He Arrived at a Car Park To Find Multiple People Standing in Spaces, Supposedly Reserving Them – Was He Right in Thinking This Was Unlawful?

A man was excited to embark on a journey to Zion National Park with his brother. The trip was supposed to be a relaxed escape into nature, but as soon as the brothers arrived at the park, it became clear that a parking conundrum would make the experience far from relaxing.

The Elusive Parking Spot

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After circling the park’s small parking lot for a whopping 45 minutes, the man finally spotted an open spot. However, his excitement was short-lived when he realized a man was standing there, refusing to allow him to park. The man claimed to be reserving the spot for his party.

A Heated Exchange

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A disagreement quickly ensued between the man and the man blocking the parking spot. “I explained that since I got to the spot first, it was rightfully mine”, the man explained.

Giving in

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However, the man reserving the spot was not giving up. “After about five minutes of arguing, me and my brother decided it wasn’t worth getting kicked out of the park, so we reluctantly gave the space to the man”, he continued.

Continuing the Search

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Undeterred by the initial setback, the man and his brother continued their quest for a parking space. They drove around for another 20 minutes, hoping to find an available spot without further confrontations.

Another Parking Opportunity

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To their relief, luck seemed to be on the men’s side when they spotted a truck preparing to leave a parking spot. The man promptly signaled his intent to take the spot, eagerly waiting for the truck to vacate it.

The Second Standoff

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The man couldn’t believe it when yet another man stood standing near the spot, waving them off. He claimed the parking spot was reserved for his friends, even though they were nowhere in sight.

A Standoff Ensues

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“I pulled my car in front of the spot since the man was blocking it”, the man recounted. “He even tried to walk in front of my car to make it seem like I was trying to hit him, then screamed on the phone, “This guy is trying to hit me with his car!” I told him I obviously wouldn’t hit him, but that I was going to block the space, as it was rightfully mine – my car was there first.”

Another Argument

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The standoff between the man and the other man continued for a total of seven minutes. The man repeatedly explained that it wasn’t acceptable for the offending man to reserve a parking spot without the vehicle being present. However, the other man refused to yield.

He Relented

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However, this time, the man refused to give in, and after several further minutes of argument, the offending man abandoned his post, his friends clearly still not in sight. This allowed the brothers to finally park up and commence their hike.

Reflections on the Encounters

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In both instances, the individuals attempting to reserve parking spots made it seem like the man was the unreasonable one. However, he couldn’t help but feel that he had encountered two particularly entitled drivers. He felt that it was an unwritten rule that if you wanted a car space, you parked in it with a car – it was as simple as that. 

An Online Jury

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The man was curious to see what other people felt about his belief in this unwritten rule, so he headed to his favorite internet message board to ask. “There are limited parking spots and it’s first come, first served”, one commenter stated. “Pedestrians saving parking spots is unreasonable and unsafe.”

A Common Frustration

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The man was relieved to discover that almost everyone believed in his ‘unwritten rule’. “I hate people who do this”, lamented one reader. “It’s surprisingly common, but the answer is always ‘first come, first serve’. I hope you enjoyed your hike.”

Employees Needed

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Several readers commented how problems like this wouldn’t occur if parking lots provided staff to enforce rules. “It’s a vehicle parking spot… NOT a human standing spot”, reiterated another reader. “If I were you, I’d contact the management of the parking lot and tell them what’s happening, suggesting they have employees on-site to deal with this ridiculousness.”

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