An Idiot Tried to Hog a Spot by Standing in Front of It. Should I Be Petty?

My friends and I were in Melbourne CBD this evening and were about to turn into a 90 deg parking spot.. to be met with an idiot standing right in front of the spot refusing to move. He claims that his friend is doing a turn and is just around the corner and that he is reserving the spot for his friend - called him an asshole and told him that he isn’t a car and should not be hogging a spot. His response? “How am I am asshole if I’m not being aggressive?”

Our confrontation lasted for 1.5 mins before we drove off to another spot that freed up, only because we were across 2 lanes and were holding up traffic behind us.

Obvs we have videos + dashcam footage and images of him and his friend + his friend’s car plate deets. Thinking if we should give karma a hand (+ just wanting to be extremely petty as he completely ruined our evening) by posting these vids/pics somewhere. Thoughts?

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  • 207
    Taking things too far
  • 524
    Totally justifiable


  • +82

    Totally get why you were mad but don't really see the point of posting/sending it anywhere besides DCOA!

    • +24

      I'm going to rotate one of my windscreen washers forwards so I'll be ready to hose down one of these creatures.

      • +1

        that is a GREAT idea. Maybe an additional gadget. Maybe replace with piss from last trip where you had to pee in a bottle. Or have some water fight balloons handy in the car for occasions like this.

        • +3

          Ya know what's worse??

          Waiting at a spot for 5mins+, where they are now leaving, but then some scumbag slips into the spot, as you are waiting for complete clearance (or adjusting the car).

          That's now why I sometimes have to inch in / or make tighter turns (esp for reverse parking).

      • So long as the water doesn't obstruct the dash cam footage!

    • +4

      Did she look like this women -

      • What a rat! Nice footage, though, Nick.

      • +1

        I feel it's a cultural thing. Seems like it's a normal practice in Asia.

      • What is wrong with people, that guy handled it quite well .. I would have ended up 🤬🤬🤬

  • +5

    You should just put your middle finger up in front of your camera and point at him and then post it on Facebook
    With a funny hashtag

    • +1

      Thumbnail clickbait game is on point

  • +42

    Dashcam owners Australia all the way.

  • +70

    Just move on. Idiots everywhere. You can't shame all of them.

      • +64

        Found the human carpark hog.

    • +2

      the problem is it starts to become a “norm”.
      ‘>=5 years ago I rarely see such act but lately I have seen it too often in popular places e.g. big shopping centre.
      One day I could lose my coolness and confront those “idiot” and drag myself to the lowest point of humanity by punching and kicking - and biting 🤬

      • +8

        Business opportunity: hire kids to block out parks and sell them to customers willing to pay for a good park

      • -8

        Send my 1.97m 96Kg pure muscle son out to "move" the parking post.
        Shit is that they probably going to key the car.

        • +22

          weird flex but OK

        • Muscle reacts to knives the same way everything else does. Throw muscle at a problem and eventually you'll encounter something unyielding. You do… love your son right? Then maybe try to keep him safe, instead of sending him into harms way.

          • @Sxio: "Isn't that just like a wop, brings a knife to a gunfight." The Untouchables Or Raiders of the Lost Ark

          • @Sxio: True. I just run over the idiot. Steal for steal.

          • @Sxio: pretty sure with enough muscle, you can overwhelm a knife wielding person….

            • @Zachary: Ok. If you're sure…

              • -1

                @Sxio: Well I mean - try and stab a guy whose pure muscle brick - he wont feel a thing….stab a skinny guy and he'll yell out in pain or die….of course both would bleed but the guy with muscles would shrug it off like nothing….

                • @Zachary: geez, it doesn't work like that AT ALL. You can't tell if a guy is a tough nut just by looking at him - nothing to do with muscle. In movies maybe.

                  • @poohduck: Try punching a guy who's a basically a brick and then do the same to another guy who's a twig. Same logic applies using knife instead of fist.

                • @Zachary: Both on skinny people and muscular people, an artery is an artery and many are very close to the surface of the skin.

                  Not here to preach but there's a reason why the police are trained to shoot knife wielding attackers. Not tase and not disarm. They shoot them.

                  • @Sxio:

                    Not here to preach but there's a reason why the police are trained to shoot knife wielding attackers. Not tase and not disarm. They shoot them.

                    Wait what?! This is news to me….I would think the cops would spear tackle them down and disarm them the knife wielder….. I've seen security guards do this…..

                    Both on skinny people and muscular people, an artery is an artery and many are very close to the surface of the skin.

                    So you're telling me I can knock out a brick of a person with just a knife before he knocks me out?

                    • @Zachary: You can't knock them out easily with a bladed weapon. Kill them though? Absolutely. A cut in the right place and its only a matter of time.

                      Tackling someone with a knife is very foolish. It could end up anywhere on the way down. Like in an eye. Or heart.

                      • @Sxio:

                        A cut in the right place and its only a matter of time.

                        Just like a touch in the right place(with or without ki/chi) and someone will instantly freeze on the spot or somehow become disabled in some way….mmhmmm….

                        • @Zachary: You've never heard of bleeding out? Ok.

