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(BBC)   Don't want anyone parking next to my Mercedes, so I'll just move this barrier and park safely inside the worksite. Surely the crew will tow my car to another safe area before beginning the resurface work   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 76
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2013-02-02 11:32:43 AM
Pave over the car.
 
2013-02-02 11:33:34 AM
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2013-02-02 11:47:21 AM
Mercedes owners: even BMW owners call them douchebags.
 
2013-02-02 11:53:10 AM
I wouldn't have left the ramp.
 
2013-02-02 11:58:50 AM
What they should have done with it:

i212.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-02 12:16:49 PM
i.imgur.com
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.
 
2013-02-02 12:20:08 PM
Somebody will troll here eventually about how lazy those union workers are for not pushing it off to the side and finishing the whole lot.
 
2013-02-02 12:45:53 PM

edmo: Somebody will troll here eventually about how lazy those union workers are for not pushing it off to the side and finishing the whole lot.


They could have had it towed.  I hope they at least had it booted.

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 568x428]
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.


Came in to post this, alas, too late.
 
2013-02-02 12:55:14 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: They could have had it towed. I hope they at least had it booted.


And then put it on a ship to Denmark.
 
2013-02-02 01:04:10 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Fear_and_Loathing: They could have had it towed. I hope they at least had it booted.

And then put it on a ship to Denmark.


I like the cut of your jib.
 
2013-02-02 01:33:20 PM
They should dig a hole for it and then eventually pave over it.

With the driver inside.
 
2013-02-02 02:02:40 PM

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 568x428]
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.


I would've poked a hole in the hose just before putting it through. I'd mend the hose later.
 
2013-02-02 02:47:41 PM
Tow it. Crush it.
 
2013-02-02 02:49:18 PM
leave it there and charge for two days of work
 
2013-02-02 02:49:18 PM
Why leave a ramp? Dig deep around, so that it is an undercarriage-scraping drop down. Then ticket the car every day that it is not moved.
 
2013-02-02 02:51:17 PM
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should it not have looked like this? or is that only in the south?
 
2013-02-02 02:52:21 PM
Have it towed, get on with the paving job.

Needing to work around the car cost extra labor and time.
 
2013-02-02 02:53:19 PM

dahmers love zombie: Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.


Parking spaces are at a premium in my neighborhood.   I would happily pay the few hundred bucks to have my windows replaced -- in the rare scenario where firefighters need access to the hydrant I'm parked in front of -- if it meant a number of new legal parking spaces become available.

I still don't understand why the re-pavers didn't just call a truck to have the vehicle towed.  Oh, right, because taking extra time to excavate around the vehicle, and then go back and finish the job after it's moved, means they can get overtime pay.
 
2013-02-02 02:54:12 PM
I used to work on a main artery road in a central business district. There was on-street parking allowed up until 4:00pm, when all lanes on the road were needed for rush hour.

Nothing was more satisfying than to see the tow truck drivers hooking up the Beemers and Benzes while their self-important stuffed-suit asshat owners tried to bargain them into letting them go.

Don;t feel so important now, do you mister CEO/Stockbroker/Board Member, do you?
 
2013-02-02 02:54:59 PM

poot_rootbeer: I still don't understand why the re-pavers didn't just call a truck to have the vehicle towed.


Because fark the pretentious douchebag that owns it.
 
2013-02-02 02:59:42 PM
I don't get the hate for this hardworking job creator. I'd almost guess it was envy of their fine car.
 
2013-02-02 03:00:10 PM
This crew is flexible with non-mobile homes too:
www.chinadaily.com.cn

-Sofa
 
2013-02-02 03:00:54 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: edmo: Somebody will troll here eventually about how lazy those union workers are for not pushing it off to the side and finishing the whole lot.

They could have had it towed.  I hope they at least had it booted.

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 568x428]
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.

Came in to post this, alas, too late.


Not in Scotland, it's illegal to clamp cars - and it wouldn't have solved the problem anyway.  Best they would be able to do was get it towed, but why bother holding up work for the length of time it took to get a tow truck, better to just embarrass and inconvenience the entitled coont that left it there.

/I live in Edinburgh, and yes, I have had my car towed.  They made a mistake though and brought it back.  Which was nice.
 
2013-02-02 03:03:35 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: I used to work on a main artery road in a central business district. There was on-street parking allowed up until 4:00pm, when all lanes on the road were needed for rush hour.


