Every morning, a 44-year-old British woman adhered to her routine of heading to her local gym at 7 am before work, however one morning she was confronted by another woman who wanted her parking space.
A Parking Decision
The woman had two main choices for parking each day: a smaller parking lot directly in front of the gym, or a larger overflow parking area located about 200 meters away.
Busy or Quiet
When the woman visited the gym during busy periods, she would use the overflow car park since the closer one was usually full. However, during her preferred time, the gym was usually quiet, so she could conveniently park near the gym’s entrance.
Breakfast in the Car
After completing her gym session, the woman would enjoy a brief respite in her car. It’s her moment to savor a cup of coffee and some porridge she brings along before heading off to work. By this time, the smaller parking lot is typically occupied, contrasting with the emptiness of the overflow area.
Car, Not Café
The woman recognized that eating her breakfast in her car was an odd habit, but she explained herself: “I can’t eat my breakfast in the gym – there is a café but purchasing their food every day is not practical.”
A Peculiar Encounter
One morning, the woman was engrossed in her breakfast when a couple in a large wagon pulled up opposite her, capturing her attention. They appeared to be waiting for her to vacate her parking spot. She decided not to make eye contact and continued eating.
The Request for the Parking Spot
After a few minutes, there was a tap on her car window. She rolled the window down, and the woman from the wagon inquired if she was nearly finished. Calmly, she informed them that she was having her breakfast and would leave shortly. She kindly suggested they use the larger car park around the corner, which had ample space.
However, the woman’s response didn’t fly. The other woman stated that she “liked to park there,” continuing to stare and wait for the space to be free.
A Standoff Over the Parking Spot
The woman wasn’t willing to give up: “I just returned to my porridge and after a minute or so, she turns around and leaves, making huffing noises and the wagon drives off aggressively round the corner.”
Defending Her Stubbornness
In an attempt to defend her decision, the woman explained her reasoning: “It’s my opinion that if you are coming to the gym, surely you are capable of walking an extra 200 meters?”
Evaluating Car Park Etiquette
Despite having won the parking space and the wagon long since leaving, the woman’s breakfast was spoiled by guilt. She felt that her response had been justified as there were no rules against eating breakfast in her parking space. However, she did wonder whether she had acted selfishly and against parking etiquette.
The Internet’s Verdict
The woman decided to take her conundrum online, seeing what internet strangers thought of the matter. To her relief, many people came to her defense: “It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in your car”, one person stated. “If they don’t want to park in the other lot, then they need to adjust their schedule. Otherwise, they can walk a bit farther or wait patiently for an open space.”
No. 1 Rule of Parking
Other defenders were quick to remark that there is no time limit on free parking. “Everyone knows it’s first come first serve for parking spots, you got the spot and you can stay in it as long as you please”, another reader responded. “She was in the wrong and was acting super entitled.”
Both People Were Wrong
However, not everyone defended the woman. “Going up to someone’s car and harassing them for their spot is weird”, a commenter started. “HOWEVER! You do not need that spot. You’ve already finished at the gym. You could easily eat in your work parking lot. You both suck”.
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