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Anyone ever get a door ding and wish you could've caught the moron who did it? Well, I was looking out the window of a convenience store filling out a lotto ticket when a guy in an F150 pulled up, plastered my --rear-- passenger door with his, and then proceeded to go into a store. I hung outside for 10 minutes until he came out and confronted him about it, he had the nerve to open his door into mine again to show he "barely did any damage" then jumped back in and took off. I thought better of laying him out or grabbing him because being 19, assault charges are not something I want to deal with :) I took down his plate and called the police, amazingly they responded and filled out a traffic incident report and let the officers in the surrounding area know to keep an eye out.

The officer and I were leaning on my grill guard up front talking when we hear another car pull up and then 2 seconds later a sharp "thunk." Imagine my surprise when we turned around to see a Suburban's door resting on my --front-- passenger door. The guy had the nerve to try and tell the officer that it was already like that, needless to say he wasn't buying it and we got to fill out more paper work. Just as we were finishing up, a call came on his radio that a maroon F150 with matching plates had been pulled over on 405 for speeding. Just when I thought my day couldn't get any worse, it got a whole lot better! 2 door dings, 2 people caught, 2 insurance companies flipping the bill to get them fixed. Luckily the dents weren't on any body lines so they can be suctioned out and airbrushed, but at least I don't have to pay 1 red cent for any of it :)
 
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Man, you're pretty lucky that you were able to catch the people who put the dents in your truck. I've got plenty in mine but I was never there to see them happen. That's a prety good story. Glad to hear that the insurance will fix it for you.
 
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I was pretty stoked yeah :) And this is further proof to my girlfriend and anyone else's significant other that parking an ungodly distance away from anyone in a parking lot is very justifiable and not an annoying "all-in-your-head" thing!
 
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I know what you mean. My friends always make fun of me for looking for end spaces and other "safe" parking spots. Proof: leaving the movies one night I found that there was a minivan parked less than 2" from my driver side. I had to climb in though the back. I was really angry, and now parts of the van look like a Picasso etching. Oh well, sucks to be him!

I know that's wrong to key someone, but darnit, he deserved it!
 
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Alec, I have been there and done that myself. I admit, too, it isn't cool to key someone. Although, when somebody parks a Suburban in a Compact stall and there is a fullsize stall 5 away and you are forced to crawl in through the passenger side you get a little pissed.

I once had some business cards someone gave me that said: "I hope you don't [email protected]#K like you park because you will never get in". I ran out, unfortunately, of these but they were fun to leave for people like that.
 
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Speaking of the cops being in the right place at the right time...

I was driving from Atlanta to Auburn this morning and was nearly rear-ended by an Xterra doing about 95 mph. This was at approximately the Peachtree City exit (mile marker 51). About half an hour later, I come upon a Georgia State Patrol cruiser who has a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder. Who is it? The same red Xterra. Best I can figure, he was clipping along at 95, minding his own business (ha). As soon as he passed Exit #12, tho...he happened to pass a State Patrolman. About a 1/4 from that exit is a State Patrol barracks. Driving fast is one thing, doing 25 over right under the cops' noses is another...what a moron.

Payback's a bi*%#h, isn't it? :cool:
 
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00XLT i am glad that everything did work out for you. Have a few dings in mine from morons at the supermarket. Once had a black stretch from the front wheel well to just about the back door, talk about being PISSED. Again glad to hear they did catch they @$$HOLE.
 
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Originally posted by Alec
....leaving the movies one night I found that there was a minivan parked less than 2" from my driver side. I had to climb in though the back. I was really angry, and now parts of the van look like a Picasso etching. Oh well, sucks to be him!

I know that's wrong to key someone, but darnit, he deserved it!

"Alec, I have been there and done that myself" -- mike fox

So, you had to climb in the back and that justified doing a thousand dollars damage to his vehicle? :( What if you had to squeeze into the only parking spot available and some moron on the left parked on the line so you had to park several inches further to the right than you usually want to, but that's the only way to fit it in? Then unfortunately for you the vehicle to the right happened to be mine, and I didn't like how close you were so I ruined your vehicle? Is there any concept of "punishment fitting the crime" in you?

