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some idiot decided to block me, didnt cut em off or anything. i just came out and saw this.
i waited, nobody showed up, i was able to get bike outta there.

theres a rise in stupid people
 

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I'm affraid they may have found a nice scratch from my highway peg, purely by accident you understand. Am sure if you would have called police, and they showed up, they may have towed it for illegal parking. Some people have no consideration for anyone but themselves.


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I concur that TSTD (To Stupid To Drive) is rampant in this part of the country as well. Makes it just plain challenging some days to keep a civil and even keel going.

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I'm affraid they may have found a nice scratch from my highway peg, purely by accident you understand. Am sure if you would have called police, and they showed up, they may have towed it for illegal parking. Some people have no consideration for anyone but themselves.


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You were kind. Me.....I woulda called the police just for the satisfaction.

As for stupid people. A friend of mine put it very nicely. All these "No child left behind" kids are starting to enter the adult world and it is showing.
 

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I always park in the middle of the space. But yes you are right. LOTS of stupid people. But I'll tell you what, Nothing like changing a flat tire to make them understand.
 
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not to get off tangent - GFISH - I love your avatar. One of my favorite all time comics!
 

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Wow!

I think that's just evidence of self-centerdness. "Hey, I could fit there!" is what went through their head, no consideration as to whether or not someone might be trying to get out. There ARE people who get Angry that motorcycles take up 'full parking spots'. But if there is no alternative, why shouldn't we? If I'm riding with a group we 'condense' two to a spot but if I'm by myself, I park just like you do, right in the middle of the spot! That's where you're supposed to!

I park behind building I work at, and there are two small side-streets on either side of the building; which is right on main street. Lots of street parking. I don't park in the street because I'd rather not have my car/bike dinged up :) Though it's clearly marked AND should be obvious, occasionally, people will park blocking the side streets. I can see both from my office, and at least once my desk phone has called the local LEO office down the street, who have then sent a tow-truck on their behalf (A local towing company is contracted out with them. It's literally, for them, as simple as getting on the radio and asking him to go pick something up. Then they get a bill at the end of the month for everything they have him do). And, sure enough, within a few minutes a minivan blocking the street has been hauled off right about the time I was heading downstairs to hop on my bike and go home!

I always park at the back of a parking lot, under a light if I can. Avoid door dings and such. I have yet to kiel over and die from walking the extra few feet. The elderly and those with disabilities aside, I'm not sure why people get so aggressive about parking a few feet closer.
 
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Thanks MVA, I'm a member of other forums and Calvin has always been my Avatar doing something that fits that forum. Kinda reminds me of how my life was growing up.
 

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Wow!
There ARE people who get Angry that motorcycles take up 'full parking spots'. But if there is no alternative, why shouldn't we?
Yes, and if you decide to leave the big spaces for cars and find an alternative parking spot, like those little lined spaces at the end of a row or on the concrete near the door of a store, they get angry about that too. Just can't please some folks.
 

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There are some places that have smaller spots for bikes however, a parking spot is a parking spot. I have yet to see a spot say "parking except motorcycles". I also welcome anyone who doesn't think I should park in a "car only" spot come over and I'll be glad to.......discuss it with them.
 
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There is a rise in BOTH stupid people and oblivious people. It's what happens when countries become too rich.

We live in a culture where people are reluctant to admit what they don't know. The first necessary condition for being "smart" is "knowing what you don't know." The unwillingness of people to admit that they don't know stuff means "stupidity" (by this definition---mine) has risen.

Your post is not about that. However, there is also a rise in obliviousness, which is related, and is a property held by the idiot that locked you in. I think the person that cut you off is oblivious. Not being utterly oblivious is also a necessary condition for being smart.

Obliviousness and self-centeredness are related, so there is also a rise in the latter.

It is what it is. Good luck getting rid of it. My post is not very optimistic, and I see wonderful counter-examples every day, but I do think that generally speaking, what you said and what I am saying are accurate.

Now the real question --- did you have fun getting your bike out while contemplating the idiot's action?

