I work in a large Hewlett Packard facility in Marlborough Massachusetts. It has enough parking for thousands of cars (though much of it is unused). Of all of those spots, one row is unusual: due to its proximity to a row of tall tree, those spots are the only ones that are in full shade at the end of the work day. In these muggy summer days, those spots are highly prized.
Recently, one individual has been taking two spots for his Mustang. He parks at a slight diagonal across two spaces, I assume to ensure that his car is not dinged by those on either side of him. People often park over the lines, due to trying to back into spaces, but those people clearly were trying to fit into one spot. It’s a little annoying that these people don’t work at their parking a little better to avoid taking two spots, but I don’t think they’re being malicious.
The Mustang, though, is clearly parking purposefully. He has decided that he deserves two spots. I tried leaving a note on his windshield (“Please don’t take two parking spaces, thanks.”), but the next day he had parked diagonally again.
So now I’m torn about what to do. He’s being inconsiderate and greedy in deciding that he deserves two spots, no doubt about it. When I see him parked like that, I think, “if he didn’t do that, I could park there.” But that’s not true. All the other cars would be parked one spot closer, and I’d park only one spot closer than I did, an insignificant improvement.
I’m pretty sure he’s the kind of person who wouldn’t do something like this face-to-face. The anonymity of the parking lot makes it possible for him to act this way. Ironically, it also allows me to put a note on his windshield. If I were to see him park diagonally, I’m not sure I would approach him in person to ask him not to do it.
So, what to do? Should I continue leaving notes on his car? Notes with my phone number? Should I tell the security guy about it? Should I take a deep breath and focus on more important things?