Note: I was parked to the right of this rock climber when I exited Burger King. When I parked the space was empty.
This angle makes it look like this driver is well within his rights. Next…
In case it’s not completely clear, the post just over the driver’s side mirror is the left side boundary of the alley.
Here, I marked the line of the fence post in red and the fence line on the ground in black, just for a slightly better look at this parking scofflaw.
I was sitting at the traffic light on Milton and S Plaza way. As I started to pull away when the light turned green I noticed the woman in the blue mini van behind me acting a bit animated. I couldn’t tell if she was talking on a cell phone or whatever. In my distraction at her animated state – and the fact that she might as well have tied her bumper to mine as close as she was – I was going under the speed limit: 30 vs. 35. No matter, I was nearing my destination and flicked the turn signal for turning right into the Starbucks (collecting coffee grounds for the fledgling compost pile). She really started to go off, flailing her head around, looking very pissed off. I noticed that she slid into the turn lane behind me and as I completed my turn into the parking lot I saw her right turn signal was on. She – it seems to me – was livid that I turned in in front of her, as if I deliberately slowed her down by the one to two seconds the 100 feet at 30 mph cost her; as if I saw her turn signal and flipped mine on, just to make her mad.
Had I thought about it, I would have walked into the Starbucks right in front of her – and paid for her coffee. That would have really pissed her off I’m sure.
I have some suggestions for the wild haired woman:
- If you are running so late that 5mph over 100 feet makes that much of a difference in your life, skip the coffee
- If you weren’t on my ass over that 100 feet, I could have seen your turn signal – and maybe just skipped Starbucks this morning (as it turns out, there were no used grounds this morning, I very well could have skipped it)
- If such a little thing makes you so angry, you don’t need caffeine to amp you up, switch to decaf
- Road rage ain’t just a video game, the next person you ride like that might not be so laid back
As an aside, driving like that isn’t good for your brakes, your insurance rates and you could have gotten a ticket for following too closely.
It’s been a while since I wrote about blocking cars with my bus but yesterday, I got a little fired up. One of our drivers was picking up students from an after school program and the bus zone was loaded with cars. The driver proceeded to block the line of cars in with his bus. He had a confrontation with a mom who took his photo and then called me to complain about the driver.
I calmly told the lady that she was in an area marked as a bus loading zone. She argued with me that since it was outside school hours she could park there. The sign does not designate hours. She also said that the driver was not bothering anyone else. According to the driver, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, she’s the only one who confronted him. The other drivers backed out over the curb. While on the phone she proceeded to collect my name – apparently to report me to our administration. When I asked her what her name was she replied, “I’m not playing this game with you.” (I’ll tell you why she didn’t want me to know later on)
In the course of our conversation, I asked her a simple question, “if you see a handicapped parking space, but no one’s in it, is it OK to park there?” – just like she did with the bus loading zone. She replied that it was different because it was after school hours. Huh. That’s a great argument – because we only drive kids to and from school while school is in session. Ahem. I mean, we mostly drive kids to school before it starts and drive them home after school is out. She was there to pick up her child and we were there to pick up other children. But since she doesn’t know the law, here is the link to:Stopping, standing or parking prohibitions; exceptions; definition, Arizona Revised Statutes.
Except if necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or if in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, a person shall not stop, stand or park a vehicle in any of the following places:
… 14. At any place where official signs prohibit standing or stopping.
So, since Concha refused to tell me her name, I guess I just have to post the link to her directory listing. You see, Concha Padilla is a staff member at Mount Elden Middle School. In addition, as a school employee, Concha is required by law to:
10. During loading or unloading of passengers at a designated school bus loading area at a school, the school shall restrict the loading area to school buses, passengers, and school employees assisting in the loading or unloading of passengers. (Title 17, Chapter 9 Arizona Administrative Code)