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Just though you might like to know that, as ridiculous as it sounds, blocking someone in the parking space like that is considered "harrassment" and they can press charges against you! I know it's stupid but there are cases where this has happened.
Oops, I'd better change my tactic from now on in that case. It doesn't happen so often but a couple of times we called the police and they sorted out the towing thing then afterwards, once I'd got out of my huff, I thought it seemed a bit of a waste of police time and resources so the next time I convinced my husband just to block the bugger in and save involving the police.

Going forward, maybe we need to get Mr Plod to sort it out after all.
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Old 13.07.2011, 11:11
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Noob; next time, just stare and dribble copiously. Words are useless, as he clearly won that exchange.
Now I know. It's just that I've lived all over the world, and this is the first time someone has parked in my spot. I was so confounded that I didn't know what to say or do!


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Old 13.07.2011, 11:31
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Lots of people will do things until they get caught and then play the innocent. I've had people cut in front of me while standing near the front of a long (and obvious) queue of people and when you say 'Hey, the end of the line is back there' they always say something like 'Oh! I didn't notice!'. What they meant to say was 'Oh! I was hoping you wouldn't notice!' It's not particularly Swiss, no.

I'd say it sounds rather French behavior. They're notorious for not queueing properly.
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Old 13.07.2011, 11:36
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Now I know. It's just that I've lived all over the world, and this is the first time someone has parked in my spot. I was so confounded that I didn't know what to say or do!


As always Mrs. Mud had good advice. Imagine the exchange like this:

VanMan-'Ug. How get in car?'
MUD- 'Passenger side.'
VM-Blank stare.
MUD- 'Will call tow truck for you since you are stuck.'
VM- scampers across passenger seat
maybe you should stick an orange payslip on his windshield
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Old 13.07.2011, 11:44
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Wet dental floss applied to doors looks exactly like a key job. Comes right off with a damp cloth . BUT- you don't want the 'victim' to have any idea where your car is....
What if it's a white car?
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Old 13.07.2011, 11:47
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What if it's a white car?
Run a dark permanent marker along the floss prior to application. Even in the off chance the pigment sticks to the car permanent marker comes off with alcohol.

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Run a dark permanent marker along the floss prior to application. Even in the off chance the pigment sticks to the car permanent marker comes off with alcohol.

Along with the paint...
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Run a dark permanent marker along the floss prior to application. Even in the off chance the pigment sticks to the car permanent marker comes off with alcohol.

In that case...why not just key the car to begin with?
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:00
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Nah, car paint is extremely durable. Alcohol is even recommended for removing tree sap.
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:03
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You did the right thing, otherwise today you would be filling in your parking damage claim form from your insurance company methinks.....
I don't think it's te right thing. I had the same here once when i still lived in Zurich. White van parked on my spot in the underground garage of the large appartment block. We had plenty of visitor parking spots and they were free... As I only had one spot I parked simply behind the van and therefore blocked it. Called the landlord that if his repair guys want to leave, they could come to my appartment and nicely ask me.... we do the same at work - six months ago did a fitness studio open in the same building and some of the not-so-bright customers there have to park on our company spots all the time (while there are literally hundreds of free spaces in Letzipark some thirty seconds walking away...). The only way they learn it is if they have to come to our secretary who then has to find out whose car is blocking the idiot that used our spots. "sorry, in a meeting... wait for ten minutes". So if you make them lose half an hour in the end do they well think about the parking place 30 seconds away the next time...
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:14
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Does anyone know if there is a website/database where you can enter a car's registration number - and find out the address the car is registered to?
We have some communal parking spaces in front of our apartment, for the residents of the block of flats - but often there are no free spaces, as I think drivers in nearby houses are using the spaces instead.
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:16
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So if you make them lose half an hour in the end do they well think about the parking place 30 seconds away the next time...
Yes, very mature.
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:19
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Just leave a sign at the space saying "warning, do not park here, possible damage to vehicle "
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:25
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Yes, very mature.
If it happens basically daily that your companys visitors cannot park because the same pimped 3 series and subarus are blocking the area you pay for (150 CHF per spot per month translating into a four digit number for the company) you do have a problem. What's your suggestion? Is calling the cops more mature?

Oh, forgot. You don't drive.
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In that case...why not just key the car to begin with?
I once had a horrible experience with 'keying' in the Mon Repos car park in Lausanne.
Someone accused me of doing just that because, apparently, when said person returned to their car it was badly 'keyed' on the nearside, and I was parked next to it. They took my number and lodged a complaint.
I had a letter from the police in Lausanne and was told to appear on a certain day at a certain time at the gendarmerie in Lausanne where they, apparently, had the necessary cctv image of my 'crime'.
I knew I was innocent but was still terrified, and had to present myself at their 'nest' at the Ripponne, and be escorted through several huge metal doors which were locked after me.
I was then sat down in a small office and, finally, the cctv footage was run, showing me parking my car and walking away.
I was then told no charge would be made and that I was free to go. No apology, no consoling cup of coffee, nothing!
I was so happy to get out, as my heart was pounding, but afterwards wondered why the hell they hadn't looked at the footage before hauling me in. Some sort of legal requirement I suppose.
The car was 'keyed' before it was parked in the Mon Repos and the driver obviously hadn't noticed.
It left a very bad taste in my mouth and I still don't understand how something like that could have happened.
There! that's got that off my chest
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:38
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What's wrong, baby? Do you need a hug?
I'ma find ya. I'ma hug ya.

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If it happens basically daily that your companys visitors cannot park because the same pimped 3 series and subarus are blocking the area you pay for (150 CHF per spot per month translating into a four digit number for the company) you do have a problem. What's your suggestion? Is calling the cops more mature?

Oh, forgot. You don't drive.
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If it happens basically daily that your companys visitors cannot park because the same pimped 3 series and subarus are blocking the area you pay for (150 CHF per spot per month translating into a four digit number for the company) you do have a problem. What's your suggestion? Is calling the cops more mature?

Oh, forgot. You don't drive.
Trev baby, I drove way before you knew how to insert a key. I wouldn't deal with that personally...it is not my job to play police officer. I'd tell the secretary to contact the building administration and let them deal with it. Blocking somebody's way is harassment and is perceived very negatively...and I'm bigger than some tit-for-tat BS.
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Also I had to park in the coop parking lot because someone parked in my spot. I got a 82chf frank fine. guess who paid for it , yes me they wouldnt even look at the contract that I have for the spot
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Old 13.07.2011, 12:51
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Don't people get towed here?
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Don't people get towed here?
No, it's usually just the cars.
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