Park­ing lot anger turned to do good

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I was try­ing to park my car at a su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot and usu­ally try to find a spot where I can drive right through so not hav­ing to back out when I leave. I have very bad arthri­tis in my neck so back­ing out is painful.

Ahh, but get­ting parked where I chose to stop was not so easy. A big red truck was parked in such a way that it was al­most tak­ing up four park­ing spa­ces. I man­aged to get my car parked not too badly, but was not able to drive right through. Yes, I could have moved along, but I felt this per­son with the big red truck needed to be spo­ken to.

There was a man in the pas­sen­ger's seat and a woman, who was the driver, was putting a lit­tle girl in one of those big plas­tic carts so gra­ciously of­fered by the su­per­mar­ket. I asked if she was go­ing right into the store, and when her an­swer was yes, I said, "Maybe you could park your truck prop­erly. It's tak­ing up more than two park­ing spa­ces." Her re­ply, while barely even look­ing at me was, "It's a big truck."

I pointed out that there was plenty of space avail­able to ac­com­mo­date the truck, and she sim­ply said, "I won't be long." I was just in and out my­self to pick up a bag of ice at that point, and the truck was left run­ning, for the air con­di­tion­ing, I as­sumed. So two things that didn’t sit well with me. A big truck tak­ing up four park­ing spa­ces and left run­ning for the com­fort of the pas­sen­ger, while push­ing out all kinds of emis­sions into the sur­round­ing area. I was not im­pressed.

What makes me the park­ing lot, and emis­sions po­lice, you ask? If we all had the at­ti­tude of this woman, I'm think­ing there might be some park­ing lot rage crop­ping up. While an­gry, I sim­ply walked away, telling my­self, I'll do some­thing about this for sure. And I am! Kathy Birt, Mount Stewart

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