Have you ever noticed that the lay-outs of some public spaces seem to be designed for maximum disaster potential?
I am referring, specifically, to the parking lot at the Super America on Broadway and University.
Super America is a large chain of gas stations/convenience stores. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Convenient, no? With an SA in the neighborhood, you can run out of toilet paper on Christmas day and not have to resort to anything unseemly. And while you’re there, why not pick up some lottery tickets? (While I’ve yet to purchase a ticket, I hope to someday win the lottery. I’ll keep you posted on how my strategy works out.)
Open 24 hours, the SA parking lot is a busy place. It is also, apparently – Yours Truly, excepted, of course! – in an area heavily populated by the homicidal and the blind.
What is it about parking lots that incite otherwise normal people to ignore laws and the dictates of common sense?
Wait – maybe that’s my first error: that the people using the parking lot as a thoroughfare are otherwise normal.
My second error is, of course, the concept of “common” sense. Nothing common about it!
The other day, I watched a man driving an SUV use the entrances/exits on either side of the parking lot to cut from University to Broadway, circumventing the red light at the intersection. He skirted the cars coming in to fill up, wove in and out of the pumps through the people cleaning their windshields, veering past people walking from their cars to the store.
Why, to shave a couple minutes from his commute, of course! What could be more important than that guy getting to wherever it was he was going three minutes faster? And who could be more important than That Guy, He of the Largest Vehicle in the Lot, He Who Cannot Be Inconvenienced by Traffic Signals?
I don’t know. Shall we make a citizen’s arrest and revoke his parking lot privileges? Shall we make him drag a mannequin from his bumper so that people know he’s reckless?
What do we do with this guy?
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