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Gary Church

May 30, 2014

Gary Church: If you want to go parking in an SUV, watch for police

NEW CASTLE — Sometimes when I'm out riding around, I may respond to something I hear on the police scanner.

Here’s a recent one that struck me as unusual: A man called the Neshannock police because an SUV took up three parking places in a local parking lot.

It's not the busiest lot in town, and I have never seen it jam-packed, so I wondered what his gripe was.

Sure enough, when the SUV pulled into the space, the back tire was on the line, and the front of the vehicle was too far ahead, and a little over the front line.

I'm not sure why this upset the man so much.

He stood in the rain, outside the cruiser, and complained to the police for 10 minutes.

Police said it was a private lot, and there was nothing they could do about it, and drove away.

Being a proud new owner of an SUV, I've noticed that you can't see the yellow stripes when you pull in a parking space.

My wife is constantly complaining that I park crooked.

I usually back up and try again, attempting to pull in perfectly straight, just to appease my personal line watcher.

I can fully understand if you are late for your accordion lesson, you just might pull in too fast, and not notice how crooked you are.

My suggestion is to the automakers: If you can put a camera in the trunk for backing up, why not on the sides so we can see the lines?

Either that or provide enough duct tape to place over someone's mouth while you are parking.

I don't make it a habit to go to that many unusual 911 calls.

Take the one with the two adults making out in a field in the South New Castle Borough.

That was just too far to drive.



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