We all make minor mistakes. There will come a day in your life when you find that another person institutes the same Draconian philosophy of judgement on you that you take upon others. Maybe it will be minor and won't have anything to do with traffic, but another area of your life. Maybe they'll cause you to lose your job. Maybe they'll seduce your wife instead to get back at you. Maybe you will deserve to have your house burned for it in his/her opinion. And maybe, like your victim, you won't even know why it happened.

Print this thread out, file it away for ten years, then pull it out and read it again and meditate on what you did and your attitude toward others.

I'm going to quit before I get even more disgusted.

[Edited by GJarrett on 02-13-2001 at 11:05 AM]
 
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I don't want to sound like I'm bashing you, but Gerald is correct. Keying someone just because they got a tad too close and caused you a minute bit of inconvienience wasn't equal to all that. Did you think about why that person parked like that? New driver, old driver, perhaps new to that vehicle and still not sure of its limits(how far the edges stick out). I mean there could have been an unlimited amount of reasons why. Gerald mentioned that someone could have had to park farther over because the person on their other side was parkedclose/over the line. Leaving a note or telling them in person would have (in my opinion) given me equal satisfaction and probably gotten an apology from that person would have been a plus. Now that person has no idea why.. only that someone scratched their vehicle for who knows why. I guess I just look at things a little different and tend not to harm someone elses things unless they do it to mine - on purpose. Remember, it takes a bigger person to forgive than to just react. Let's hope no one treats your pride and joy with the same ... uh... disrespect.
 
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Gonna play devils advocate here. :)

Okay I gotta play it... :) I for one hate it when people park so close I gotta shove my way into my car. So when I open the door out it comes and it rests on the other persons car. Usually no one EVER parks that close to me when I am in the Escort but when I have the Explorer everyone does. Its not my parking either. I park perfectly spaced between the lines. Other people just tend to park to close to the line or over the line then. So when I am in the Explorer and this happens the door naturally just opens quick and smacks into that persons nice shiny yuppie mobile. Which is what they always are. I usually just don't care about the other persons car. :)

Sorry folks but people who park to close to you usually deserve that. I don't give a rats behind if its the only spot left and they have to park all cock-eyed just cause someone else did it. If they can't get in to the spot correctly they deserve to be smacked! They also should take a drivers class and learn how to park and that when you have a big suv you should not try to park anywhere in the front part of a parking lot. Most people do not know how to park a large vehicle and those people all should park at the back of the lot anyway. :)

There....:D
 
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Ok, I'll just stick my tail between my legs and run away now...

Well I have gotten keyed before. Somehow I have 2 nice white stripes running down each side of my truck fender to gas cap. Actually on the driver side I have 3, one large scratch from when the van's sliding door opened on that side and they realized they were really close. I was able to buff out most of it, but you can still notice the scratches in sunlight. I admit keying someone is wrong, and can be very aggravating to the "victim." However, that van had plenty of room on the other side, the same truck was there before and after the movie. We're talking 4 feet on one side and 2" on the other. They were totally in my spot, considering I'd erred on the side away from the van's parking spot for a Suburban that was there earlier. Oh, and I did leave a note. I left a nice "letter" and one of my email addresses (untracable) if he wanted to contact me to discuss the mutual damage to our vehicles. He never wrote back.

Like I said before, vandalism is wrong; but sometimes anger does get the better of you. If that makes me a "little man" so be it, we all make mistakes. Just try not to park next to me after I've had finals week and my girlfriend leaving for college again, k?
 
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I guess since all my vehicles all my life have been not that great looking I have never really cared what has happened to them. :) Weird ehh? Anyways most of the dents and scratches on the Explorer look like they could've been caused by a key or a really large bat. :) But all were caused by trees, and in all reality I didn't get mad at the trees... LOL Even though its their fault... okay it not theirs its mine... :)

Alrighty... :) I am not a jerk I don't do this sort of stuff on purpose. So no one needs to be afraid that I do this everytime I open the door. I think the last time I did smack my door against something it was into my garage wall, not on purpose it just opens up to easy and it smacks before I know it...

