Like a hive mind, multiple cars cooperated to not let a driver in a Ford Explorer “cheat” his way into not waiting
Parking at Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica State Beach is so coveted during middle of a sunny day hours that some drivers are willing to try all sorts of tricks to snag a parking spot.
One such trick is cutting the line of cars waiting to get into the Beach Parking Lot’s entrance.
Video circulating social media shows the moment when cars waiting in the dedicated turn lane to the Bolsa Chica State Beach Parking lot didn’t leave a gap between them to prevent a driver in a Black Ford Explorer from cutting.
Check out the moment of camaraderie below. (Just in case the below video is down, there’s a mirror on Reddit here.)
To understand why these drivers are so territorial, first you have to understand where Bolsa Chica State Beach is.
Huntington Beache’s nickname is Surf City USA.
While Bolsa Chica might not be the best beach on California’s coast, when tourists and a large majority of Californians think “California Beach,” Bolsa Chica is it.
The video was shot and posted on the weekend during the peak of summer and tourist season.
While there is parking available, parking, a commodity, especially in the highly restrictive California Coastal area, is limited.
Here’s a bird’s eye view of where this video was shot. The bottom half shows how much parking there actually is (you can check it out on Google Maps linked here.)
If you can’t park at the beach, you’re forced to find parking somewhere else.
The nearest large, public parking is a shopping plaza with a Trader Joes a mile away (a 10-minute walk.)
In other words, people are not going to just give up their spot in line, allowing some rando to cut in front of them, not to mention the people behind them, to later find that they can’t find parking.
Walk? In SoCal? That’s not a thing.
“As a born & breed SoCal driver, this is so satisfying,” @Ninja_Natalie commented.
“This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen a collective of total strangers do,” @_BNAA aptly put.
The polite and safest thing to do, of course, is to let the black SUV cut. By not letting them in, they’re blocking traffic behind them.
Then again, this is California where everyone acts nice but actually isn’t, and there ain’t no way I’m going to let someone cut in front of me.
Are you zen minded enought to let that SUV in or, are you like the other cars, banding together to prevent them from squeezing in?
Let me know your .02 in the comments below.