I came face to face with a bit of an ethical dilemma this weekend and I have yet to arrive at any comfortable conclusion. I was at a hardware store buying car soap and a bucket. I walked out to my car only to discover with dismay that the person who parked next to me did such a shoddy job that not only could I not get in my car from the driver’s side without significant calisthenics, I could not back straight out either without hitting his car with my side mirror.
What’s a girl to do? Wait, clarify that. What’s a girl who is short on patience and flush with revenge-seeking tendencies to do?
I debated waiting until the, umm, gentleman who parked in such an atrocious manner came back and moved his car. That would have necessitated waiting in the hot sun for an unknown quantity of time, though, so I quickly scratched that notion.
I briefly fantasized about storming into the store, grabbing the store’s PA microphone and making a very public announcement about the deplorable status of that person’s driving skills. That would likely have done nothing more than make the inconsiderate wretch blush alone in the plumbing aisle, though, so I discarded that notion of whimsy as well.
The solution I went with is where my ethical dilemma comes from. I opened my driver side door as far as it would go without hitting the car next to me and tried to get in. The door tapped the car next to me and smudged the dirt but didn’t scratch it. Therein lies my dilemma: Was it wrong to get into my car knowing that it would likely make contact with the car next to me?
I arrived at that course of action after reasoning that I was owed the ability to get freely into my car without having to climb over a gear shifter just to go home. Then again, this is using the assumption that I have rights as a parking citizen. Does the degenerate who parked next to me have the right to park like a blind person without worrying if his actions will result in a ding because the person next to him didn’t feel like vaulting over the parking brake?
I’m clearly torn. Where do you stand on this issue?