Things

Things the signs tend to do a lot

Aries: using lots of hand motions while talking

Taurus: wiggling eyebrows

Gemini: taking deep breaths

Cancer: playing with their mouth

Leo: winking

Virgo: smirking

Libra: blushing

Scorpio: laughing uncontrollably

Sagittarius: picking at their nails

Capricorn: absentmindedly tapping their foot

Aquarius: looking deep in thought

Pisces: so much giggling 

The drama of my apartment complex is unfolding in the most interesting way a handicapped parking spot could bring upon us. Lately, if someone parks in the handicapped spot without a permit displayed, they wake up to 4 slashed tires. This has happened to multiple cars - I would wager 4 or 5 vehicles at this point - AT LEAST. It’s an interesting crime because to report it, you would have to explain to the officer filing the report that you were parked in a handicapped spot without a permit resulting in (according to Florida Statutes) a $250 fine, a towed vehicle and consequently fees for said towing and any liens incurred if the vehicle is not recovered within a set amount of time. It’s almost clever the way this crime is carried out because of the aforementioned consequence. The latest “victim” decided to write on the sign. (The blue tape was from the first victim who typed a scathing letter.) Now, I understand their frustration. It is expensive to replace all four tires at once but now they have actually committed a second crime by vandalizing private property (the handicapped sign belongs to the complex) which can be a fine up to $200 and a misdemeanor charge, not to mention the fact that it is stated and posted to be a handicapped spot despite what the victim is claiming. I would have to say they have a small window of argument stating there isn’t enough clearance for it to be a handicapped spot however, that would fall pretty flat in court.

Last night, around 7pm or so, there was a black SUV - I want to say Range Rover - parked in the spot WITH their permits displayed. Needless to say, they did not wake up to flat tires. IS IT THEM??

My thoughts and assumptions are these: 

1. If someone parking in the wrong spot angers you to a point of a criminal act against their property, I can only assume it is because you are affected personally - i.e.: you, yourself, are handicapped and inconvenienced by the persons lack of forethought into your situation. 

2. While being affected in a way that requires close enough parking, you are still capable of thrusting an object into (4) rubber tires to elate the air… this isn’t an easy thing to do. Therefore, you may not actually require the 20 ft closer parking spot but feel you are owed it. 

Either way, I am amused at how long this has played out without interference from the office. I would have thought a night time security guard patrolling the area at the very least would have come into play by now. Maybe even a note on everyone’s door stating not to park in spots that you don’t have permits for. 

but… 

3. Maybe no one has reported it because they were already in the wrong…? 

Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It is for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It is for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.