Many of the streets around my office are like that; I can look out my office window and am basically looking down the length of one. (Sadly this is no longer true as of a couple weeks ago because of a new building blocking the view.) Everything is signed very well (the parking signs in these areas have a red border and say "TOW AWAY ZONE"), and of course the restrictions and consequences make perfect sense.

For a long time I wondered why I would always see flashing lights along it around 4pm. Finally I put two and two together; the flashing lights were, of course, the tow trucks. Once I figured that out I was always amazed how many cars they got. I sort of wonder if it was the same people over and over again or different people.
 
2013-02-02 03:03:38 PM
When you take the extra time to move barriers and place yourself in a work zone, expect that other people will take the extra time to show you what a cunning stunt of a move it was.  The car's owner went above and beyond with their self-righteous asshattery; could the workers do any less and go home with their pride intact?
 
2013-02-02 03:05:47 PM
Given that this is the United Kingdom, the car owner will probably sue and win his case.
 
2013-02-02 03:06:12 PM

DrZiffle: Tow it. Crush it.


Nah.  Tow it.  Strip the owner of his title as a fine for being a douchebag.  Donate the car to a needy family.
 
2013-02-02 03:08:54 PM

Spiralmonkey: Not in Scotland, it's illegal to clamp cars - and it wouldn't have solved the problem anyway.  Best they would be able to do was get it towed, but why bother holding up work for the length of time it took to get a tow truck, better to just embarrass and inconvenience the entitled coont that left it there.

/I live in Edinburgh, and yes, I have had my car towed.  They made a mistake though and brought it back.  Which was nice.


I stand corrected, not being from those parts.  I found the whole situation very amusing.  I assumed when they left a ramp and said something to the effect of "They can come see use to get it back that is was immobile for some reason.
 
2013-02-02 03:09:02 PM
Well done, lads.  Well done.
 
2013-02-02 03:15:17 PM
I used to work across the street from the shipyards, when they blocked off a lot for repaving and someone illegally parked there anyway they would use a giant forklift to pick the car up and move it to a secure lot where ya had to produce proof of ownership to get it back, since most people keep their registration in the glove box, and they wouldn't let you near the car without proof it was yours....
 
2013-02-02 03:16:51 PM
Stop calling me Shirley.
 
2013-02-02 03:18:51 PM
I'm impressed they were generous enough to leave a ramp, should have dug a moat.

Hopefully the station will go after the owner for the extra time they had to pay the workers.
 
2013-02-02 03:21:11 PM
Was doing a job in New Jersey years back and a car was blocking one of the entrances to the tunnel we were working on.   While this wasn't the only entrance / access point to the tunnel, it was the only one were we could pour concrete down and we had to schedule shutdowns / no parkings on that road two weeks in advance.  Locals were notified, signs put up, etc.

Normally the cops would be real quick to tow cars for us but that day there were some problems else where in the city so the cop told us; "Listen, I know you have to get this car moved so you can start, but it's going to be two hours.  I'm going to go around the block to get some coffee and it's gone by the time I get back I won't ask questions."

We moved it with a CAT 980 front end loader w/ forks on it.

www.tradesparq.com
 
2013-02-02 03:24:11 PM

ajgeek: dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 568x428]
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.

I would've poked a hole in the hose just before putting it through. I'd mend the hose later.


Or just waited until things were done, and "Accidentally" leaving the end of the hose inside the car when you're walking out the hose to drain it.  Saves the hassle and expense of having a Storz connector replaced.
 
2013-02-02 03:27:42 PM

BumpInTheNight: Mercedes owners: even BMW owners call them douchebags.


Nah, Mercedes are more hippy than douche. BMWs are more douchey but are also hip.
 
2013-02-02 03:32:41 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Was doing a job in New Jersey years back and a car was blocking one of the entrances to the tunnel we were working on.   While this wasn't the only entrance / access point to the tunnel, it was the only one were we could pour concrete down and we had to schedule shutdowns / no parkings on that road two weeks in advance.  Locals were notified, signs put up, etc.

Normally the cops would be real quick to tow cars for us but that day there were some problems else where in the city so the cop told us; "Listen, I know you have to get this car moved so you can start, but it's going to be two hours.  I'm going to go around the block to get some coffee and it's gone by the time I get back I won't ask questions."

We moved it with a CAT 980 front end loader w/ forks on it.

[www.tradesparq.com image 800x407]


hopefully the forks went through the door instead of under.
 
