Dude! That's my park... why it's not cool to call dibs

Chrystal Hutchinson had a recent bad parking experience. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Chrystal Hutchinson had a recent bad parking experience. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

"UNLESS there is a car in the space, it ain't taken!"

That was the simple view of Brett Reedman on the Sunshine Coast Daily's website in relation to the practice of people having "dibs" on a vacant car park and preventing others from driving into it.

The issue was raised after Sippy Downs resident Chrystal Hutchinson asked if it was socially acceptable to have someone stand in an empty space to prevent others entering it while their preferred driver arrived.

"It's called a 'car' park not a 'person' park," Shell Morgan posted.

"I just would have said, 'Move it or lose it Toots' and parked up."

While the issue has been downplayed by some, it goes to the heart of what people think about respect and behaviour in public.

It also highlights social norms and expectations.


On Facebook, Wendy Peters wrote: "It depends on the circumstances.

"Maybe the person holding the park was helping a disabled person or elderly person and in that case perhaps the Coast needs more parking places for everybody."

Chryse, of Maroochy River, posted on the Daily's website that people should not get upset over what was a "petty" issue.

"Petty business really," she wrote.

"I think people just need to learn to relax a little more and not get so upset over such silly small things.

"Sometimes your luck is with you when parking and other times you experience the opposite - ebbs and flows of life.

"In the bigger scheme of life, car park claiming is a pin prick.

"The pain of it shouldn't last any longer than that. Let it go."

In an opinion poll on the Daily's website, about one in three people believed holding a parking space was an acceptable practice.

On Facebook, however, Bec Lampe added: "They wouldn't try it in Sydney.

"They'd just get mowed down.

"Car parks are hell down here."

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