Raid in the Shade

August 1st, 2013 · 87 comments

Writes our submitter in Denver: “I parked my ’82 VW van in the closest guest spot to my home about a week ago, as I’ve been cleaning it out to sell it. Then I was sick for a few days so I didn’t leave the house. Today I found this on the windshield.”

Are you storing your car here? You can't have a prime shady spot!! Do you own or rent? Your OLD car should be parked in the center, let newer cars have the shade. But I guess its all about you. Move your car! or I'll be the one calling on you next time!

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

FILED UNDER: car · exclamation-point happy!!!! · neighbors · parking · so this is a thing?

87 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Lisa

    Is that last part supposed to be a threat? Since the note reads like it was written by an bitchy, entitled 17-year old girl, I’d have a hard time taking it seriously. Furthermore, I’d make sure to let the writer know that she (and it has to be a she, doesn’t it?) just ensured that my “old” car will be sitting in that spot until it’s either towed, or the wheels rust into the ground.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Valerie

      That’s an insult to bitchy, entitled 17 year olds everywhere. When I was an entitled, bitchy 17 year old, I was much more eliquent.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   KittenPlaysTheViolin

      You may have been eloquent, but something tells me you weren’t much of a speller. ;-) And that does not look like a girl’s handwriting, unless she has man hands.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   R.May

      no…something in my gut and life experience tells me this letter was written by a grown ass adult.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 8:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   redheadwglasses

      This is more likely a man’s handwriting than a woman’s. And I agree with R. May — an adult wrote this. A 17 yo wouldn’t care so much. They have stuff to do, dicks to suck, etc.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 11:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Tesselara

      “But I guess it’s all about you” There was absolutely no other way this person could possibly have ended this note.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Red Delicious

    What a dick. Free spaces are up for grabs? Well, too bad. You want the good spot? Get it first. Otherwise? Sucks to be you.
    Welcome to America.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   jake

    i think the note was very reasonable – a little p/a.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   KittenPlaysTheViolin

      There is nothing reasonable about that note. My car is newer so I deserve the shady spot? That’s not reason, that’s, well I don’t know what that is, but it’s certainly not reason.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   SailorDeath

      It’s self-righteous entitlement. Happens a lot with people who think they’re special.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 8:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   joy

      lets not forget the subtle ‘do you own or rent?’ question as if home owners are superior in some way.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 9:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   AF

      Plus the “it’s all about you” comment is pretty funny considering the note writer is making it all about THEM. So the message is “you have selfishly taken a parking space that I’d like, I’d like that parking space and somehow deserve it more than you”.

      The world is full of clueless, self-absorbed people.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 6:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   Kimberly

      The note writer is clearly a precious, unique snowflake that will melt if they don’t get the shady spot.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   FeatherBlade

    This note is why we should still be teaching cursive handwriting in schools.

    You can’t get a proper PA note going when your handwriting make you look like a third-grader.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Rene

      I was just griping about this the other day. They don’t teach penmanship anymore. My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Flink is rolling over in her (assumed) grave.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Poltergeist

      For all we know, this person could have sat through penmanship lessons in school. Some people have bad handwriting regardless. If they tried to write in cursive, it would just result in a note written in shitty cursive. At least it’s legible in its current form.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Jami

      Poltergeist is right. I know cursive. My handwriting is so illegible I have trouble reading it. It’s much better that I print.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   FeatherBlade

      See, the problem with penmanship is that you actually have to practice it to get good.

      Just sitting through the lessons won’t help you at all. ^_^

      Aug 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   justme

      I don’t understand why people get so worked up over cursive. The note is easy to read, and if understanding is the purpose of communication, printing did the job here. I know cursive and write it legibly but choose to print (even my legal signature is printed). I wish everyone would print, but I don’t blame schools because other people make choices that are different from my preference.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   The Elf

      As someone who also has third grader style printing, if I ever hand-write a PAN you can guarantee I’ll print it. That’s because I’d like the recipient to be able to read it. If I write in cursive, there’s good odds *I* wouldn’t be able to read it!

