I went to pick up my son from school today, and parked on my usual side street. As I’m leaving my car and walking towards the school, some guy trimming his hedges says to me, “Hey could you not park there in front of my mailbox? The mailman doesn’t like when you park there.”
“Oh, okay. Sorry about that, I won’t do it again.”
“Could you go ahead and move it back a few feet?”
I looked and I wasn’t even in front of his mailbox. It was about a foot in front of my car. “It doesn’t look like I’m in front of it anyway.”
“Just back up a few feet for me!”
“Not now. I won’t park there again though, I promise.” And I keep walking towards the school.
“YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!” he yells.
This makes me smile. I pause for a minute and then go back to where he can hear me.
“Hey, I’ll probably park there tomorrow too. And every day from now on.”
“Go ahead! I’ll call the police! You’re an asshole!”
And I continued walking to pick up my son. I told him about it so that if the guy started yelling things at us again, he would be prepared. I was kind of hoping for more, but he wasn’t outside. He was probably on the phone with 911, frantically telling them all about me.
I usually can’t even park in that spot because some other mom is already there. And is it even illegal to park a foot away from a mailbox? I know it’d make it difficult for the mailman in his truck, but that can’t be illegal. Or maybe it is, who knows. In my 3 years here, I’ve never seen that guy in his yard but I can’t wait to give him a friendly hello every time I see him from now on.