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writes TETI KAMUGUNDA.
Parking spaces in many places tend to be
areas where there is very little drama.
What one dose is to
simply arrive, manoeuvre into the space, get out of the car,
lock the car (or otherwise) and then proceed to wherever one is
On completion of one’s
engagement, then the reverse applies.
This routine is repeated
time and again in parking spaces with little variation.
The changes to routine
are in detail such as where there are multiple passengers or one
has additional cargo or where one has to fix something on the
However, these places do
have their own moments of drama, some imported from elsewhere
and others caused by the very parking spaces themselves.
Kachumbari told us of a
couple of occasions where there was drama in a parking area. one
resulted in damage to several vehicles and the other was damage
to egos only.
In the first instance, a
lady drove into a basement parking and looked around till she
found a free three car bay whose extremities that was delineated
by pillars at the four corners.
The rest of the parking
areas had several vehicles in the bays and the lady was not sure
about her parking skills so was looking for an unencumbered bay
which would allow her to park easily.
She parked in the centre
of the middle bay and anyone looking at the position of the
vehicle would be excused for thinking that it was done by a
She left and went into
the building to run her errands.
On returning later in
the day having also attended an event in the atrium of the
building where her son was involved, she found that the two cars
on either side of her had parked so close to her car that she
could not easily open the passenger doors.
They had also parked
slightly skewed so that one could the driver door with a
struggle and the also the rear passenger door in the opposite
For a while the lady
pondered what to do and then decided to call the security person
to try and get the owners of the cars to move them.
The security person went
upstairs to the even and got the master of ceremonies (MC) at
the event to announce for the drivers to go to the basement and
move their cars.
Half an hour later no
one had come.
The lady decided to do
what she had been avoiding.
She asked her son to get
into the back through the rear door that could open.
He yanked the door open
and it hit the adjacent car causing the alarm to go off.
He ignored the alarm and
got into the car – there was really nothing that he could do to
stop the alarm.
The mother decided she
would also do the same on her side of the car.
The same happened.
She opened the door and
as she tried to squeeze into eth space, the door pushed against
the adjacent car and the alarm also went off.
You now had two car
alarms yelling in the basement parking.
They both closed the car
doors and the lady set about organising herself prior to
starting the car.
At this point, the two
people parked either side of her returned to find their cars
The looked around and
the askari who had been sent to call for the owners told them
that their alarms went off due to the occupants of the middle
car were entering their cars and the doors touched.
The two gentlemen, who
were a bit sloshed, turned on the lady and started calling her
They inspected their
vehicles and found some slight denting in one case and scratched
paintwork in another.
This made them even more
agitated and they asked the lady to get out of the car so that
they could talk “compensation”.
The lady refused to get
They started to get
violent and the security detail, realising the potential
escalation, decided to intervene.
He was quickly told in
his face that he had no part to play and he should return to his
He tried to plead and
the two gentlemen would have none of it.
Another portly gentleman
came by and asked the two men what was the matter.
They started making the
case for compensation for the scratches that they got on the
The lady was still in
The fellow had a quick
look and then produce his police ID.
The two gentlemen were
extremely happy that they now had a person to whom they could
The cop marked where
their cars were and asked them to move the vehicles out.
Once they did that the
cop asked the lady in the car to get out and leave her door
He also asked the son to
get out. He examined the car doors and then examined the other
He then asked all the
team whether they wanted to go and make statements at the police
station or whether they were willing to settle on the spot.
They all said on the
He then went on to
explain to the two gentlemen that they had parked
inconsiderately and that they were the ones who had created a
situation where any action by anyone else would result in damage
to their cars.
The damage done by the
lady and her son opening their doors was simply because they
were trying to get into their car but that the two cars adjacent
had parked in such a way that they infringed on eth space
available and that is normally expected to be available if all
vehicles park properly.
The cop asked that they
all meet their bills and shake hands.
The two gentlemen
reluctantly agreed to the proposal by the cop and shook hands
with the lady and her son.
The two gentlemen
completely lost face in this encounter by trying to make a
mountain out of a mole hill. In the time that they had been
raising hell and terrorising the lady, a crowd had gathered and
this is what drove them to get even more vocal and
When the cop finished
with them, the crowd that had gathered clapped and congratulated
the cop for his work and the two guys were booed by the crowd.
As Kachumbari says,
mountains are not large molehills!
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