      This is why I type all my PANs.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 8:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.7   Jami

      Feather – all the practice in the world didn’t make me any better. Some people are just not meant to write in cursive.

      Justme – It’s because people think writing in cursive makes you look more adult and mature. It’s kind of like a writing version of a minor tiff mom and I had recently. My suitcase was damaged by West Jet recently and while they’ll repair it, she still wants me to get a new suitcase just for airline traveling. I said “If I could get it in the right shade of blue I could decorate it to look like the TARDIS.” She insisted I could not do this and when I asked why since one wants their suitcase to stick out in baggage claim she said that I “need to look like a lady, not a nerd!”

      Yeah mom, let’s see, my first crush was Mr. Spock. One of my favorite shows is Doctor Who. I know more about vampires than Buffy. And I collect comic books. Sorry, but no mere suitcase is going to make me a lady. Face it lady, you raised a nerd.

      People want you to writing in cursive so you look like an adult, not a third grader. And then there’s people like me who only use it for signing checks and such.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 10:10 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #4.8   Raichu

      Cursive is not a requisite for good penmanship. Cursive and print both can be done well or poorly.

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.9   B

      Cursive is for old women and children in school. Eight years of note-taking in college and grad school has made me have the worst handwriting in the world. You’d think all that writing would improve it, but it doesn’t. I haven’t met a PhD yet with good handwriting.

      The note is legible and easy to read. I don’t see the issue. The content is what I find appalling.

      Aug 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.10   Gladystopia

      Jami–If I could up-vote that comment a dozen times, I totally would–just for the nerdery.

      I used to have glorious cursive writing. And printing, too. Then my good buddy Mr. Carpal F Tunnel came to visit (mainly thanks to a childhood roller-skating incident, made worse by bad ergonomics in adulthood) and now, even when I pause to shake my hand awake every three or four letters….well, it ain’t pretty.

      But then there’s my husband, whose writing has ALWAYS resembled something extruded through the business end of a kazoo via a leaky hydraulic system over a distance of eleven miles. So there’s no generalization to make here, and in fact I’ve now officially bored myself.

      I’m gonna go have some ice-cream now.

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.11   Raichu

      “People want you to writing in cursive so you look like an adult, not a third grader.”

      This is probably true but I love the irony of it, because third graders are far more likely to actually use cursive than any adult.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.12   Kimberly

      Why stop at cursive? Everyone should write in calligraphy!

      Aug 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.13   JK

      @Gladystopia For using “extruded” so eloquently in a sentence, ten points to Gryffindor! Still laughing at the imagery. ;) Well done.

      Aug 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Owl

    I’m not sure I agree this sounds like a 17-year-old girl or like a “she” at all; I read it as an older man with too much time on his hands and who seems to care way too about his car (and whether or not the person owns or rents), and who spends too much time keeping tabs on other peoples’ vehicles (we have a couple of men like this in our neighborhood).

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   H for Toy

      Owl! I never knew we were neighbors!

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Madrias

    Sounds to me like someone who’s parents bought them a new car. Sink some anchors into the concrete or asphalt, then strap the axles down. It’ll stay there in the nice shady spot and never be moved.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   jdaniel

    Move your car. See who parks their car there. Paybacks are Hell, and it’s not a PA note that I would leave on their windshield.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Madrias

      I’d go for the corkscrew through the sidewall of the tire, myself. The side facing under the car. On all four tires. Five, if the spare’s accessible from outside the car.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 8:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Raichu

      How could you guarantee that the person who happened to take that spot right after you moved your car was the notewriter?

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   FeRD bang

      That’s the beauty of it, Raichu — you don’t have to! When lashing out blindly at the world around you in order to exact revenge for some perceived slight, any target’s as good as another!

