|Not the actual offender|
YOU, SIR, ARE.....(fill in the blank)!
When my wife's job expanded from part time to full time at the beginning of this year, I tried to pick up some of the slack by doing some of the chauffeuring needed by our two kids. Two days a week my daughter stays late after school for orchestra, so I have to pick up my son. And this is what I've realized at his school, unlike my daughter's elementary school......some of those parent's need some common decency training.
Sitting in the parking lot, usually just 1/4 to 1/3 full, I watch as SUV after SUV dart through the parking lot and back into areas striped for no parking. Now, the guys who laid out the parking lot didn't just decide that stripes would look pretty in an angled design near crosswalks and drives. They did it for safety reasons. When you've got your massive SUV parked over the top of these "no parking areas" other SUVs driving at speeds way too fast, cannot see around the corner and will plow down kids and adults alike in the parking lot.
But today took the cake when a new silver suburban with Michigan plates pulled up, not even on the angled stripes, but this time partially blocking the drive. And when he left he drove over the lawn because he was too lazy to back up. Prior to today he at least parked on the angled stripes-too lazy for that infraction now I guess. I'm considering parking to block him in some day-no less illegal.
Now-call this the rantings of an old fart who was maybe brought up a little-heck-a LOT differently than the violators in the parking lot, but I would think a little common sense and common decency should be in play in a parking lot full of little kids. Am I wrong? I realize I got started a little late in the kid department and that many of these parents are 10 years my junior......but c'mon, what, did we seriously raise this generation?
I considered snapping a picture of the silver suburban, but figured that may invite gunfire. And I thought about asking if the Michigander understood what angled lines mean in parking lots....trying to give him the benefit of the doubt-maybe it doesn't mean the same in Michigan. I figured that wouldn't end well either. My pastor sits in the parking lot too.....I'd hate for him to see me go into full-blown parking lot rage. He drives a suburban too.
There are two or three of River City's finest who pick up their kids at my son's school. It would be nice if they could tap on the windows of the perpetrators and just remind them to practice safe parking.....I think that would go over much better than if I did it.
There, I'm done.