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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Did I park to close

I've just had an absolutely BIZARRE incident with a (presumed) motorcyclist and wanted to ask y'all what you think. I had just gotten off work and decided to go to a Chipotle that just opened near my house, it's the closest one now and I was excited to check it out.

I drove into the new parking lot (for the first time, I might add) & I always try to pick a corner spot or other kind of spot that is likely to minimize chances for scratches or damage on my car. If you notice to the left side of the video, a car is backing out as I am parking. I would usually back into this corner spot with a C-shaped move from the center of the lot instead of the way I did, but I didn't want to potentially get hit by the car backing out if it did not see me. I parked and walked into the new Chipotle.

When I entered, the first thing I saw was a balding, middle-aged (late 40's or early 50's) white guy, 5'8" or so with a Harley-Davidson baseball cap on staring at me like a lunatic. It was absolutely obvious, no flinching whatsoever, just staring at me. I went to the counter & ordered my carnitas burrito & went to a table. His lunch partner, a female, took a few glances at me, as well. This was all very obvious and noticeable to me. I went to the bathroom and washed my hands. When I came out, the man stood up and went to the bathroom as well & literally TRIPPED me as I was walking to my table. Some serious passive aggression right there. I didn't fall, I managed to catch my balance and to his credit, this sphincter was very subtle: it would have been difficult to tell that it was on purpose. It really was very subtle but based on the earlier nonverbal interaction, it was glaringly obvious that it was purposely done.

After that, I got a sour taste in my mouth and was really, really annoyed that my first visit to a new Chipotle was marred in such a way. This guy could have come up to me and started a conversation with me about his motorcycle and asked if I liked it, since I drove up so close to it. He could have suggested that perhaps I drove a little too close to his bike & that some motorcyclists would not appreciate that. Instead he creepily glared at me and passive aggressively tripped me. In my mind, this guy's an obnoxious sphincter.

However, I am a major autophile and I love cars. I love the subculture. I understand that motorcyclists have a subculture of their own and that they can react in a certain way when it comes to their motorcycles. My best friend from 6th grade (turned out we were born in the same hospital even though we met 4,300 miles away from it) is a motorcycle FREAK who owns his own motorcycle track and rents time on it for people. Another good friend of mine who currently lives in Greece races his Ducatis and has educated me a bit on motorcycles, even with my short attention span. I recognize the love that people have for their motorcycles even if I do not share that love.

My question is, was I in the wrong? Did I deserve this reaction? I think I didn't deserve such an obnoxious (& potentially dangerous, if I had tripped) reaction for PARKING MY CAR. The motorcycle was parked deep into the parking spot: if it had been parked a bit closer to the front, I wouldn't have had space to do what I did & would have resorted to the C-shaped back-in. The next time I am in such a parking situation, what do I do? Just avoid all motorcycles even if it inconveniences me? How come this guy takes offense to me but if the F-150 sitting next to his bike opened its door, would he have the same problem? Just a weird situation. What, this guy's a special little snowflake? Well, I didn't see the "Special Little Snowflake" placard on his motorcycle. Sheesh! I'm pissed off that it ruined what was supposed to be a pleasant experience. If it was a small SMART car or a Fiat 500 that parked deep into the parking spot, I would've done the exact same thing. This guy with his bike ain't special.

Anyways, what do y'all think? Thank you very much in advance! This is my first time ever on a motorcycle forum (yes, this incident galled me enough to register in the forum) & I'm curious to hear your opinions. Have a great day!

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I smell set-up.

Or does everyone go everywhere with their dash cam on?

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I have several friends that have dash cams on at all times.
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I smell set-up.

Or does everyone go everywhere with their dash cam on?

What`s a matter? Youtube vids not getting enough views?
Actually, yes they do T~S, otherwise they'll miss that fast action the camera is for. I dont have one but know a few who do and they can record for quite a while. You saw the dash cam videos of the meteor in Russia that broke windows and freaked everyone out last year didnt you? They never would have got that if they werent recording all the time.

Still might be a setup, but for what?
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