Here in Germany, shopping is forbidden on Sundays. This is what makes Saturday the worst possible time to go and get some errands done. Germans work hard all week long and have one day to get their private lives in order. Groceries, pharmacy, new shoes, household stuff. If I have to go out on a Saturday I usually come back a shaken, crying wussy. Not from the crowds themselves, but from parking.
Don't give me any lip about European parking lots being smaller and cars getting bigger. I lived in London for years and people did not park like this. Of course there is always one jerk who takes two spots, but I took these photos on one Saturday, in several locations in less than a few hours time. I didn't have to go "hunt" for examples. I just observed and recorded.
In fairness to my host country, some of the images are from one of the worst ramps in Wuerzburg. But my bigger point with this is the blatant disrespect of mother-and-child spots and worse, the handicapped spaces.
I've learned over the years that it won't help to argue. The times I've opened my foreign mouth, I've been eaten alive. Since I've been back from my quick trip home in America, I've been honked at, screamed at, sworn at, and gestured at. I know the whole world is getting more and more hostile. But there is a special dose of it here. I've almost lost hope.
For so long I've done my best to be a good Ambassador of America. I know better than to blow in and start telling people how they "should" be. Who am I to say what's right or wrong? But this is my blog and I'm here to let Germany in on a little secret. Most other cultures do not park this way. When people from outside of Germany see this, we think it's rude. When we see it on women-and-children spots we're irritated, and when we see it on handicapped spots, we're appalled. Try harder Germany. You are good people. Start parking like it.
Oh there's a spot! Everybody hold your breath... we'll make it fit!
TJ has mad Porsche love! But just not for this one.
Hey, there's a spot open over here... for a rickshaw!
Let's blame the bricks on this one.
Apparently I missed the rule where only half of your vehicle needs to fit in the spot...
That'll do when you've got the luxury of a sliding van door...too bad about the other sucker!
Oh I'll just borrow a little slice from the reserved lady parking spot... they're smaller anyway!
Let's just get it parked first, then we'll worry if we can get out of the car...
Ahh yes, the ultimate woman-hater. Reversed in slant-wise over two women-and-child parking spots. NICE. This one is so bad, I'm kind of turned on.
Roll on wheelchair user...