Parking Lot Etiquette…Cross the damn street already!

Seemingly every time I drive through a parking lot now, I am subjected to people who refuse to get out of the way of traffic. Actually, I think they are oblivious to it. You know who I’m talking about, right? These people amble about, not even noticing the 50 cars waiting for them to get out of the road. Rather than walking directly across the lanes of traffic, these idiots insist on taking a long, meandering, diagonal path that leads to the front door of the chosen retail establishment. While it is true that the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line, that straight line you are aimlessly trudging is making for the longest wait for the rest of the world. Screw Geometry and get out of the Way…please. I try to be a courteous driver, and I am always respectful of pedestrians. They always have the right of way, but get a move on. Pedestrians: Please be courteous and instead of taking your long diagonal trek, take the shortest route to get across traffic. While this may cost you an extra 50 steps- which most of us could use anyway, it will save the world a lot of frustration. Thanks. Attached is an illustration to clarify the concept.



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Please get across the road.

4 Responses to “Parking Lot Etiquette…Cross the damn street already!”

  1. 1 ewtotel May 18, 2007 at 10:46 am

    This cracks me up…

  2. 2 swartzonmedia July 30, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    This is funny because it’s true. Great post.

  3. 3 hillary August 30, 2007 at 8:44 am

    While I typically would agree with you… I am currently 9 months pregnant and it is extremely painful to walk, move, sleep, eat, well pretty much do anything. I have become a geometrically correct crosser and probably take 2-3x longer than the average person crossing or make that waddling. Please have some patience for people like me, we’re bringing the next generation into the world and it’s quite an effort.

  4. 4 david bowman August 31, 2007 at 6:39 am

    Without question Hillary. It is not so much about the speed at which one crosses, but more about the distance due to the chosen path. Crossing directly instead of diagonally, regardless of the speed, is all I’m asking for. Pregnant women can pretty much do whatever they want in my book. Congrats to you and thanks for the comment.

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