I’ve notice this growing trend in the last years or so and it’s really been bugging me. Hence why it is now in this brand new spiffy post. It just took me a little while to organize my feelings on it. I don’t care what you feelings or reasons are for it, stalking is wrong. Even if it’s in a parking lot.
For those of you that aren’t in the know, main probably because it’s a term I think I just made up, parking lot stalking is when you are in you car and you follow someone out the door of the store. Be it a Wal-Mart, Target, the mall, or you store of choice and follow them all the way through the parking lot to their car. You wait for them to pull out and leave, so you can get their space.
There are some times where I think this might not be so bad. I’ll give two examples. If you see some one getting into their car and they only have one bag. I think that’s fine. Following them all the way from the door though....Stalking. If it’s around the holidays and there isn’t a single parking space in the whole parking lot. Not even way out in BFE.
Now I’ve seen this first had from two different angles, and both make me mad. I’ll start with the one that make me madder.
Maybe I put to much faith in people, but I would think that if you see me coming out of a store with a 2 ½ yr old, a baby, and a cart overflowing with bags it would be a smart choice not to stalk me. You are going to be waiting a while. Anyone with any brains could guess that. Seeing you sitting there with your blinker on, staring impatiently at me isn’t going to help either. Especially when you honk at me and wake my sleeping little princess that we just spent 45 minutes trying to get to stop crying. If anything, that’s going to make me want to move slower. Who know once I do get in the car I may need to adjust my mirrors and seat. Maybe I’ll need to choose a new radio station because the one it’s on isn’t playing a song that neither of us likes. Of course I could also call my Grandparents. I don’t ever talk to them as much as I should and It’s not “safe” to talk on you cell phone and drive. I may just have to do it right there in that parking space that you are so patiently waiting for.
The other angle I see this from all the time really confuses me. It’s when I’m all by myself stopping at the store just to get a few things. As I pull down a row to park I make the mistake of getting behind a parking lot stalker. One that isn't very bright and has chosen a large family, or an elderly couple to stalk. There are four cars behind me waiting as well for this stalker. It’s just inconsiderate. After waiting for a while I slowly ease around the stalker and since they are usually in a large SUV, I can finally see the rest of the lot. Would you know it, TWO spaces past the car they are waiting on there isn’t another car in the lot. That’s 2 parking lot spaces farther away that would have to park!!! 14 feet (I’m guessing here, but it’s really not much).
What The Heck!?!?!?
Are seriously so lazy that you are going to make at least five other cars five more minutes for that you don’t have to walk 14 feet!!! That’s truly amazing.
My solution on the many times this has happened to me, was to simply park, and as I walked past the stalker who was still waiting for their most coveted 14 feet closer to the door parking spot, I smiled and waved.