The magic allure of the parking space nearest to the door.
Have you ever noticed the expressions on people intent on getting a particular parking space? It is almost like a trance. As they wait for someone to back out, there is an intensity as they grasp the wheel and motion away others who even think about approaching the space from a different angle. Parking Lot intensity is a form of Road Rage, which is a classic Little Brain Trap.
As I was walking back to my car in the parking garage of a large mall, I noticed someone following me. Slowly, like a stalker, she crept behind me trying to see which car was mine. When I turned around for a second to make sure I was in the right area, the driver released a visible gasp as she realized her time may have been wasted. I could not help but notice an abundance of spaces just a few aisles over. But since I was close to the front door, it seems my space was a premium.
I was on the correct floor of the garage. As I entered my car, the eager driver pulled so close I could not back out. It took a few minutes for her to grasp this, but before doing anything about it, I saw her total frustration as I turned to back out. Eventually the driver backed up, I left, and she got the space.
How important is getting the nearest space? Are we really willing to wait 5 minutes to follow someone and ensure our prime location? Or would the two-minute walk do us some good?
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© 2012 Kevin T. McCarney. All rights reserved.
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