We’ve all heard the expression, patience is a virtue. Last Friday I got to personally witness what happens when people stop being polite.
Just north of my work building is a busy Starbucks. I make daily visits there to keep myself fully caffeinated. However, that’s really not the important part of this story. What’s key to remember is there tends to be a line for the drive thru which overflows on the side street. There are are also some parking spaces at Starbucks and up against the building where I work. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might recall this is the same general area where some guy threatened to beat me up after almost running me over, yet that’s not terribly critical to this story either.
Friday I got my usual beverage (grande vanilla latte) after a work conference call, chatted with a friend I haven’t seen in a while inside Starbucks, and then made my way back across the side street to work. While crossing the crowded side street I overheard a heated discussion between two men. Apparently one driver stole a parking spot another driver was waiting for. I honestly don’t know who was there first. Since I’m nosy, I bent an ear their way to eavesdrop.
Jeep Liberty Man (JLM) = man who nabbed the parking spot
Honda Civic Man (HCM) = man who didn’t get the parking spot
Initially the two drivers exchanged verbal blows from the comfort of their respective cars. Then HMC gets enraged and hops out of his Civic and comes chest to chest with JLM. Mr. Civic decided it would be wise to bring his anti-theft device, a yellow Club™, with him though. Not a prudent decision as the other dude freaked out. I was standing about ten feet away and assumed I was about to witness someone getting laid out. Suddenly Soccer Player Egan, a new nickname I gave myself, kicked in high gear and a stern phrase exited my mouth, "hey guys, it’s just a parking spot… walk away, walk away". I repeated this several times to keep them aware someone was witnessing their childish antics.
Wisely Mr. Civic got back in his car and drove over to the drive thru line, abandoning his quarrel with the dude in the Jeep Liberty. The Jeep Liberty guy made sure he tossed a couple final insults his way though saying something about how much money Mr. Civic makes. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, yet neither does fighting over a parking spot. Before I went back inside my building, I had to make sure Mr. Jeep Liberty had settled down and kindly informed him he illegally parked (head-in in a back-in only spot). Mr. Jeep Liberty confides in me and says, "that guy’s just lucky I didn’t get my knife out". Awesome, just what I needed to hear. All this over a silly parking spot. This tiny incident is a great reminder why we’re still at war in the Middle East.
Police Blotter: Jeep Liberty Man wrote down the license plate number of Mr. Civic and did call the police. I offered to be a witness to what I saw. The police arrived about 30 minutes later and then it was decided by Mr. Jeep Liberty he would not file a report. He realized he wasn’t the best person in this incident and did nothing to diffuse his anger. I nodded my head in agreement while JLM explained this to the young man in uniform. Mr. Jeep Liberty shook my hand and thanked me for intervening. Kumbaya!