News, features, and commentary from the biggest city in the Americas, Mexico City.
By Fritz Schtickelmeyer —
Of all the things Mexico City may be known for, having “good drivers” is not one of those things.
Part of the problem lies in the fact that nobody in this city ever has to take a drivers’ test to prove they know how to drive. You want a license? Just pay the fee and fill out a simple form with tough questions including “What’s your name?” “What’s your address?” and “What’s your date of birth?”
If you can manage that, you are now deemed “qualified” to drive in Mexico City.
So today, I want to talk about parking — and I want to publicly make fun of and shame those people who do not have a clue where to park their car.
I find it bewildering, the lack of courtesy shown towards other drivers and pedestrians I see in this town.
When I questioned a clueless woman who double-parked outside the 7-Eleven the other day, the best this lazy driver could say was, “Oh, I was just running in to the store for two minutes”.
Shut up. Quit your whining about there being no place to park. You’re breaking the law, and you know it.
And if you don’t know it, you should not be allowed to drive an automobile.
The sad thing is that the photos I snapped were just at random, taken without making any effort. These examples are not the exception — they’re more like the rule. I didn’t have to hunt for rule violators. They’re everywhere.
(And the only thing that annoys me more than the thoughtless behavior of drivers is that the authorities could care less about enforcing the simple rules of the road. Too hard?)
In any event, a few illustrations to highlight my points …
Double-parking in NOT okay. Double parking on both sides of the road is doubly NOT okay.
Double parking in a Crosswalk is REALLY NOT OKAY. You’ve just double parked, and also, you did it in a crosswalk. There’s a special place for people like you …
The Street Corner is OFF-LIMITS. You’re blocking pedestrians, and you’re blocking the view of other drivers. This is considered dangerous, since you apparently are unaware of this. Pedestrians have to walk around your car, and dangerously into traffic, you thoughtless creep.
You’ve just parked on a Street Corner, blocking pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, and the view of all oncoming traffic, which is speeding by this corner. Congrats, Einstein!
Parking on the Sidewalk is not cool. ‘Nuff said.
Even if your home is there, you still don’t own that sidewalk.
On those rare occasions when a tow truck shows up out front of my Starbucks to haul away a double-parked car, I laugh at the owner, as they run out to try save their car from being towed away. Tough. You ought to be publicly ridiculed.
How nuts can it be? Take a look at this photo from a few days ago. And this is not unusual. What is unusual is the rare occasion when a tow truck shows up to try haul away the mess.
Anyway, that’s our quick look at how the wonderful drivers of this city park their cars. The scary thing is that these there are so many other bad examples out there — these are just a few random examples to highlight the point.
In a future story, we’ll profile yet more obnoxious behavior by motorists. With the amount of material we have, we could make an ongoing series about this.