By Bob Deziel
Typically, in order to write one of these articles, I go out to the parking lots of UPEI over the course of 2-3 lunch breaks and snap a few photos. I also get some submissions from interested readers, and after I collect all of these pictures I have enough for a nice article.
This year was different. I have been out to the parking lots a number of times (5-6), but rarely did I find people parking badly. Even in September when the lots were at their fullest there were rarely prime examples of cars taking up 2 (or more!) parking spaces, people parking around or directly over no parking signs, or cars parked in the middle of parking lots. Potentially this is because I’m going around at the wrong times, or people are simply parking like assholes less often. Seeing as how I received very few submissions from students, I suspect that people might actually be parking more reasonably than in previous years. I’m sure this will all change with the newly fallen snow, though.
Anyhow, here is what I’ve found so far this semester. Best of luck with your final papers and exams, UPEI!
This is one I took earlier on in the semester, and is often an abused space in the KCI parking lot occupied by people who don’t understand that you park between lines, not around them.
Again, this is a person who does not understand the concept that a parking space does not have lines through it, but rather around it.
Not a parking spot? Check
Parked halfway on the grass? Check
Parking ticket? Check.
If any of you ever see a car parked across more than four separate parking spaces, let me know. This person has to be at least tied for the world record for “most obstructive parker”.
Ah, the Oak Tree liquor store. People can’t seem to wait to get their booze, so they may as well park on the walkway. Sent in by Travis.
It’s literally the middle of the day… how do you miss something like this? Also sent in by Travis.
Posted here not because they parked badly, but because they parked in this space for so long that they managed to rack up two parking tickets. For reference, I took this picture at 11 AM.
Did you ever know a kid when you were younger who tried to put the rectangular-shaped peg into the triangular hole? Admittedly I was one of those kids, but at least I grew out of that phase. They have not.
So, I went around the lots yesterday to find some people parking badly after the snow storm, and much to my surprise there weren’t many! However, these two here decided that parking in loading zones is completely acceptable.
I think this one is my favourite because of the pure laziness. Note that behind the truck there are about a dozen empty spaces… but no, that’s not good enough. They have to be as close as possible to the door. They weren’t just here to pick someone up, either. I went around the entirety of the UPEI campus, grabbed a coffee, came back, and were still here.
Happy holidays, UPEI! See you next semester.