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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-12-2005, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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...for Randy Cohen and other armchair ethicists.

This morning, I witnessed a fender-bender hit-and-run.

It took place in the indoor parking lot of Whole Foods Market(a typically yuppie upscale food market that caters to SUV-driving latte sipping cellphone yakking suburban trophy wives -- especially true at this particular store I go to every Saturday morning).

There was a brand new black Lexus GX470 parked at the handicapped space closest to the entrance, to which a dingy old Subaru backed into, creating quite a scuffmark on the bumper. The driver of the Subaru, a scruffy woman in her 60's, did seem to notice as she turned her head to assess the damage, but left the scene promptly. As she took off, I memorized the license plate. When I got to the Lexus, I realized that the Lexus had parked illegally as it had no handicap tag - a common occurrence in this part of the country as said suburbanites with overinflated sense of entitlement believe that they are above the law.

I was faced with a moral quandary: to leave a note with the licence plate info of the bumper scuff culprit for the Lexus driver, or not -- because the Lexus had parked illegally on the handicapped spot.

In the end, as I fetched the shopping cart and entered the store, I decided to leave a note. The reason being that there was a fender-bender hit-and-run, regardless of the fact that the Lexus was illegally parked, and since I am not in the position to punish the Lexus driver for illegal parking - a proper authority can take care of that part.

Once inside, I headed over to the customer service desk. When the time came to ask for a piece of paper and pen, alas I could not recall the license plate number.

Damn old age and declining short-term memory... but I was spared of having to make the uncomfortable decision.

what's your take on this?


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I would love to park in one of those spots rather than walk or risk someone hitting my car, but I don't. And not because of the mandatory $100 fine in Illinois but because I would hate to see someone who really needs it deprived because of my assholedness. It takes every bit of restraint to not walk up to those peoples car with an open beartrap and grind down the paint from bumper to bumper. The clownhole in the Lex took a chance and drew snake eyes.......SCREW 'EM!

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I say if you are parked illegally,you forfeit your rights.The little old lady may have herself been disabled and potentially denied the benefit of a wider parking bay.
Incidently,I hate inconsiderate parking in general.If someone parks too close to my old 126,I let my attitude and 1800kg nudge the offending vehicle out of the way.I did this upon exiting the gym a few weeks ago and after about 5 nudges and bumps behind me I became aware of some angry tapping on my window.I hadn't noticed the lady owner of the offending vehicle was actually sitting in her car as I was moving it for her.A bit of furious ear biting on my part and she retreated back to her car without another word.[}:)]


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I did not want to appear biased so I withheld my personal overt dislike for GX470 and their drivers, but yes, that was another issue I had to grapple with, and I thank my memory loss.




As a responsible W126 owner, I park mine as far away as possible from other cars. No door dings to worry about, and I get to admire her beauty as I take a long walk towards her.

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^^^^^

I took that approach with my Porsche on account of the painted integral bendy bumpers-but the 126,it's what it was designed to do.[:D]


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If someone parks too close to my old 126,I let my attitude and 1800kg nudge the offending vehicle out of the way.

Like the Mr Bean episode in the full parking lot where without braking, he just plows into the back of the car at the top of the hill with his little Mini and sends it rolling to the bottom, and takes the spot. Hilarious.

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Parking in the disabled space trumps getting scraped; in fact, it trumps a RPG hit. I have a disabled family member and it is a wee bit annoying to see her struggle a few hundred yards to the shop entrance because of this practice. So you did right in forgetting.

[edit] one caveat is that they may have forgotten their disabled badge.

[edit] that's just hard cheese, though.
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As a responsible W126 owner, I park mine as far away as possible from other cars. No door dings to worry about, and I get to admire her beauty as I take a long walk towards her.

Yeah.

I used to always look for the closest parking spot.
Now I seek out the farthest.
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A bit of furious ear biting on my part




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