I needed to go shopping to get some last minute gifts. I had recently had to pay £300.00 (roughly $500.00) to fix my car as it had been vandalised. Because of this, I was hoping to get some cheap Christmas deals on the present that I was buying because money was tight.
I drove to my local shopping mall and saw a woman packing her shopping into the boot of her car so I indicated and waited until she left, so that I could park there. While I was waiting, a man in his car stopped at the end of the row of spaces, blocking the whole entrance to the car park. Needless to say, people behind him were very irate at the fact he was holding them up and started beeping their horn and shouting profanities at him.
Being young and naive, I had no idea why he had stopped so I just waited for the space. When the woman reversed out of the space, she blocked his entry into the aisle so that I could park, as I was waiting and indicating my intention to park before that man had stopped. It was not until this point that I realised his intention was to pull into the space before I could (I’d been waiting a good 5 minutes at this point), but he was unable to because of the woman’s positioning.
I pulled into the space and was messing around in my handbag to get my phone (I was meeting a friend and wanted to call her to let her know I had arrived), when I notice a car has pulled up behind mine, blocking me it. I got out of the car to see what was happening and see that it is the man’s car. (Now I feel it is appropriate to let you know that I am a nineteen year old girl and the man in the car looked mid forties and was solid muscle). He started yelling profanities at me, saying that I had stole his space and I had better get out “or else”. Even though I am a young girl, I do not appreciate people cursing at me so I simply said to him, “I’m sorry but I was waiting for the space first, indicating my intentions, so you will have to find another space.” At this point he started shouting again and unlocked his door to get out of his vehicle, because of his threats before, I just walked off because I did not know what his intention was or whether he was carrying a weapon.
I meet my friend and explain the story to her and said that I wanted to check up on my car because I guessed he would have done something to it, but didn’t want to see him again so wanted to wait. (My theory being that a car is easier to fix than my body). When I got back to my car, I saw that every single panel of my car had been keyed, all damage had been done hard enough to bend the metal of the panels.
Now I know that this may not be an etiquette faux pas but I do not know whether or not I was in the wrong for doing what I did. Should I have moved my car when he asked? Or did I do the right thing by sticking up for myself? 061-14