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Old 01-29-2016, 02:44 PM
 
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Ah--OK, I think I follow now. It's an urban street, and you're outta town. You come back, and all the spots are cleared and occupied by either cars or lawn chairs. I guess in that scenario, the only option is to park somewhere farther away until the snow melts.
Why would there be "clear" spaces farther away? There has just been a blizzard. Is "farther away" Florida?
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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ppfft. you try to tell someone in Pittsburgh his lawn chair don't count and see what happens
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Old 01-29-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Why would there be "clear" spaces farther away? There has just been a blizzard. Is "farther away" Florida?
I guess in that case, the person should ask his/her neighbor or family member to clear (and then reserve) their spot while they're gone. I realize it's not a perfect system, but I think the flaws in a "free for all" approach are greater and affect more people.
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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I guess in that case, the person should ask his/her neighbor or family member to clear (and then reserve) their spot while they're gone. I realize it's not a perfect system, but I think the flaws in a "free for all" approach are greater and affect more people.

You have a neighbor that would have shoveled out a space for you? I wish I was so popular and likable.....
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:17 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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You have a neighbor that would have shoveled out a space for you? I wish I was so popular and likable.....
Haha--I wish! Just operating within your theoretical scenario. It's like the final test exercise in Starfleet Academy: an unwinnable situation.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:30 PM
 
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Default What is it with cars and people?

It seems like people have this sense of entitlement when owning a car. An almost territorial instinct.

Examples:
1) When someone cuts you off, and suddenly you feel this urge to swear at them and flip them off.
2) When your trying to park a car and someone accidentally parked to close to the line making
it difficult to squeeze your car in. You become disgusted.
3) When you shovel your car out, and someone later takes your public spot. Your fuming mad!
4) When someone in front of you is driving too slow, you give them an evil stare as you pass them!
5) When people accidentally leave their brights on and then you turn your brights on in a rage! (two wrongs don't make a right here)

Relax people. We are all human and imperfect and the automobile doesn't make it so.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:30 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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There's a difference between a sense of entitlement and an expectation that we all play by the same rules.

Also, it would be equally infuriating if people were just as oblivious/inconsiderate while on foot--but they know that would result in confrontation. People are a lot more polite in person than in their cars. (That said, I've come close to mowing down Millennials who are walking toward me head-on, with their nose buried in their phone. Look where you're f--ing going! That's up there with covering your mouth while coughing and flushing the toilet.)

But you have a point re. road retribution.
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I've often said that driving is one of the few activities you can do where you are almost completely anonymous. Really, you're more anonymous in a way than even posting on message board like this. If you cut someone off or blow your horn or whatever, you are highly unlikely to ever see or interact with that person again. Your true character shines through. And, unfortunately, for many people, their true character is very ugly.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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It seems like people have this sense of entitlement when owning a car. An almost territorial instinct.

Examples:
1) When someone cuts you off, and suddenly you feel this urge to swear at them and flip them off.
2) When your trying to park a car and someone accidentally parked to close to the line making
it difficult to squeeze your car in. You become disgusted.
3) When you shovel your car out, and someone later takes your public spot. Your fuming mad!
4) When someone in front of you is driving too slow, you give them an evil stare as you pass them!
5) When people accidentally leave their brights on and then you turn your brights on in a rage! (two wrongs don't make a right here)

Relax people. We are all human and imperfect and the automobile doesn't make it so.
You're blaming cars for the actions of inconsiderate people?

1. The person cutting you off put your life in danger. It's not the car.
2. Person parks his car over the line. Driver's fault, not the car's.
3. The car did not take the spot (self driving cars are not yet out there)
4. The car did not choose to block the left lane. The driver did.
5. The question on this one is: was it truly accidental?

The inconsiderate drivers are always the cause of any anger. The car itself is nothing.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Behind You!
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Do you support saving your parking space with a lawn chair or cones? https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...5ce_story.html

Since I wouldn't want my car vandalized, I respect the lawn chair.

Yes, but I come from a place that actually has a winter regularly. Most cities support holding a spot for 48hrs after a storm, just long enough to clean up. Although, that doesn't really apply to VA since they never clean anything up.
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