How To Deal With An Arsehole Parker

You finally find a spot in a packed car park and somebody's parked over the line so you can't fit. Or you've been waiting for someone to leave and somebody pulls in to steal your claimed space. There are plenty of ways to be an arsehole parker in this world, but few good ways to deal with them. Here's the best way to handle the situation.

Before You Do Anything, Calm Down

First things first, calm down and think about the situation rationally. You didn't get a parking spot. The world did not just end. When you're desperately hoping to get out of your car it can feel like you were robbed of a space you so rightfully deserve, but you don't. It's a parking spot, not your life. Sometimes it's best to just let it go.

Why? Because you don't know why another person supposedly "parked like an arsehole". Sometimes, when you're waiting for a spot and they're coming from the other direction they won't see you waiting, so they pull in excitedly. In this situation you can politely ask them to move, as you were waiting for the spot, or you could just move on with your life. It isn't that important.

By the same token, some people park over the line because the person next to them parked over the line. You don't always know what happened and why, even if it seems like the person was simply a sloppy parker. If you can assume the worst of people, you can take a moment to assume the best as well.

With that said, if you've surveyed the situation rationally and you feel you've got an arsehole parker on your hands, you have a few other reasonable options.

Creatively Inform The Parker Of Their Infraction

If you feel it's necessary to confront an arsehole parker, it's important to remember one thing: you're potentially entering a confrontation with an irrational person. There are several ways that could end poorly, the worst of which is violence. It's unlikely you'll convince an arsehole parker to change their ways in a single encounter, so your ideal goal should be to supply them with a message so they understand what they did wrong.

One of the best ways to do that is to leave them a message that both explains what they did wrong and is a little cathartic for you. Writing these messages take time and effort, so we recommend using a clever web site called You Park Like An Assshole (more info here). This site provides you with a printable ticket that you can quickly fill out and leave on someone's windshield. It lets them know precisely what they did wrong when parking and encourages them to visit youparklikeanasshole.com to learn more about how they can do better next time. You get catharsis, and they'll either be annoyed or (just possibly) consider that their parking habits can be frustrating to other people.

This post was illustrated by me. We're giving Dana a break this week.


Comments

    I find most of these people are used to bulying people around and don't expect them to say anything, so they are often surprised simply by me getting out of my car and asking them politely...what are you doing?

    Alternatively, I just say to them nice car, would be a shame for anyone to scratch it. Then I stand by it as they leave. I don't do anything but the paranoia is enough to ruin their day.

      That is a bad attitude mate. It might get your hurt one day.

      I knew of someone who did the same thing you did, except the person who they said it to got back in their car, and followed him around, all the way back to his house (where the police were waiting).

      a few days after the incident, the guy's car (which was parked in his house) had the tires slashed, and windows broken.

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          Maybe you so read my comment again?

          That story happened to a friend of mine. I dont even know who did it to him.

        That is nuts that he did that after meeting the police. You would think that would help your friend go after him in court.

          Aparently the guy drove off after seeing the police at my mates house.

          he was driving a blue Ford UTE - that is all we know. Cops didnt get any info, no cameras, no fingerprints, no witnesses :(

          car was insured though, so all damaged repaired.

          my mate doesnt really confront people these days anymore.

      ^ Very true.

      I'm not a violent person, and no my car is not an extension of my penis, but I am proud of my car. If anyone ever threatened to scratch it, it would be like something from the UFC for sure.

      But then again, I wouldn't park my car like a dick.

      hate to break it to you mate, but you're not ruining anyone's day.

      I'd simply laugh at you and if I got back and my car was scratched, I'd simpyl send the video footage (front, back and sides) that my dashcams recorded and send you the bill.

    punch him in the face!!!

    Where I took my kids to swimming lessons on a Sunday morning the car park was tight. Not just the spaces, but the car park in general. Very congested.
    There was one particular black 4wd that, every week, use to park a third up on the curb and the rest on the driving area.
    Cars would back up trying to get around it. Cars would have to do three point turns to turn a corner. All because they were too lazy to find a park or to park on the street.
    I got the shits up that I left a note on his windscreen saying:
    "Your inconsiderate actions, week after week, causes an obstruction to other drivers. Find a park like everyone else."
    They never parked there again.

    I had someone do this to me recently when I was with friends trying to park at the shopping center. They were very shocked when I got out of the car and spoke to the offending person.

    The offenders defence was: "your indicator isn't on".
    To which I pointed out the indicator still flashing on the car. The person subsequently moved their vehicle and I took not of their rego incase they decided to key my friends car.

    My inconsiderate neighbours keep blocking the small footpath / parking close to my driveway. A found a small anonymous note fixed that. Point is not to be unreasonable about it.

    I find those 'you park like an arsehole' things a little aggressive and I think it would just stirr the other driver up....

    If someone is parked over the line, and I am by myself, then I reverse park into the spot as close to the offending car as possible. This leaves me with plenty of room to get out on my drivers side, and no room at all for the moron to get back into their car on the other side.

      Gee you must love your car being keyed! Doing that is asking for trouble. I've known ppl to key cars for the stupidest things I just don't get it. Be considerate to some degree there's no point getting hung up on it

    Arsehole Parkers are just another form of bully ... they expect that you won't do anything to them if they can intimidate you enough ... but here's a solution, tho it requires you to stoop down to their level of decency (which again the bully thinks you'll never do either) ...
    At an appropriate time, approach offender's car, bend down and start "tying your shoelace", then take an avid but subtle interest in that wiggly-thing hanging from the tyre rim .. and the rest is history.

    There's always this: http://xkcd.com/562/

    There is a woman at my apartment block that always used to park in the disabled spots just because she had a disabled veterans parking sticker. She drove a hotted up sports car and obviously was far from disabled. I left a note on her windscreen one time basically shaming her for her actions and suggested she simply walk the extra 30m like the rest of us.. she never parked there since. Personally, i like the smarter or cockier but safer ways of approaching the situation. Doing anything to piss the offender off can just start a dumb and dangerous situation.

      Hey Trevor ..... Being a Disabled Veteran does not preclude a person from owning and driving a "sports" car. Who are you to make judgement on a Veteran's disabilities?? How about hassling the selfish, narcissistic parent's with children parkers ... . Give yourself an uppercut Trev.

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