A man had headed out in his car and was driving towards his local supermarket, ready to do some grocery shopping. Nothing had suggested to the man that this would be anything different from a typical grocery trip, but a parking conundrum would soon ensure that this trip would be anything but typical.
Upon arriving at the supermarket, the man was surprised to notice a car that was parked in the fire lane, right beneath a sign that clearly stated ‘Fire Lane – No Parking’.
The man was frustrated to see that someone had so clearly disrespected the rules of the road, especially considering the inconvenience it could cause to emergency services. He decided to capture the scene by posting a picture of it on social media, adding a caption that read, “Reading is hard.”
Posting On Socials
The picture of the illegal parking job was shared with the man’s followers. The photo only showed the back of the car, its license plate, and the sign, yet this was enough to spark an unexpected chain of events.
An Infamous Car
The first responses that the man received on his social media indicated that this was not an uncommon occurrence. Several of the man’s friends messaged him laughing because apparently, this car was frequently found in this illegal spot.
An Unexpected Message
About an hour later, the man had finished his shopping when he received an unexpected message on social media. “It was from the husband of the driver – I couldn’t believe it”, he explained. “She explained that the man was a firefighter and he was waiting on her to get out of work”.
A Request to Delete
The man was shocked by this revelation. “There was no way I could have known this was a firefighter’s car, as it was just a standard Hyundai”, he explained. “She asked me to delete it because she did not want her license plate number posted online.
A Plea on Facebook Messenger
The situation escalated when the woman found the man on a separate social media platform. Once again, he received a request, asking him to remove the post.
Ignoring the Messages
Despite the pleas, the man decided not to respond to any of these messages. He didn’t want to get involved and was suspicious that the woman was making these claims just to get away with the illegal parking job.
The man never deleted the social media post, and reflecting on this choice, he began to feel guilty. The woman had asked him to delete the post in a relatively courteous manner, and she had gone to the effort of asking him on two separate social media platforms, suggesting its importance.
However, the man also felt that regardless of whether the driver truly was a firefighter, it was still illegal parking. Furthermore, he questioned the legitimacy of the claim, believing that no firefighter would ever park their personal vehicle in a fire lane, especially not to pick up their wife from work.
Asking the Internet
The man headed online once again, telling his story and asking readers to chime in with their thoughts. To his relief, readers shared his skepticism. “There is no way a firefighter would be driving around in a Hyundai and parking it casually in a fire lane to pick up his wife from work”, agreed one reader.
Agreement From a Firefighter
As fate would have it, a firefighter was reading the man’s post. “Firefighter here – even if I was driving my firetruck, I would never just park up in a fire lane like that”, they wrote. “That would be illegal and could potentially block a rescue team from accessing an emergency. I’m 100% sure that woman was lying to you.”
Why Delete it?
One commenter pointed out something that the man hadn’t thought about. “If this really was a firefighter using a fire lane for a legitimate reason, why would they be so desperate to get the picture removed?”, they pointed out. “Even if the driver was a firefighter, which I very much doubt, there’s no way their boss would have authorized such parking. You did good.”
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