Q: Yesterday i was looking for parking as were many people at the mall parking lot which isn’t very big. Mind you there are two directions in which cars park, I was driving in the direction where a car was leaving on the opposite side a car was parked waiting for someone to leave. Naturally since I was on the side where the car was leaving I took the space, but then I see that the car on the opposite side wanted to get in and it started a battle where she was trying to scare me by getting close to the point of hitting my car. She had cars waiting behind her but she got out of the car to chew me out, telling me she was there first and that it was her space later getting nasty with me. I naturally kept my cool, saying sorry but I was in the direction the car left and you were the wrong direction. It would have been like making a u turn trying to get into my space as her utility truck was huge and of course in the wrong direction. Was I wrong to have taken the space? ‘
A: Yes, if you knew she was already there waiting for it. It was not yours to make assumptions about whether she was facing the right direction or not – patently she was waiting for that space. I understand the logic of your decision, but in the case of rare parking spaces it really is a matter of who’s there first that gets the space.