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You Park Like An Asshole (.com)

November 13th, 2010

What an asshole.
You know that creepy dude at your office who always parks his Dodge Neon diagonally across two parking spaces so it won’t get dinged? Pisses you off doesn’t it? Well now you can do something about it.

ABC News ran a storyexternal link today about a brilliantly simple web siteexternal link with printable notices you can leave under that jerk’s windshield-wiper…

“Andy, a Rochester, N.Y.-area elementary school art teacher, created youparklikeanasshole.comexternal link in 2006 as a project for his grad-school Web design class. He did not want his last name used, afraid one of the people who have sent him threats after finding notes on their cars may make good on their promises.”

This is what the notices look like…

So you see somebody parking like an asshole eh? It’s pretty simple, print out one of the PDF files and slip it under their windshield wiper.

Local channel 10 NBC also picked up the story…

And from Seattle (wait for the ad to finish)…

Andy said the idea for the project was born after countless nights looking for street parking when he was living in an apartment in Rochester, N.Y. Often, he said, one driver wouldn’t pull his car up to where the curb met a driveway, leaving a six-foot space “that kind of screwed up the whole street from one person.”

As it turns out I actually went to RITexternal link with Andy where we both lived in Art Houseexternal link for a time. Best money I ever spent. Best people I ever met. Keep up the good work Andy!

Asshole.

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10 Responses to “You Park Like An Asshole (.com)”

  1. Harry Davis says:

    Very interesting, however, the above form leaves out one very big category, perhaps the most important: “disabled,” those blue rear view window hangers that really should not be violated.

  2. Theresa Betterway says:

    Hmmm…

    I’m sad about this.
    I feel, like everyone else, that same frustration when someone selfishly disregards others through their actions…parking, being one example.

    However, hate is not the appropriate response or answer. I find this concept extremely sophomoric & immature.
    He has just created an outlet for more hatred & intolerance towards each other.

    We all need to stay conscious that our actions affect others, like parking….and creating hateful websites.

    Keep thinking,
    -Theresa Betterway

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hate is not the word. The phrase “calling out” would be more fitting. Your Anne Frank approach is all well and good but until you reach the realization that there really ARE assholes out there, you too will still get walked all over. Unfortunately somethings just cannot be stopped until equal force has been presented to the offender. More power to Andy and his supporters. Its a more creative way to protest and bring attention to an issue…Thinking outside the box with ballsy creativity, kudos!

  4. admin says:

    All unique and valid points-of-view here. Theresa, I’ll just vouche for Andy and say he is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I know the idea is meant to be tongue-in-cheek rather than one of hate mongering.

    Personally I would never leave a note on someone’s car unless it was absolutely necessary—say for example my driveway or personal property was blocked in or compromised. But I’ve also had my car vandalized while parked on city streets. Most notably outside my apartment in 2003…


    …that’s green spray paint. And let me tell you, I’d much rather wake up to find a humorous note on my windshield ;-)

  5. Theresa Betterway says:

    Rebecca, it is ultimately rooted in hatred.
    And your statement is clearly coming from an emotionally rejected point of view.

    You cannot use rejection as a tool to encourage unity. Quite possibly, it is the “parker’s” past rejections that have subconsciously motivated the lack of concern for their fellow drivers/parkers.

    I appreciate the attempt to prevent (or more realistically) minimize these universal instances from happening, but keep in mind, creating an environment which “casts stones” at fellow sinners is certain hypocrisy.

    We are not robots. You have to leave room for humanity. Tolerance & restraint is that room.

    How do you know that the car before them had started the bad parking, but then drove off leaving the person’s car that you are attacking looking guilty.

    Maybe they were having a bad day or there was an emergency and just didn’t have time to realize.

    And is it not a universal experience when you curse someone from inside your car….for something like..they didn’t signal, only to realize 2 miles later you just changed lanes forgetting to signal… and are glad no one “called you out.”

    Tolerance & restraint allowed for that moment of human error. Now, I do believe there are people out there that have been conditioned (mostly likely from their past) to disregard others. And do so consciously. Mostly likely, their model was a parent or community who disregarded them.

    I your commend your friend’s effort to want to make things right. Surely, we all agree this is a universal frustration. But he clearly did not think far enough ahead. And I believe there’s a better way to deal with this. And this is not it.

    Ask him: How will calling someone an “asshole” make them want to do something considerate for their fellow person.

    If he wants it to be tongue & cheek, and he’s a teacher, why not “grade” the cars.
    “A”, “B-” “C+”….with some light (constructive) fun, criticisms. That’s lighter, more humble and not offensive.

    This method is will surely create resentment, rejection and if anything, empower an already ignorant person.

  6. Theresa Betterway says:

    Asshole.

  7. Theresa Betterway says:

    Clearly, I hope you understand that I posted the previous word to make a point.
    I don’t feel that way about either of you.

  8. Matt says:

    Seems pretty straight-forward and honest to me. “You parked like an asshole, and here’s why:”. Maybe a little tough love will get some of these drivers out of their little bubbles and realize “Hey, I AM sharing the road with other people, maybe I SHOULD respect others.” “Asshole” seems pretty appropriate judging as how it’s not nearly the harshest description in public language yet it’s not the weakest either. I don’t believe in walking on eggshells. I’m not vulgar, rude, or derogatory, I’m honest. I believe if you can break through the “fluffy etiquette” and just be real with people, it will be a more enriching experience. I would warn against actually handing these notices out first-hand though, for if you do you have bigger stones than I do, and let the notice do the talking. Seems like a nice reminder: “hey, this world isn’t here just for you, share it with others.”

  9. admin says:

    @Matt, I could not agree more. Honesty is a good policy. So is humor.

  10. alan hash says:

    A few years ago I decide to get a full sized pick up, the first since high school 40 years ago. It was’nt a good choice living in a city of too many.
    I make sure this hunk of dinosore poop s properly is leagly parked since those key scratcher are hot to sratch ( You Scratch Like An Asshole ).

    My rules to myself :
    There is no such thing a teaching some lesson
    since you will never meet ever .

    It may feel good now to do a good key, paint, roof slash, or many other types of damage, but when you sober up , Mr Guilt may slap you around pretty well.

    A car is really something that gets one from point A to point B, I’d much rather drive s zebera or horse and I would think an asshole would think twice before keying a horse.

    I don’t belive any one who clams ALL his ( friends ? ) are envious and drool on his car
    …. As Holes Dont have Friends !! …..

    It’s been fun writing this, sorry for my bad spelling.

    don’t take these assholes to seriosly, chances are they don,t even know where to find a lugnut.


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