"What do you all think? I'm tempted to hand the author the Special Snowflake of the Year award."
I don't think the author deserves to be called a Special Snowflake over this. It's the conclusion that saves it, in my regard. She puts forth a plaintive request that parents put some thought into how snacks like this might affect their kids. She didn't demand and she didn't insist that people not bring the snacks, just that they try to be more careful about spilling them. That's a reasonable thing to write an article about, especially because parents should already be vigilant about what essentially qualifies as littering and should make at least a reasonable effort to cut down on it. Accidents happen, but it's still food for thought (har har).
I will note that the original title of the article was "Please Don't Bring Snacks to the Playground" but the article itself didn't say that and the title has since been changed by the editorial staff, so again I won't the author to blame for a title that didn't accurately reflect the article content.
"Every single week this SUV parks in the same spot... right *next* to the parking spots, but not in one. Basically, she likes to make her own parking space that is the closest to the building. At first glance it *looks* as though she's in a parking space because she's lined up with them, but she's not, she's parked in the roadway."
Given that first glance error, it's possible that the driver doesn't realize that the spot isn't a real space, so I'd give a pass until someone in authority can inform her. If she continues after that I'll definitely agree.