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'Entitled' driver shamed by dad for taking up two parent parking spots


A Sydney dad who shamed a driver for taking up two shopping centre parking spots has sparked a debate about who is really in the wrong.

Sharing a photo to Reddit of a Volvo appearing to be parked between two bays designated for parents with prams, the man wrote: “There’s obviously a Very Important Parent (sic) at Westfield Bondi Junction.”

While the post sparked furore from people slamming entitled motorists, it has also raised a debate about who might actually be to blame for the questionable park.

A Sydney dad has shamed a driver for taking up two shopping centre parking spots designated for parents. Source: slurpycow112/Reddit
A Sydney dad has shamed a driver for taking up two shopping centre parking spots designated for parents. Source: slurpycow112/Reddit

“[European SUVs] tend to be driven by people with a higher income, and thus feel more entitled,” one person said.

Some noted the Volvo may have had no choice but to park mid-way between the two bays because the white car to its left was parked right on the line, not leaving a lot of room to open doors.

The man who shared the picture on Sunday added his vehicle was the Toyota on the right, which was forced to park halfway between the next bay and an area outside of the designated parking area – so he was not taking up two spots like the other car.

“I’m aware that I parked badly, but at the very least (from what I can see), no one is suffering because of it. The spot on the left is still perfectly accessible,” he wrote.

“There were 4 spots left on this level, it’s a Sunday morning, no way I was passing up this spot literally right next to the entrance to the centre just because someone else parked like an ass. Also for clarification, yes I am a parent and have a pram,” the dad added.

Some mocked the parent for his decision, saying it was worse to park over a space that was not an actual parking spot, particularly when the Volvo driver eventually exits the car park and leaves one-and-a-half unoccupied bays.

“I’m just assuming some people will think you’re a crap driver and parking somewhere that isn’t even a space, which to some is probably worse than being in two spaces,” a stranger commented.

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