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Park with care

One day last week I received instructions that coffee was needed at my house. After work that day, I headed to a local grocery store like a good husband.

But what I saw in front of the store sent me over the edge. No it wasn't the price of the bananas or milk. What I saw is something that is becoming a pandemic on parking lots across the country.

Some lazy, inconsiderate shopper thought he (or she) was so much more important than the rest of us that he didn't need to park between the actual lines. Instead, he parked right in front of the door.

Not that it was that much more work, but I had to walk around the car to get in the store. I, just once, would like to be in on the decision making process of a person parking in such a place - if there is, in fact, a process happening.

What makes people think that they are above the rules that everyone else has to follow? What makes people arrogant enough to position their vehicle as an obstruction to others just to save themselves three extra steps? It will always be a mystery to me.

The parking lots of most stores and businesses are clearly marked with "Fire Lane" or "No Parking," but these people just ignore the warnings because they are kings and queens in their own minds. They deserve better than the peons who have to park between the lines.

Even in the parking lots that don't have warnings - such as those at schools - warnings are certainly implied by the painting of actual spaces for use. But everywhere I go there's usually someone not following the rules.

It's not like these people are handicapped either. They don't have stickers on their cars, and they walk just fine. Plus, even if they were disabled, there are clearly marked spots in the lot just for them.

It's more than just not doing what should be done, though. Jesus said in chapter 14 of Luke, that people should never put themselves in a place of honor. Instead they should put other's needs ahead of their own and take the lowest spot so that God will honor them.

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted," Jesus said in verse 11.

It's simple really. These people need to stop thinking only of themselves and do what they know is supposed to be done. Why is that such a difficult concept?

What might be worse, though, is that most of us just let these people slide. Come on America, or at least McDuffie County. Let's band together and turn these people in to the authorities.

And those in charge, please do something about it. Working together we can teach these people a valuable lesson and clear a path for the rest of us honest folk in the process.

Web posted on Thursday, July 6, 2006

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