2013-02-02 03:32:55 PM
i877.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-02 03:34:41 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: I used to work on a main artery road in a central business district. There was on-street parking allowed up until 4:00pm, when all lanes on the road were needed for rush hour.

Nothing was more satisfying than to see the tow truck drivers hooking up the Beemers and Benzes while their self-important stuffed-suit asshat owners tried to bargain them into letting them go.

Don;t feel so important now, do you mister CEO/Stockbroker/Board Member, do you?


Hehe. Yeah.

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-02-02 03:39:28 PM

Girion47: hopefully the forks went through the door instead of under.


Under.  We actually did try to not damage it.  :0
 
2013-02-02 03:39:51 PM
poot_rootbeer:
I still don't understand why the re-pavers didn't just call a truck to have the vehicle towed.

Because they were bored and one of the workers was a smartass and the foreman liked the cut of his jib.
 
2013-02-02 03:40:54 PM

Rufus Lee King: "Gol-lee, Sergeant Carter, I don't know what happened to your car!"


Wow I walked past that exact spot a dozen times, hah!
 
2013-02-02 03:42:18 PM
Am I the only that's disappointed they put in a ramp?
 
2013-02-02 03:46:30 PM
I say just drag the car around the lot, till the tires have flat spots. Then move it to another spot, finish the job, or at least that area, then get a flatbed to move it back to its original spot.
 
2013-02-02 03:47:06 PM

A Shambling Mound: Am I the only that's disappointed they put in a ramp?


Based on the picture, the ramp looks sufficiently short that at the very least the underside of the front bumper (and likely the rear) will drag; as a gentle reminder to the owner when he goes to pick the car up.
 
2013-02-02 03:56:29 PM
The two times I was in Rome in the early Seventies, I noticed a lot of drivers would park on the sidewalks, especially near the fora.  One day I witnessed one get removed from a sidewalk on the Via Cavour.  They brought in a flat bed truck with  a crane, placed four hooks by each wheelwell and lifted it up onto the truck.  The Italian grad student I was with told me they trucked them out of town, about halfway to Tivoli to a lot where the office was open oly for half an hour a day and it cost something like $200 to get your car out.

I took a photo of the lift, when I'm home from work, I'll see if I can find it on my computer and post it.
 
2013-02-02 03:59:21 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Spiralmonkey: Not in Scotland, it's illegal to clamp cars - and it wouldn't have solved the problem anyway.  Best they would be able to do was get it towed, but why bother holding up work for the length of time it took to get a tow truck, better to just embarrass and inconvenience the entitled coont that left it there.

/I live in Edinburgh, and yes, I have had my car towed.  They made a mistake though and brought it back.  Which was nice.

I stand corrected, not being from those parts.  I found the whole situation very amusing.  I assumed when they left a ramp and said something to the effect of "They can come see use to get it back that is was immobile for some reason.


The owner is lucky that's all they did.  The next street down from my house was being resurfaced.  The council put signs up on all lamp posts, fences etc. 2 weeks beforehand saying that parking would be suspended between these dates/times.  Explained why and everything (which they don't always do).  Some arse parked his BMW on the road after they had started work, came back to find it 'accidentally' heavily spattered with tar.  Somehow the tar laying machine managed to throw hot tar up on top of the roof and all over the windscreen.  The guy complained, council told him to GTFO, guy's insurance company told him to GTFO, guy sued the council, judge told him to GTFO.
 
2013-02-02 04:01:19 PM
farm4.staticflickr.com
Never heard of a tow truck fellas?
 
2013-02-02 04:02:05 PM
Does anybody actually think some Benz owner is going to leave his car where it's going to get tar on it except for the douchebag bird cage lining writer? It's a parking lot and he parked there long before the cordon went up and he'll have the parking stub to prove it as well as surveillance footage. The asshats at the paving company and the train company will be splitting the costs of a new paint job, new rims and "tyres" and if he plays his cards right an empty suit bureaucrat or 2 will get shiatcanned like a tuna.
 
2013-02-02 04:02:36 PM
Thread needs more Mercedes pics

file050.bebo.com
www.pleasantmorningbuzz.com
1.bp.blogspot.com
lhddt.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-02 04:06:29 PM

LordOfThePings: Thread needs more Mercedes pics


www.hotflick.netWish granted.
 
2013-02-02 04:06:56 PM

Thraeryn: cunning stunt


Well played.
 
