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Cars not safe parked anywhere - Kathy Jefcoats

I love my car, a 1997 Monte Carlo. I bought it new May 19, 1997. It was not my first new car but it was the first to be mine, all mine. The first was a 1992 Ford Aerostar minivan. It was the vehicle that our kids learned to drive in and I shared it with them as they got their licenses. When I got my Monte Carlo, we sold the van to our daughter, Beth, but got it back when she married. We then gave it to our other daughter when it became obvious that she was going to have a bunch of kids – three. Her husband totaled it the very first week so it is scrap somewhere.

Anyway, I have been primarily the only driver. My husband drives occasionally if we go out of town but he has his own trucks to drive. So I love my car and just cried when that stupid deer ran out in front of me in April 1998, less than a year after I bought it. I had it repaired and have taken excellent care of it since then. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the world.

It seems like no matter where I park, someone parks right next to me and bangs his or her door into my car. I have parked in the most remote spots, far away from the crowds, to avoid these thoughtless idiots. You would not believe how many times I have returned to find cars parked all around me. There could be spots at the door but they are parked near me, yards and yards away from the front. Why is that? Why do people insist upon parking right on top of someone else?

My husband and I went somewhere, can't remember where. When we got back to his truck, someone had parked over the line and so close to his truck I couldn't see how that person even got out of the car. Why? What purpose does that serve?

Another thing that irritates me is someone claiming a spot as his or her own. Unless a spot is designated as someone's, it's open season, as far as I know and am concerned. What is this about a spot of asphalt being "my" spot? Just because you park in the same place for a period of time doesn't mean that the spot is yours. If you find someone else in it, get over it and park somewhere else. Unless you pay rent on it, it's not yours.

After I moved into this fine (she said sarcastically) apartment complex in January, I discovered that not only did I have an unrealistic downstairs neighbor, another resident had claimed a spot on the end as hers. I parked in that spot, which is in front of our building, one day when I had a bunch of groceries to carry upstairs and didn't think about it. The next morning, I found she had left a note on my car asking me to please not park there as it is "her" spot. There is no designated parking at our complex and I complained to the manager, who told me not to worry about it.

Have you seen these drivers with sharp cars parking at angles so they take up more than one spot? They don't want anyone banging into their car, which I fully understand. My car is not a showpiece but I take care of it and don't appreciate rude people treating it like it is junk. I wish shopping centers would set off a piece of the lot for people like me who value their rides. We could park there and be assured that the person next to us took as much care getting in and out as we did. I don't mind parking far and walking either. I just don't want people banging into my car. I'd even pay a little to park there, not much, but enough to keep out the riffraff. Oh and I think I should get to decide what is riffraff.

Kathy Jefcoats covers public safety in Henry County. She can be reached at 770-957-9161 or by email at kjefcoats@henryherald.com.