So here’s an interesting “scruples” question for the weekend…
My husband and I had friends over for dinner last night, and one of our friends posed the following scenario. It sparked a fair amount of debate between the eight of us, so I thought I’d throw it out here to see what others think. Here’s the question:
Can you hold a parking spot?
Here’s the situation: My friend and her husband were at a crowded outlet mall over Memorial Day weekend and spent 45 minutes trying to find a parking spot. One opened up a lane over and my friend got out of the car and stood in the empty spot while her husband drove the car around. Another car got to the parking spot before my friend’s husband and The Other Guy told my friend she couldn’t stand there to hold the spot. Quite angry, The Other Guy told my friend that holding a parking spot was illegal. Said the parking spot was public property and she was illegally taking it. When my friend wasn’t impressed with The Other Guy’s legal case, he got even angrier and threw out the Parent Card: “Do you have a son? Because I have a kid in the car.” Sidenote: I have a two year-old, and boy do I ever understand use of the Parent Card at appropriate times. (Four hour plane rides to California come to mind.) But to me, this doesn’t seem like one…
Anyway, the stand-off finally ended when my friend’s husband got to the parking spot and “strongly suggested” (I’ll leave it at that) that The Other Guy move his car along.
So there you go: Can you save/guard a parking spot? Like I said, this topic spurred a lot of interesting discussion amongst all of us last night and I’d love to hear what other people think.
Note: I should mention that the photo above is NOT my friend, although that would be hysterical. It’s just some random photo I found on the internet.