It’s mid-August. Westport is as empty as it’s ever going to be.
Sure, it’s humid. But you won’t get heat exhaustion walking from the small parking lot on Avery Place, to the rear entrance of Chase Bank.
Of course, there are a couple of handicap spots for people who need them. Those folks are issued big blue placards.
This person does not have one. And technically, he did not steal a handicap space.
But he — and judging by the aggressive parking job, I’m assuming it’s a guy — created his own personal parking spot by hogging the ramp next to a handicap one. You can clearly tell it’s there, by the robin-blue marking.
This happened at 10 a.m. There were plenty of spots available, says the “06880” reader who sent the photo to me.
She wants to remain anonymous. There’s no telling what someone as selfish as this could do to someone who simply wants common courtesy (and common sense) to prevail.
As sure as I post photos of some of the most ridiculous, self-centered, entitled parking scenes in Westport — like Monday’s jaw-dropping Trader Joe’s spectacle — readers respond with 2 comments:
Someone should have called the cops!
You’ve got their license plate right there! Send this photo to the police!
An alert “06880” reader — who asked for anonymity — decided to find out what the cops think of all this.
Deputy chief Vincent J. Penna quickly responded.
He explained that in this case, Trader Joe’s is a private lot. Though the police have some power to enforce motor vehicle laws there — like DUI, reckless operation and evading responsibility — parking enforcement is limited to fire lane and handicap space violations.
“Parking in a private lot is generally enforced by the property owner,” Penna says.
As for sending a photo: Sure, any citizen can provide a sworn statement detailing the infraction to the police. They’ll issue a ticket based on that statement.
However, if the driver pleads not guilty, then the officer — and the citizen — would both be subpoenaed to court.
Oh, yeah: The identity of the person making the complaint — and that person’s address — are public record.
“This tends to deter most people,” Penna notes.
Meanwhile, keep those photos comin’. We may not get any of these very entitled d-bags arrested.
But there’s nothing wrong with a little public shame.
Monday’s infamous Trader Joe’s photo. The license plate is clearly visible.
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