Parking Lot Panic

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers the day after Thanksgiving is not the busiest shopping day of the year. The busiest shopping day is the Saturday before Christmas, so on this day the shopping lines aren't just long at the registers, they were long out in the parking lots.

In lots packed with holiday shoppers they lurk above the asphalt surface. Cars are cruising to sneak in and steal that ultimate parking space.

Parking lot patron Bryan Bender says, "There are stalkers all over. You'll see them and by the time they get done stalking you're leaving.”

These parking predators have an otherwise clean record and openly fess up to the crime.

Nathan Pasholk knew exactly what stalking means and goes on to say, “Stalking means no for waiting to park. Yea, I’m a stalker because I want to be up front and be comfortable.”

Other shoppers had a different strategy. Instead of stalking they settled for parking far away and leaving the dirty deeds for others.

Driver Heidi Hart says, "We would definitely just be willing to settle for whatever we get. Then we walk and avoid all the people they cut you off. We don’t enjoy that and it’s not in the holiday spirit.”

Then there are those who simply see it and take it and sometimes find they have won the parking lot battle since they actually get a VIP spot.

Brenda Kranish says, “I just try to be patient and hoping for a lot of luck."

In this crazy competitive sport of finding the ideal parking spot sometimes luck outweighs stalking and still gives shoppers plenty of time.

According to a National Driving Habits survey, stalkers are twice more likely to be women than men, but ladies, note this, the Midwest is the lowest region for reported cases of parking space stalkers.


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