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POLL: Did You Call Dibs?

by Tim Regan January 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

Snowy spot

You dug out the parking spot, made it look nice and clean. Sure, it took 45 minutes, but you are meticulous. And now that you’ve cleared the snow, you’re ready to head out. You get in your car, turn the key, and . . .

Wait. You just spent all this time shoveling snow. What if some jerk swoops in and steals your spot when you leave? You can’t let someone else mooch off of your hard work. Maybe you should kindly but firmly mark your territory with a well-placed lawn chair, or a cone, or a milk crate or a sign.

Is calling dibs — being a dibber, as it were — okay? Washington City Paper lays it out like this:

It’s pretty simple. If you see somebody’s spot, and they’ve saved it, don’t be a dick. People running around saying “no savesies” are dumb (and not just because they used the word “savesies”). Respect the dibs, or don’t get mad when your car is, er, different upon your return.

Then again, maybe you don’t call dibs. Public parking is public, after all. It’s probably not technically legal to reserve a public spot, even if you cleared it out. And as The Blaze pointed out on Monday, there’s an ugly side to calling dibs. you don’t want to be like Philadelphia, do you?

So, let’s hear from you. Did you call dibs after the snowstorm? Weigh in by voting in the poll below. And if you feel particularly passionate one way or the other, let us know in the comments.

Comments (3)

  1. How late is too late to call dibs after a storm? The roads are still an absolute mess and the snow piles are still well above my head in some places.

  2. Good question. We asked an expert and here’s what he said: https://twitter.com/scavendish/status/692743106630979584

  3. I dug out my spot and then gave it up when I left it. People who don’t want to have to vacate a spot can go pay for private parking. Grow up. Threatening to damage someone’s car or replace snow that has been cleared is unethical and illegal.

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