Car Park Conundrum

I don’t go to the grocery store very often these days, but when I do, I like to be able to get into my car when I leave.

Today, someone parked so close to my car it is a wonder they didn’t rip off the side mirror. Admittedly, my car, the green one, was parked at a bit of an angle, but I was definitely inside the yellow line.

The situation was made worse by the fact that the remote opener for my car no longer works so I use a key to get in, and the key only works on the driver’s side door. I was unable to reach the lock, so I took photos and trundled my groceries back to the store. I asked the woman at the customer service desk to page the owner of the car and showed her a photo of the license plate. She did so twice, but no-one came to the desk.

So, I went back to my car and explained my dilemma to a passing gentleman who very kindly helped me. His arm was long enough to reach the lock and he opened it for me. Hurray!

After I had loaded my groceries into the trunk and returned the cart, all that was left was for me to get into the driver’s seat. Now I want you to imagine a less-than-sprightly seventy-one-year-old woman clambering over the centre console bum first and then trying to fit her legs in under the steering wheel that was as close to the seat as a steering wheel can get.

If anyone was watching, I’m sure I gave them a good chuckle today. At least, I hope someone got a laugh out of this!

I managed to reverse out of the space without scratching any cars, but I did notice that the offending Toyota Sienna had scrapes on both back panels. I suspect this isn’t the first time that car had been awkwardly parked.


  1. This happened to me at the school. I was at a program last year only it was a huge pick-up with a detail sign saying trailer trash. I took a picture and put it on FB. Some of my friends knew whose truck it was. Yes trying to climb in the passenger side then get in the driver seat and back out with out incidence as the young driver came out to her truck and saw what I was doing. Priceless !

    • I considered showing the license plate of the car that was too close to mine in this post but thought that would be going too far in a public website. I’m sure someone knows who it was!

      I’m glad your trailer trash driver saw you backing out next to her truck and was alarmed. Some people are just totally oblivious.

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