A parent headed to a supermarket to do some Christmas shopping with their four-year-old child, but little did they know that this trip would take an unexpected turn. Here is what she had to say:
Navigating the Parking Lot
The store, known for its spacious parking lots, usually provided ample room for cars to park comfortably. The parent had expertly maneuvered their vehicle into a spot, ensuring it was neatly parked between the lines.
Returning to the Parking Lot
After completing their Christmas shopping inside the store, the parent and their child returned to the parking lot. To the parent’s surprise, the car park had become more crowded, and a car had parked to their right.
Bad Parking Job
The parent explained that it was far from a picture-perfect parking job. The neighboring car had encroached over the white line, positioning itself uncomfortably close to the right side of the parent’s vehicle.
The Challenge of Car Seat Buckling
The parent explained the difficulty this caused: “The car seat I had for my kid was on the right-hand rear passenger side. When I opened my door to get the kid in the car seat, I had to have the door touching the other car.”
Slowly Opening the Door
“I opened it up slowly so as to not damage the car”, the person continued, “and I picked up my daughter and put her in her car seat.” However, the door still inevitably touched the neighboring car.
A Tense Encounter
The neighboring woman, who had been loading up her car, noticed the door leaning against her car. She stood there with a scowl on her face, hands on her hips, and confronted the parent, saying, “You know you’re hitting my car, right?”
A Retort in the Moment
Staying calm and collected in the face of an unexpected confrontation, the parent closed the car door, though they had not yet finished securing the child in the car seat. They responded by saying, “Well, maybe if you parked better, it wouldn’t be.”
A Surprising Reaction
The lady, seemingly taken aback by the parent’s response, gasped and retorted with a somewhat sarcastic tone, “Wow – OK… Merry Christmas”. She then retreated to her own vehicle and prepared to leave the parking lot.
An Amused Farewell
Maintaining their composure, the individual nodded and offered a parting remark, sarcastically returning the woman’s Christmas wishes. They patiently waited for the lady to back out and vacate the area before returning to the task of finishing the child’s car seat buckling.
Questioning One’s Actions
The individual believed that their comments to the woman had been justified due to her selfish behavior. They considered it highly inconsiderate, although they couldn’t help but wonder whether the day would have been easier if they had just kept quiet.
Posting on a Forum
Considering that they could perhaps have done better, the parent wrote online about their experience, asking for honest opinions. To their relief, the comments were kind: “I can’t believe she had the nerve to complain about your door when she clearly caused the situation”, one reader wrote. “Good for you for speaking up.”
A Similar Situation
Another reader commented, this time sharing their similar experience, offering a future solution for petty revenge. “I had this happen. The lady parked horribly and then yelled at my daughter not to hurt her truck. I told her if her truck was so precious she’d learn to park it better. I then decided my daughter and I needed to do some more shopping. She couldn’t get out til I moved. Oh well.”
A Final Christmas Wish
Choosing to focus on healing the harsh words of the woman, another commenter left a message for the parent:“ Wishing you an actual (NOT passive-aggressive) Merry Christmas.”
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