      You see, it’s really more about making yourself feel like a big-shot who’s in control of his own world, not so much about meting out proportional justice to those who’ve genuinely wronged you. (Someone interested in that typically avails themself of society’s established structures for doing so, rather than taking matters into their own hands based on some rash & questionable assumptions.)

      I mean, if you think about it, this explains the last 15 years of American foreign policy, from the Iraq invasion right up to our ongoing drone-strike program. Because somebody has to pay, dammit! May not be the right person, but that’s OK as long as it’s somebody. It’s the American Way™!

      Aug 5, 2013 at 10:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Raichu

      Yeah…yep. That pretty much sums it up.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Beatus Mongous

    I can’t have a prime shady spot? Why not? Do you own the street? I mean, granted, you pay taxes on it, but that doesn’t mean you can dictate who puts what where. I’ll tell you where you can put your note.

    I hate crap like this. Someone probably usually parks their car in that “prime shady spot” and got all pissed off when they say a VW Bus there for a week. Sorry, but sometimes things just don’t go your way. Tough. Suck it up.

    Oh, and new or used, no one likes to get into a burning hot car.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   H for Toy

      I don’t get this at all. Everywhere I’ve lived that had on-street parking, we talked to the neighbors, and figured out who usually parked where, and, unless someone had a party, everyone parked in his or her own “spot.” We just met our new neighbors, and discussed with them the parking situation. Everyone has a space, and everyone’s happy. Apparently, it doesn’t work like that everywhere.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   jdaniel

      No, it does not. In Texas, we don’t like ANYBODY else parking in front of our house. Where I am living, we have double garage and space for 4 more vehicles to park in the driveway. But don’t you dare park your buggy on the street in front of my homestead… Or else you are going to become the recipient of the “Evil Eye”, or the “Fregosi Curse”.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   KittenPlaysTheViolin

      Well H for Toy, it seems that there must be a plethora of available spots in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a parking spot at all in some places. I have never in my life heard of anyone designating parking spots on the street. In a perfect world (aka your neighborhood), that’s the way it would be.

      And to you, jdaniel, of course one wouldn’t usually park in front of someone else’s house, but what if there was a party and there was no place else to park? You don’t own the street.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   H for Toy

      I didn’t really think so, but I suppose it could be called a “plethora.” There’s room for 2 cars in front of each house, unless there’s a driveway, in which case there’s one on-street spot, and 2 driveway spots. I guess I’ll see what happens when the snow comes, and we have alternate side parking. People may not be as understanding then.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   Jaylemieux

      “we don’t like ANYBODY else parking in front of our house.”

      Since when does what you like matter?

      Aug 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   Jessi

      jdaniel, I happen to be from Texas as well. My sister, who had moved out of the house, was visiting us and parked in front our neighbor’s house (the only available parking). She stayed for about 30 minutes and, when she was leaving, found a note taped to her rear-view mirror from our “lovely” neighbors saying, “Never park here again. Signed the residents of (they signed their house number)”.

      She took a picture of the tape job with her phone, ripped the note down, went next door and asked them how they got it taped to her mirror. Apparently, she locked her car, but left the window rolled down, so the old man manually unlocked her car, climbed inside and taped it there. She then proceeded to inform him that he illegally entered her car and she would be pressing charges (she didn’t actually press charges).

      Long story even longer: you don’t own the street. Get over yourself, you self-entitled jerk.

      Also, for what it’s worth, you should go ahead and learn out state motto. If you don’t know it, it’s “Friendship”.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   PrincessMoFo

      I live in Oklahoma and usually people don’t care if you park in front of their houses unless you have an asshole neighbor.. I had such a neighbor that during my reception party for my marriage he sat out on his porch with a shotgun and threatened anyone parking in front of his house.. He lived on a corner lot so he had the entire front of his house and side of his house to watch.. He was such a dick, but everyone else on my street just does not GAF if someone parks in front of their houses.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 10:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   redheadwglasses

      jdaniel, I would park in front of your house just for spite because you are a self-entitled mother fucker.


