Hui-chen suggested that I post this video. We were at Costco on Sunday and it was jammed full of people. Parking spaces were scarce, so naturally when I saw someone leaving, I stopped my car and put on my turn signal to indicate that I wanted the space. That is an internationally recognized practice. So, what do you do if a car comes along and the driver refuses to acknowledge your presence and tries to park in the space you want? This is exactly what happened. Let me give you a rundown of the video:
As the video starts, I’m driving in the parking lot. As I slow to a stop, you can see a man on the left side of the screen (near the support column) getting into his van. I instantly recognized this as a parking opportunity, so I stop and put on my left turn signal. At 17:07:55 you see his lights blink as he turns off his car alarm. By this point I’m waiting with my left turn signal on.At 17:08:16 another car passes me on the left, and goes on to park up ahead. At 17:08:30 another car passes me on the left, sees the van about to leave and pulls up ahead to wait for it. At around 17:08:40 he’s still stopped, so I honk my horn to indicate my presence and therefore my desire for that parking space, me having been there before he came along. So, how does he respond? By pulling further ahead and discharging his wife to walk over and “hold” the space for him. The van backs out and I pull in. The wife, standing there, looks at me incredulously. I roll down the window and she sees my face, and says “sorry” in English. Believe it or not, her husband ran over in a rage and started berating me for parking there when his wife was holding the space for him! Then the husband went off on a tirade, telling me that I had been waiting for another space and I was on the left side of the aisle (he denied passing me on the left to get to where he was). This guy and his wife were apparently totally obvilious to the fact that they passed me with my turn signal on! They even threatened to post their dashcam video on Facebook and Youtube. I’ve already posted my to Youtube and now the blog, so I hope to see their video soon, which will only show the fact that they are wrong!
But, You Be The Judge
Here is the video: