it's your standard parking lot/garage with a fair amount of uncovered parking spaces at the street level and then three (or four) levels of underground parking options. the majority of the first two underground levels are reserved spots for the employees in the surrounding office buildings but there are still general admission spots too.
normally i park at the street level but with all of this blizzard weather going on it isn't rocket science to realize that parking underground is the best idea.
as i mentioned earlier there are a lot of prime reserved spots on the first underground level and they are reserved by a sign stating the obvious. but there's a glitch in the matrix because there's one lone prime corner spot without a reserved sign on the first level. it's basically hidden and if you didn't have a reserved spot would never even go down that aisle.
i know this little gem because my old boss at Scene Magazine used to park in it for years, prior to his transfer - never getting in trouble. it's basically hidden because if you didn't have a reserved spot you would never even go down that aisle.
i had been parking way underground with the rest of the non-reserved parking spot schmucks when i remembered the secret spot. i scoped it out in the morning and evening never seeing a car parked there.
the spot was mine! - or so i thought.
i've been parking the yuppie mobile in the secret spot over night for a week or so never having a problem, there haven't even really been cars in that whole area.
now remember this spot hasn't had a reserved sign on it for three years.
yesterday morning i get to my car in the "secret spot" around 8:15am and notice that someone had written in the salt on my car, "reserved!".
um.. um... um...
and there's also a post-it note stating, "do not park here, space reserved!"
i look around me at the empty spots everywhere, during prime get to work hours mind you, and i'm thinking WTF, why is my spot so special?
am i on candid camera?
then it dawned on me, what if someone had been doing the same thing as me, sneaking the spot during the winter and is now pissed that i ruined his plan too! he** wanted to take action.
i mean, if it really was actually reserved, 1. there would be a sign, and 2. i would be alerted by the lot management to move my car -- right?
so last night i folded and didn't park in that spot, frankly if this post it note/write "reserved" ON MY CAR dude was that ballzy to touch my car what else would he do? i don't want anyone hurting my yuppie mobile, no way.
i'm having second thoughts though, and this may just turn into a parking spot war. i need to investigate my options.
but so what do you think? should i back down, not parking in the spot, or keep trying to beat the reserved parking system?
any random parking garage horror stories to share?
**i totally assume that it is a man - not sure why, just do.