      Aug 2, 2013 at 11:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.9   Iwill FindU

      jdaniel are you nuts? people are parking on the street it’s public freaking property, they are not parking on your grass or in your driveway.
      You might need help for that OCD if you can’t handle people using public space.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.10   justme

      I have lived in Texas (in various suburban neighborhoods) my whole life, and I have never heard anyone complain that people were parked in the street in front of their house (as long as they weren’t blocking the driveway).

      @jdaniel: Even proud Texans have plenty to be embarrassed about (e.g. Rick Perry). Don’t make us sound worse than we actually are.

      Aug 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.11   The Elf

      In the case where on-street, unreserved parking is the only real option, it’s common courtesy to park in front of your house only. It’s also common courtesy to recognize that you don’t own the street and sometimes there just isn’t going to be enough parking.

      In other words, both parties need to get over themselves.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 9:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.12   Katie

      Another Texan weighing in:
      I general I feel like it’s common courtesy to park yourself and your company in front of your OWN house first, and only take up more spaces when necessary. In other words, if my neighbors have a family gathering and all their driveway and front of house spaces are taken and someone parks in front of my house? Fine. It’s only a couple times a year, anyway. Neighbor or friend chooses to park directly in front of my house then they have plenty of open places to park on their side? Inconsiderate and annoying, but nothing I’m going to seethe with rage and write a note about. Of course, I live in a quiet, shady neighborhood with plenty of places on the street to park, and large family gatherings are only ever on holidays.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 11:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.13   Christina

      As someone who lives in Boston where parking is a hot commodity, even I have NEVER heard of giving someone the evil eye because they parked in front of your fucking house. Unless of course it is winter and that was a dug out spot with a chair in it, then that person is asking for slashed tired.

      Aug 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.14   FeRD bang

      Well, yeah Christina… but that’s because Boston, like NYC and like most large cities, has far more “houses” than spots, even. And even with the relatively low rate of car ownership and Boston’s resident-permit parking rules, the ratio of cars:spots is pretty close to 1:1. You park wherever you can, sometimes not even on the same block as your home, and you still consider yourself lucky to have found a spot!

      (And woe unto the poor non-locals who don’t have resident permits, and have to hope that they can find an open space among the one or two coveted visitor spots per block… the farthest from my place (South End) that I can recall us ever having to park was 6 blocks, when I got a ride home with my Dot friends. But that was in the summer, when Boston’s a relative ghost town! …We weren’t stupid enough to even try it, in winter.)

      It’s not quite as bad once you venture beyond the inner-Boston brownstone crunch and some offstreet parking starts to crop up. But, even still, generally the homes are multi-occupancy, many don’t have enough spots “in front” to even accomodate all of the drivers who live there (forcing some to venture beyond their own “domain”), and parking is very much a grab-what-you-can-get sort of situation. It’s practically a whole different world from the single-family, large-lot, detached-home existence that leads to people getting defensive about their borders, like tiny little sovereign nations all maintaining an uneasy truce among them.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 10:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.15   Kimberly

      The only time I’ve ever minded someone parking in front of my house is 1. when I knew I had several people coming over and was going to need that space and 2. when the car parked there had the name “Sumpin’ Serious” painted on it because I didn’t want anyone to think it belonged to me.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.16   Jeanette

      I had no idea this was even something anyone every got their panties in a bunch over!

      In most places, houses have driveways or garages. If you live in the house, you park in your garage/driveway.

      Any additional cars or visitor cars will naturally prefer to park in front of the house that they are visiting.

      In high volume places like the aforementioned Boston, and in my time with a car living in Brooklyn, you parked wherever you damn well could! Maybe you were irritated that the spot in front of your house was gone when you got home, but you put on your big girl/boy pants and get over it. Sometimes those houses are really 2-3 family homes and there wasn’t enough room for everyone’s car just in front of the house.

      There’s no need for agreements when everyone would naturally prefer to park closest to where they are going to be in the first place. It’s not like anyone is going to park in front of your house just to piss you off…unless you become the jerk who breaks into cars and tapes notes to rear-view mirrors.