                          • @Sxio: Well ive never bled to death if thats what your asking… i dont know if that works or not or if its just for the movies and tv show thing for entertainment and drama…. Ive also never seen anyone bled to death either so I dont know how real it is…..

      • +3

        <everybody was kung fu foightin>

    • Yes. You can..

        • +14

          But don't we live in the first world?

          Nah I get that its just a tongue-in-cheek thing but I just always found it silly. Just because we're not dying from starvation shouldn't mean that we can't stress about our small first world problems.

  • +14

    That’s the right way. Posting to OzBargain. 👍

  • +48

    It really isn't worth having an altercation as they might be arseholes who will damage your car. You should have just let them have it and not provoke them, move on with your day like an adult. Really isn't anything worth getting upset about at all. Although from your wording it sounds like they should be the ones backing off as you're the arsehole who would consider damaging someone else's property.

    • +10

      I’m sorry if my wording made it sound that way, but although we were pissed and astounded at the situation (because it’s something we see on viral videos on fb, not something we think we’d encounter irl), we did not consider damaging their car.

      In fact, the videos were to protect US in the event that he decides to damage our car during the altercation.. not for any other reason. Only thought to post it somewhere in the interwebz to shame the person, but even then I’m holding back cause I’m not sure if I’m taking things too far.

      • +31

        I don't think it is worth putting that much effort in. People do annoying stuff all the time, sometimes on purpose cause they're not thoughtful or not on purpose because they're idiots… Trying to shame them won't fix their behaviour, they'll never see it and if they do it would just make them more sure they're right and somehow it is your fault (it isn't but they'll think that). It won't stop other people from doing the same thing - the sort of people that would see the video and think that's wrong behaviour already know it is wrong and wouldn't do that anyway. Getting mad only hurts you, as you spend mental space thinking about it and being mad makes you unhappy. It is much more worthwhile to let stuff like that wash over you. If spending time on it can actually help you or others then sure go ahead but if there's nothing productive you can do…. Better to forget it.

      • +5

        I didn't get the impression you'd damage their property.

        +1 for moving on - if the cathartic relief of posting/shaming improves your life go for it, but more likely you can benefit more from letting it go and turning it into a positive by realising you're the bigger person.

      • +1

        If your friends didn't mind, should have got one or two of them to block off the other guy's friend as well. This is an imported habit and I'd sure as (profanity) would rather not see it as a norm here.

      • +2

        That's some restraint. I personally would've at least contemplated letting their tyres down. Can't stand these sorts of idiots.

        Feel absolutely free to post the video. After all, it's objective evidence so people can make their own judgement.

      • +1

        Ok its been 3 days, 435 votes to 189 votes.

        Wheres the link to the video?

    • +4

      you're the arsehole who would consider damaging someone else's property.

      Where was this suggested?

      • -13

        It was the impression I got because of how mad the OP was about it, and how much he wanted revenge on them.

        • +11

          They only stated they were considering uploading the video, no mention of damaging property.

          • -7

            @brendanm: I said it was the impression I got. Not that they said those words.

            • +7

              @Quantumcat: Fair enough, I didn't get that at all, op didn't even mention that he was worried about the other part damaging his car, physical damage didn't seem to be on his mind at all from what I can see.

              • -7

                @brendanm: He was mad enough to want some kind of revenge.

                • +5

                  @Quantumcat: Yeah, putting the guy on Facebook. There is a huge difference between posting a video on Facebook and doing criminal physical damage to someones car.

                • +3

                  @Quantumcat: Not everyone is getting this impression of madness.

                  Seems more like frustrating to me.

  • +33

    You call someone an (profanity) and have a 2 minute altercation while blocking traffic.

    Post the video here .

  • +80

    he completely ruined our evening

    If one douchebag is enough to ‘completely ruin’ your evening you aren’t going to enjoy life very much. You found a spot after 2 min and probably carried on for the rest of your evening slightly miffed.

    Get over yourself, there are bigger issues around.

    Post it if you must, but you’ll probably look like a douchebag too.

    • +13

      True.. not sure why it got me so worked up (probs bc I’ve only had a handful of encounters like these) but you’re right, need. to. move. on.

      • +4

        These people are a dime a dozen. Count yourself lucky you haven't interacted with more of them, and doubly lucky you're not one of them!

      • +5

        Good on you for realising and admitting. Don't let this waste any more of your emotional energy.

      • Good idea. There's a whole conga line of assholes waiting to interact with you in your future. It's good to learn how to deal with them with the least amount of energy possible. The alternative is just exhausting.

        I used to be a bouncer. Just… I shake my head at the stupid stuff I saw.

    • +1

      we all have out care-free days, and our frustrated days

      one day i might give a scoff and say idiot, other days i might linger how terrible some people's actions can be

      • This is true. Some days it’s much harder to be positive and those days the turkeys really do get you down.

  • +10

    Same thing happens in the US

    They have a name for it spot saver.

    TLTR version:

    The spot saver is technically wrong… But at the same time, they’re likely to say “What are you going to do about it?” After all, cops are more inclined to respond to a stabbing or a robbery than your parking spat.

    … we can at least all agree that the one person standing in an open space is in the wrong … and a jerk.

    • +7

      About to turn it into a stabbing or a robbery if they don't move

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