A strange chain of events took place today and in the end, I'm not sure what I could have done differently.
I pulled into an empty parking spot at the grocery store and at the last minute saw that there was a mini-shopping cart at the front end of the spot. There was somebody behind me so I didn't stop mid-way to move the cart . . . I figured I could get reeeeally close without hanging out the back end of the spot.
I stopped and thought "A liiiiitle bit closer
" and pulled forward maybe another inch. Sure enough I lightly tapped the shopping cart.
Just enough to set it in motion.
I watched the cart turn. I thought "Okay, it's just going to touch the car that's parked in front of me and stop. No biggie."
But nooooo. Little Shopping Cart had a mind of it's own. LSC somehow magically navigated it's way between my car and the car in front of me and kept rolling, of course picking up momentum, and sure enough smacked into the car that was next to the car in front of me. LSC hit the other car right in front of the passenger's side front tire.
Sigh. While I was searching for a pen and paper to leave a note in case there was any damage, I looked up and saw the car that was hit by LSC pulling out of the spot! Yes, the driver was in the car when it was hit by the errant LSC and simply pulled out.
I started to get out of my car so that I could maybe flag them down and apologize, but before I was able to do so, they pulled away . . . Meanwhile, I watched in horror as LSC merrily made it's way down hill through the now vacant parking spot (picking up more momentum) and sure enough, really smacked the car that was next in line.
Pen and paper in hand, I went to inspect the damage and leave my note of apology.
This is where the very odd part comes in:
I was about 2 feet away from the cart when a woman darts around the back end of the first parked car and says:
Woman: Did you see that? I hate it when people don't put their carts away! Now look at my car! (She grabbed the LSC and angrily stomped it to the cart return area . . . I looked and there was a bit of a ding.)
Me (when she returned): I'm sorry, but you're mistaken. That cart hitting your car was my fault . . . I'd like to (was going to say offer restitution, but was interrupted)
Woman: Your fault? How could it be your fault? I saw what they did! They drove out of here so fast! and I know they knew what they did! (She continued to rant while she put her groceries in her car . . . I tried to gently get a word in edge-wise to no avail)
Me: Excuse me . . . Ma'am . . . I'm sorry to interrupt . . . Ma'am . . . (After a few attempts, I just let her rant.)
Woman (after she put her car away): I wish I got their license plate number. If I ever see that car again I'll ram a cart into their car so hard . . .
Me (last ditch effort, firmly said): The cart that hit your car was my fault. Let me explain . . .
Woman: YOU DO-GOODERS! Trying to save the world. You're really not helping them!
She got in her car and slammed the door.
I walked away shaking my head wondering what on earth just happened.
Should I have done anything differently?(other than not pulling up closer for that last inch ) Yeah. I won't try that again.
How would you have handled this situation?
(edited to add a word)