Does Anyone Notice Obvious Lines?

There are people in the world who don’t have much concern for other people. We see them all the time. The driver of this truck may not have noticed the overlap of a line that is obvious to everyone else. But we can look at it and immediately recognize behavior that is either thoughtless or obnoxious.

This driver may have just felt that he “needed additional property” to make his situation better. Maybe he felt that both sides of the line were his “right”. Maybe he felt that he had always gone over the line, and it’s too late to think about whether it’s appropriate or not. Maybe he just felt that those two parking spaces go together well. Maybe he remembered that his great grandfather always parked that way, and so that’s just the way it is.


But for anyone else looking at it, it’s the wrong thing to do. When you see obvious lines, the best behavior would be to respect them.

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Keith Hanks January 06, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Image has alot of irony and shows real political angst.
Tracy White January 06, 2014 at 12:52 PM
There's always the possibility it was the only space left between two idiots and when they left, it made this truck look like an idiot. ;)
RandyRand January 06, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Tracy is right! What is absent from the picture above is CONTEXT! Without this CONTEXT, you can make this picture into anything you want and this is exactly what Herman has done here. Isn’t it entirely possible that this truck in not parked but waiting for the car in front of it to proceed. Or couldn’t this truck have been parked when cars on both the right and left it of it offered no alternative. The fictional possibilities are endless without providing CONTEXT. That said, excluding fire lanes, handicap spaces, or providing reasonable easement or door access to another’s vehicle, there are no laws governing parking between the lines in private parking lots, they are simply courtesy guidelines provided by the retailer. With only guidelines and no context provided, who amongst us thinks they can stand in judgment as to what is right and what is wrong for others?
Todd Chester January 06, 2014 at 11:16 PM
The image that Briarcliff has been portraying during the past few days seems to reeks of some serious political angst....and desperation!
Frannie D. January 06, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Nonsense. How do you figure? Do you really prefer that less beneficial Lakeside plan?
Todd Chester January 07, 2014 at 12:15 AM
It appears that Briarcliff is on the offensive this week, with guns pointing directly at Tucker. As an observer, the vitriol that seems to be directed at Tucker would lead me to believe that the leadership of Briarcliff is in desperation mode...this appears to be a marked change in strategy from 10 days ago. Why would one change strategy so dramatically if it wasnt due to desperation. I dont know the COBI leadership so I can speak directly for them....I can only express my opinions.
Todd Chester January 07, 2014 at 12:22 AM
Frannie D. January 07, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Todd. It's Lakeside that is the 'threat' to Tucker, not COBI, if one is inclined to see it that way. You must be getting the initiatives confused. Briarcliff is the one that is *adjacent* to Tucker, not the one that is trying to commandeer part of your community. If there is a particular quote you had in mind, post it. You probably misread or misunderstood it. Give COBI the opportunity to clear it up for you.
RandyRand January 07, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Fiction from Frannie. COBI has portrayed a friendly co-existence with Tucker, a complete sham now exposed. Their maps both overlap Northlake Mall and large areas inside the perimeter with no resolution in site. The vitriol is more than apparent!
Brian January 07, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Frannie, I don't want to speak for Todd but I share the same concerns. Obviously COBI is more friendly to Tucker than LCA, but that's out of necessity as much as anything. The problem is that the good-will apparently stops at Northlake. Many of us in Tucker feel that we have an equal if not stronger 'claim' to the Northlake area than COBI, regardless of Herman's football analogies and pics of poorly parked cars. IF COBI is not willing to negotiate on Northlake, then many of us feel COBI is trying to commandeer part of our community. I say 'IF' because I don't know what, if any, compromise map between Tucker/COBI has been established to present to the legislature. If I've missed it and someone can point it out for me, please do so.
Frannie D. January 07, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Guys. Take a moment to think about what you're saying. This is not a matter of "feelings" about a particular area. Imagine there were people who didn't necessarily live in your neighborhood, but each arguing your area "belonged" to them because they feel it is their "right." Unless YOU live in the contested area, you (or me, or we, or COBI, or Tucker) don't have any "right" to to dictate to those folks what their neighborhood is or isn't. The ONLY rational response is that it's up to them. It's so disheartening, sad really, to see folk jump on the posters who are trying to promote unity and compromise. My area will get a city initiative to vote yes or no on, either way. Tucker may not if you continue to drive a wedge and create controversy where there doesn't have to be. I personally am for a compromise solution. Northlake Mall has always been ATL, and no one really contests that. Montreal Ind. area, however, can be seen as Tucker property, but again, it's not our right to determine that for them. THEY and they alone need to tell COBI/Tucker who they want to align with. And they need to do it soon. Then we can move forward, united, so that we can all have something to vote on.
Tom Doolittle January 07, 2014 at 11:17 AM
The compromise is an area around Northlake Mall called "Northlake" and an area around Toco. Leaves room for all cities to annex different stuff later (Emory/Druid if they so choose once all dust settles later). Decatur gets to look at some things. Chamblee and Dora too. These would probably be the two nodes and annexation plans that would come together if the new cityhood groups, county and existing cities got together in a room. That is what has been missing--that is what needs to be corrected by the Legislature saying "no" this go around.
newsydon January 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM
the context is really pretty clear. around 1957 big parts of the atlanta area (starting in the northeast) became identified as inside or outside the perimeter.
newsydon January 07, 2014 at 11:33 AM
people in downtown tucker, or pittsburgh, or anywhere near the gwinnett border have never thought of northlake as part of their community. and the people in midvale have always said that tucker was east and northlake was west. (or if they're really old, they might have said that montreal was west.
newsydon January 07, 2014 at 11:34 AM
and ranty, maybe he stopped in the middle to rush out and save a puppy. get a brain!
RandyRand January 07, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Good one newsydon! Maybe you can write or color in a childrens book with your skills!
Brian January 07, 2014 at 01:35 PM
"people in downtown tucker, or pittsburgh, or anywhere near the gwinnett border have never thought of northlake as part of their community." What? I live in Wembley Forest and most certainly do consider Northlake part of my community. Your opinion is just that - yours. Don't pretend to speak for groups of people you don't know Newsy.
Sharon January 12, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Have a heart people. Maybe this WAS the great grandfather and he did the best he could.
Deborah Owens Busch January 13, 2014 at 06:16 AM
My husband and I came across a vehicle parked within two spaces and thought who does he think he is? On a closer inspection there was a sticker on the window of his van that explained why he needed more room. He was handicapped and needed the extra room in order to get his wheelchair out of the van and the handicap spaces were all take. We just assumed he was being a jerk. You never know what the other persons story may be. We just assumed the worst. :(


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