I had a special snowflake today - the parkingspothogges
at the rec center there was a mostly empty lot in front of the gym/weight lifting/pool wing - and a mostly packed lot in front of the soccer field wing
A guy in a little convertable parks in the soccer lot, notices that people start to park next to him then change directions - he gets out, discovers he's about 4-5" inches at an angle over the line (the rear of his car was over the line which prevented anyone from using that parking spot) - then he walks over to the gym wing
if he wanted empty spaces by his car there was plenty of room in the other lot - where he went; but taking 2 spaces in front of the soccer wing - when there aren't that many open spaces ...
I usually can fit my car into a space that someone has deliberately over-flowed into and I often do. It's worth it to watch them squeeze back into their badly parked car and inch out.
I've done that too. I did it so well at the Y over the summer that two of the staff took pictures and showed them off at a party later that evening.
My cousin thinks this is a reall funny thing to do. She has a beat up small hatchback and will park super close to a "space-hog" then crawl out the back.
Not sure if Cousin is an SS for this, but she loves to do it.
While I understand the temptation (and people who insist on parking waaaay over the line to prevent someone from possibly dinging their car, or taking up four --yes four--space for the same reason rankle my last nerve) I have twice been the victim of such a prank and both times it was something that was not under my control.
First time: I was at a funeral. I took a spot that was empty on both sides for several spaces. After the funeral, I discovered that people had parked up tight and close on both sides of my car...and the same people were going to the reception with others. There was NO WAY for me to get into my car. Both folks had plenty of room to park, but because there were larger vehicles on either side of THEM (that weren't there when I parked) they were apparently afraid the bigger cars would ding them...so they penned me in instead. Nice. Fortunately, a friend offered to give me a lift to the reception and both spot hoggers were gone when we got back. But, seriously, who does that?
Second time: I am parking at the radiologist's office. It is a big lot, but the medical offices are all open and ready for business by eight a.m. It is CROWDED. I finally find a spot next to a BIG car. I pull in as close to it as I can, but it is over the line, so I am not over the line on the driver's side, but I AM close to it. When I come back, the people who were parked on either sides of me are gone...but one new driver (who had plenty of room on the driver's side as there was nothing but the driving path there, plus a lot of space) chose to park so close to me that I couldn't get the door open. I had to slide in through the passenger side and struggle for twenty minutes because I am not particularly lithe or flexible.
Both times I am sure the drivers congratulated themselves on hemming me in...and both times it was not something I had control over.
So I really don't recommend this game, no matter how chapped your hide is about it. You might be hemming in someone who was forced to park where they did because of someone else's thoughtlessness.