Lately, I’ve really needed to ask someone a question about something that has been bothering me. So, I’ll come right out and ask you. Please, don’t be shy. I swear I shan’t stalk you, steal your identity, or send you spam if you leave a comment.
According to a rather small sample – that is the patients and employees who park in the parking lot under my office building – approximately 1/3 of the population backs into a parking space rather than just heading in. And I need to know why do people do that. It makes no sense to me.
It was never anything I really paid attention to until I started parking in the lot downstairs. I know whenever I head into that lot that I’m going to need some patience. Since it’s a medical center parking lot so there are a lot of people who are not feeling their best, and then throw in all the elderly folks, pregnant women, people hobbling on crutches, etc. – this is not a parking lot for those in a big hurry. Yet, of course, people are. You’ve got the anxious folks and those who are just plain late for their appointment. And on top of this is the tendency for people to want to get the parking space closest to wherever they are going. (Yet, the elevator is located in the same damn spot on the first level as it is the fifth. And, really, it is only a few seconds between floors once you’re on the elevator. Geez, people! OK, remember breathe. Better.)
For the most part, I’m pretty good at sitting patiently as the person in front of me waits for the elderly person with the walker who just got off the elevator and is moving very slowly towards their car. And since it’s a busy bi-directional garage, I can’t just scoot by and high-tail it down to the fifth level where there is always abundant parking. So, I sit and I listen to my music and practice acceptance. That is, until the person who has been holding me up (as well as the line that has formed behind me), decides to back into now empty parking space. Come on, now! Is that really necessary? Can’t you just quickly scoot head first into the space? Instead, they hold up both directions of traffic in order to back into the space. And to what purpose?
So, please, if you are a backer-inner, please let me know why and what is the advantage of said maneuver. I know y’all don’t do it strictly to annoy me (though that may be an added bonus for some), and I know it must serve some purpose. Help me understand.