Keeping It Between The Lines: Impossible In Utah?
Maybe you know what I'm talking about. You pull in to church, the store or a favorite restaurant and thinking you have spied a place to park. You find it's a no-go because the operators of both vehicles have both crossed over the lines making the space you thought you had null and void.
My favorite is the person who parks across a parking space diagonally because their vehicle is so much more important than yours. When I see that in the church parking lot, I have the most un-church like thoughts towards the perpetrator.
Why can't people park their cars? It's a question that has plagued humanity since the invention of the automobile. You'd think that after more than a century of driving, we would have mastered the art of parking. But alas, it seems that many people are still utterly clueless when it comes to this seemingly simple task.
I mean, seriously, how hard can it be? You pull up to an empty parking space, put your car in reverse, and gently ease it into the spot. It's not rocket science. Yet somehow, people manage to turn it into a circus act.
They swing their cars into spaces like they're auditioning for a demolition derby. They leave their vehicles jutting out at odd angles, occupying two spaces instead of one. And don't even get me started on the folks who think it's okay to take up a handicapped spot when they clearly have no disability whatsoever. It's enough to make you lose faith in humanity.
But it's not just the lack of basic parking skills that boggles the mind; it's the complete disregard for common courtesy. You see, parking is a delicate dance, a choreography of cars and spaces. It requires cooperation and consideration. Yet, so many people seem to have missed the memo.
They park so close to your car that you have to enter through the trunk. They leave shopping carts and garbage behind, as if the parking lot were their personal landfill. And heaven forbid you encounter a parallel parker who thinks it's perfectly acceptable to use your car as a bumper.
Perhaps it's a lack of awareness or maybe it's just sheer laziness. After all, parking properly does require a modicum of effort and attention. It means taking the time to align your car with the lines and ensuring that you're not obstructing others. But for some reason, many people would rather park haphazardly and inconvenience the rest of the world. It's a small act of selfishness that speaks volumes about our society.
So the next time you find yourself in a parking lot, take a moment to observe your surroundings. Watch as cars lurch and veer, as drivers struggle to navigate the simplest of tasks. And remember, you have the power to break the cycle.
Be the parking hero that this world needs. Park with precision and grace. And for the love of all that is good and holy, please don't be the person who parks their car diagonally across three spaces. The world will thank you.
But this doesn't seem to be only a Utah problem. Keep scrolling to see some bad actors from other regions.