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Old 13.07.2011, 03:47
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Parking spot thieves

At Mud Inc. I have two rented spots in the lot, right next to each other. The other day I came back from an errand and there was a large van in the righter-most of the two spots, parked in such a way that if I left room for the guy thief to get back in his van, the woman who parks to the left of me would have to squeeze between me and the car to her left and be unable to exit her car.

So I parked about 2cms away from the side of the van.
Get out, and Van Man has just arrived, with a look on his face like,"whaaaaa?!". He puts his stuff in the passenger side, then says,"hey, how do I get in my van?".

I tell him,"through the passenger door!"

He says,"whaaaaaa?!"

I say,"That is my spot. I pay for that."

Van Man,"Didn't know, not from here."

Mud,"There's a sign at the entrance to the lot that all spaces are reserved."

VM,"Didn't see it."

Stares. Honestly the guy didn't seem like the brightest bulb, so I moved my car back 6 feet so he could get in. Not a word.

So. This brings me to my question.


Is this, like, I mean, is this sort of like, is,is,

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He must have been a foreigner.

20 years ago this would never have happened, and now look at the country!
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He must have been a foreigner.

20 years ago this would never have happened, and now look at the country!
Well, he looked Swiss. Are the foreigners getting that good? He did have Geneva plates on the van... those folks aren't like the rest of us.
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Re: Parking spot thieves

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.
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Old 13.07.2011, 08:11
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Noob; next time, just stare and dribble copiously. Words are useless, as he clearly won that exchange.
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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.
The folks here do seem to do it with more impunity and brass balls than many other places, though. I had a guy shove my 4yo once, even, to cut into a grocery line. For such a supposedly laid-back country, there sure are an awful lot of folks in a really big hurry. In the states, you'd rarely get away with something like that as you'd either get yelled at by every other person in the queue or get shot. More likely the former, but never rule out the latter.
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The folks here do seem to do it with more impunity and brass balls than many other places, though. I had a guy shove my 4yo once, even, to cut into a grocery line. For such a supposedly laid-back country, there sure are an awful lot of folks in a really big hurry. In the states, you'd rarely get away with something like that as you'd either get yelled at by every other person in the queue or get shot. More likely the former, but never rule out the latter.
This place has nothing on Russia for such behavior.
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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.....
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Re: Parking spot thieves

I had the concierge park in mine all the time, until I told him to quit it. He said he was making sure there was a car in at all times so people would now know it was taken.
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This place has nothing on Russia for such behavior.
Or London
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Re: Parking spot thieves

mrs. G and I live in the thriving metropolis of Mies and despite our parking saying "prive" all over the place once or twice a year someone parks in our space... big deal right?

my usual answer is to block the offending party in , then place a note on the windshield stating where to find us when they want to move.

this generally works and the offending party shows up acting very contrite... except for last time when I had a drunk knocking on the door at 11.30
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Or London
I am constantly surprised by the inability of such a normally compliant and orderly people to form a single line in any given situation. I have been brazenly cut everywhere from the passport check line at the airport to the line to get on the tram.

When we first arrived I thought the "draw a number" system everywhere was done merely in the interest of efficiency; now I suspect that it is employed to prevent quiet, furtive, melees!
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Re: Parking spot thieves

In many parts of London now it's necessary to have a residents' parking permit BUT you can't get a residents' parking permit for a foreign registered car, even if you own a place and pay the Council tax.
You can only get a permit if you are in the discussion with the DVLA to import your car and change from CH to Uk and this gives you, at the most, six months.
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Swiss + Queueing = Non Compatible

I puff out my chest to look wider in Queues and avoid any dramas.
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mrs. G and I live in the thriving metropolis of Mies and despite our parking saying "prive" all over the place once or twice a year someone parks in our space... big deal right?

my usual answer is to block the offending party in , then place a note on the windshield stating where to find us when they want to move.

this generally works and the offending party shows up acting very contrite... except for last time when I had a drunk knocking on the door at 11.30
Ah, ya wuss - we don't even do that. We block them in and leave them wondering how they are going to get home. That'll learn 'em...
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Ah, ya wuss - we don't even do that. We block them in and leave them wondering how they are going to get home. That'll learn 'em...
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EDIT... when I first moved here and was discussing the subject of queue'ing with a french friend he explained to me that they don't queue due to the deprivation they suffered during WWII.
I looked at the guy incredulously ... "you were born in 1989!!, what deprivation???????????????????????????"
his only answer was one of those famous gaelic shrugs
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Flour and water paste to stick newspaper on the windscreen works wonders, especially if it has time to bake really really hard.
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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.....
Never get in a fight with a man who has nothing to lose; never steal the spot of a man with a beat up 13 year old Volvo .

When I first got those spots the dude who manages the building gave me the wrong place numbers. So there was a humorous exchange of increasingly angry notes left on the (percieved) spot thief and my car over several days. I finally got the right numbers- felt so bad that I found out who the rightful spot owner was and brought them a bottle of wine.
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mrs. G and I live in the thriving metropolis of Mies and despite our parking saying "prive" all over the place once or twice a year someone parks in our space... big deal right?

my usual answer is to block the offending party in , then place a note on the windshield stating where to find us when they want to move.

this generally works and the offending party shows up acting very contrite... except for last time when I had a drunk knocking on the door at 11.30
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.
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Flour and water paste to stick newspaper on the windscreen works wonders, especially if it has time to bake really really hard.
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....
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