(to girls who stole her parking space): Excuse me, I was waiting for that space. Girl 1
: Yeah? Tough! Girl 2
: Face it lady, we're younger and faster. Evelyn
(does slow burn, puts car in gear): Towanda! (slams car into back of the girls' Volkswagen three times, laughing) Girl 1
(comes back): Help, someone! What are you doing? Girl 2
: Are you crazy? Evelyn
: Face it girls, I'm older and have more insurance.
— Fried Green Tomatoes
In Real Life
, seeing someone park where they shouldn't (like a disabled parking spot) or stealing the parking spot you've been patiently waiting for is incredibly frustrating. In fiction, a character might choose to take immediate revenge on the parking infringer; often in a humorous fashion (giving the audience vicarious satisfaction).
Note that these actions are often things that could get you arrested in Real Life
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- According to Dave in Knights of the Dinner Table, Shiela once kidney punched him for parking in the disabled spot next to the Games Pit.
- There is an urban legend about an older woman who takes revenge on the sassy young thing who brazenly zips into the parking space she'd been waiting for. When she protests, the parking spot thief says "That's how it is when you're young and quick." The woman puts her car into gear, floors the accelator and rams the offending vehicle. When the sassy young thing screams in protest, the woman replies "That's how it is when you're old and rich" (or "and have more insurance"). You can check out the legend and its variations at Snopes here.
Live Action TV
- Third Watch had an episode where the fire crew had to break through a car's windows to get to the hydrant. The car owner was none too pleased and came to the firehouse wielding a gun.
- In the first episode of Crownies, Ben's grandfather parks in an able bodied surfer who parked in a disabled spot. This one does not end well, as Ben's grandfather ultimately recieves a beating that results in his death.
- In an episode of Seinfeld, George parks in front of the hospital and ends up having his car flattened by a suicidal "jumper."
- In another Seinfeld, Kramer covinces George to park in a handicapped space when they're in a hurry ("They don't want to be treated special!"). When they come back, it turns out that a wheelchair bound woman had injured herself as a result of not being able to park in the space, and an angry mob is waiting for the owners of the car - and eventually demolish it.
- On Desperate Housewives, Susan trips the guy who takes her spot, grabs his keys to move his car, then closes the window on his neck when he attempts to stop her. However, it wasn't really just about the parking space; she was pissed off that her fiance and ex-boyfriend made her the prize in a poker game, and thus was not feeling kindly to any men at the time.
- We occasionally see the firefighters of House 51 smashing car windows to get to hydrants in Chicago Fire.
- Website That Will Buff Out has the heading "Douchebag Parkers" which delights in suggesting this sort of revenge and taking pictures of it. (Please do not try any of these at home, it is one of the quickest ways to get either a criminal record, or a punch in the face.)
- Steve Dallas illegally parks his corvette in a handicapped spot in Bloom County. Milo wasn't able to move it, but he tried.
- In Opus (in the same continuity), Pickles was once interrupted while attempting to trim down a Hummer with a chainsaw to make it fit in the compact space it had been parked in.
Stand Up Comedy
- Jeff Dunham's Walter puppet talks about running down a man who parks in handicap spots to "make an honest man out of him." When his actually handicapped mother gets out of the car to scream at him, Walter takes her out with the door.
- In an episode of Yoohoo And Friends, Santa Claus parks his sleigh in front of Father Time's house. Father Time uses his magical powers to move the sleigh so it is front of a fire hydrant, causing Santa Claus to get a ticket.
- In the first Family Guy Christmas episode, Peter gets fed up with searching for a parking space at the mall and just drives onto another car, crushing it like a monster truck.
- In Real Life in 2011 the mayor of a town in Lithuania posed for photographers after crushing what he claimed was an illegally parked car with a tank. (Well, actually more of an armoured car since it had wheels rather than tracks.)
- Life imitating art, since Kenny Everett had done the same in his BBC sketch show in the 1980s.
- Someone filmed himself crashing his bike into everything parked in a bike lane to point out how often they're blocked off. See here.
- Do not, under any circumstances park your car in the way of a Fire Hydrant. In the event of a fire, fire fighters can, and will do all sorts of things to your car to move it out of the way and hook up to the hydrant i.e. ram it and shove it out of the way with a fire truck, or bust out the windows and run a (possibly leaking) hose right through it. And since such an act can get you ticketed anyway, the city those fire fighters work for will fine you on top of the damage dealt to the car. And you will not be reimbursed for the damage no matter how many times you try to sue the company.
- Also note that the time taken by the fire fighters moving/destroying your car is time they could be using to put the fire out, or save someone's life. So they are not too appreciative of those that get in the way of them doing their jobs.