The storyteller appears to be in Australia.
Myself and my children went to stay with my parents in country New South Wales for the Christmas and New Year period, while my husband had to stay home for work. The day after New Years day, we had to drive 20 minutes into the closest large town to buy groceries. My father parked in the Plaza underground carpark (a plaza is what Americans would call a small mall). Because of the intense heat it is very unfavourable to park on the roof part of the carpark in this time of year. As we got out of our car a woman in a van pulled up beside up but parked in the center of two full spaces.
As it was a small carpark with only the very brave using the roof parking and being the day after New Year it was very very busy and I assumed she had just made an error in parking. I said very politely, “I’m sorry I think you accidentally took up two spaces”, and smiled at her, expecting her to apologise and move her car; instead she said to me, “I park it like that so no one scratches my car”. (It was just an average family van wagon not expensive but not old and ratty either.) I was completely astonished at this and said (maybe I was rude but truly I was so taken aback it just came out), “That’s rather a bit selfish considering the demand for spaces”, and she said “You’re not the one who has to pay for it”, and I said, “Everyone else seems to manage ok with the spaces provided”, she then gave me a dirty look and told me to “get over it” and walked with her husband and young children into the shop.
I have never encountered that level of selfish behaviour in my life! and what an example to teach her children! It would not matter if one has a Farrari or an old 82 volvo it is horrible to assume that your car is any more important to you than other cars are to their owners. I STILL cannot understand how she could have justified to herself the taking up of two spaces, forcing others to park on the roof in 42 degree heat (yes that was the temperature!). Tell me, was it ok for me to say what I did or do I get sentences to E-Hell along with this lady? I truly did not expect any sort of confrontation, I thought I was just being helpful to start with, but I was so utterly surprised at her response and was polite as I could be in the circumstances. 0110-12