A Mini Parking Space Offense

I love me the BMW Mini Cooper. The cars are damn cute, very fuel efficient, and packed with all kinds of techno-gizmos that make driving the little cars a dream. Even better, with their tiny size they can fit into any parking space.

So why in the hell did this arrogant asshole decide to park his Mini in the exact center of a huge space on a Sunday?

Mini Cooper Parking Offense

That spot, with his car, could fit a whole other car with enough room to not need a rubber bumper. To me, such a Mini parking space offense is almost equal to those who get a whole other memo. If you have a small car, park right, take up a small car spot.

Otherwise, you are yet another arrogance defined.

16 Comments so far

  1. Bill McNeal (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Ha, what an @sshat. There’s this guy who lives near me on Meridian Place in Columbia Heights who recently got rid of his girlfriend’s F-150 and his enormous Dodge Station Wagon-thingie and got a Mini Cooper. Which was pretty cool for the on-street parking situation.

    Except for the fact that he parks it everytime like this. I will admit, he’s gotten better in the last month or so, but he would pull into the VERY center of spots that could hold their old F-950 or whatever.

    It’d bother me more if I didn’t walk/bike/bus/train everywhere…

  2. Stacey (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    I’m not saying this is the case in this scenario, but I’ve come out from somewhere to see my car parked like this before and thought “great, everyone thinks I’m a jerk now.” But it wasn’t me… it was the person behind and/or in front of me.

    It doesn’t look like that in this instance, but I’m just saying we have to consider that this person may actually BE the good parker…

  3. Maia (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    One problem with your outrage….it appears from the photo that there are double meters along the street. The angle of your image doesn’t show that while there is plenty of space for aother vehicle, legally it is only one spot.

    Perhaps the outrage should be directed at DPW, who could reapportion the meter placement and encourage larger cars to pay for two meters?

  4. Wayan (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    I watched this guy park is car there, intentionally in the middle of the spot. Guess he needed Texas sized parking for his car.

    It was Sunday, the parking meters don’t matter on a Sunday, which the driver knew as his wife got out first to check.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    Meh, I think he’s just fine.

  6. Tiff (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    As a general rule, I try to leave only a reasonable amount of space between my Beetle and the next car.

    But nonetheless, I’ll stop parking in big spaces when SUV owners stop trying to wedge their huge ass trucks into spaces marked “Compact Cars Only.”

  7. maia (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Actually time of day etc doesn’t matter. The meters mark out spaces on a street. What happens if you park close to a meter in a Mini, and the same happens at the next meter — then after say 6:30 when meters don’t matter, some fucktard wedges their car between the two legally parked smaller cars. is that legal?

    I agree, it is asenine to park like an idiot, but don’t blame the spacing of the meters or the size of the car.

  8. Wayan (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    No, Maia, on a Sunday or any non-meter time, the meter locations do not count – this isn’t NoVA where spaces are marked out. It’s downtown DC and we’re way more freewheeling, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    The meters are definitely the demarcation for parking spaces, Wayan, since DC is too damn lazy/poor to mark them out like everyone else.

  10. Maia (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 2:42 pm


    I have lived here since the 1970s. You are wrong.

  11. Wayan (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm


    Seniority does not always equal street smarts. I just called the 1st District Police Station – twice- and talked to two different officers. Their esteemed opinion on the matter?

    Parking meters don’t matter on a Sunday.

    As long as you’re in a legal parking area, like in this photo, you can squeeze in cars to the parking signs, not per meter spaces. And neither officers ever recalled giving out or hearing of anyone else give out a ticket for such a parking situation.

  12. Maia (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    Great…so you are the fucktard blocking me in and leaving two inches for me to try to squeeze out of the space I was in.

  13. Wayan (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    Nope, wrong again, that’s this guy. I’m a packed bike rack kinda guy.

  14. Max (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    All the more reason to buy a Bumper Badger!

    In fact we should all buy military tanks so we could park wherever we want to and not worry about bumper dings or whether a space is too small or too big.

    I side with the Mini driver on this one. The way he’s parked he has basically a 0% chance of someone bashing into his bumper.

  15. chris (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Judging by the license plate, the driver isn’t a DC resident, perhaps he didn’t get the memo on parking etiquette in the District. He might not be an arrogant asshole at all.

  16. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

    Wayan, here’s the real question, as a guy who rides his bike everywhere, why the fuck do you CARE?

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