      Aug 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.17   Christina

      I think you missed my point, or rather, proved it. Even in a place where parking is so tight, no one is upset when someone parks in front of their house–so I am really confused as to why anyone cares in fucking Texas?

      Aug 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nectaris

    I think perhaps the issue is that it IS parked in a “guest” spot, which implies to me that not only is there some sort of organization to parking, and that a car shouldn’t be left there for days on end. Granted, they stated that they will not keep it there forever, but no one else would know that.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Dawn J

      I tend to doubt that, since the note writer seems more concerned with not being able to park in the shady spot.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Iwill FindU

      But you could be a guest staying more then a few days, which would mean you could park there. And I don’t know about most people but when I head out with my guests we try to only take one car (to save on those dead dinos) so in theory the van could sit for days on end not moving. But still totally within every right to park there because they were a guest.
      But how would the note writer know that they weren’t in fact a guest and just taking up a prime shady spot?

      Aug 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   The Elf

      It’s possible, Nectaris. It depends on the HOA (I think we can safely assume the presence of an HOA here).

      My old neighborhood HOA had “organized” parking. There were numbered reserved spots – one per house. Then there were spots marked with the name of the development. These were for homeowners but not set aside for individuals. Those were one per two houses. And then there were unmarked spots, meant as a free-for-all for everybody, homeowner or not. A quick bit of math indicates that any house with more than one vehicle (i.e. nearly everyone) found themselves in a pickle as there just wasn’t enough parking to go around.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 8:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   The Elf

      Naturally, we ran afoul of a neighborhood busybody with our parking situation. My husband’s mother had a gorgeous classic muscle car that she let him drive all the time when he was young. Since moving out of his mother’s house, that car rarely got driven. Eventually, it sat so long that it began to have mechanical problems.

      My husband went down to his mother’s place, rehabilitated it, and brought it home. We parked it in an unmarked spot, having used our reserved spot for our regular car. He loves old cars, but you just don’t drive that kind of car as a daily driver. Thankfully, he worked shifts at the time, and could easily go for a drive during the day in the middle of the week.

      And that was his undoing. Since busybody neighbor only saw the car before/after work, he thought it never moved. It wasn’t long before we got a complaint via the HOA about “storing” a “dilapidated, non-running” car in the lot. We tried to explain but the complaints kept coming and we decided it wasn’t worth the bother. So, regretfully, we drove the car back to his mother and encouraged her to sell it.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 9:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Quite Contrary

    Never mind that not one of the reasons the note writer gave for why the car shouldn’t be parked there had anything to do with why the car shouldn’t be parked there.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Quite Contrary

      Real Reason why the car should not have been parked there: it was parked in guest parking.
      Reasons provided by writer for why car should not have been parked there: prime shady spot, not an owner (a dreaded renter), it was an old car, and the dreaded selfish parker (“all about you.”)
      I vote the car gets moved when the writer gives the right reason

      Aug 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Bec

      Real Reason #2 An ’82 VW van is parked near my house and I am worried that all those insignificant people in my life, who I am desperately trying to impress with my wealth and status might think the car is mine.

      Aug 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Milhouse

    Maybe the note writer thinks he’s the shade police??

    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Hoju

      Horatio Caine moved to Denver?

      Aug 2, 2013 at 1:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   FeRD bang

      @Milhouse: I suppose it’s possible. You wouldn’t think the shade police would be throwing so much shade, though!

      Aug 5, 2013 at 10:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Rainlight

    Notes like this make me so glad we have as much space in our driveway as we do at my place. Because of a large graveled area along one side of our driveway, we have room for up to seven cars (including in the garage) with three across and two deep. And enough space to fit two cars in front of our house.

