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Old Grannies in car parks!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smiffo, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. smiffo

    smiffo Member

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    Sat in Sainsbury's car park eating my salad bowl that I had just bought when an old granny drives up alongside me. 'Bit close' I thought (she didn't need to be).

    Bang - she opens the door and it slams into mine. It was not too bad, so I didn't react too much. I was going to wait until she got out and then check it.

    Bang - she does it again. I gave her a stern look.

    Bang - she does it a third time!

    At which point I lost it and wound the window down -'For christ sake - 3 times - what are you playing at!!'

    She apologised - and suggested that I was over-reacting. Not once, but 3 times! That's not over-reacting!

    I got out and checked the door and there was no damage - thank god.

    I hate grannies in car parks!
     
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  2. salska

    salska New Member

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    My god you are a patient man. You should have screamed Booo at the top of your voice and watch her reaction. As luck would have it she'd no doubt be death!
     
  3. harrisonland

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    It's not just grannies! I recently had an altercation with a Codsville (Fleetwood) resident who thought I was being unreasonable objecting to her slamming her door against my car when her husband parked waaaaay too close in the Asda car park.

    After she spouted off at me (what's that about, I ask), I called her a "stupid cow" - a comment to which her husband objected: "she's not a cow, she's a *LADY*"!!!

    Could have fooled me. Sheesh!!! My wife found this all too amusing - fortunately, no damage to my car.

    Tim
     
  4. Classic_car

    Classic_car Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I totally agree with OP, this is a real pet hate of mine. It's not just old blind biddies though, i've seen people of all ages do it and it really annoys me. It is incredibly selfish behaviour imo. You wouldn't go up to someones front door and kick or scratch it, so why do these selfish idiots, think it's ok to wack someone else's car with their door or bag. Grrrr !

    I have a couple of times seen one of my (very dim) neighbours, park far too close to one of our cars and then stupidly swing her door or bags in to my car, without any concern. We have had words and she now parks no where near our vehicles. But, I am just amazed that some people need to be told not to damage others property! Scary thing is that this woman is a Teacher, she obviously won't be teaching her class good manners.
     
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  5. MicB

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    This is a recurring theme.....even if you park in the remotest of corners someone will seek you out and park too close.

    Answer.....let the wife do all the shopping in an old BMW.....sorted.

    Mic
     
  6. johny5_uk

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    3 Times on the side of your new e250!???

    I would be staring as soon as she turned her engine off *before* she thought about knocking her door on the side of my car!

    I try not to leave mine in car parks unless there is a bay on the end but I had to leave it in a B&Q the other week. Parked in a remote area yet when I returned sure enough like a magnet, another car had parked next to mine with about 1.5ft between us!
    I always check for dings and would react accordingly.
     
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  7. rhud

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    My local Sainsbury's has a created extra wide bays in part of their car park - presumably for monster SUVs. I always make for them in my little W169. Trouble is everyone has the same idea and they are often full.
     
  8. d w124

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    Looks like you don`t hate them as much,3 times :eek::eek:
    I would have said something from the first time :eek:
     
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  9. Alps

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    i hate car parks full stop. first time would have been enough for me granny or not.
     
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  10. w124nut

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    At the local supermarket I park in the "mother and child" area but as I go there when the ankle biters should be in bed, I don't have any qualms.
     
  11. gtione

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    You won't like me then....

    I am the kind of driver you hate. I have had one ding to many over the years. When I go to the supermarkets etc I park way in the far corner and park over two bays. Like many of the comments on here it is all types of people kinds included who give no thought when opening their door.

    I have had many a look and remark when I do this but I could not care. I dont mind the long walk to the store if it means my car remains without dents or paint damage. My only worry is that some day somebody will key it etc for parking like this. Better odds I think.

    Even at home I live on a estate and dont have a garage for my property. So I have people on eiher side of me. I picked up four dents on my last car at home. I Installed CCTV at a cost ofd £109 and caught the last two in the act and handed them the bill and the evidence. That sorted all my issues once word got around and have been dent free for nearly two years now.

    I know it is not the right thing to do taking two spots but sometimes you got to do what you got to do to protect your property.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Classic_car

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    BRAVO ! I admire your attitude. Selfish folk should be made to pay for their ignorant attitudes.

    When I park somewhere where there are no lines and cars park either side, I try to park at an angle, that way people generally park further away, doesn't always work tho.
     
  13. lxi

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    every dent I've picked up in the last 5 years (about 6 to date) has been at precisely the height of the rear door of a 4x4 where the wheel arch cut out raises the level.

    Didn't see even one happen, but would bet my last £1 they were all women in the Range Rover/Discovery category (the same ones who will happily block you at a T junction even though a you wanted was to drive across the front & go the other way.

    Sexist? not really
    Realist? like to think so
     
  14. Classic_car

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    The wide mother and child spaces are hardly ever free at our local Sainsbury's, it's always busy, unless you go at 10pm. Waitrose is much better (as a shopping experience, also) with more empty parking spaces. Waitrose shoppers seem, in general, to be more considerate when opening their car doors. I think there are a higher percentage Merc (or other nice car) drivers, so perhaps they are more careful when parking.

    The new Tesco near us, has a huge under cover car park and there are always lots of spaces near the back, so ok to cover 2 and walk a bit further imo. But rarely go to Tesco, as not as good as Waitrose or Sains and always seems to be chavvy kids doing handbrake turns round the car park.

    ASDA, went once, never again
     
  15. Classic_car

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    Sorry, I disagree. Especially as you say, you have not seen the incidents. I have seen younger and older chaps, open their car doors in a selfish fashion.

    It is not always the female 4x4 driver (who get blamed for so many things), it is usually folk of both sexes and all ages, who are just ignorant/careless/jealous idiots.
     
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  16. lxi

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    no problem with you disagreeing - there are some other factors to be taken into account though which I didn't mention.

    I'm fortunate enough to live in a reasonably affluent area where the percentage of 4x4s to normal vehicles will be much higher than the UK average - the place is crawling with them. I'm not talking about the working 4x4 vehicles, just the so-called Chelsea tractors. The vast majority are driven by women. I have no statistics to back up either of the above, but I have lived in the same small town for 20 years and certain things are not hard to see.

    Indeed there are plenty of ignorant/careless/jealous idiots as well though!
     
  17. Classic_car

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    We also live in an affluent part of North Birmingham and there are many 4x4's, including my own, that are possibly never used off-road. We are not Farmer's, we just happen to have a 4x4, because we like them (for many reasons).

    All I am trying to say, is that, it is not always the stereo-typical woman in a 4x4 denting folks cars in car parks. It is all kinds of idiots, of all ages, who have something in common, that is selfishness and stupidity.

    The fact that my partner sometimes drives my Range Rover, does not make her someone who would be careless when parking, or an inconsiderate person in any way. It's time for predudice against women drivers and/or 4x4 drivers to be stopped, it is utter nonsense.
     
  18. bpsorrel

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    Something I've noticed over the years, if I park my car carefully and properly, almost invariably some knumbskull will seek it out and park way too close. If, on the other hand, I park in a carefully crafted "bad driver, angled and sloppy looking" way, no-one gets close! So, for peace of mind, park at a sloppy angle and look as if you're a discustingly bad driver yourself! :D
     
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  19. Classic_car

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    ^^^ I've found that also, sad to say.
     
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  20. bpsorrel

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    Strange isn't it. I can only assume an element of fear kreeps in and even the brain dead don't want to see there little pride and joy damaged by a perceived maniac!! I was once accused of being too wealthy to care what happened to my precious Mercedes! Get that!! hahahaha!
     

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