Trying to find parking can be an infuriating process, and people are often tempted to put their car where they shouldn’t. After all, a temporary no parking sign that’s next to an empty space can’t be all that important, right?
But if you put yourself in the shoes of workers operating heavy construction equipment, which often is twice to three times as long and a fair bit wider than the average car, you can start to understand why it’s important not to encroach on their space.
Unfortunately, for one mom picking up her kids from school, the lesson turned out to be a bit harder to learn.
It all started when a Reddit user named BBQLunch posted a story about his experiences with a construction project. As BBQLunch, who was the construction foreman on the house, explained, “The location is kinda strange, the house is 250 feet up a hill via a footpath only. All of our materials have to come up this footpath by hand, it’s a pain in the [expletive] to manually carry, quite literally, an ENTIRE HOUSE up this hill.”
But thankfully, despite the challenging conditions, the construction vehicles had two spots officially allocated to them on the street, complete with “no parking” signs.
The problem came from parents trying to find parking at a nearby elementary school. If they couldn’t find the exact spot they wanted or were waiting for their kids to be let out, sometimes they would avail themselves of the contractors’ parking.
As the foreman wrote on Reddit, “Now I consider myself a reasonable person, so if someone is parked in the spots and we don’t have a delivery or a need to park a truck I will let it go.” Whenever he did need to clear the spot out, he never had a problem getting them to move after asking nicely. But one day, he met a person whom no amount of reason could change.
It just so happened that the lumber for the frame was being delivered to the construction site. Unloading and carrying all this stuff up the hill was a massive job, and so the foreman assured the driver that he would personally go down to the street to make sure the space was available.
When he arrived, the designated parking spot was already taken by a mom waiting for her kids. “I walk up to her car and politely let her know that she is parked in a no parking zone and we really need her to clear it to park a delivery truck.” Her response wasn’t so polite: “I’ll just be a few minutes, and your truck isn’t here, take a chill pill dude.”
Just after, the lumber truck came around the corner, ready to drop off all the wood. And the woman, who had now put her window back up to ignore him, refused to budge. Once again, the foreman tried using all his charm and “customer service smile” to get her to move.
The woman was having none of it and, with the massive lumber truck waiting in the middle of the road, gave the foreman the perfect idea: “Can’t you guys just unload around me? Jesus, it’s not that hard.” Little did she know this uncooperative motorist had just sealed her own fate.
“I instruct the delivery driver to park as closely to her as possible and block her in with the porta potty that is at one end of our reserved spots and the parked car that is parked just adjacent to our spots on the other end.” Now, there was no way she could get out. Meanwhile, the foreman also called the police to alert them to the parking violation.
While his workers were busy hauling the lumber up the big hill by hand, school let out. The woman had now changed her tune. “She comes storming up to myself and the driver and states, ‘I’m in a big hurry, you need to move your [expletive] truck right now so I can go.’” The driver tells her that it’s against safety policy to move the truck once the load has been unstrapped. “[Expletive] your policy, I have somewhere to be.”
The police officer conveniently arrived just in time to see the woman swearing at the workers and following the foreman’s advice, “just pull around it.” As he wrote, “The Mom in the car slams it into reverse and stomps on the gas, crashing into our porta potty and knocking it over, and then throws the car into drive and tries to mount the curb and drive on the sidewalk.”
The whole scene ended with the angry mother getting charged for multiple violations and ending up with some time to cool down in the local jail. “I never expected her to actually heed my advice to ‘Just pull out around it,’” the foreman wrote. “But I think next time she’ll probably think twice about parking in a tow away zone, if she ever gets a license again.”