seriously, don't touch my car

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

i have been parking my car at the same parking lot in downtown cleveland for the last three years.

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.

45 comments:

  1. I'd cave and move on but that's my non-confrontational, passive-aggression talking.

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  2. I'm de- lurking to say I would totally keep parking there. Who the hell does he think he is? Are there any security cameras in the garage just in case? LOL

    I also want to say that I am originally from Cleveland, and I read your blog so I feel like I'm still part of the city!

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  3. I'd pull a Beverly Hills Cop move and stuff bananas up that douche bag's tail pipe. =)

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  4. Hahaha, I second Nilsa. But really, I would keep parking there. The lot management would alert you if the spot was really reserved and there would be a sign. I say don't back down!! Or if you do, go buy some bananas.

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  5. and I thought I was the only one who says glitch in the matrix.

    we are stupidly cool.

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  6. I would keep parking there - in fact I would go so far as to leave work early to make sure I got the spot before Parking Prick got there. I would also do everything in my power to find out who it is, what apt he lives in and then spread rumors to all of the other tenants.

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  7. Can you talk to management and have it turned into YOUR reserved spot officially?

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  8. Hmmm....can you try to see if anyone has parked in that spot since you got the "note"? And if so, write on their car that it's reserved parking only.

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  9. I would be pissed. When someone writes on your car when it's dirty or especially salty, it scratches the paint. You can still see it after you wash the car. Good luck. Park there, wait for him by hiding in your car, and then jump out and kick his car scratching ass!!

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  10. 1. Loooove the new plum look!!

    2. I knew the spot you were talking about was Hutch's spot!

    3. I think tonight you should let HIM park there and then fight the cold, go down there, see what car it is, and write on his car in the salt "reserved"!

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  11. That's a tough question to answer because I would NOT want someone screwing with my car.

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  12. I say if there's no sign, the spot is fair game. If it was really a reserved spot the person would have gone to the parking attendant and you would have likely gotten a ticket or warning or something.

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  13. i say you leave a note, saying yeah bitch reserved for me ;)

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  14. thats the trouble with city life for me. Parking. Not to mention, getting parking tickets. I'm still bitter about this.

    I'd investigate it legally. Cus, I'm a chicken shit and have bad car karma...ive done a few things. gulp!

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  15. Don't back down! Stand your ground! Until management asks you to move and then you know that it really IS reserved, don't cave.

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  16. Glitch in the Matrix?

    Oh no. No Matrix references please. Well, okay, but just for the first one, the rest were terrible.

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  17. i want to say don't back down, but i feel like it could turn into a bad episode of judge judy....

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  18. Easy to say don't back down when it's not your car. I would find out if it truly is reserved first.

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  19. I would suggest NOT parking there....people are nuts and who knows what he/she would do!
    Also, Love your new blog look!

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  20. If there's an attendant I would clarify that the spot is fair game and then keep parking there-- and make sure there are cameras so that if they do something ridiculous to your car you can catch them!

    Although I don't think they will.

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  21. I would seriously put up a sign in the spot answering back writing
    "where is the reserved sign?
    no sign means not reserved." or something along those lines
    Its such a typical thing of me to do, i think it creates a more fun approach and maybe the guy wont be such an ass and make a kind reply back.

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  22. I would continue to park in the secret spot but I'd leave a note on my car telling the dbag not to touch it and I'd alert management that someone is messing with cars in the parkade. If it was management that wanted you to stop parking in that spot, they wouldn't have written on your car. Writing in the salt (dust, whatever) like that can scratch the paint.

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  23. I would totally keep parking there. But I'm kind of an asshole sometimes. If the spot doesn't say "reserved," then screw em! First come, first serve. I think I'd probably ask someone that worked at the structure, though, just to make sure it's not really reserved. But then they might get wise and put a sign up, so.. hmm. Yeah, I'd just keep parking there.

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  24. oh i'd DEFINITELY keep parking there. i think you're right - it's someone else who doesn't have the spot reserved and is pissed someone else knows about it. don't give in!!!

