Subpar Parking

Bob Aul

As the new manager of our apartment community, you should probably reconsider ticketing or towing our vehicles for parking violations when you may not understand the full complexity of this problem and the likelihood of a boiling point. Your dictatorial approach is not going to fix the basic issue: We do not have enough parking. People park in the regular spaces first, then the guest spaces, then the fronts of the apartments, and finally, in front of the apartments where the fire zone is located or even blocking the garages. We even exit the gated community and park on the cul-de-sac until that's full. For what we pay in rent, by the way, I should be able to park in the middle of your palatial leasing office if I feel like it. The culprits are the people who aren't using their garages for at least one of their cars. I've seen workshops, game rooms, a kiddie pool, even something that resembled a warehouse with lots of identical boxes stacked all the way to the ceiling. Your office conducts semi-annual inspections of our garages, so perhaps you should penalize folks at that time, and maybe they'll clear their shit out and actually use their garages for their intended purpose. A motorcycle shop probably violates enough environmental-safety laws for you to be able to stand firm on a request to remove cans of lacquer and oil-soaked rags. The parking situation is so bad I actually get nervous each time I open my own garage. I half-expect another resident to zoom in ahead of me yelling out, "You snooze, you lose, asshole!" I think you're the one who needs to wake up, Mr. Manager.

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