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(Boston.com)   Ahhh, winter in New England. A chill is in the air, the snow is flying, and Boston residents are beating the snot out of each other over shoveled parking spots   (boston.com) divider line 67
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2013-12-19 06:45:08 AM  
Putting in a driveway was the best money I ever spent... Now i only have to beat the snot out of people for blocking it. : )
 
2013-12-19 06:48:40 AM  
as someone who spent an hour digging out a spot right in front of my house last night, only to have someone snipe it while i was out for groceries, i understand.
 
2013-12-19 09:01:32 AM  
Still better than Philly where instead of a beating you get shot
 
2013-12-19 09:02:21 AM  
Did you not see the fuggin' folding chair I put out?

Did you NOT SEE IT?

Kapow!  Hey, it's that, or a tire-slashing, take your pick.
 
2013-12-19 09:04:25 AM  
South Boston (and Dotchesta)residents are beating the snot out of each other.

/ftfy
 
2013-12-19 09:04:31 AM  
People shouldn't go around punching other people BUT

People know what they are doing when they park in a spot like that. The guy got called out on it and paid a heavy price for being a douche.
 
2013-12-19 09:07:42 AM  
You want your own spot, save up and get a place with a driveway
 
2013-12-19 09:14:37 AM  
I'm okay with this.
 
2013-12-19 09:15:42 AM  

kindms: People shouldn't go around punching other people BUT

People know what they are doing when they park in a spot like that. The guy got called out on it and paid a heavy price for being a douche.


The article isn't real clear, but it sounds like the guy who stole the spot and handed out the beating were the same young guy. It reads like the older guy paid to have it shoveled earlier and the young guy parked in it. The old guy called him out on it and the younger guy beat him up because of it.

Am I reading it wrong? For such a short article, it kind of bobs and weaves a lot.
 
2013-12-19 09:16:42 AM  
Why a new thread? Can we please just continue where we left off last year.
 
2013-12-19 09:20:40 AM  
66 year old man pays to have his spot shoveled out.
32 year old man takes it.
66 year old man confronts the 32 year old man.
32 year old man punches the 66 year old man.

The aristocrats.
 
2013-12-19 09:29:26 AM  
Is this just a Boston & Philly thing? I've never heard of this happening in other parts of the country that regularly receive snow.
 
2013-12-19 09:29:39 AM  
His first mistake was being named Juan Beltran-Rivera in Southie.

God help him if the old man was one of the Ord Ársa na nÉireannach.
 
2013-12-19 09:31:02 AM  
I'm of two minds on this.  I lived in Dorchester (blue collar neighborhood) where this was a common practice and in Back Bay (uber-expensive neighborhood) where this never happened.  In Dorchester, everyone would neatly shovel out their space and mark it with a trash barrel.  In Back Bay, you'd just move enough snow to get your car out of it's spot.  So within a day after the storm, the Dorchester streets were well cleaned and had lots of space for parking within a day of the storm, albeit "reserved", and in Back Bay, half the spaces were inaccessible for weeks due to the mounds of snow.

I guess you might be able to draw conclusions about ownership, etc., but I'll leave that to those with a GED is Sociology.
 
2013-12-19 09:35:41 AM  

stellarossa: Is this just a Boston & Philly thing? I've never heard of this happening in other parts of the country that regularly receive snow.


In LA, when a valet pulls into a reseved spot, the lawyers and publicists beat the snot out of each other.

The snot is then collected and sold as a fragrance on Rodeo Drive.
 
2013-12-19 09:39:21 AM  
Neighborhood rules in effect.
 
2013-12-19 09:40:28 AM  
farkin' Southie, LOL!
 
2013-12-19 09:43:02 AM  
If I watched a guy just get done spending an hour shoveling out a spot, I'd be afraid to park my car there, because it might not be in the same condition when I got back.
 
2013-12-19 09:43:13 AM  

JerkStore: kindms: People shouldn't go around punching other people BUT

People know what they are doing when they park in a spot like that. The guy got called out on it and paid a heavy price for being a douche.

The article isn't real clear, but it sounds like the guy who stole the spot and handed out the beating were the same young guy. It reads like the older guy paid to have it shoveled earlier and the young guy parked in it. The old guy called him out on it and the younger guy beat him up because of it.

Am I reading it wrong? For such a short article, it kind of bobs and weaves a lot.