    We only have to fit four, though my car isn’t there a lot since I’m away due to work.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   shipaddict

    I submit that the owner of the VW Bus DOES deserve the shady spot. You can bet your butt that the a/c doesn’t work nearly as well in that old thing than it would in a newer car. (I mean, how well does that little metal oscillating fan hanging in the windshield *really* cool down the van?) Therefore, since it will take longer to cool it down, he TOTALLY DESERVES the shady spot.

    Not only that, I’m not sure I would want the shady spot, regardless of the age of my car. What’s causing the shade? Trees? Trees hold birds, and birds poop. On my car. No thank you. I don’t like driving around in a crusty crap car!

    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   cal

    Before all the shade trees that lined the parking lot where I work were removed by the neighboring trailer park, I used to come in early in the summer so I could get a spot in the shade…BECAUSE I have an old car. No AC is more of a reason to need to park in the shade than having a new car is.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Dawn J

    This is why I live in the country. First, we don’t have parking problems. Second, no one leaves stupid notes for fear of having their windows shot out.

    Aug 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Vivika

    I would be afraid if I was Submitter from Denver that my car would be towed. If you leave a car in a spot for longer than a week, they usually tow it. Which sucks if you are on vacation.

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Stefan

    I learned two things from this thread:
    1) There is a lot of white trash in Texas.
    2) Some of them move to Colorado.

    Aug 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Jami

    My solution would be to make an enlarged laminated copy of this note to put up as a sign. Then as an answer attach a picture of Grumpy Cat with the big “NO” on it.

    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   wonkette

    My house has room in the driveway for 5 cars, plus a 2-car garage and RV parking down the side, plus room to park 3 cars on the street in front of our house. We never park on the street, but sometimes our friends will park in front of our house. The first thing my new across-the-street neighbor said to me when I stopped by to welcome him to the neighborhood and introduce myself was, “Don’t park in front of my house and I won’t park in front of yours.” UH, OK…? I was baffled by his comment, but in the interest of starting off with a mellow hello, I let it go. Of course, his friends and his twenty-something-still-living-at-home-to-mooch-off-mom-and-dad kids’ friends park in front of our house (and every one elses’s house) all the time, especially on weekends during their frequent parties, so there is never any parking on either side of our street for other people to park. Their friends also leave garbage strewn all over the street after parties (Solo cups, beer cans, fast food containers, etc.). All of the other homeowners on our street are sick of these people. Now the idiot is installing a huge big screen TV and speaker system in his backyard around his pool so he can be loud and even more obnoxious. Ah… suburbia.

    Aug 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Jane

      You might be able to involve some legal repercussions there. Even several noise complaints could take their toll.

      Aug 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   kacky

    Nobody gives a shit about your excuses, and it doesn’t matter if your neighbor’s note is dumb. Move your hunk of junk out of the guest parking spot.

    Aug 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   wah

      For all the notewriter knew, the VW could have belonged to a guest of the submitter who was visiting for the week. Move your hunk of junk brain once in a while.

      Aug 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Alice B Goode

    Guest parking in complexes is usually ‘free for all’ parking, at least in my experience.

    Therefore, the bus shouldn’t have to move.

    Aug 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   kacky

      Any apartment I ever lived in, you could only park one vehicle, not a spare, and certainly not a vehicle that is broken. Guest spot or not, you don’t get a second for your fixup project.

      Aug 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   Grath

      Its not a fixup project– it runs. He was cleaning it out–meaning cleaning the interior of the vehicle, not delving into the engine and fixing up something that doesn’t run.

      Aug 25, 2013 at 12:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Gladystopia

    “Old” cars should get priority for shady spots, because “new” cars are more likely to have working air conditioning.

    If you can fry a hamburger patty from frozen on your dashboard before the a/c on your car can cool the atmosphere enough to stop the process, you get to park in the shade.

    (However, if you can get a good sear on the patty as well, you’ll be required to park in the driveway, next to the table with the buns and the condiments.)

    Aug 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   My name is Princess!

    Dear note writer,

    Face it girl, I’m older and I have more insurance.

