I couldn't believe it!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by alphaBETAdog, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. alphaBETAdog

    alphaBETAdog Been here awhile

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    Went to Chipotles for lunch. There seemed to be adiquate parking but not particularly abundant, however there is plenty closer the the Albertson's in the same shopping center. Next door to Chipotles is a Starbucks. I ride up and park my scooter in perphaps one of the last avalable spaces. As I was putting my helmet and gloves in the top case a woman pulled in right behind me and started yelling at me how rude it was for me to be taking the last parking spot and that I should find someware else to park or something to that affect. I was dumbfounded as I was certain I didn't pull in front of her or anything like that. She was driving a large black Suburban or similar, and as far as I could see she was by herself. She didn't go into Chipotle, so I assumed she went to Starbucks.

    Normally I do try to park in oddball type spaces and even up close to the business when I'm certain it doesn't effect passersby, but didn't see any of those places in this area and just used a space. Was it rude? I didn't think it is any different whether I happend to ride in on a scooter or in my truck. I didn't respond to her as she had backed away and drove off before it registered what she was moaning about. Weird thing is I thought she was being rude and self-centered which was the same thing she apparently thought of me. Sort of ruined my lunch.
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  2. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    Some people often think that scooters, and even motorcycles, don't deserve a parking space. And many riders do park in the triangle at the end of a row of spaces, along the curb, or on the sidewalk. I tend to do that, but it is more to protect the bike from being run over. Bikes can be hard to see until someone pulling into a parking space has already run over them. BUT, scooters and motorcycles are allowed parking spaces just like any other vehicle. They are registered and plated just like a car. She had no right to act that way, some people are just like that.
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  3. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    She's an arse-hole.

    You did nothing wrong. In fact, bikers who park on striped portions of lots, or on the sidewalks...technically are violating the law. What happens depends on how interested the store management is in enforcing parking regs.

    What I would have done...is waited until that loony broad went into wherever she was going; to make sure she didn't do something stupid like run over your scoot. Once inside, she'll either cool off or find someone else to abuse or hit; and it won't be your problem.
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  4. Bronco638

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    It's OK, she needed the exercise (and the stress relief it provided).
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  5. k3ith

    k3ith Been here awhile

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    I normally park as far back as I can in a parking lot as people won't see the scooter till they're already pulling into the space, but there's nothing wrong with taking a space.
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  6. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    You might want to try not parking so deep into the parking space. If someone can pull in before they see your scoot, they're more likely to squash it. Try parking so that the scoot is pretty much right in the middle of the space, front-to-rear and side-to-side. This works pretty good for me. YMMV.
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  7. k3ith

    k3ith Been here awhile

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    Oh I do that, but if I have the option of just parking further away I usually do. Less likely to have someone bump it with a car door or forget it's there and crank the wheel when pulling out or something stupid.
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  8. JDHolveck

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    I've had the same thing happen more times that I care to count. People in cages tend to get irritable if they don't get their own way.

    As far as parking, I always either back into the stall or maneuver so I'm just going to zip out. I've been backing out of a stall on my scooter and nearly got hit. It's that nice reminder every once in a while that to people in cages, you are invisible.
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  9. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    It comes down to the attitude of the person, not the form of transportation you're parking.

    I've been yelled at for:

    Going the "wrong way" down a two-way parking aisle.

    "Taking too many spaces" when pulling a 30' trailer, even though I was parked at the outer edge of the lot.

    "Almost" hitting someone's car after pulling into a space with my work van (our bumpers were 3" apart, nose to nose). I very nearly said, "I'm sorry. I didn't know that you wanted me to run into your car. Just a sec and I'll fix that."

    People have bad days, get irritable, and take it out over the littlest things sometimes. I figure if someone yelling at me keeps them from taking it out on a kid I've done my job for the day.
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  10. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Just ignore it. Life is to short to be bothered by asses.:D
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  11. andoulli

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    Agreed, but we have bad days too, some days asses are more easily tolerated. Some days not so much.
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  12. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Asses? We've all got one, follows us around all day. Get used to it.
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  13. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Common courtesy isn't so common anymore. I try to be nice to people... until they prove they don't deserve it. She didn't. You were a gentleman, even though she wasn't a lady. Well, at least you didn't tell her to kiss your ass (which was my first thought). Don't give it a second thought... you know she didn't - she probably treats everyone like that.
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  14. *Gmoney*

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    Imagine what would have happened
    if he parked in the shade of a tree
    in a parking lot in Arizona?
    He may not have been around to tell this story.
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  15. Bronco638

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    :lol3
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  16. MiniBike

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    Just congratulate yourself that you only had to deal with her for a few seconds at Fourbucks. Pity the poor SOB that has to go home to her each night!

    I had one a few years ago in front of a grocery store, that after she finished loading her car, she pushed the empty cart into the handicapped space that I was entering. I had to stop my car in the aisle, get out and move the cart while she just sat there looking at me - with a blank look on her face. OOPS, I had stopped my car behind hers. :evil When she rolled down her window to loudly complain that I was blocking her exit, I decided that I should take the cart back into the store so it wouldn't be in anybody else's way before I moved my car into the space.

    One thing that does bug me is when bikes park on the striped lines adjacent to handicapped spaces. We don't, but some people need that extra space to maneuver their wheelchairs out of their vehicle. Parking a bike there makes that space unuseable for a handicapped person.
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  17. timmie415

    timmie415 n00b poster but not rider

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    Amen, thankfully that is a big ticket out here. I see bikes park in crazy places but no one is dumb enough to fudge with a handicap space. Well, at least not usually dumb enough (sadly)... Crazy stories from you and the OP, both fully in the right and forget about the slobs who obviously lost the "common decency" morals.
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  18. damasovi

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    LAst month I had an incident similar to this one, but the problem was with the employees.

    We went to Costco, a total of 3 bikes, WE ASK to park the bikes next to food area, where nobody will be walking, and no doors open and basically is ok (from my point of view) and the supervisor said yes, we were happy. Then 3 minutes latter another "supervisor" ask us to move the bikes... OK, and he said, you can park them in the space next to the plants where there is cement, OK we said, as soon as my friend put up his vstar up there another supervisor said NOOOO.... and he the 3 supervisor suggested we park at the corner where everybody makes a right turn... NO FU*** WAY! they will run over my bike I said, so I went looking for a parking spot as if I were a car, and I found one way nice so I pull in, and guess what? the 4th guy comes over and tells me "SIr you can park there!" WTF?? I can not park in a parking space??? I was no longer a happy man.. No sir you can, so call my friends to park ALL 3 bikes in the same spot, and I said WE ARE ALL GOING TO PARK HERE. This last guy was a volunteer and he said that "I do not get paid here, I am a volunteer and your tips are my salary, so I said (and I do believe him) ok, can you look out for our bikes? and I will give you a tip? YES SIR, ok then!

    I was hungry and angry, but at the end all was fine.

    Damasovi
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