2013-02-02 04:10:37 PM

LordOfThePings: Thread needs more Mercedes pics

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[www.pleasantmorningbuzz.com image 435x653]
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[lhddt.files.wordpress.com image 498x500]


1.bp.blogspot.com

What kind of morons name their daughters after cars?
 
2013-02-02 04:14:53 PM

OscarTamerz: Does anybody actually think some Benz owner is going to leave his car where it's going to get tar on it except for the douchebag bird cage lining writer? It's a parking lot and he parked there long before the cordon went up and he'll have the parking stub to prove it as well as surveillance footage. The asshats at the paving company and the train company will be splitting the costs of a new paint job, new rims and "tyres" and if he plays his cards right an empty suit bureaucrat or 2 will get shiatcanned like a tuna.


There was CCTV on the local news, showing the car being driven onto the area after the cordons had been put in place.
 
2013-02-02 04:18:37 PM

Spiralmonkey: OscarTamerz: Does anybody actually think some Benz owner is going to leave his car where it's going to get tar on it except for the douchebag bird cage lining writer? It's a parking lot and he parked there long before the cordon went up and he'll have the parking stub to prove it as well as surveillance footage. The asshats at the paving company and the train company will be splitting the costs of a new paint job, new rims and "tyres" and if he plays his cards right an empty suit bureaucrat or 2 will get shiatcanned like a tuna.

There was CCTV on the local news, showing the car being driven onto the area after the cordons had been put in place.


Oh snap.
 
2013-02-02 04:42:01 PM

LordOfThePings: Thread needs more Mercedes pics

[file050.bebo.com image 387x500]
[www.pleasantmorningbuzz.com image 435x653]
[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]
[lhddt.files.wordpress.com image 498x500]


I saw the blonde Mercedes' Playboy issue and.....
mellcorcoran.com
 
2013-02-02 04:45:09 PM
This happened all the time when I was a construction manager. Usually on Monday mornings. A back hoe would tie a chain to an axle and tow the car offsite. Usually to a spot where there were $100 parking tickets.
 
2013-02-02 04:45:21 PM

LordOfThePings: Thread needs more Mercedes pics



g]www.bmoviechicks.com
 
2013-02-02 05:10:24 PM

smells_like_meat: This happened all the time when I was a construction manager. Usually on Monday mornings. A back hoe would tie a chain to an axle and tow the car offsite. Usually to a spot where there were $100 parking tickets.


Pretty agile back hoe.
 
2013-02-02 05:22:51 PM
I was hoping for something like

cdn.uproxx.com
 
2013-02-02 05:35:41 PM
They were probably afraid of Judge Judy, after she sided with one of nuts who parked near a crew pouring cement and got a little splatter on his crap car.

Snowplow drivers in MI don't care.  If you leave your car in an empty lot overnight and they come to clear it of snow before the business opens, your car will look like a snow drift when you come back for it.
 
2013-02-02 06:10:35 PM
I realize it would feel good to cause damage to the idiot's vehicleto tick him off but remember that in doing so, he has insurance to cover any damage or theft so burying it and paving it over would not only leave a weak spot in the parking lot but he would get money from his insurance for the missing vehicle.  Booting it and leaving it in a impound would be costly to him as insurance does not cover impound fees.
 
2013-02-02 06:30:46 PM

Spiralmonkey: Fear_and_Loathing: Spiralmonkey: Not in Scotland, it's illegal to clamp cars - and it wouldn't have solved the problem anyway.  Best they would be able to do was get it towed, but why bother holding up work for the length of time it took to get a tow truck, better to just embarrass and inconvenience the entitled coont that left it there.

/I live in Edinburgh, and yes, I have had my car towed.  They made a mistake though and brought it back.  Which was nice.

I stand corrected, not being from those parts.  I found the whole situation very amusing.  I assumed when they left a ramp and said something to the effect of "They can come see use to get it back that is was immobile for some reason.

The owner is lucky that's all they did.  The next street down from my house was being resurfaced.  The council put signs up on all lamp posts, fences etc. 2 weeks beforehand saying that parking would be suspended between these dates/times.  Explained why and everything (which they don't always do).  Some arse parked his BMW on the road after they had started work, came back to find it 'accidentally' heavily spattered with tar.  Somehow the tar laying machine managed to throw hot tar up on top of the roof and all over the windscreen.  The guy complained, council told him to GTFO, guy's insurance company told him to GTFO, guy sued the council, judge told him to GTFO.