    Evelyn Couch

    Aug 5, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Juniper

    Am I missing something here? The VW owner is entirely in the wrong – as it’s a guest spot. Residents shouldn’t be parking in guest spots – much less for 3 frickin’ days. I have no idea what the note writer is going on about either. He shouldn’t be parking in the guest spot either – new car or not. Ergo – they are BOTH douches.

    Aug 6, 2013 at 6:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      Yes, you are missing something. You are missing that “guest spot” may not be “not for residents spots”. In my neighborhood, they were free-for-alls. Parking policies vary, and it’s not clear what they are here. If your assumption is right, then they are both douches. If your assumption is wrong, then notewriter is an ass. I think in this case a guest spot doesn’t mean that residents can’t park there, or else the notewriter would have said it. Instead, it was all about the shade, the age of the vehicle in question, and whether the owner of the VW was a homeowner or a renter (not a guest).

      Aug 6, 2013 at 8:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Amalink

    1. I live in a HOA neighborhood but we all have double (some triple) garages with enough room for two more in the driveway. A few people park on the street and the HOA doesn’t make a big deal (about THAT) unless they are blocking the intersection of course. My neighbor knocked on my door and asked me if he could park in front of my house for a couple of hours so the roofers could use his driveway. Awesome polite!
    2. The nuns taught me cursive in 1st grade and I can’t really print well or fast. I always default to cursive even now as an adult. I think it looks nicer is all. But as long as your writing is legible who cares if it’s cursive or print? I think what would have been bad is if the note had been typed up and printed. That would have shown a lot more thought process than was particularly necessary in being a huge d-bag.

    Aug 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   Elle

    Wow, I’m kind of surprised about all these rules for who can park where (in suburbia, I mean; I understand that multi-occupancy lots would have problems). Here in Australia, it’s a first-come first-served situation and I think pretty much everybody understands that street parking belongs to whoever got there first.

    (Mind you, it does help that Australia has fairly low-density housing even in our big cities, so most people are going to have space on their block for at least one car, whether that’s their driveway, a carport, or a proper garage. But still, provided you’re not parked too close to a corner or to someone’s driveway, you can park wherever the hell you like…)

    Aug 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   vegangeekgirl bang

    Nobody parks in our spot, because we actually rent it and pay a monthly fee. There are parkingspots nearby. There are no shade whatsover and you can park there for as long as you like. Actually I seen cars with removed license plates standing there for years before they got towed or set on fire.
    But we live in the outskirts of town, downtown it’s almost impossible to find a parkingspot. Which means signs about “parking only for residents” the rest of us circle around in search for a space, they are to few of them because they want to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the overpriced bus for the good of the enviroment it doesn’t quite work out the way they want.

    Aug 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   Nope

    I can kinda see where the note writer is coming from. I used to live in an apartment complex that had the ingenious idea to put 8 close spaces for 24 units…yes 24. I lived in the corner building of a set of 3 which formed a L-shape. Some jerk in my building had 2-4 cars parked up front all day, everyday at any given time it appeared. So those of us who understand you can only drive 1 at time rarely ever got access to the “good” parking. Why? Because the geniuses in the rental office decided that there was no need for assigned parking. I complained multiple times and they basically told me tough. I’m sorry but if I’m paying $100-200 more in rent than most places in the area, I should have an assigned parking space next to my building.

    They had plenty of room to add more parking if they got rid of some of the useless grass that cluttered up the area. I saw maybe 1-3 kids there the entire time I lived there and they were rarely ever outside playing and they appeared to live on the opposite side of the parking lot at that.

    Sigh. Why don’t all apartment communities assign parking? Makes things much easier for all involved.

    Aug 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   wah

      Might I suggest — if you want an assigned parking spot, don’t move into an apartment complex that doesn’t assign parking spots. Very confused why you would choose to pay $100-200 more than most available rentals if the added cost provided no benefit. Have you forgotten that these were your own choices? Or did somebody hold a gun to your head while you signed the lease?

      Aug 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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