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  25. Oh, you could just scratch that nice shiny paintjob of **his if you see **him... I'm sure that'll tell **him where to go...

    (It's definitely a man...)

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  26. No garage horror stories but one time in high school I passed a girl on the drive to school, which apparently pissed her off b/c when I got to my car in the afternoon, I saw that she'd stuck an (unused thankfully) maxi pad to the side of my car.

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  27. I just simply HATE it when people touch my stuff... What bazookas this 'guy' must have! I totally agree with Aaron

    1. Park
    2. Wait
    3. Kick some butt!

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  28. I would park there and leave my own post-it that says "Touch my car and die!" Just an idea!! ;)

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  29. because i drive what i LOVINGLY refer to as a bathtub on wheels, i would continuously park my car there. you know, show him* what's up.

    ju has a brand new car. i think she'd have a different approach.

    you'd probably have another good post if you re-park there.. its all depending on if you value your tires or your blog more.

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  30. i don't know if i'd want to mess with someone and have them go psycho on my car, but at the same time if there is no sign i don't see why you can't park there. it's tricky. good luck though and hope your car is fine :)

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  31. I would so still park there. And put a note in the windshield of your car that says "Space not Reserved... Where's the sign?" Or something of that nature.

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  32. You SO better keep parking there! And then blog about the result.

    Parking wars is SO on!

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  33. 1. It's totally a man.

    2. If it was actually reserved by the garage, I think there would be a sign and/or they would have towed your car and/or left an official looking note but def. NOT have written in salt on your car.

    3. So that begs the question, ask the attendants and call attention to it, possibly then resulting in them realizing the mistake and putting a sign up? I think if you ask them, be sure to work your womanly wiles and coyly ask about the spot in the hopes they say 'aww shucks, ma'am, it's all yours'. Except, um, I'm not coy, so I can't offer any more specific tips.

    3. Wait, did I already use #3?

    3. The next few times, DON'T park there but DO scope out and see who IS parked there and if it is the same car. You may be able to figure out if it's just some jerkknob who wants the spot for the same reason you do. I would wait and see who it is, judge them (WINK), and then write in the salt on THEIR car too.

    4. Or just leave a note on your car pointing out it's not reserved. And that they BETTAH NOT TOUCH YA CAH! (Sounds more threatening slash chahming in a Boston accent).

    *end rant*

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  34. What my love nut, FattyLumpa, says, is definitely the SMARTEST way to go about it.

    That said, I definitely think this is some goddamn poser and I wouldn't give up the spot for one more goshdarn DAY!

    But that's just me...

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  35. First off, I love the new blog design. It looks super awesome. Second, I would cut someone if they touched my car like that.

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  36. I would go down to that parking spot and wait for that person that left the note on your car and rip them a new one.

    Ok that is just me thinking I am tough. I say I would do that but I would be way to chicken to actually do it.

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  37. I'd probably leave body parts near my car to show that I'm not to be trifled with.

    That, or leave a passive-aggressive note on my own car. In blood.

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  38. I would totally keep the spot until someone from management told me to move the car. If the spot was reserved, it would say so.

    Stand your ground, lady!

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  39. I think it sounds more like something a bitchy girl would do than a dude.

    Keep parking there, is what I say. It's NOT reserved.

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  40. I'd be all "Hey! Don't touch my car!" And then I'd not park there because people who lurk and do things like this creep me out.

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  41. If I were you, and since you work downtown, I would go to that spot 2days in a row during prime working hours and see if the same car is in the "reserved" spot. If the same car is there on 2 different days, i would put a note on his car...in the salt of course!!

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  42. I TOTALLY think it is a woman! Men don't leave notes on cars, women do that! But if it is not reserved, I say go ahead and park there.

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  43. The NERVE of someone to touch your car!

    I'd come into work just a tad late for a few days so I could check out who is parked there. Once I know who parks there (maybe after being creepy and writing down the license plate and/or taking a picture), I'd keep taking the spot -- and that way, if they eff with your car again, you know who to blame.

    But really, if you have a nice car, it's not worth parking in a rage-aholic's spot.

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  44. Two words: Stake out.

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