Thursday, November 26, 2009
While in Amman during the summer months everytime I go to the bank someone parks their car immediately behind my car totally preventing me from getting out of my parking spot until they come back and move their car, sometimes I had to wait five minutes other times I waited for as long as twent minutes. When I go downtown and go to the market for shopping someone usually park their car parallel to my car and deprive me from my ability to get out of the parking spot.In this instance there is no way of knowing who the owner is, he could be someone that went for a short errand, he could be somoeone that went to the mosque to perform one of the five prayors, and he could be simply visiting a friend somewhere in town and drinking coffee with him and totally oblivious to the fact that someone is waiting patientlly to get out of his parking spot and he is blocking his path.When at the end of the day I go back to the building I usually find some one had taken my designated parking spot, I had to go and ring the door bell apartment by apartment a total of ten until I find the person that took my parking spot and kindly ask him to remove his car from my parking spot. It is worth noting that none of these people in any of these incidents ever apologized for violating my rights to having a free passage, they either shrug the incident as something inconsequential or they give you that smirk like hey it is no big deal. There were times when I was assisting my father in law by transporting him to Alhussein Medical City,although there is a huge parking lot at the outskirts of the city designated for visitors and outpatient, and there is a shuttle but that transports people to and from the parking lot to the varios parts of the city medical departments, everyone insists on driving all the way to the main gate of whatever destination they are going and squeezing their cars on the side walks, narrow alleys, and even at the buildings main entrances and exits. Although signs are all over the place warning them that their cars will towed away no one seems to heed the warning or cooperate by parking in the designated parking lot. I don't know if it is only me or indeed there is a problem with people and parking in Amman, no one wants to walk for hundred or two hundred yeards after they park their cars, every one seems to either drop off, pickup, or simply park right at the door of the place wherever they are going. I think that it had something to do with the attitude and the finese of somepeople.What is it that prevents them from wanting to walk those few extra yards, what is it that makes them park behind somone else's car and parallel to other person's car, if there is a legitimate reason I have not been able to figure it out.