I posted this in a car forum too, I'm curious to see the different reactions...
Here's the backstory: Last week my gym decided they didn't want us parking motorcycles on the sidewalk out front of the building so kids don't walk by and touch them and possibly get burnt. They gave a week of notice and promised us they would do something about the 2 spots with "Motorcycle Parking Only" signs on them out front that always seem to have cars parked in them.
I get to the gym Monday on the bike and in addition to the sign they put up a road cone in front of each spot with a sign taped to it also saying it was for motorcycle parking only, so I parked there and was happy! Problem solved right? WRONG!!!
Last night I parked in spot #1 along with another bike and I come out after my workout to find this:
I walked back in to point it out to the gym staff, then walked out and pulled my camera phone out to take a photo and this guy walks out of the gym and asks, "Can I help you?" I ask him if this is his truck (it is) and if he actually had the nerve to drive up, move the cone, park there and move the cone back while ignoring both signs. He says yes he did and starts telling me how it's not illegal because there is not a DOT sign there so he can park there if he wants.
I said, "Sure it's not illegal, but it's just rude" and proceed to make some comment about his lack of class. He starts making excuses about how there are no other parking spots, which is not even close to the truth since I've been working out for over a year and the parking lot has never come close to being full (last night was not exception).
Once he realized I wasn't the least bit intimidated by him coming up to me to confront me, he was walking back toward the front door while he was talking, trying to put some space between us since I was obviously not going to back down. He started talking some more nonsense when he got back to the building so since the bike was idling already I just goosed it a couple times and told him I couldn't hear him anymore (I can't hear myself over that pipe) and ignored him from there on.
So weigh in on this! What would you do? I'm thinking I'm going to talk to the gym manager with the picture in hand tonight when I go as well.
Your turn, fire away...