With the snow comes the cold and in that kind of weather, parking spots become a hot commodity. A Redditor who goes by the name u/topathemornin said he shoveled snow from his parking spot — and a neighbor took it.
“It was a cold winter day. 8 inches of snow had fallen the night before, and the windchill made it feel as if it were in the negatives (Fahrenheit),” he wrote in the subreddit forum Petty Revenge. “I drive an all wheel drive SUV so I have no issues getting out. My wife on the other hand drives a Prius, which slides with the smallest amount of moisture on the road.”
He continued saying they had to take his wife’s car so he spent “45 minutes in the freezing cold shoveling that car out so we could get to the store.” They were gone for an hour, he added, but when they returned, a neighbor took the parking spot he shoveled.
“Our apartment complex doesn’t have assigned parking, but in the winter, it’s understood that if you shovel a spot, it’s yours,” he said. “So when I saw his car in the spot I had just shoveled, I was pretty pissed.”
In some areas — like Chicago, Illinois — there’s an unwritten “dibs” rule which implies that calling “dibs” allows the person to snag the parking spot by “saving it” with a chair or person. However, it’s not law. NPR reported that, “dibs is not legal in Chicago, but has been tolerated — and even endorsed — by Chicago mayors for at least 50 years.”
To exact revenge, he “filled two gallon jugs of water,” then “went back out and poured them on his windshield.” It’s unclear how many times he did this but he “poured about ten gallons of water on his car,” and it was “already freezing by the time I poured the last gallon on.”
The man concluded by saying, “The next morning, I got to watch as he helplessly tried to scrape all of these layers of ice off his windshield. His wiper blades were frozen to the windshield, so they are probably ruined. Don’t take my goddamn parking spot.”
The viral post garnered more than 32,500 upvotes and 2,600 comments with many commiserating their own “petty” tales of shoveled parking spots, including the top comment which accumulated nearly 3,000 upvotes.
“My friend in Calgary had a neighbor who kept doing this. My friend is wheelchair bound, would spend a couple of hours creating a street parking spot for himself, only to come home after 10 minutes to find his neighbor had taken the spot. It was always the same neighbor. He even tried talking to the neighbor about it and the dude just said if the spot was open he was taking it,” othybear wrote.
They continued: “My friend mentioned something about it in passing when he had a doctor’s appointment and was making small talk, and the doctor asked him if he had a handicap spot in front of his house. Apparently he was eligible to get a handicap spot designation on the street directly in front of his house. The city installed the sign, and the next big snow storm the neighbor stole his spot again. My friend called the city, and had the neighbor towed with great satisfaction. The guy never took his snow spot again.”
Others shared their stories such as rosybxbie who said: “I had a neighbor take a handicap spot that i requested from my apartment complex. first two weeks i had the spot (after 6 months of waiting for it to be put in) were great, but then a neighbour came home with a brand new handicap parking placard and started leaving her car there for days and moving into the spot when we left. after she started parking there i only got to use it once every 2-3 weeks if that, so i had to request another handicap spot.”
“My dad was petty af. The winter of 96′ in the Philly area. He had shoveled a spot out from the few feet of snow we got. I can’t remember why his car was gone for a minute but when he got back someone had parked in his spot. My dad was MAD. So he shovels himself a new spot, and piles all the snow up on and around the car in his original spot. He then shovels the neighbors some spots and did the same thing. Couldn’t even see the car when he was done,” Ellthebelle wrote.