Parking... or, why I have a headache again today.

February 2, 2017

Are you someone who just flat out REFUSES to pay for parking? I feel like there’s a pretty big divide when it comes to this. A good chunk of people will just park wherever… lot, garage, valet… cost doesn’t matter. Another good chunk will drive around FOREVER until they find street parking, just because they refuse to pay $40 to park somewhere for an hour. Obviously, this will depend somewhat on your level of disposable income. There are some people who might do a lap or two around the block, and then if they turn up short, they will pull into the nearest garage. That’s me. But more often, I lean toward just paying for the damn parking. Granted, I don’t have to do this very often, so if you’re someone who is always out and about in town, your situation may require a different approach.

Why? You might think it’s a waste of money. I look at it as saving my sanity. I get SO stressed out looking for street parking, ESPECIALLY if I happen upon a good spot or two, and the person in front of me snatches it before I can get there. I’d also rather just pay the $20, $30, or $40 to park close, versus parking in a spot (or a less pricey garage) that requires me to walk ten blocks to my destination. The extra $10 I’d save in the cheaper place isn’t worth having to risk wrecking my shoes on a sidewalk grate. Plus, there’s the time factor. I usually don’t have enough time to cruise around looking for parking.

According to a new study, people in big cities waste a solid chunk of their LIVES just searching for parking. Researchers in England found that people in London spend an average of eight minutes every time they have to search for a parking spot . . . which works out to almost four days a year. We assume they're talking about street parking.  If you're driving around for eight minutes at Walmart, you're doing it wrong. Even in smaller cities, they found it takes an average of five minutes to find street parking, which isn't much better.

44% of people say finding a spot is a stressful experience.  Only 20% say they don't get stressed out at all.

48% find it annoying that there just aren't enough spots available.  And 59% are frustrated by people who park like jerks and take up two spots. We like to tag that #assholeparking.

 

Just to make it fun, here are some examples to make your head spin:

Because backing in to your space is not #lame enough. #assholeparking #globalparkingfailure #parkingfail

A photo posted by Karl Hungus (@karl___hungus) on

I think some people just suck at life #assholeparking #wvu #noteventrying

A photo posted by Brandon Moats (@b_moatsy) on

I guess the college staff, however educated, cannot park his/hers big ass SUV between the lines. Where's my chalk? Photo posted with permission from The Parking Narcs #majorparkingfail #assholeparking #dumbassparking #parkingspotfail #parkingfail #parkingfailure #youparklikeanasshole #youcantparkworthadamn #globalparkingfailure #orangecoastcollege #wheresmychalk

A photo posted by Alan77 (@sanseijedi) on

Lines are merely suggestions. #badpriusdrivers #baddriver #badparking #assholeparking #cantpark #learntopark #parkingfail #prius #priusfail #priusdrivers #priusdriverssuck #twospots #zerofucksgiven #entitled #clueless #cargram #instacar #carporn #picoftheday #pictureoftheday Thanks @beberainville for the picture.

A photo posted by @badpriusdrivers on

Not the parking I expected to see at work #assholeparking #clown #parkingproblems #parking

A photo posted by Jesper Gråsjö (@jespergrasjo) on

Yeah, this guy deserves to have shopping carts zip tied to his door handles. ---- #parkingissues #parkinglotproblems #assholeparking #terribleparking #parkingetiquette #parking101

A photo posted by Ashley (@ashclav) on

#asshole #assholes #assholedriver #assholeparking #assholeparents #parking #laparking #ralphs #ralphsparkinglot #mercedes #mercedesbenz #ladriver #parkinglot

A photo posted by God (@rodentsanus) on

 

And finally... a passive-aggressive note for your pleasure:

Got pissed off with one of our neighbours parking in the car park! Do you think they'll get the message??? #twatparking #ignorant #assholeparking

A photo posted by Simon Neale (@simoneale1973) on