Is It Okay to Dump Snow on the Car That Stole Your Shoveled Spot?
I honestly can't see what I'm typing as all my eyes can see right now is red from this Boston spot-jacker.
This is a now-deleted Craigslist post. Can you imagine shoveling out a space for your car, and having somebody just pull in and park in it? I'm nowhere close to this situation, but I'm ready to get a posse together and hunt this maggot down.
First of all, let's consider the work involved in clearing a spot when you have to park on the street. This snow is the heavy stuff that the plows leave at the end of your driveway, only x's 10.
Next there's not much area to put the snow, as you've got to be careful not to put it on the sidewalk, and you can't throw it back in the street. It's tough to get any kind of shoveling rhythm going in that situation.
According to Boston.com, this guy then marked his spot with an old bookcase, and left for work. When he got home late Sunday night he found that a car "with New York plates" was in his spot.
“I’ve lived in Boston for years and I’m from New England,” he said. “This was just not a cool move. I’m getting home at midnight and I had nowhere to park.”
He spent Monday considering his options. Then, on Monday night, he shoveled all the snow back into the spot.
“I got emails from people who said I should pop the tires. I didn’t think that was okay,” he said.'
No, popping the tires is not okay. Then the car wouldn't have been able to move from your now stolen spot. You put a pebble in the tire stem so the tires slowly leak air, hopefully going flat while he's miles away from a garage. Or put a potato in the exhaust. I don't know, I'm too furious to think straight.
Burying the car with snow is a nice touch. I'm sure it worked off a lot of the tension. But now you've shoveled the area twice. The only energy the jerk who drove the car with New York plates (don't get me started on that small fact in this story) expended was pulling into the spot.
You know how some lobster men will shoot people trying to steal from their traps? I think stealing a shoveled out spot is just as serious an offense.