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Is It Ever OK to Save a Shoveled Out Parking Space?

Where do you stand on the practice of saving spaces? Should it be permitted? Should police take a tougher stance against it? Are there circumstances under which the law should simply turn a blind eye?

You slaved for hours to clear an on-street parking space, hurling back-breaking amounts of snow, only to leave home on a quick errand and have it taken by someone else.

If that has ever happened to you and you weren't at least a little bit annoyed, you have more patience than most people.

In fact, some might say you have the patience of a saint.

In urban areas, where parking is typically at a premium, snowstorms have led to "parking wars," and some people apparently believe the use of chairs and other items to save spaces helps to keep the peace. That, and they feel entitled to "hold" the spaces they worked so hard to clear.

If that isn't OK, is it understandable?

Is it equally understandable if someone who's visiting a neighborhood moves a chair or other item in order to park in a space that's been "reserved?"

Technically, the use of items such as lawn chairs to save spaces on public streets is against the law. But most police turn a blind eye to the practice, as is evidenced by the number of chairs, garbage cans, recycling bins and other items currently littering the sides of streets all throughout the more densely populated parts of the Lehigh Valley.

Where do you stand on the practice of saving spaces? Should it be permitted? Should police take a tougher stance against it? Are there circumstances under which the law should simply turn a blind eye?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
MaryAnn January 25, 2014 at 06:18 PM
How long is it acceptable for? I mean people are still saving their spots weeks later...
Dane Janas January 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM
I think it's acceptable, but only for about a week. There is nothing worse than spending hours shoveling out parking spots for you (and your family) and not being able to use them. It's very inconsiderate of people that park in shoveled spots, especially when it's obvious that someone was out there and cleared them (usually, on my street, as evidenced as being one of the only sets of spots that are shoveled). Now, I can understand businesses on more main roads getting mad at this practice, but on the residential streets I'm glad the police take a back seat on this one. We know it's not legal, but how would you feel if you shoveled your driveway and came home to find other people that you don't know parked in it, sometimes for days at a time? For us who only have on street parking, that's exactly what it's like.
Darlene January 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.THOSE PEOPLE WHO SHOVEL OUT KNOW THAT WHEN THEY COME BACK THEIR SPOT IS THERE FOR THEM.WHEN A DELIVERY IS MADE OR A AMBULANCE IS NEEDED OR EVEN AN OIL DELIVERY WHERE WOULD THEY PARK IF ALL THE PARKING SPACES ARE FILLED WITH HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE? WHAT IF THE SNOW PLOW COMES THROUGH BUT THERE ARE ITEMS IN HIS WAY? HE CAN'T PLOW THOSE SPACES NOW.WHICH MEANS THAT NOW THEY MUST COME OUT AND SHOVEL AGAIN!
Walter January 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM
If you shoveled out the spot and someone else parks in it, put the snow back in the spot.
LSNative January 27, 2014 at 09:09 AM
On-street public parking. You have no claim to ownership of the spot in front of your house. Anyone is free to park anywhere on a public street.
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM
I don't think anyone who's ever saved a spot thinks they own the spot, literally. I think it's more that people feel their investment of labor entitles them to that spot—which, legally, it obviously doesn't. If everyone were courteous about parking after a storm, I think there would be much less saving of parking spaces...
Hugh Gallagher January 28, 2014 at 07:00 AM
There is no single answer to this question. You could park in a shoveled space without incident. You could park in the space next to it and have a confrontation. In rare cases, people are assaulted or even shot. A crystal ball is a great help??

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