R-E-S-P-E-C-T you’ll find out what it means to me

I live in a high rise where you pay a pretty penny for parking and a penny and a half if you want a reserved spot. In October I think, we decided to get a reserved spot as it was getting annoying having to drive around looking for open spots all hours of the day and our apartment is right next to the garage door. It was even more annoying when we’d go partying and have to park a few levels down to get a spot. Paying the extra for the reserved spot would be worth it as we would save ourselves the headache.

Now, when you move into the building and get your keys and the garage opener, you’re told park anywhere EXCEPT for the reserved spots. To my horror, when we came home after 11pm on Saturday night, I found a car, parked awfully in our spot. I was enraged. This isn’t just about being lazy, you blatantly have no respect for people. This also wasn’t the first time it happened to us. I took a picture of the license plate and the car sticker for the building and was hoping someone would be at concierge and it wasn’t too late.

While my husband parked the car in another spot, I went downstairs. Luckily someone was there, I gave them the info and asked them to just ask the person to move the car. I also have the opportunity to have the car towed but I know how much of an inconvenience that could be so it wasn’t an option for me. I also wrote this nice letter and placed it on their windscreen.

20130128-150001.jpgSunday morning, I go off to church around 8.35a and returned around 10.30a and the car was still there. I went inside, did breakfast, relaxed a bit and around 12 I checked and the car was still there so I went down to concierge. I told them to kindly find the person who drives that car and let them know I do not wish to have them towed but if it isn’t gone by 2pm (see I was being nice) it will be towed. Around 1pm I got a call from concierge asking if the person had moved because she couldn’t find the car but there was a miscommunication with the level I was on so I went and checked and sure enough the car was gone. I told her thanks for everything and moved my car into my spot.

There were several problems with this who scenario:

  1. the person had a sticker for the Department of Defense on their car – I’m sure you wouldn’t risk rolling into work and parking in your VP’s or anyone else’s reserved spot so why do it here?
  2. my husband was livid because it’s not like we get back money when we don’t have access to our spot when people do this (and as I said it wasn’t the first time).
  3. how could you think there would be no repercussions to you doing this?
  4. you don’t know me. You don’t know why I have this spot reserved here, you don’t know if I have health issues, you don’t know anything. You wouldn’t go and park in a handicapped reserved spot would you? In the same breath it could be said that I didn’t know what was wrong with them and if that is the case, go inside, do what you have to do and get someone to move that car because it’s not an open spot.

It’s simple – respect people and they will respect you. If we were to let people keep doing this no one would have respect for us. We’d be people you can walk over and I’m not ok with that.

I didn’t have any intention of being mean (I didn’t tow the car) I just wanted to get the point across that it would not be tolerated.

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