Paul and I went shopping last night to one of those warehouse type places. We didn’t need a bunch of stuff but since we were in town, we thought we’d run in and pick up what we were out of.
This store, I’m not sure what it is about it but you can be walking around completely alone UNTIL you get to the checkouts and front doors. It took us probably half an hour to check out and get to our car. Less than what it took for us to shop.
We walked out the “out” door and there was a van sitting between the “in” door and the “out” door and a family, very able bodied, emptying two carts into their van. Hhhmmmmm….Meanwhile there are signs every 6 feet saying “NO PARKING ANY TIME” all along the front of the building. I won’t mention sex, race or age here because it’s really a moot point. When I tried driving out of the parking lot I had a really hard time getting out as said van was still sitting there only now the woman was sitting in it talking on the phone and people were trying to cross and go in the store and people were trying to cross coming out of the store. I was irritated the whole way home.
I can’t see for ANY reason why ANYONE needs to do this. If you’re so weak and can’t make it the 20 or so steps to walk to the door, you really have no business going shopping in the first place.
So I was telling my mom this this morning and she said she “only” does this if she runs in to Cub for a paper. So I proceed to ask her “I thought you bought a muffin everyday” to which she responds, “well that and maybe a loaf of bread.” So I said “you talk to Shannon sometimes too don’t you” to which she said “I see her every so often.” MOTHER!!! So I said “you’re in that store for a good 15-20 minutes and you’re parking right out front?” I asked her “what if there was a fire or what if someone got hurt or had a heart attack and an emergency vehicle needed to get inside? Then what would you do?” I also asked her “what if you fell down and got hurt”? That one made her think. I also told her she golfs, goes bike riding and takes long walks everyday, why can’t you park in the parking lot?
Why do people do this? I see people doing this all the time. I also found out that if you are parked in a “NO PARKING” zone and a fire truck, ambulance or police car needs to get in the store, they can plow into your vehicle and push it out of the way PLUS you get a hefty fine.
I don’t really care all THAT much but I was really irritated with that car last night and more so after I thought about it. After all, they were able bodied and had NO reason for doing so and then sat there when done and talked on the phone while I had to manuver around them and other people crossing in the crosswalk like you’re supposed to.
I did NOT honk my horn nor did I give any hand gestures. Who knows what those crazy people would have done. I just ranted and raved to Paul the whole way home. What would you or do you do?