From time to time, we have read parking space stories on E-hell. I believe the most recent was about a man that threatened a woman and her children as well as taking a swing at her and smashing her window, all because he felt she took a spot he was waiting for. I have one or two parking space incidents in my 39 years, but what happened in my town last week really speaks volumes about how aggressive some people can be. Some of you may have heard of this because it hit the national media and the young lady who was the victim was on one of national morning talk shows this week.
From the reports and newspapers, a teenaged female was standing in a parking space, saving it for her brother or a pregnant relative, depending on which account you read. (The newspapers say her brother, she said on the morning show a pregnant relative). Another customer of the store sees the space attempts to pull in. When she sees the girls standing there, the vehicle stops, then suddenly accelerates forward, striking the girl. The woman driving the vehicle was arrested and charged with reckless conduct.
I know that we will have varying opinions on the matter, so I just want to add my own. I don’t agree with the idea of people standing in a parking space to “save” it. It’s dangerous and a terrible idea, as proven by this story. Moreover, her brother or the pregnant relative (whoever she was “saving” the space for), asked/told her to “jump out and stand in that space for me”. I understand that most customers want to park as close to the store as possible, particularly during the holidays when their carts will be full of gifts and groceries and if you are pregnant, but it is so not worth getting hurt over. This girl was lucky she was not more seriously injured. I think the other customer should have just found another space but I think this shows just how aggressive people are over parking spaces.
Just to be clear, I do not think the victim deserved to be hit. I just don’t understand why anyone would put their teenaged relative in a dangerous position over a parking space. I have two teenage boys; my 19 year old is 6″5 and built like a linebacker but I would never ask him to stand in a parking space to save it for it for me. Most of the time, I try to park a little further back to avoid parking space drama. The exercise will not hurt me and I don’t have to deal with people who have parking space rage.
The lady who hit the teen with the car in this story was a member of the Bartow County School Board in Cartersville, GA. She resigned her position, effective today. The resignation was posted online. Below is a link to the resignation that was posted on Facebook.
When it went national on the morning news programs, she decided to resign. Another life in a mess due to agressive, over the top behavior. 01-3-13