Bad parking is not a crime

The worst part of my commute to work is the parking garage.  I spend a lot of time backing up, straightening around, and getting out just to get back in and try again. I’m generally a benign driver — always use my blinker, don’t cut people off in traffic – but I’ve never been good at parking. So when I’m having a bad day already, like I was this morning, and the only space I can find has an SUV on one side and a concrete pillar on the other, I figure if I end up between the yellow lines and don’t hit anything, it’s close enough.


So imagine my delight when I left work at 6:30 tonight and found a note on my windshield saying that it was, in fact, close enough. To be specific, the cute little square page, written as neatly as you ever wanted to see, actually read: Next time, why don’t you park a little closer to the car next to you!

I realize bad parking is aggravating. But spewing venom on my windshield won’t make the world a better place. Although, to be fair, at least today the person provided some constructive criticism; the last time I found a note, it just said: Nice parking job, a–hole.

I can’t fault people for feeling frustrated; my parking frustrates me, too.  But if you’re going to take the time to send a message to a perfect stranger, wouldn’t you want to make something good come of it? I mean, it would have been so nice if, instead of getting spit on, I found this: You must have had a bad morning and not noticed how close you were parking to my car. I hope your day got better.

Even if you didn’t want to be nice, you could at least be creative:

– Here’s the number for my optometrist; maybe he can help you with your depth perception.

– I found a dollar when I had to climb in through the passenger side. Thanks.

 – Roses are red, garage lines are yellow, to get in through that door, I’d have to be a svelte fellow. 

But in a pinch, you can never go wrong with simple and classy:

– You parked too close, but I forgive you.


Published by kristalynn

I am Krista Tibbs, the author of ""Uncertainty Principles", "The Neurology of Angels" and "Reflections and Tails". My heart smiles at informed opinions, belief in human potential, advances in neurology, True North, clever ideas, and kittens.

2 thoughts on “Bad parking is not a crime

  1. I definitely can relate to your parking problems. But I think I’ve got one better.
    The last time I was rushed and took little notice of my parking in a parking lot.( after all, I was only going to be a few minutes shopping). I came out to a note,scribbled on an old piece of cardboard. It read “Did you know you have taken up four parking spaces?”
    Now any one can screw up two parking spaces but it takes a real skill to occupy four.

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