In Toronto, they will tow you, to the impound lot. From what I've heard it's $300-$400+tow fees to get it out.
 
2013-02-02 06:57:02 PM

Aulus: The two times I was in Rome in the early Seventies, I noticed a lot of drivers would park on the sidewalks, especially near the fora.  One day I witnessed one get removed from a sidewalk on the Via Cavour.  They brought in a flat bed truck with  a crane, placed four hooks by each wheelwell and lifted it up onto the truck.  The Italian grad student I was with told me they trucked them out of town, about halfway to Tivoli to a lot where the office was open oly for half an hour a day and it cost something like $200 to get your car out.

I took a photo of the lift, when I'm home from work, I'll see if I can find it on my computer and post it.




Found it:

people.delphiforums.com
 
2013-02-02 07:14:08 PM

Aulus: Aulus: The two times I was in Rome in the early Seventies, I noticed a lot of drivers would park on the sidewalks, especially near the fora.  One day I witnessed one get removed from a sidewalk on the Via Cavour.  They brought in a flat bed truck with  a crane, placed four hooks by each wheelwell and lifted it up onto the truck.  The Italian grad student I was with told me they trucked them out of town, about halfway to Tivoli to a lot where the office was open oly for half an hour a day and it cost something like $200 to get your car out.

I took a photo of the lift, when I'm home from work, I'll see if I can find it on my computer and post it.

Found it:

[people.delphiforums.com image 330x318]


Dear god man, look at that collar!
 
2013-02-02 08:19:14 PM
Hey, it was 1973.
 
2013-02-02 08:34:16 PM

edmo: Somebody will troll here eventually about how lazy those union workers are for not pushing it off to the side and finishing the whole lot.


No, see, this is how the British are.

They're either too polite to do anything about it - "Oh, some chap's parked his car here.  Well, we'll just work around it until he comes back for it.  I say, what about building him a ramp so he can move it without damage?"

Or they're prevented by a weird sense of embarrassment from acknowledging such a grievous breach of etiquette - "car? didn't see it, mate. *ahem*.  Just turned up, did my job, and went 'ome, me".

Where in America, they would either:
A) Call a tow truck and not do anything until it got there
B) Stand around until a supervisor came to call a tow truck, because union rules, or
C) Shove it off the lot with the backhoe and cover it in tar for good measure
 
2013-02-02 10:26:42 PM

OscarTamerz: Does anybody actually think some Benz owner is going to leave his car where it's going to get tar on it except for the douchebag bird cage lining writer? It's a parking lot and he parked there long before the cordon went up and he'll have the parking stub to prove it as well as surveillance footage. The asshats at the paving company and the train company will be splitting the costs of a new paint job, new rims and "tyres" and if he plays his cards right an empty suit bureaucrat or 2 will get shiatcanned like a tuna.


I want to give you a hat tip regardless of how thin your line ended up, this could have been good but sadly it wasn't near the top of the posts.  You should consider TotalFark, its much easier to throw an aggravating post into the mix and get the attention it deserves before the riff-raff show up with their witty bullshiat.
 
2013-02-02 10:38:43 PM

C18H27NO3: poot_rootbeer: I still don't understand why the re-pavers didn't just call a truck to have the vehicle towed.

Because fark the pretentious douchebag that owns it.


It would cost the DB more in both time and money to go get their Benz from the towyard than to just drive it off the ramp and out of the lot.  With this solution, at best you can hope for some flat tires when the Benz drives over construction debris.
 
2013-02-02 10:54:34 PM

Aulus: Hey, it was 1973.


It would have to be.  Today, parking on sidewalks is absolutely normal in all Italian cities. It is usually legal as long as it doesn't impede the flow of pedestrians.  In Milan's office district you can also see cars parked four wide: two on the sidewalk, one next to the curb and the last one next to it.  The owners all work int he same area and keep similar work hours, but they all leave their cell phone numbers on their windshield in case someone has an emergency and needs to get their car out.
 
2013-02-02 11:32:33 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: I used to work on a main artery road in a central business district. There was on-street parking allowed up until 4:00pm, when all lanes on the road were needed for rush hour.

Nothing was more satisfying than to see the tow truck drivers hooking up the Beemers and Benzes while their self-important stuffed-suit asshat owners tried to bargain them into letting them go.

