say that they are reserved and that unauthorized vehicles will be towed. If someone’s going to see that signage and claim ignorance, they are too stupid to be on the road driving a 2,000+ pound vehicle.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Brian H

    They always have the same lame excuse “I was just going to be a few minutes.” If it’s not your spot then it’s not your spot end of story.

    May 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Snowflame

    I can’t help but wonder, after they walked back the two blocks, do you think they walked all the way upstairs and back to get the construction paper? Or do you think they had it on them.
    In some ways I kinda admire the stubborn committment to the passive aggressive. But it would please me greatly if ‘management’ towed the car and fined the note leaver for littering.

    May 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   GhostWriter bang

    I scoured the web for a list of Cleveland natives who might possibly be involved in this catfight, and the dream fight card I came up with is Debra Winger versus Ann Heche.

    May 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Cole

    Here is what I did in the same situation in the parking garage of my high rise condo in Florida:

    a) Drive to Harbor Freight Tools (Search “Harbor Freight Tools” on Google, they have locations everywhere)

    b) Purchase “Floor Jack with Rapid Pump”

    c) Purchase two times “2 Piece 1500 Lb. Capacity Vehicle Wheel Dollies” (for a total of four (4) dollies)

    [Yeah, that will set you back about $190, but you'll keep that stuff for the next time, so the more it happens the cheaper each instance becomes - and it is so worth it]

    d) Put the offending vehicle on the dollies under use of the floor jack

    e) Roll that offending vehicle into a spot where it can not easily [or even better "not at all"] moved by regular vehicle operation (i.e. driving and steering) – e.g. front/back of the car straight between two pillars with only an inch of space on each side, in a 45 degree angle into a 90 degree corner with basically *no* space between the wall and the bumper etc.

    f) Remove dollies and your jack

    g) Hilarity ensues when the owner of the offending vehicle comes back and must call a towing company to get the car out (because the owner can’t get it out by him-/herself).

    Lesson given: Oh, you thought parking in my spot was convenient and free – well, think again.

    Note: Don’t do this on an incline, because once that thing rolls, it rolls…

    May 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Beatus Mongous

      You can probably do the same thing with a group of big friends and a case of beer, which costs less. Of course, certain cars can be a bit heavy.

      May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Olivia

      Like I said, just pull their tyre valves out. Once they’ve had their cars towed, they won’t do it again. It’s a lot cheaper.

      May 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   H for Toy

      You can get yourself in trouble, destroying property, but, as long as you don’t break into the car to move it out of your way, I think you’re ok.

      May 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   Olivia

      no cameras, no people, no problem

      May 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.5   redheadwglasses

      In high school, I always locked my car when I had to leave it at the school all day on a weekend (when we would be gone all day for a softball tournament). Susie and Missy didn’t see the need. So one night we got back to the school late, and Missy’s car (Mustang II series) was resting on top of Susie’s station wagon hood (perpendicular to Susie’s car). Another night, Susie’s wagon had been pushed quite a ways from the parking lot and down onto the football field. It took us a while to figure out where her car was in the dark.

      My good ol’ 1976 Nova was save in the back parking lot, locked, and too far away for them to push anywhere interesting.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.6   kbee

      That’s a hell of a lot of effort, Cole, but I would kill to see the car’s owner come back and scratch his/her head at the move. Awesome.

      May 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   LI

    While serving on a strata council, I received death threats (scrawled on my mailbox) after calling a tow truck to have a car removed from a parking spot. The car owners showed up just as the tow truck arrived. Fun times!

    May 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   redheadwglasses

      My friend called a tow truck on a car parked in a “no parking zone” (clearly labeled) in the alley behind his business. Her car was there for several hours before he gave up and had it towed.

      At the end of the day, she came into his store and wanted to know where her car was. She was livid that he’d had it towed. As he told her, “If you’re parking for free downtown, something is wrong.”

      May 29, 2013 at 11:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Nunavut Guy

    Now I’ve never done this but wouldn’t stealing their license plates just wreak royal havoc?

    Just a thought.

    May 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Beatus Mongous

      Yes, and it’s illegal. It’s not very fun if you’re caught.

      Also, they probably wouldn’t notice right away, and perhaps not until they were either cited or when they tried to place the renewal stickers. I doubt they’d make the connection at that point.

      May 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   Nunavut Guy

      That’s the whole passive aggressive point.

      May 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   laura wolf

    any of you ever call for service people? many complexes have no visitor parking or a difficult to decode marking system for parking. i try to comply with parking rules but i have only so much time in my day. i recently got a cranky note for parking in someone’s spot – i was in their spot because i was one number off from where i meant to be but geez, the whole rest of the lot was empty.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Jessi

      I don’t know where you live, but almost every complex I’ve lived in and/or visited in both Texas and Oregon clearly marked the spaces people paid for. The ones that didn’t, it was kind of easy to figure out (covered spaces are obviously paid for spaces).

      That being said, if someone pays for a spot, it is theirs, not yours. If one of my neighbors had guests who just decided to start parking in my driveway without asking, I’d be pretty ticked.

      The rest of the lot was empty? Then park somewhere else.

      May 29, 2013 at 2:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   The Elf

      When I had a reserved space, I generally gave service vehicles a pass. You know that vehicles isn’t going to be there all night. It’s just there while the driver delivers something, fixes something, or installs something. A regular vehicle – who knows?

      May 29, 2013 at 7:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.3   redheadwglasses

      I’ve parked in numerous different apartment complex parking lots in my adult, driving life (I didn’t live in any of them), and was always able to easily figure out where to park.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.4   GojuSuzi

      You’d think that, but my car is currently off down the street because someone in the next street drives a service vehicle and brings it home, but parks it out front of me instead of wasting his own space. So I get home from late shift and have to leave my car down by visitor overflow parking because dickface’s service vehicle is going to be there all night. It’s not paid, so I can’t do much, but the fact that he knows what the system is, knows that each house gets one spot and there’s overflow for any additional or visitors, and yet chooses to park in my space…he’s intentionally arsey.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.5   The Elf

      Clearly, the exception would be for the service vehicle that’s parked there every single damn night. No one’s plumbing is that bad. I’m talking about the occassional service vehicle.

      May 30, 2013 at 8:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   AMoparGirl

    I parked in a “red” permit lot once when they expanded our quantity of permits. I parked WAY in the back as it was new & I prefer that. I come out to find a note stating I was parked in a supervisor’s spot & threatening to have me towed, yada, yada, yada. So, this bitch actually had a problem with me possibly giving a closer spot to someone else, whatever position they held. The next day I parked the row directly IN FRONT of the spot the day before, that was supposedly NOT for supervosors & left my own note cause she seemed like they type that would laugh seeing it thinking someone else gave me hell. It told her where to go & to get over herself cause she’s not as imporant as she thinks she is, no matter what her job title is. And I reminded her SHE cannot have anyone towed. Only security can after about 6 violations, that are only written up by the grounds police.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Tom

      Sounds like you needed to be an exception to the rule.

      All hands for towing on the first violation…

      May 29, 2013 at 10:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   The Elf

      Hey, don’t you know? She’s a special unique snowflake – the rules don’t apply.

      May 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   Poltergeist

      And you aren’t so important to think the rules shouldn’t apply to you. I bet the spot was clearly labeled too. You should have just admitted your mistake and moved on instead of acting like a bitch, bitch.

      Jun 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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