This Southern California resident presumably near Long Beach, Calif. doesn’t understand what street parking means.
Imagine parking in front of some stranger’s house because your friend has no spaces, theirs literally nowhere else to park, and then coming out the next day to find these annoying notes on your windshield. That’s what happened to Long Beach resident Andy Ham Bui earlier this week when he had to spend the night because he was just too tired to drive.
Check out the annoying notes he found on his windshield below courtesy of OK Boomer.
According to Andy,
“Does this belong in here? Woke up at my friend’s house to see this upon leaving..“
“Heres some context. I came over to a friends house at 2am, and parked at the closest available street parking near his house. Friend didn’t have any space on his driveway nor the street in front of his house. Ended up sleeping over, and then woke up and saw those notes on the car. Where am I supposed to park?”
Parking anywhere in the crowded cities of California is already a challenge with limited spaces in popular suburban areas, so without delving into the municipal code, people should understand one another. Parking is hard to find so let’s cut each other a bit of slack.
Then again, what Andy did is 100 percent legal. With street parking on public, not private property, even though there are street spots in front of your house, you don’t own them. No one does. Those spots belong to everyone.
According to Long Beach’s municipal code, there are rules for how long a car can park at any one spot. This rule’s common in most cities around the United States.
No person, who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle, shall park such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than seventy-two (72) hours.
This rule applies to everyone, even if the parking space is in front of your own house.
With that in mind, what this person did to this stranger’s car is pretty rude and unwelcoming. You don’t own street parking and your ignorance isn’t going to stop someone from stealing an open spot on a busy and crowded parking night in front of your house.
Sure, there are unspoken rules that neighbors don’t park in other neighbor’s street parking, but when parking is at a premium, it’s first come first serve.