Don;t feel so important now, do you mister CEO/Stockbroker/Board Member, do you?


Your anger and frustration are showing, it's probably bad for your heart. I bet lots of other cars also got towed.

BumpInTheNight: Mercedes owners: even BMW owners call them douchebags.


Patently not true. Several of my friends drive Bimmers and I'm on my third Merc. Tomorrow several of us are getting together to be raucous, drink beer, eat chicken wings (prepared by me and they are awesome!) and smoked meat, and watch the Superbowl. No one will be called a douche because no one will behave as one. Not one of us is a Ceo, stockbroker, or board member and not one of us wears, or even owns, a stuffed suit.  We just happen to be gear heads who like cars and motorcycles.

In fact, I have witnessed douche customers at my M-B dealer's service department. I've also witnessed douche customers at the Dodge, Isuzu, Saab and Volvo dealers when I drove those brands of cars.  I strongly suspect that douches are more easily identified by their attitudes than by the cars they drive... Just this morning, someone at Costco snuck into the parking spot I was clearly waiting for (stopped with indicator on as the parked car backed-out). They were in a Hyundai Accent. Shall I conclude that Hyundai drivers are douches ?

/Love my R320 Bluetec
//Among many talents, it's the best winter car in all automobiledom
 
2013-02-02 11:43:57 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-03 11:58:47 AM
One commuter said: "I came back to my car and saw this Merc totally on its own.


Huh?   It's  Benz.
 
2013-02-03 04:33:23 PM

dahmers love zombie: [i.imgur.com image 568x428]
Don't be a dickhead.  Park legally.


I have a feeling that with all that rubble and heavy equipment being strewn around that the outside isn't exactly in pristine condition anymore. Knowing how much body work on a Benz costs, thanks to a douchebag office manager I used to know, I'd say he got his rewards.
 
2013-02-03 04:54:58 PM

capt.hollister: Aulus: Hey, it was 1973.

It would have to be.  Today, parking on sidewalks is absolutely normal in all Italian cities. It is usually legal as long as it doesn't impede the flow of pedestrians.  In Milan's office district you can also see cars parked four wide: two on the sidewalk, one next to the curb and the last one next to it.  The owners all work int he same area and keep similar work hours, but they all leave their cell phone numbers on their windshield in case someone has an emergency and needs to get their car out.


Yeah, but those are the insanely tiny microcars you see all over now, whereas that photo looks like a compact/kei car from back in the day - what would be a subcompact in the US now. Microcars are designed to fit on sidewalks (and make even the Smart look huge), and in most cities it's a requirement to park on one.
 
2013-02-03 08:44:07 PM

BenJammin: One commuter said: "I came back to my car and saw this Merc totally on its own.


Huh?   It's  Benz.


In Britain it's Merc.  This happened in Briain, so Merc would be right.
 
2013-02-04 02:17:54 AM

foxyshadis: capt.hollister: Aulus: Hey, it was 1973.

It would have to be.  Today, parking on sidewalks is absolutely normal in all Italian cities. It is usually legal as long as it doesn't impede the flow of pedestrians.  In Milan's office district you can also see cars parked four wide: two on the sidewalk, one next to the curb and the last one next to it.  The owners all work int he same area and keep similar work hours, but they all leave their cell phone numbers on their windshield in case someone has an emergency and needs to get their car out.

Yeah, but those are the insanely tiny microcars you see all over now, whereas that photo looks like a compact/kei car from back in the day - what would be a subcompact in the US now. Microcars are designed to fit on sidewalks (and make even the Smart look huge), and in most cities it's a requirement to park on one.


No, not at all. The cars I'm talking about are about are family sedans, wagons, SUVs and minivans similar in size to the Fiat 850 in your pic or larger.  Those tiny microcars you're thinking of are designed to be driven without a car license and are, in fact, quite rare because of their very limited performance (their legal maximum speed is 40km/h).  Like most Europeans, Italians who leave the car at home either use public transit or medium-capacity scooters. European cities are full of motorized two-wheelers.

Spiralmonkey: BenJammin: One commuter said: "I came back to my car and saw this Merc totally on its own.

Huh?   It's  Benz.

In Britain it's Merc.  This happened in Briain, so Merc would be right.


It's Merc pretty much everywhere, actually. Some Americans (not all) would like to reserve Merc for Mercury, but that's an irrelevant brand and Mercedes were Mercs long before that division of Ford came and went.
 
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