Im guessing i read it wrong. I thought 32 year old guy paid to have it shoveled, 66 year old takes it, 32 year old confronts him and beats him up, 32 year old goes to jail.
 
2013-12-19 09:45:30 AM  

stellarossa: Is this just a Boston & Philly thing? I've never heard of this happening in other parts of the country that regularly receive snow.


Oh totally a Boston thing.  It usually gets two or thee full reports on every local news station per year, if not per storm.  Either way, EVERY time it snows Menino has to go out and say how long they're honoring it.  Walsh better be ready to do the same or he'll be out of there faster than you can say Dorchester.
 
2013-12-19 09:46:14 AM  

kindms: JerkStore: kindms: People shouldn't go around punching other people BUT

People know what they are doing when they park in a spot like that. The guy got called out on it and paid a heavy price for being a douche.

The article isn't real clear, but it sounds like the guy who stole the spot and handed out the beating were the same young guy. It reads like the older guy paid to have it shoveled earlier and the young guy parked in it. The old guy called him out on it and the younger guy beat him up because of it.

Am I reading it wrong? For such a short article, it kind of bobs and weaves a lot.

Im guessing i read it wrong. I thought 32 year old guy paid to have it shoveled, 66 year old takes it, 32 year old confronts him and beats him up, 32 year old goes to jail.


Just went back and re-read it. Yup I was pointing the douche finger at the wrong guy. Old guy is victim, 32 year old is douche.
 
2013-12-19 09:47:27 AM  
I was wondering if anyone was keeping up the tradition now that Chicago has banned 'dibs'.

(not that that's gonna stop anyone around here if the snow piles up high enough)
 
2013-12-19 09:50:23 AM  

zomega: I was wondering if anyone was keeping up the tradition now that Chicago has banned 'dibs'.

(not that that's gonna stop anyone around here if the snow piles up high enough)


You can't ban dibs!
 
2013-12-19 09:53:34 AM  

Teaser: zomega: I was wondering if anyone was keeping up the tradition now that Chicago has banned 'dibs'.

(not that that's gonna stop anyone around here if the snow piles up high enough)

You can't ban dibs!


My point exactly. I think the whole city went "oh, *really*?" when the mayor said this.
 
2013-12-19 10:03:30 AM  
so . . . call me crazy . . . why don't they just pay for city plowing like us civilized midwesterners?

\\ don't understand
\ no, really, I don't.
 
2013-12-19 10:08:57 AM  

escherblacksmith: so . . . call me crazy . . . why don't they just pay for city plowing like us civilized midwesterners?

\\ don't understand
\ no, really, I don't.


Because Boston streets suck and people won't actually do what they're told when it comes to moving your cars so they can get the spot plowed.  More or less.
 
2013-12-19 10:10:59 AM  
Ya know what? Don't be a cock and take a spot someone took a lot of trouble to clear. Clear one for yourself you lazy fark.
 
2013-12-19 10:12:33 AM  

escherblacksmith: so . . . call me crazy . . . why don't they just pay for city plowing like us civilized midwesterners?

\\ don't understand
\ no, really, I don't.


The streets get plowed, but there's no place to put the cars as they don't have driveways or garages, so the streets are plowed around the cars.  The cars get pretty plowed in and the owners need to go out and un-bury their cars as well as their spots.
 
2013-12-19 10:13:33 AM  

escherblacksmith: so . . . call me crazy . . . why don't they just pay for city plowing like us civilized midwesterners?

\\ don't understand
\ no, really, I don't.


they do plow and thats what buries the cars. See in New England especially Boston the roads are essentially old colonial roads for the most part. Very narrow. Now add to that row houses that dont have driveways. So everyone has to park on the street. So what happens is you have cars parked on both sides of the road, the plows make a path between the cars. Essentially one lane strip down the roads. People then need to dig out their cars from the snow that fell and the snow the plow packed in around their cars.

It isn't a plowing issue but a lack of off street parking issue. Parking in Boston is a nightmare when the weather is good.
 
2013-12-19 10:21:51 AM  
Gene Masseth ain't having any of this shiat.
 
2013-12-19 10:30:45 AM  
I Farking hate arseholes who steal spots like that. I've spent hours digging my car out after an ice storm only to have some prick take it minutes after I left. I get that it's a public space, but you're a dick for circling and waiting for someone to do the work for you.

