A woman told her co-worker about someone parking in her space, but when the co-worker confronted them directly the woman was horrified. Here is what she had to say:
Someone Started Parking In Her Space
The woman said, “The employees at my workplace all tend to have “favorite” parking spaces in the parking lot. They are by no means reserved; everyone just has a spot they usually park in. Recently, a car has been in “my spot” when I arrive at work.”
It Wasn’t A Big Deal
In response, the woman ended up parking in a different spot. She explained that this was mildly frustrating, but she didn’t see it as a massive problem; she just parked somewhere else.
Her Co-Worker Hated People Parking In Her Space
The woman worked with a colleague named Sally, who held strong opinions about “spot ownership.” Sally did not appreciate others parking in what she considered her spot, and she once used traffic cones to stop someone from parking there.
She Spoke To Her Co-Worker
The woman held an executive-level position and earned a generous salary at the company. One morning, she found the other car parked in “her spot” again. She seized the opportunity to share this minor frustration with Sally, knowing she would understand. With a playful tone, she told Sally about the car taking “my spot.” Sally responded, saying, “Figuring out who it is could be fun!”
Who Confronted Them Directly
Around 30 minutes later, the woman heard Sally making a phone call in her office. It became apparent that Sally was addressing the parking situation directly with the car’s owner, instructing them to find another place to park.
She Couldn’t Believe It
The woman became alarmed, realizing she had no intention of confronting the driver unless it was someone she knew well and could joke with about the situation. Unfortunately, the driver was a lower-level clerk whom she had never met or had any relationship with.
She Was Embarrassed
In a panic, she attempted to call the driver but only reached voicemail. She left an awkward voicemail, explaining that she was merely joking with Sally and did not want her to take any action. She also sent an email trying to clarify the situation, emphasizing that no one had a legitimate claim to any parking spot and asking the driver not to move her car.
She Tried To Fix The Situation
Despite receiving a response from the driver stating that it was all good, the woman felt terrible. At lunchtime, she noticed that the driver’s car was gone, which exacerbated her feelings of guilt and anxiety. She considered not parking in that spot again to demonstrate that she was not genuinely concerned about it.
Was The Woman In The Wrong?
The woman was very concerned about how she had come across to the junior clerk and was also worried that it would be seen as an abuse of her power. She turned to the internet for advice on how to approach the situation.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “You sparked some drama and gossip content by ranting to Sally in the first place, but you already feel the embarrassment for that, so yeah, you know that wasn’t great. However, it’s not your fault for starting company drama, as you didn’t intend to take it to the level that Sally did, so I wouldn’t say that’s your fault. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to work at your company if parking spot “ownership” is a hot discussion topic!”
Another Person Commented
“You and Sally are in the wrong here. It sounds like you both need to grow up. A spot is a spot; it’s no big deal. And you work at the executive level? I wouldn’t be surprised if the employee parking in “your” spot goes to HR for harassment, and then you and Sally will be on the hot seat. This is a “joke” gone way too far.”
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