I’ve harped on before about inconsiderate Dutch drivers in general and Audi drivers in particular. But the photo above has prompted me to come up with a new idea, that of the “Parking Prick Post”.
I’ve already seen many examples whilst living here, as attested below, of inconsiderate, or just plain dumb, parking and I’ve decided that rather than let it bother me, I am going to use it as fodder for my blog.
So far, most of the miscreants are SUV drivers, which would suggest that either they are completely misjudging how big their car really is, and think of it’s proportions more akin to an Abrams tank than that of a family SUV. Or they are just wankers who couldn’t be arsed to adjust their car so that other users can avail of the spaces provided.
In Spain, many parking spaces are without the useful white lines, and so quite often you see large spaces which, if combined, could easily fit another two or three cars in the same row. But the Spaniards are to be forgiven, because there’s nothing marked on the road to point out their flawed parking. In Holland, the land that is more bureaucratic and hell bent on following rules than their German cousins across the border, it boggles my mind to think that they simply can’t be arsed and choose to park willy-nilly however they damn well please.
One would think that given the ability of the Dutch to milk everyone for exorbitant charges, to come up with fines and fees for all sorts of reasons and their ability to fleece customers left, right and centre of their hard earned cash, that they’d have already employed hundreds of parking attendants whose sole purpose in life was to slap a big fine on such thoughtless, selfish and boorish drivers. After all with “clogic™” (Cloggy Logic) being a deciding factor here, it is clearly a great little earner and a way for car park owners to compensate for the revenue they’ve missed due to the number of parking spaces no longer made available.
So starting today, I am going to photograph and publish every car user I come across who simply didn’t bother to think about how inconsiderate and asocial his/her parking affects their fellow drivers. And in the process my rising blood pressure should hopefully drop by a couple of millimetres.
I must also add that this behavioural phenomenon is not uniquely Dutch, as I’ve witnessed equal measures of contempt for fellow drivers in other cities across the world during my travels. So I will be only too happy to include tossers from this blue/green marble of ours into the “Parking Prick” posts wherever they were spotted.
I would also like to extend an invitation to my readers and invite you to send me your photo’s so I can upload and share them also. You can send me a message via the blog and I’ll send you the details on how you can submit your photo’s.
Not sure if this person’s guide-dog was at the vet’s, or if they were just being ultra careful to prevent damage to their car from other parked vehicles.
This idiot thought it would OK to park in front of a “Clearway” area marked by the Fire Brigade so they can use the canal water below in the event of a fire.
Although this Alfa Romeo is small, the owner clearly believe’s it’s much wider that it really is as they decided that one parking space was not enough. And the piller is not an excuse as it’s clearly not that much of an impediment.
Another SUV driver, this time a BMW X5, who has decided that the parking spaces are simply not large enough.