Our Protagonist rolls up to his block and LO AND BEHOLD there is a parking spot not 3 buildings away from his building.
[BRIEF INTERJECTION: I am #blessed enough to live on a street specifically, and a neighborhood generally, where parking isn't that hard. You can usually find a space within 5 to 7 minutes. On weekdays during the day, you can find a space basically anywhere you want. I USED to live in North Beach and no fooling one Sunday night I once spent almost an hour looking for a space and finally found one on Bay Street which if you're familar with the area is NOT REALLY in North Beach at all.]
O.P. pulls into the spot and parks. BUT WHAT'S THIS. There's a pickup truck up ahead with its backing up lights on. Let me illustrate our relative positions with a diagram.
|I love trolling with Comic Sans. Someone is going to feel COMPELLED to say something about the Comic Sans. The yellow thing is a bike lane BTW.|
Pickup Truck is staffed by a maybe early to mid-20's kid with a an attempt at a beard. "Hey man," he says. "I've been waiting for that space. I was waiting for traffic to clear so I could back up."
"What, from all the way up there?" O.P. says. Notice that O.P did not shrug and say "Tough shit, kid."
"Yeah," Pickup Truck says.
Now, at this point, O.P has two options. He's already IN the space, so he could get out of his car, lock the doors, and walk away. Like everything else in life, it's like that scene from Seinfeld.
O.P., however, chose Option Two: Roll Eyes So Broadly It's Visible From Heaven, say "Fine," get back in the car, and park around the corner.
HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN. Was that right? Did Pickup Truck have any sort of viable claim on the space from 3 cars ahead? If he wanted that space so bad, why wasn't he waiting, say, RIGHT NEXT TO IT? Did someone pull out just as I arrived, when P.T. was already way ahead and he saw it in his rearview and decided to impose a Retroactive Space Save on a space he had absolutely no entitlement to? What is right? What is the nature of justice?
In a related humorous story, when The Sister lived in the Lower Haight she was getting ready to pull into a space when an angry woman pulled up next to her and yelled "YOU SAW ME TURN AROUND BITCH" implying that if you see someone turn around to get a space you lose all rights to that space. I don't even think she saw her turn around bitch in the first place. Life is complicated.