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Old 07-05-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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So peeved. A Mass-, ahem, a person from Massachusettes, decided that since it was sprinkling in Ludlow, she had the right to park in the fire lane, IN FRONT of the entrance to Shaws, so ppl had to go around her to get in and try to maneuver carts around her car and the stone curb. God forbid her kids got damp. And she had a luxury SUV, so that made it OK, right?

Being the person I am, I went over, asked her to roll down her window and very politely asked her if she realized she was parked illegally in the fire lane and was also blocking the doors for others.

Her response of choice: (super snotty and sarcastic here) "Oh, are YOU the fire department?" With this little smirk.

Now I'm pissy. Move. Your. * CAR. I told her no, but the big guy in my car is a Fire Lieutenant, I could wave him over, and I'd also be happy to call the local popo if she wanted to make an issue of it.

She moved, driving like a jerk, too fast and diagonal across the lot to find a parking spot. THEN she parked in a handicapped spot since it was so close to the doors. She is not handicapped. Nor are her kids.

SO sick to death of these (insert many nasty terms here) that come up here and act like the rules don't apply to them. They treat us like the hired help, and second hand citizens in our own home. Please, go home. And don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you. Can only take so much. And they wonder why we don't like them and aren't friendly. Hmmm...

It only takes a few to ruin it for everyone.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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I think it is good what you did. For every person like you there are dozens who will just let it go even though they don't like it any more than you do. Thanks for getting in that rude person's face, for the rest of us.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:56 PM
 
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If she was driving a beat up 15 year old pickup truck with Vermont plates, would you have said something?
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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If she was driving a beat up 15 year old pickup truck with Vermont plates, would you have said something?
He might have learned a few new words if he did
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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We always fight for parking spaces. It is normal in fact to shout, honk and scream rude words at other drivers in battles over parking spaces in San Francisco. So much so that we thinking nothing of it. And even in parking lots with security. For example in Safeway on Monterrey Blvd. These people parked me in to a space, and I could not get out. The would not move, they started screaming and shouting all kinds of threats, I was shouting also, they even started to get out and threaten violence, but then they just threw the contents of their big gulp drink at my car and drove away. The security guard was there even and he just ignored it. So, I went up to him, and I was like "how can you let that happen and he said, I don't care." I called the Safeway 1 800 number and they were like "we don't care about that either." At whole foods people do it also and there is staff around picking up carts and they are like "we don't do anything about the parking lot, we don't care, we just collect carts." It happens due to too few parking spaces, that is why I often wish to be in small town that does not have that problem. I want to just park close to the store and walk right in and shop with all the struggle to park.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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If she was driving a beat up 15 year old pickup truck with Vermont plates, would you have said something?

I would and I have.

But the locals rarely do it, and I have never seen them just block the doors with their vehicle.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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Rudeness isn't exclusive to tourists. It's the way people are, particularly Americans. Name a town, city, state where people are less rude. After all, we're all tourists once we leave our environs. Does that make us all rude? Or we all become rude as soon as we cross a border?
Just because you're not rude and from Vt, and the rude person was from Mass, doesn't mean people from Vt are less rude than people from Mass, or any other place.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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That kind of rude ignorant behaviour isnt limited to just Vermont it happens almost everywhere as people are becoming too fat and lazy to actually park their vehicles in the parking lot.
I sometimes wonder if these lazy scofflaws would drive right into the store if the doors were open and wide enough.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Rudeness isn't exclusive to tourists. It's the way people are, particularly Americans. Name a town, city, state where people are less rude. After all, we're all tourists once we leave our environs. Does that make us all rude? Or we all become rude as soon as we cross a border?
Just because you're not rude and from Vt, and the rude person was from Mass, doesn't mean people from Vt are less rude than people from Mass, or any other place.
No, this anecdote doesn't necessarily mean that people from X state are less rude than people from Y state, but it's a little unbelievable that in this country of 50 states and 300 million people there would be no variations in customs and practice which could be interpreted as less rude or more rude, respectively.

In your post that rudeness can come with a country border (in that Americans are ruder than other nationalities), so why not with a state border or regional border?

Anecdotal evidence isn't everything, but sometimes it stacks so high that it's pretty hard to ignore
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Joining in here....

Just hope such people will be entitled to a handicapped parking space of their very own someday!

I'm disabled, and rely on handicapped parking. My MIL never failed to have some snide remark about disabilities, etc. She would park in those spaces without a permit, and said so what?Those are all the "good" spaces. Well, sadly, parking is not enforced in private parking lots. You can get a nasty ticket if you park illegally on a city street, but she was correct, no one is going to challenge you if parked in a private lot's handicapped space.

However, her greed grew. She wanted handicapped parking available to her ALL the time. She even asked me if I would get her a permit---just apply for another, say I'd lost mine. Oh, nice, those hangers have your driver's license number on them, but who bothers to read and match that up? She kept "joking" that was what she wanted for Christmas, a handicapped parking space permit.

Well, you know the old line, be careful what you wish for? A few years back, she had a massive stroke, and is not permanently paralyzed on one side. Now she can have her very own handicapped permit, that no one can ever take away from her! she how life gives you your just dues
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