Fortunately, we have a driveway now. We just have to watch for the idiot neighbors who block it or try to park in it when we're gone.
 
2013-12-19 10:35:13 AM  
Don't people in Boston own chairs?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-19 10:35:29 AM  
It's the Christmas version of the Knock Out Game!
 
2013-12-19 10:37:40 AM  
I've lived in Boston, Philly, and NYC, and dibs is ridiculous. You want to keep your spot? Don't move your car. We all labored to clean our car off and dig it out. You're not special.

I've seen cars vandalized because they parked in a claimed spot, but the city or someone else moved the lawn chairs. Get over yourselves. It's a public space and you don't get to claim it.
 
2013-12-19 10:38:33 AM  
...and never fark with another man's car.
 
2013-12-19 10:44:10 AM  
Yet another reason that 40 acres in fly-over country is preferable to me.

/I can park anywhere I damn well please
 
2013-12-19 10:48:37 AM  
wp.streetwise.co
 
2013-12-19 10:49:03 AM  

kindms: escherblacksmith: so . . . call me crazy . . . why don't they just pay for city plowing like us civilized midwesterners?

\\ don't understand
\ no, really, I don't.

they do plow and thats what buries the cars. See in New England especially Boston the roads are essentially old colonial roads for the most part. Very narrow. Now add to that row houses that dont have driveways. So everyone has to park on the street. So what happens is you have cars parked on both sides of the road, the plows make a path between the cars. Essentially one lane strip down the roads. People then need to dig out their cars from the snow that fell and the snow the plow packed in around their cars.

It isn't a plowing issue but a lack of off street parking issue. Parking in Boston is a nightmare when the weather is good.


we also have on-street parking and people are informed to move their cars during snow plowing events, people go elsewhere or get towed.  Not difficult and lots of city money to be made from the idiots who don't move their cars.

\\ still silly
\ honestly
 
2013-12-19 10:49:36 AM  

bearcats1983: I Farking hate arseholes who steal spots like that. I've spent hours digging my car out after an ice storm only to have some prick take it minutes after I left. I get that it's a public space, but you're a dick for circling and waiting for someone to do the work for you.

Fortunately, we have a driveway now. We just have to watch for the idiot neighbors who block it or try to park in it when we're gone.


Agreed, stories like this helps me appreciate what I do have.

Once, we had everyone at my house park in the neighbors driveway for two reasons, first because we were cutting large branches out of a large tree over hanging my driveway and second, because no one lived at that house at the time.  The owner's daughter did stop by to ask what was going on, but was cool with it.  Right now, no one is living there again and the neighbor to the other side's daughter parked there this past Thanksgiving.  We try to show some activity there to keep the trouble out, till the next tenant moves in.
 
2013-12-19 10:52:15 AM  

doublesecretprobation: as someone who spent an hour digging out a spot right in front of my house last night, only to have someone snipe it while i was out for groceries, i understand.


Yup.
 
2013-12-19 10:53:51 AM  
20 years ago i lived in new jersey. they did the same thing there.i also drove a 15000 lb truck(empty).so many folks lost their garbage cans. to keep them from blowing away i would run them over. one of the few things i did not run over was a dining room table used to "hold" a spot.

on the other hand after a heavy snow i shoveled about 100 feet of roadway to be used by anyone.
a guy sat in his car watching this and even asked permission to use it, i told him after i park he is more than welcome. he could not believe this.

it is the street and you do not own it.
shovel and share!
 
2013-12-19 11:13:22 AM  
Oh boy do I LOVE that I bought a house with a driveway and paid for snow removal.

I used to live in the city and in Montreal there's no silly shiat such as "saving your spot".  You shovel yourself out and you pray it's there when you get back.  Some asshats just wait for that.

My last winter before the move, I spent 2 hours shoveling the morning after a storm because the plow had gone by and blocked in the either block and this asshat pulled up and just sat in the car (running) for 40 minutes.  I took a breather and go over friendly like and ask "what's up?  Waiting for someone?"   The guy smiles and says "I'm waiting for your spot.  You gotta go to work don't you?"

I called in sick that day.
 
2013-12-19 11:21:11 AM  
It's time to invent a better city snow plow. I think it should scoop the parked cars up, plow underneath, put the parked car back down. Wouldn't we all pay more in taxes (so the city could buy it) to the genius who invents this wonder machine?

