Has Russia found the solution to bad parking and errant parkers? Â I am almost willing to give this a try! Let me explain.
Several weeks ago, during spring break, my son and I decided to go to Chic-fil-A for lunch. Â We drove completely around the building finding no parking spaces when, at the end, we saw what at first glance appeared to be a parking space. Â But alas, there was a car there–straddling two spaces and DEAD CENTERED on the line between the two. Â I commented (I don’t quite remember what I said, but something about “really?”) and then I looked again and realized that the DRIVER WAS STILL IN THE CAR.
Once again, I looked and thought “hey, I can actually squeeze in on the right there.” Â So I did. I was actually inside both lines of my parking spot (although by default I had to be far closer to the line on the right.) Â My son was surprised I was able to do it. Â Then, as I looked to see if I could get out on my side the woman in the car (the errant parker) started gesturing at me with her fingers. Â Nothing obscene, just… hand waving. Â So I rolled down my window, and she did hers. Â And then it began.
“You can’t park there. You are going to hit my car with your door.”
“I will try not to” I replied, then added “But if you weren’t taking up two spaces we wouldn’t have this problem.”
Her response floored me.
“Well, driving isn’t my forte’. You Â are going to have to move.”
I actually was speechless. Not that I was at a loss for words. I just knew I shouldn’t say the many things that went through my mind at the time. Â So I responded with a simple “Well, just back up and park your car in the full space on the left and we won’t have a problem.” Â Seemed simple enough. Â Once again, her response left me without words.
“I’m not going to do that.” Â BAM!! She told me!
Now–on to Russia. Â Apparently a local newspaper there has developed a phone app with a very interesting “back end.” You take a picture of a car that has been parked poorly (apparently driving isn’t the Forte’ of a number of people–and it knows noÂ boundaries!) Â Here’s aÂ description from a LinkedIn article.
Russia is many things: a country with a rich cultural heritage, the largest natural gas exporter to the EU, and a crazy place to drive. Indeed, anyone who has driven anywhere in Russia is aware of the legendary aggression of the motorists. In order to combat this, the online Russian newspaper â€œThe Villageâ€ launched an app aimed at shaming â€œdouche bagâ€ drivers. The app, called â€œParking Doucheâ€ allows users to take a picture of the plates of a vehicle that is illegally. The image recognition technology reads the plate number and finds the driverâ€™s name. The offending driver is then shamed on the banners of the â€œThe Villageâ€ website. The application won a Golden Lion last year at Cannes in the â€œMobileâ€ category and itâ€™s easy to see why: the idea was a wonderful way for people to call out bad driving and to vent about â€œparking douchesâ€.
Now, check out the video of the app.