[Edited by rpenner54 on 02-13-2001 at 09:45 AM]
 
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Nooo Ryan, you need to say, "I really hate it when someone breaks all the glass out of my Exploder on a Friday night for fun". Or, "I really hate it when someone breaks the window in my Acura and steals everything inside right down to the sun shade". I know door dings suck too though. It really bites to have to pay over $500 for someone else's FUN and/or revenge. I'd take a door ding any day over the crap that's happened to my vehicles! I sure wish people would be more respectful of someone else's property and pride, I guess that's where I'm going with this (if indeed I AM going anywhere!)

[Edited by Maranda on 02-13-2001 at 10:18 AM]
 
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I am sure that if I reply to those who flamed my actions the way I would like to after reading their comments it would probably get taken off the board. So here is a calm response to it:

I have never said anything mean or insultful to anyone here. Yet when I comment on somebodies thread of doing something like they had done in the past, that I even state is not cool to do, I get flamed. I am sorry I am not perfect like you and have never done anyhting wrong in my life to somebodies property. I wish I could be like you.:p

Unfortunately, I live in the real world and sometimes stuff happens. Whether right or wrong, it happens.

One of our cars was keyed from fender to fender at a sporting event because we have a sign of the opposing team in the window. And you now what, my insurance paid to fix it minus my deductable. I guess that is why people have insurance because of jerks like me and the person who keyed our car.

I also had a 76 Chevy 4X4 I was trying to sell after we bought our Explorer in '99. The morning of the day I was going to move it back home from where I had it sitting it was stolen. Thank goodness it was 5 days before the insurance ran out. Amazingly 2 weeks later the persons who stole it were caught driving it and arrested. And yes, my insurance paid me for it because the damage was more than it was worth. Infact I got more for it than I was selling it for.

And just last month our car that was keyed got broken into. They wanted the stereo but werent prepared or got spooked. They did take one of our 10 disk magazines for our changer, shattered the passenger window and damaged the center area of the dash. All is fixed now, amazingly by my insurance again, minus the deductible.

So yes, things like that have happened to me and I am sure they may happen again. Oh well, that's life.
 
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I do not mean it as a flame. But I will not apologize for having the opinion that doing something that is wrong (and knowing it is wrong while you are doing it) is unacceptable. All of us, you and me included, are in agreement that it is wrong to do it. So why do it?

When you say that you did something that you know is wrong, that you did it anyway, that you also know it isn't cool, then infer it is understandable in those situations because it pi$$es you off, but nowhere in the post say you are sorry for doing it; then don't take it as a flame when someone points out that maybe -- just maybe -- that is unacceptable and a reason to slow down, give pause, think about what you just said, and look into yourself to see if something doesn't quite add up in the integrity dept. You can choose to get defensive, or you can choose to see if you can become better from the experience.

And none of us are saying we haven't done something similar. I am not particularly proud of some things I did more than twenty years ago either (I am 43 now). I can tell about how old you are simply by your posts. That is specifically why I suggested that you print off this thread and look at it ten years from now and ruminate on what was written. I am not flaming but rather trying to offer this as an opportunity to learn something. I was your age once even if that is hard to believe looking at me now :)

I try to live my life now in such a way that I can look at myself while shaving in the morning and not feel any guilt about something that I did the day before.

If I was wrong and you are my age and still do this stuff and have these attitudes then never mind; in that case I know nothing I say would make any difference.