Or maybe a snow vacuum instead of a plow? Snow blowers would work too but that's a bit rough on the surface that the snow hits.
 
2013-12-19 11:27:33 AM  

nonvideas: I've lived in Boston, Philly, and NYC, and dibs is ridiculous. You want to keep your spot? Don't move your car. We all labored to clean our car off and dig it out. You're not special.

I've seen cars vandalized because they parked in a claimed spot, but the city or someone else moved the lawn chairs. Get over yourselves. It's a public space and you don't get to claim it.


Actually, in real life Boston city policy allows for this
 
2013-12-19 11:29:11 AM  
Free drawing of better snow plow!
lh6.googleusercontent.com
/because there are never enough MS Paint drawings in the world
 
2013-12-19 11:32:38 AM  

tcaptain: Oh boy do I LOVE that I bought a house with a driveway and paid for snow removal.

I used to live in the city and in Montreal there's no silly shiat such as "saving your spot".  You shovel yourself out and you pray it's there when you get back.  Some asshats just wait for that.

My last winter before the move, I spent 2 hours shoveling the morning after a storm because the plow had gone by and blocked in the either block and this asshat pulled up and just sat in the car (running) for 40 minutes.  I took a breather and go over friendly like and ask "what's up?  Waiting for someone?"   The guy smiles and says "I'm waiting for your spot.  You gotta go to work don't you?"

I called in sick that day.


forums.pelicanparts.com
 
2013-12-19 11:34:52 AM  

WTP 2: 20 years ago i lived in new jersey. they did the same thing there.i also drove a 15000 lb truck(empty).so many folks lost their garbage cans. to keep them from blowing away i would run them over. one of the few things i did not run over was a dining room table used to "hold" a spot.

on the other hand after a heavy snow i shoveled about 100 feet of roadway to be used by anyone.
a guy sat in his car watching this and even asked permission to use it, i told him after i park he is more than welcome. he could not believe this.

it is the street and you do not own it.
shovel and share!


Where do you put the snow that you shoveled?
 
2013-12-19 11:35:15 AM  

LadySusan: It's time to invent a better city snow plow. I think it should scoop the parked cars up, plow underneath, put the parked car back down. Wouldn't we all pay more in taxes (so the city could buy it) to the genius who invents this wonder machine?

Or maybe a snow vacuum instead of a plow? Snow blowers would work too but that's a bit rough on the surface that the snow hits.


Since I was young, I have always dreamt (dreamed?) of a snowplow that had flamethrowers on the front of it instead of an actual plow. Just think, no more snow blocking in parked cars, the snow is actually melted now instead of just being moved to the side. I mean, we'd have to figure out ways to not catch cars on fire as it passed, but we can work the details out later.
 
2013-12-19 11:42:33 AM  

lack of warmth: bearcats1983: I Farking hate arseholes who steal spots like that. I've spent hours digging my car out after an ice storm only to have some prick take it minutes after I left. I get that it's a public space, but you're a dick for circling and waiting for someone to do the work for you.

Fortunately, we have a driveway now. We just have to watch for the idiot neighbors who block it or try to park in it when we're gone.

Agreed, stories like this helps me appreciate what I do have.

Once, we had everyone at my house park in the neighbors driveway for two reasons, first because we were cutting large branches out of a large tree over hanging my driveway and second, because no one lived at that house at the time.  The owner's daughter did stop by to ask what was going on, but was cool with it.  Right now, no one is living there again and the neighbor to the other side's daughter parked there this past Thanksgiving.  We try to show some activity there to keep the trouble out, till the next tenant moves in.


The problem with my neighbor's is that they're fat, lazy rednecks and will park in my driveway to save 20 feet of walking. I can't tell you how many times I've come home to find them parked in my driveway. The usual excuses are that they were unloading groceries or just stopping for a minute to drop their kids off. I'm a dick and continue to blast the horn until they leave, but who does this and thinks it's a-okay? Any longer than 5-10 seconds while you're turning around is too long to be in someone's else driveway.
 
2013-12-19 11:43:06 AM  

keylock71: Putting in a driveway was the best money I ever spent... Now i only have to beat the snot out of people for blocking it. : )


For the life of me, I will never understand people who buy homes with on-street parking only.  The houses aren't any cheaper and the inconvenience factor is in the stratosphere especially during bad weather.  I wouldn't consider buying a house without a garage either, but to each their own.  You have to deal with it, not me.
 
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