SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It's crunch time for people to buy Christmas presents. Which means the store parking lots are probably going to be pretty busy this weekend. The havoc starts with the struggle to find a parking space.
In Flashback Friday we revisit a story Perry Groten did in 2006 to show people parking lot etiquette.
Common courtesy during the holidays seems to sputter to a stop when cars pull off the street and into the parking lot.
Here's a common breach of parking lot protocol. Drivers who can't find a stall so they create their own.
Apparently, they can't read what the yellow lines are for.
"You're busted buddy, what's your excuse?"
"Well, I thought maybe somebody ran into my car! We're not live, are we?
Or how about when a car tries to squeeze into a space that's too small leaving very little room between vehicles, increasing your odds of getting a scratched or dented car.
I seem to be stuck. Help! Anybody? Help!
"Actually I do pretty good, but my husband always double parks, but I don't.'
Hello, Triple-A? Could you please send out a tow truck to the mall parking lot? I think somebody ate a little too much Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.
Then there are the cars that follow too closely when you're walking to your car. I like to call them the parking prowlers.
They want my parking spot, but today, I'm going to make it a little tough on them. I'm going to play a little game of cat-and-mouse.
Let's go, we don't have all day, let's go, no dawdling, let's go move it, let's go.
Of course, if you do have a mishap and accidentally ding someone's car, the polite thing to do is leave behind a note of apology on the windshield. This message always works for me.