The utter selfishness and laziness of people continues to astound me. We have previously seen pic on this blog of people who park on the sidewalk in front of their destination instead of parking a few feet further on in a vacant legal parking space.
In the case shown above, there are several vacant parking spaces in front of the subject vehicle. Nonetheless, (s)he parked with tail end sticking out onto the street. And then turned on the car flashers to alert everyone that the vehicle was where it shouldn’t have been.
Fortunately, a traffic officer went by in the opposite direction, and I stopped to see if he would take the bait. He did, U-turning a block further down the street (which took some time, given the steady flow of traffic) and returning to the scene of the crime. He wrote the ticket; I took the picture. Transaction concluded with myself thanking the officer for issuing the ticket. He wasn’t sure if I was being sarcastic.
In other cases, I do what Charles recommends: take a picture of the violator. If the motorist is in the car, they will move, usually with show of annoyance, which ‘proves’ they knew they were breaking the social conventions. Peer pressure.
Mind, motorists are not the sole problem. We still live in a society where we encourage one particular vehicle type to actually park on the sidewalks. And some cyclists are pretty inconsiderate sidewalk blockers.