It’s been a while since “06880” ran a bad (aka “entitled”) parking photo.
No, Westporters have not suddenly learned to park cautiously, courteously and cleanly between the lines.
They’re as inconsiderate as ever.
What’s changed are my standards. Now, to qualify for a post on this blog, the parking job must either:
Involve 3 or more (yes, it’s possible) spaces, not “just” 2, or …
… Be so jaw-dropping, gob-smacking, head-thunking unbelievable that no one
other than the parker himself or herself could have dreamed up.
#2 was on full display yesterday at Fresh Market.
I know my readers. 60% will agree that this is really, really bad.
15% will ask why I didn’t show the license plate. (Because it wasn’t visible in the photo, duh.)
10% will ask if someone called the police. (They can’t do anything. It’s a private lot.)
10% will wonder why I keep posting photos of entitled parking, and make some snarky remark about “06880” in general. (NOTE: I do not force anyone to read my blog.)
And 5% will excuse the parking, because “the driver might have had a medical emergency.” (There were no medical personnel on the scene.)
There you go. Let ’em rip.
Yesterday, “06880” ran a photo of a
Range Rover taking up 3 parking spaces by Dunkin’ in Bridge Square.
Today, another alert reader spotted
another vehicle hogging another 3 spots, near another Dunkin’. This one was opposite Fresh Market.
Hey, don’t blame us.
Yesterday’s car had New York plates. Today’s tags are from Florida.
It’s been a while since “06880” has run an Entitled Parking photo.
In the early days of the pandemic, no one drove anywhere.
As traffic returned, there was a nice we’re-all-in-this-together kind of civility.
Most recently, Tropical Storm Isaias elicited even more neighbor-helping-neighborliness.
Today’s scene outside Dunkin’ at Bridge Square looks just like the old days, though.
If you finished your meal at the Sherwood Diner a few minutes ago and wanted to head out the normal way: tough luck.
Some brainiac decided that the exit lane from the main lot was a perfect spot to park.
The car in the middle in the photo above blocked the entire exit. Everyone had to use the narrow driveway behind the diner — unless they wanted to wait for the driver to finish his or her meal.
Nothing whatsoever indicates this is a parking spot.
And please don’t say “maybe there’s a good reason for this.”
There can’t be.
In nearly 11 years of posting photos of spectacularly selfish, jaw-droppingly self-centered, stupefyingly entitled drivers, I thought I’d seen everything.
On Monday, this person — I would not call him or her a “driver,” because that implies some sentience — landed his or her Jeep here:
This takes your breath away.
The person crossed the yellow line. The person stopped, going the wrong way against traffic — in a “No Parking” zone.
The person took the keys, opened the door, and left.
Without even the decency to park close to the curb!
Don’t believe me? Here’s another view.
(Photos/Dr. Edward Paul)
I would like to say that no one can top this. The bar has been set astronomically high.
But this is “06880.”
Alert readers who have sent in Entitled Parking photos (and your numbers are legion) know that I often reply, “Sorry. The bar is set
very high. The driver must take up at least 3 spaces, or be so jaw-droppingly selfish he attempted something no one ever thought of before.”
Today’s winner managed to take park in not 3, but
4 different Town Hall spots.
There is someone behind him, but he’s probably sticking out into the lane.
And please: Do
not say the driver may have had a medical emergency.
our medical problem. He made our heads explode.
Seen at Wakeman Field:
If you’re going to ignore the sign, at least park a few yards away. That way you can at least “pretend” you didn’t see it.
Parking is always tight in the State Cleaners lot (corner of Post Road and Imperial Avenue).
It’s even tougher when some Entitled Asshat takes up not just two, but three —
3! — spaces.
Please, don’t post a comment saying, “Maybe it was an emergency.”
I’ve never heard of a dry cleaning, picture framing or Rich Dean boxing emergency.
As summer winds down, Westporters snag as much beach time as they can.
Yesterday evening was a perfect time to sit, relax, and enjoy the sunset.
Alert “06880” reader Elise Russi wishes one couple that did had parked somewhere else.
“Just try maneuvering a 22-foot long surf ski around a BMW, and you’ll understand why this is getting old,” she says.
“People who pay a small boat/kayak rack license (which is extra with limited availability) need the boat ramp!”
That’s because, she says, boaters are
required to launch from the ramp only, to avoid interfering with beachgoers or swimmers.
Spotted — and photographed — by JP Vellotti at Sunday’s Levitt Pavilion show: