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Parking Note

I found the following note on my motorcycle this morning because I was parked in a spot big enough for a medium-sized car.

Excuse you,

Having your bike
parked in a full size
spot, for a car, at a 90°
angle is ridiculous.
The space could have
been filled more
Two cars up there is a
smaller spot for bikes

Next time I am calling
the police; I've written
your liscence #.

You are so welcome!

Coincidentally, ljkrissy and I had a conversation about parking etiquette shortly before I parked my bike yesterday. I do believe it is rude to take a large spot when a smaller more appropriate one is available, but that wasn't the case when I got home yesterday. Of the four small spots I normally park in, 3 were blocked by cars and the 4th was filled with two motorcycles. So, I had the choice of parking in the available spot right in front of my house, or looking for parking on another block. Not a tough choice.

Parking in SF is ridiculous, people get way to upset and stressed out about it. Nobody is entitled to street parking more than anybody else. This person believes that owning a larger vehicle entitles them to more space, a stupid mentality that seems a little too prevalent.


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May. 19th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Police: Genericville Police Station, how can I help you?
Note person: Hi, I'd like to report an illegally parked motorcycle.
Police: Okay, what street are you on?
Note person: [whatever street you live on]
Police: And what zone is the motorcycle parked in?
Note person: Oh, the motorcycle isn't in any zone, just on the street.
Police: ...but the motorcycle is parked illegally?
Note person: Oh yes, of course. That's my spot.
Police: Your spot?
Note person: Yes. I could fit there if that motorcycle wasn't there. Here's the license plate...
Note person: Uh, hello?

Or something like that.
May. 19th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
I admit to being in the camp of "people who get way too upset and stressed out about it," but I haven't left a note on anyone's car. Yet.

And you would have been exempt from my "pull up/back up to the end of the curb" rule.
May. 19th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I will bet you $10 that the leaver of the note drives a SUV.
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May. 23rd, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Agreed. That person didn't have the sense God gave roadkill if s/he didn't consider the fact that the cars around you might hae moved since you parked.

And um...what exactly do they think the police will do? Give you a ticket for legally parking? Last I heard, there wasn't a law against *not* parking on the sidewalk.

Dec. 1st, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I agree. It's really distressing to me that bikers, motorcyclists, scooter trash, whatever term you choose to use seem to get treated as second class citizens. It's as if we somehow don't "count" as much, as when a biker gets killed by a cager. Well, he/she brought it on themselves. It's so dangerous after all! Please! Give me a break!

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