[Edited by GJarrett on 02-13-2001 at 12:02 PM]
 
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Hmm, I my opinion retaliation is just a part of ones being. When a lady in a J**P Wrangler parked 2 inches from my explorer and decided to try and make more room for herself to get out by banging her door into my explorer, well I was a little mad. I was parked up against a cememt wall on my drivers side and craweld out of the passenger side so the space next to me would have plenty of room(now this is in a parking garage, and I'm being the nice one here). So when I saw my paint on her door I got a bit upset and kicked her quarter panel... twice. In my mind justified revenge. Now when someone I know breaks my window out and steals well over a thousand dollars worth of stereo equiptment, I also feel it was justified that I busted over a thousand dollars worth of window out of his car. Vigilanty justice sometimes just has to be done.:D

Oh yeah, I know I should've just relaxed and did something else but I feel no remorse for those A-holes I did that too.

[Edited by rustytr on 02-13-2001 at 11:36 AM]
 
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Reminds me of a stunt they pulled on The old Allen Funt show, they found cars that were parked over the line in shopping malls, then they parked vehicles next to the guy so close there was absolutley no way to even walk between the cars.

Then they left the vehicles and let the cameras roll. The guy who parked over the line came out and was super POed that he couldn't get into his car. Then they would cue some extras to walk up to the guy and say, "oh look, your car is parked over the line, geez, it's no wonder they boxed you in". After a he was throughly humiliated they let him in on the joke!
 
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A tad off topic here....

I was just reading in the paper the other day about the highest selling vehicles in Colorado. #1 was the Honda Civic or Accord (Some silly car made by honda) the #2 vehicle that was the Ford F250 Superduty. Now let me tell you, when you own one of these you need to park all the way in the back and not in a compact spot where your door will get hit and vis-versa.

Gerald you probably are right. You are about twice my age and your just like my dad sometimes. :) LOL There was this one time when I was ohhh.... 16 or 17 and I was driving down through our neighborhood with my dad in my old F150. Well these kids that were really annoying to our family all teh time pegged my truck hard with a snowball. No damage at all! So I stopped the truck threw it into reverse and managed to get a nice 10 foot track going all the whole time while my dad was sitting there with his hand on mine (Which was on the shifter) squeezing it and telling me its not worth it. I look back now and go nope... I accually did stop once the idea of what I was doing sunk in. So I guess you could say is you have sunk it... :) LOL Even if I don't want to admit it... :D
 
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Not cool at all guys. Really.

Alec, here's what I would have done. The sliding door damaged your truck right? Heres what you do. You keep an instamatic camera in your glove box, take pictures when something like that happens, one big shot that includes both license plates (your car and the other car) and a small upclose shot that shows the damage. Then you write down the license plate and leave a note on the other car stating this.

To whom it may concern,

I noticed when I returned to my vehicle that your improper parking job resulted in damage to my property. I have copied your license plate number and have taken numerous pictures of the vehicles as they sat. Please contact me at (whatever, email, phone etc) if you don't want to get the police involved.

Thank you,
Your name

Thats all it takes. Then you have the satisfaction that he will have to turn a collision claim into his insurance to fix your truck. Now, he'll just turn a comprehensive claim in to fix his and his rates wont go up. Really you kinda did him a favor. Never ever EVER take the law into your own hands. For one thing, what you did was highly illegal, and if someone had witnessed it and called the police, you would be facing strict punishment. That was vandalism. What the person driving the van did to your vehicle was not vandalism. Do you really think he meant to damage your vehicle? Did he pull into the space and say "hey, you know what? I'm going to f-uck up my car and that car just for jollies" no, he didn't. What you did though was malicious and wrong.

Take what happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I was late for a business lunch, and I took the last space in the lot outside the restaurant, and I was parked a little close to this Pathfinder next to me. Well, when I came out he had scraped the hell out of my left rear quarter panel. Now, he didn't leave a note or anything, but I was parked close to his vehicle. His was damaged too, did he get pissed and go off on my car? No. He just continued on his way.

Crime is never the answer for anything. Wednsday my car in the shop, uninsured motorist on my insurance which wont make any premiums go up. Same would have been true of your car. C'mon guys, cars can be fixed when one gets damaged it isnt a reason to go off on people. Thats what insurance is for.

-off the soap box, here ya go Gerald.
 
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