I'm pretty sure I dinged his door getting into my car, because he didn't leave me enough room not to. I'm also enjoying the schadenfreude of thinking about how much it costs him to fill that embarrassing "compact" behemoth.
Maybe he took the writing on the floor on face value, and compacted his car into too small a spot. In these situations, I find that letting the air out of two tires is an inconvenient yet non destructive option.
to which I say a big "aw diddums". It's take one wheel off and replace with the spare, call a taxi, take the other wheel off while you wait, taxi ride to a garage to get it filled, taxi back and replace wheel.
I dunno, but if somebody parks next to me in such a way that there *is no room for me to get into my car in the driver's seat*, I don't have much sympathy for any complaints about door dings. I do try to open my door slowly enough not to ding, but... parking like that is *rude.* No matter what the lines say -- bear in mind, the spot was also labeled for *compacts.*
Parking spaces are like property lines. You don't get to occupy them 100% to the borders, but rather you must leave a setback.
Small door dings are part and parcel of owning a vehicle and parking it in close proximity to other vehicles. I have quite a few of them on my car, and it's no big deal. I honestly don't know if I left a ding or not, but I know that I couldn't get into my car without making contact with his. I'm sure he made contact with mine when he got out, because there was no room to do otherwise.
If he parks so close to my car that I can't get in and out without possibly putting a ding in his paint, then I'm not going to feel bad if it happens. It's not like I did it intentionally, nor am I certain that I did.
Actually, I'm pretty sure that my bike got moved because they were repaving the alley that it was parked in.
The SUV owner parked in a very large parking garage. I've worked here for a year and a half, and the only time I have ever known that garage to be anywhere near full is during the All Star game last year. There are always plenty of spaces, and plenty of non-compact spaces, although you may have to walk a few feet farther to get to full-sized space.
I would argue that he was profoundly selfish for taking a space that clearly was not designed for his vehicle, and was marked as such.
Door dings are part and parcel of living in a dense urban area-- they're on par with paint chips from flying rocks. Every car I've ever owned has had myriad door dings, and I never thought twice about them.
In the situation pictured above, how would you propose that I get into the car without the possibility of dinging his door? Using the passenger door is not an option in this case.
there was a perfectly civilized well-parked small sedan in the space when I parked, and I had plenty of room to get out.
the exterior passenger door handle is currently broken,and i'm waiting for a replacement. the only way to open that door is from the inside.
I would argue that the guy who did not leave me sufficient room to get into my car, and who did so by parking in a space that was clearly too small, is the inconsiderate asshole. if he has made it impossible for me to get into my vehicle without risk of dinging his, what are my options?
What astounds me is that the person left like a foot on the pole-side that could have been used to give h[im|er]self more room to exit.
Does the garage have a significant shortage of spaces and was the person basically forced to use a compact space? If so, I cut them some slack. Otherwise I have a lot of trouble finding any sympathy for them. Oh - wait - I found it! It is in the dictionary between "tough" and "shit".