Time is precious – but come on!

weeziepops 24 February 2010 31

BFF and I were entering the Belco Mall car park, pausing to collect a ticket, when we encountered the most serious case of road-overreaction I have ever experienced. BFF paused for maybe one second to place the ticket in the sun visor, causing the driver of the car behind us to honk his horn and scream abuse at us. We had already started moving by then so were a buit bemused as to why the abuse was considered necessary but this loser then whipped around us and came to a stop in front of our car, presumably to demonstrate how gosh-darned irritating it is to be delayed by someone. Gestures and shouting ensued before he took off again, having used more time to do this than we used in collecting the parking ticket in the first place. When both our vehicles were parked, the man then advised us that we are “typical dykes” (we aren’t, but so what?) who give everyone the s**ts because we can’t f***ing drive. When he then tugged his toddler son from the back seat, I suggested he wasn’t setting a good example and might like to consider seeking some assistance with anger management. The woman with him remained silent throughout this whole strange encounter.

So, Rioters, what is the acceptable length of time a person can take between plucking a car parking ticket from the machine and setting off again?

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31 Responses to Time is precious – but come on!
Genie Genie 10:40 am 26 Feb 10

pptvb said :

The barrier/arm comes off quite easily, without damaging the windscreen……long & embarrassing story.

We have all day…. Go on….

BenMac BenMac 8:36 am 26 Feb 10

What I love about Belco Mall parking is the people who try to sneak out with you at 500pm so they don’t have to pay for a full day. If I see someone pull over in one of the lanes and then quickly follow me towards the exit, I just go round again. It’s quite an amusing game to play. They either have to follow you as well, or go to the gate with an unpaid ticket.

Power Protect Power Protect 8:05 pm 25 Feb 10

paservank said :

“Is another 5 seconds really going to kill you?!?!”

How about “Better late than DEAD on time”

paservank paservank 3:59 pm 25 Feb 10

I’ve gone a complete switcheroo on this since I was young(er) – from being the d#&^head speeing down the parkway hurling abise at the slow pricks when I was on my “P” plates to being the guy that people yell at for being so slow!

I think I need a bumper sticker saying, “Is another 5 seconds really going to kill you?!?!”

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 2:16 pm 25 Feb 10
Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:25 pm 25 Feb 10

Definition of the smallest possible unit of time: the duration between when the light turns green and the idiot behind hits the horn.

la mente torbida la mente torbida 1:14 pm 25 Feb 10

Easy solution, get out of your car, hold electronic switch out where he can see it (including wiring connected to your bulky vest) and ask him what the problem is.

p1 p1 12:06 pm 25 Feb 10

I like to just ride my bike around the boom gate. I tried to take a ticket once, but the sensor in the road obviously isn’t strong enough to pick me up, and pushing the button does nothing. Luckily, I can just ride around it on the way out too…

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 12:05 pm 25 Feb 10

Ags, maaaate

Why would you say such a stupid thing? I sniff the air and detect the smell of troll big time.

One of my most satisfying traits as a considerate caring driver is to alert motorists who tailgate to the error of their ways by slowing up until they back off. Sometimes it takes kilometres of seething abuse before they see the error of their ways, though some never do. I guess I could put a sign on the back of my car that flashes “Back Off Tailgater” but that would cost money and time. I prefer the subtle and yet satisfying approach.

pptvb pptvb 12:04 pm 25 Feb 10

The barrier/arm comes off quite easily, without damaging the windscreen……long & embarrassing story.

Thumper Thumper 11:53 am 25 Feb 10

There must be something in the air judging by the driving I’ve seen this week.

Funny that, I mentioned the same thing to Ms Thumper.

indigoid indigoid 11:19 am 25 Feb 10

NeedHelp said :

I’ve mastered the “take the ticket” and “foot on the pedal” simultaneously manoevre down to a T. Nothing like moving on quickly and getting to the food court for some chow.

I will ROFLCOPTER when you get the timing wrong and smash your windscreen on the barrier arm thing. 🙂

Ags Ags 11:10 am 25 Feb 10

troll- sniffer….
If someone else acts like an A**hole does that give you the right to act like one too.
You might say they deserved it, but if you let an A**hole worry you then you are an A**hole yourself.

Ags Ags 11:04 am 25 Feb 10

Well done #17. Get the ticket and move on.

Grail Grail 11:03 am 25 Feb 10

I wonder how he reacts when his female slave takes too long to respond to sexual advances, or when she pops the tinny on the way to his TV chair instead of letting him do it? Or puts the milk in his cereal too early?

I dread to contemplate the treatment the child receives when he leaves his toy truck in the corridor.

But seriously, if you’re not already moving through the gate by the time the ticket has been ejected, you’re obviously going too slowly! Just the other day I was stuck behind some old geezer who dropped his ticket. So of course he opens his door and climbs out – only had one leg, so why the bugger was driving, lord only knows. He hobbled over to the ticket with his two walking sticks, and it took him ages to pick the damned thing up because of all the bling he was wearing (seriously, get some gold chains dude, what kind of man wears ribbons on his shirt? glad you enjoyed your little athletics so much). Then he hobbled slowly back to his car and muttered something to me about “fight” and “country”. Couldn’t really hear him over the horn. Dammit, people like that should be shot! SHOT, I tell you!

NeedHelp NeedHelp 10:29 am 25 Feb 10

I’ve mastered the “take the ticket” and “foot on the pedal” simultaneously manoevre down to a T. Nothing like moving on quickly and getting to the food court for some chow.

But I agree with #6, the dude was probably just having a bad day, or flexing some muscle in front of his missus.

PBO PBO 9:57 am 25 Feb 10

There is no excuse, stall your car or stop speaking de engrish at this point and start to give weird religious blessings to the angry person. It will have one of two effects, either they will lose it and go mental (secretly thats what you want) or they leave leave in a bewildered state cursing foreign tongued religious lesbians. Either way have fun with it.

facet facet 9:53 am 25 Feb 10

You were luck the guy I delayed jumped out with a length of 4X2 timber and struck me through the half open window. I reported it to the police and was even able to identify his home address (thank you goggle earth). My understanding is the police did nothing (perhaps I was not injured seriously enough). No doubt this guy has mellowed a bit and now just screams abuse. I now carry my own weapon and intend to go swinging.
Maybe my fellow Canberrans could video it and put it on youtube

TheDJPea TheDJPea 9:18 am 25 Feb 10

bd84 – If they were true Charny-ites the woman in the car would have gotten involved too
Aeek – That’s never an excuse for acting like a dick, fucks like that always get waht’s coming to them

weeziepops – You should have ran over and kicked his child to death, harsh I know but think what a service to this planets future you would have been. Alternatively slash the pricks tires or bust of his rear-vision mirrors, he probably won’t learn the error of his ways but at least you will get some fun out of it

JimT JimT 9:06 am 25 Feb 10

Obviously a usually lycra – clad cyclist frustrated with having to take an alternative mode of transport to get his steriods./sarcasm

But seriously – some people are just a**holes. No doubt he will get his comeuppance when he honks at someone with the same agressive streak as him.

Oh, and 6 seconds sounds reasonable.

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