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Why do some drivers insist on parking so close to the driver's side of my car?  I'm always careful to get exactly in the middle of the white lines in a parking space, yet there's invariably some idiot who thinks I only need to open my door 6 inches in order to get in and out of my car, and will proceed to get as close to the left-hand line of their bay as possible.  Talk about selfish parking.  Is it so difficult to park in the middle of the bay and not right up next to another car?

Normally this sort of thing wouldn't bother me too much, after all it's their paintwork that's likely to suffer when I open my door.  Tesco car park But I'm heavily pregnant and it's actually a struggle getting in and out of my car with the bump if I can't open the door wide enough.  I'm too bothered about dirty looks to use a parent and child space, so instead I hung a 'Mother to Be on Board' sticker on the driver's side back window in the hope that people MAY be more considerate when parking next to me.

No such luck.  In fact, it's almost the opposite; they seem to do it more and more now just out of ignorance or spite.  Some people have no consideration at all for others when they park their cars.

I'm this close to saying 'hang it all' and using the parent and child parking spaces, if only so my baby won't be born squashed and with the imprint of a door handle on its belly!

By: Mallory


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Little Britain

Little Britain

One major problem is that British parking bays are not wide enough, especially for 4x4s. We no longer drive around in Ford Populars or Hillman Minxes.
Little Britain
2nd Nov 16 18:26

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MR.NICE CAR

MR.NICE CAR

I guess my gripe was to close to home. I guess I should have wrote a nice gripe but isn't that a oxy moron??? I've never hear of a nice gripe...oh well I'll just go to another website and gripe...some where they really post real gripes. Thanks for nothing
MR.NICE CAR
16th May 16 17:39

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MR.Nice Car

MR.Nice Car

I'm not talking parking spaces that are small, I'm talking about parking a half a mile from the door and anyone else. My wife makes me drop her off at the door of what ever business it is because she knows I park far away so some dumb asshole don't park to close, hit or ding my car BUT GUESS WHAT...That asshole still seems to find my car and park 6 inches away, especially a little d#@K... big truck, driver. For me a quick tempered person its hard not to wait for the asshole and give them a piece of my mind or fist which ever comes first. So snuff dippin, tight pant, checkered shirt , boot wearing asshole beware..it wont be nice the next time
MR.Nice Car
16th May 16 17:16

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chill

chill

mmm some people do seem really jealous of people with nice cars ,i know a few people with old bangers (sloppy people dont care about how messy their own car is and usually how they look either) but if you have a nice car why would you park like a di-k ?your asking for trouble!
chill
30th Apr 13 14:35

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Treehugger

Treehugger

So what is this superbly engineered snazzy motor you've got if you don't mind me asking?
Treehugger
12th Apr 12 13:19

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Jethro

Jethro

Kalamaty Oliver, Judging by your hate filled little life and post, I suspect someone has just done to your " superly engineered snazzy motor" as I predicted ( which I also suspect is owned by a finance company, which you are having trouble meeting the payments with). Also, if I were to be driving a "beat up pile of rusty crap", It will be mine and payed for from your taxes, if you have a job!!! Have a nice day.
Jethro
12th Apr 12 09:44

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Kalamaty Olive

Kalamaty Olive

Jethro, you're a LOSER, jealous, petty and sad. You will never know the feeling of driving a superbly engineered snazzy motor and you are so aware of this fact you resent those that do. Asshole. have fun in your beat up pile of rusty crap, you deserve it.
Kalamaty Olive
12th Apr 12 04:37

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turbo geezer

turbo geezer

spaces are to small, I have a decent motor car why should careless idiot wreck it? if poss take 2 spaces (as long as you don t have to pay)
turbo geezer
1st Apr 12 18:26

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Alf Red

Alf Red

ajp - I don't know how you have the nerve to vandalise someone else's car like that........I wish I did...Nice one.
Alf Red
7th May 11 13:13

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jethro

jethro

Some people who buy their new cars take up two whole spaces in the car park thinking that nobody will get near them, to all those that belive this, think again, you are only making your car a target for other drivers who take a dim view of this practice. You are most lightly to find your car with a scratch or dent when you return. There are loads of angry people about these days. P.S. Supermarket cctv cameras are not good enough to pick up every thing.
jethro
20th Apr 11 12:55

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ajp

ajp

If I cannot get into my car (which is the tiniest car on the planet - a Smart) because some idiot has parked too close - they end up with the need for a respray - keyed! Learn to park or pay the price.
ajp
14th Apr 11 23:13

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On Shekel Grubbers

On Shekel Grubbers

Parking spaces in UK parking lots and multi-storey car parks are far too tiny. In the USA they are much bigger, and usually free when you visit the shopping malls. UK car parks are run by greedy money grubbers, maximising profits but minimising customer service and experience.
On Shekel Grubbers
25th Feb 11 17:56

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dundonian

dundonian

Don't park next to bangers that are beat up and rusty. The owner doesn't care about the state of his car so wont give a toss about hitting yours on pulling out, or opening doors. Try and park next to newer well kepts ones. The owners will be more careful to avoid damaging their car so will be more weary to not chip their paintwork opening their doors or dent their bodywork when pulling away. But usually avoiding the more crowded areas of carparks (esp supermarkets) is a safer bet and less likely to cause damage.
dundonian
25th Feb 11 16:49

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ajp

ajp

I hate parent and child parking bays - it seems to tell some people with children that they have some supreme right to extra space so that if they can't find one of these spaces they use the disabled bays (which supermarkets have a legal obligation to provide, not so parent/child parking).
ajp
31st Oct 10 14:30

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Westonbabe

Westonbabe

I needed to park the other week and the only space left in a small car park was partly taken up by a car which was parked 2ft into the empty bay, leaving half a bay on the other side of it, so I parked anyway - I folded in my nearside mirror and parked about 6" from the drivers side of this badly parked car. When I came back, the driver of the other car was livid, she hadn't been able to get in her door, but as I pointed out, I was parked wholly within my bay. On a similar subject, why is it that even though disabled bays are much larger and have hatched areas in between, some of the drivers that use them cannot even manage to park properly in them? I have seen cars in these bays that were parked at a ridiculous angle and others that were parked into the hatched area that's there to allow doors to open wide. The same goes to a certain extent in Parents and children bays.
Westonbabe
4th Sep 10 17:41

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