Re: re: Falling Branch (Fairlawn)
The worse location for fire lane parking is Walmart in Christiansburg. The cars are sticking out in the roadway and you must drive around them but make sure you avoid oncoming traffic going in the opposite direction. I have also seen stupid people partially blocking exits at Lowes. Sadly, if your big heavy blue cart hits or scrapes any vehicle parked illegally the courts would hold YOU liable for the damage. That seems ass backwards.
Usually you will still see someone still sitting in the car and that somehow justifies in their mind that they are not "parked" in the fire lane. I verbally call them out when walking or driving past them and say "This isn't a parking spot!". It may shame a few of them. I had one trailer trash call the phone number on my van to complain that my two employees were rude and yelled out the window at her. I pretended I wasn't the driver and asked them what happened. They ridiculously said they were parked at the entrance because her daughter was only running in for a minute to pick up a prescription! I then told her that our work vans are very large and we could hit oncoming traffic by having to go around her. I then told her that she shouldn't be parked in the fire zone in the first place and that my employees did nothing wrong and I hung up on her. Fcuk you bitch.
I have a very simple solution to the problem since stores and police do not enforce the laws. Since most fire companies are always fund raising and asking for donations, give the Fire Chief of every community the power and authority to hand out hefty traffic fines for parking in a fire lane or at a fire hydrant. The ordinances and courts need to back them up completely and EVERY PENNY of the fine goes directly to the fire company. Sounds like a win-win situation.
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