Ride on mate.
 

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It looks like we have the hero we deserve:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luNGjffDjCs

For context: This car had decided to park in a spot that wasn't a spot, blocking the bicycle lane. Sure, the Bicycles could've just gone around (just like you were able to 'just go around' the jerk who blocked you), but the Incredible Hulks foreign younger brother, the worlds Strongest Bicyclist, decided Freddie Fiat needed a lesson in where cars go, and where Bicycles go. (I mean seriously, don't block bicycle lanes if your community has them, or throw trash in them, or walk in them, etc. etc. Bicyclists aren't going to stop riding; they'll just use the roadways instead. Which is perfectly legal, even where there are bike paths.)
 

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I have used a form message a few times before that fits your needs.

Thanks for parking so close. Next time leave a can opener so I can get my bike out [email protected]&holes like you should take a bus.

I have actually left this a few with my name on it. But that was another world back when I thought I could do something about it.

Your patience and restraint are to be commended. With all the shoula' coulda' woulda' You really diud the right thing.

Jimmy D
 

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I had a scenario of instant justice in a mall parking lot. I was going from row to row looking for a parking space, and I saw one. So I put on my turn signal and make my way towards it, when suddenly, a woman in an adjacent lane guns it, flys in, and turns sharply into the spot. I slam on my brakes, she looks over momentarily and BAM. Her airbags deploy as she smacks the concrete wall of the parking garage. I continued, found a spot one lane over. I parked several feet farther from the door, and being blessed with good health and two legs, I was fine. She, on the other hand, had to deal with a police report, angry mall management, and explaining to her insurance company why her liability claim is going to involve two dozen union contractors and a load of concrete. We (my wife and I) were actually back at the mall a week and a half later (Christmas shopping) and they were still working on that section of the wall and had that entire block of parking spots roped off.

I will genuinely never understand extreme aggressiveness when it comes to parking. Really, even if you have to park in an adjacent parking lot, what's the big deal? It's not that far. Especially at a mall. You're going to walk around from store to store (well, I was headed to a specific store, but most people will); so what's the big deal walking a few extra feet to get to the mall?

Of course I'm one of these guys who takes the stairs because the elevator takes too long. We were on a cruise earlier this summer and I used the elevator once of twice. Every time, without fail, someone gets on with us and wants off at the very next floor. Even if it's several floors, it's faster just to take the stairs. Would be nice when going up 6 or 7 floors; but when everyone gets on wanting a ride up ONE floor, it's just a pain.
 

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I had a co-worker complain to me because my little bike, (1600 classic bagger) was taking up a whole parking spot. Of course it was close to the door, which she was mad because she had to walk a little ways farther. I just smiled.
 

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I've heard that complaint to and don't get it. So what if it takes up a whole spot? That means you got there in time to snag it. She would be just as 'inconvenienced' if you had been driving a dually diesel truck and parked right there. She'd be even angrier if you parked on the concrete next to the door! You were driving a vehicle and took a parking spot, it happens. A car and a motorcycle won't fit together in a spot, so that just is what it is!

A better alternative might be for your company to designate some parking spots as 'motorcycle parking' by halving them. But then, she'd just park across two motorcycle spots since "nobody uses them anyway" and they might be closer :)
 

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My own grandmother lamented going to the mall or some other busy venue, and lamented the fact that when she thought she found a free spot, a bike filled it. Damn those motorcycles! I look back at that comment and though while it seems inconsiderate, she noticed.

I wish I could shovel that mentality of hers into the majority of people of today who don't own any enjoy bikes. At least we wouldn't be blocked in or having to report to insurance about some jackass ramming the bike "by accident" and then taking off.

When I take the bike out, I park it diagonally as far away as possible, and if I have to use a regular parking stall the bike is way towards the rear end, so most folks can see it's occupied. IF A POLICE REPORT has to be filed, there should be no way the dumb ass driver couldn't see my bike parked there.

Thank God I haven't had it happen yet, though I think it is just a matter of time in this day and age of idiot drivers.
 
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