Thursday, February 03, 2005

Another Disappointing Day

What is it with these people?
I go to school early, to pick up my little one, park in the designated area of the drive-thru and sit for an hour--usually first in line. But ya know it never fails, someone, who arrives invariably late to pick up their child, parks their beast of an SUV right in front of me at such an angle-- so close to the front of my vehicle--that I will never get out! Who are these people?

"These" people are replicating at such a pace in this town. They are those who believe they own everything, so get outta their way! They are the ones who can chat on their cell phones, park their utes, apply eyeliner, and paint their nails miraculously at the same time!!

It's no wonder my blood pressure is up--I've been dodging the self-appointed owners of every piece of asphalt, every shopping cart, and blade of grass in the public park. "Public park" being a misnomer of course, as this piece of property is suddenly privatized by those whose beasts are allowed to leave their defacating mark on it. Anyone ever heard of a "poop scoop" around here?

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Lot Dogs

I expect them any day now. Yep, the Lot Dogs will be on the prowl, in apartment building parking lots, feeding off those who are on their last leg.

I've watched them snoop around the cars of the victims, slapping glowing, orange-red stickers on the windshields of the unlucky. It's happened to me, too. And though I should have accepted my fate, because the inspection sticker was after all expired, I chose to fight them in hopes that I might save the others like me.

The Dogs know who they are, preying on the defenseless who live in low-income, run-down, pitiful apartment complexes. And the victims, who can smell them coming, run to move their vehicles anywhere but where they live--the grocery store lot will do.

Once the Dogs , or should I say, thieves, have managed to snare a vehicle, it will likely never see the light of day again. The "offending" car will be dragged to some tiny town nearly 60 miles away, where the owner can pick it up... for a price! You see, the owner will have to pay for the tow to the tiny town, as well as an "impoundment" fee. Ha! Brilliant, isn't it?

Of course, one might think, if you pay your rent you are entitled to park your very own vehicle in the parking lot where you live. Not so. If you are even a day late paying your registration or renewing the vehicle's inspection, you might as well be prepared to kiss your car goodbye! The apartment management could care less. In fact, our manager once said, "That's how they make money!" when asked about a towing company's practice of snooping around parking lots and dragging off cars.

I'm thoroughly disgusted with those who feed off the economically challenged and defenseless. I wonder how often the wealthy are victimized by towing companies. I wonder why towing companies are allowed to destroy the lives of people in this way.