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Hybrid Parking Spots...?!  
User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

First there were prime parking spots for disabled drivers - fair enough.

Then there were prime parking spots for parents & kids - fair enough.

At the Ikea in Richmond BC I note there are now prime parking spots for hybrid vehicles...

WTF next????? I would have thought make their spaces furthest from the entrance to the parking lot as they will use the least gas to get over there...


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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2475 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

OK, I'm a proud Prius owner, but that is ridiculous.


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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

That is almost as bad as the "Employee of the month" parking spot next to the handicapped spaces in front of a Lowes in Virginia Beach. The employee gets to park closer to the entrance than the customers.

User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Sounds pretty stupid.

I could understand though, if this were some sort of promotion by the car manufacturers/dealerships which paid for the special prime locations.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8471 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
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Sounds like a ploy to get lazy fat people into hybrids.


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User currently offlineKSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

If I saw one of those parking spots while driving I would happily park my gas-guzzling Chevy Tahoe there for a few hours. Pretty bushleague if you ask me.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2467 times:



Quoting KSYR (Reply 5):
If I saw one of those parking spots while driving I would happily park my gas-guzzling Chevy Tahoe there for a few hours. Pretty bushleague if you ask me

And I'd happily see you towed  Wink

A few malls here have them around now as well as stalls for smart cars. Personally I could care less about them. If a business wants to build up a green image for their customers, so be it. I usually park farther away from the entrance so I at least get a bit of excercise in my day so it doesn't phase me in the least.



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Slightly off topic, but does a Toyota 4Runner classify as a "compact car"? Some places annoyingly have "compact" car spaces which makes me think that the people who put the lines didn't quite measure the space correctly. It's freaking ridiculous when a freaking suburban or those big  butthead  diesel trucks actually thinks they can park in that space. Though one time mall security put a boot on one of those big  butthead  trucks. However a friend of mine argued his 4Runner can park in the same space and I told him he couldn't and showed him that his  butthead  was a foot beyond the space.  bomb 


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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2436 times:



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
now prime parking spots for hybrid vehicles...

I know another spot where they can park their hybrids...it'll keep the car very close by too  butthead  !

Like other things on the Green-Bandwagon...this is getting really ridiculous. What if I decide to buy a "hybrid" SUV? Can I still park in that spot?  banghead 



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

What a load of BS. It's nothing but moneymaking propaganda.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 6):
If a business wants to build up a green image for their customers, so be it.

I disagree. This whole "Green" movement is utter BS and highly hypocritical. It's more about the money than anything else. Because being "Green" is being "trendy" and "trendy" sells a lot because it's "cool".

I'd like to know how these hybrid parking spots are contributing to saving the amazon forest  Yeah sure


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2386 times:



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 7):
Some places annoyingly have "compact" car spaces which makes me think that the people who put the lines didn't quite measure the space correctly

In California (IIRC) the prevalance of "Compact" spaces has to do with the way the laws/building codes worked out thanks to some wonderfully intelligent politicians.

For each building you're required to have a certain number of parking spaces, I beleive it's based on square footage and type of use. Makes sense, right? But, you see, parking spaces don't really make any money. So the lobbiests for the developers convinced the politicians to allow for "compact" spaces also feeding the "Green" image that goes into vogue every 15 years or so (because if you have a space only a compact/fuel efficient car can fit in, of course, only fuel-efficient cars will park there, right?) The one upside is only a certain % of the spaces can be designated as "compact", the rest have to be full size.

A local (Cleveland) parking garage has a "spaces" at the end of each row on each level marked "Small Car Only". I think a SMART Car would just barely not fit-- anything else is a joke... yet idiots still park there.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 9):
I disagree. This whole "Green" movement is utter BS and highly hypocritical. It's more about the money than anything else. Because being "Green" is being "trendy" and "trendy" sells a lot because it's "cool".

I'd like to know how these hybrid parking spots are contributing to saving the amazon forest

I didn't say the green movement wasn't BS, I said if the business wants to build that kind of image, power to them. They pay for the property and can do what they please with it. Amazing how uptight (not you personally, so don't take it that way   ) get about stuff like this. Whats the big deal, honestly? I think people have way to much time on their hands if this starts to irritate them.

Personally, what irritates me more the people who think they're special and have to park their Ford Expedition or whatever in a spot that has been clearly marked for a hybrid or other vehicle just to prove a point that they are nothing more than a dick.

Bottom line is, you can drive what ever you want and park where ever you want as far as I am concerned. But a business has the right to allocate parking spots where ever and for what ever reason they please, if we agree or disagree doesn't matter. But if there is a spot reserved for a small car, hybrid, Smart, parents with kids or handicapped and you park there just to prove a point. The only point you're proving is that you're a selfish asshole that thinks the business should revolve around you. If you don't like how they allocate parking stalls, shop elsewhere.

If hybrid cars contribute to saving the rainforest or climate or whatever is a discussion with endless opinions. I agree, its more or less just a PR gimmick, but its also the businesses right to use it if they feel it'll benifit them.

[Edited 2009-06-07 15:21:59]


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Hybrid owners need to be constantly reminded that they are 'special'.  Smile


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2348 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):



Hybrid owners need to be constantly reminded that they are 'special'.

And SUV and pick-truck drivers seem to think that they constantly need to remind us that they think they're 'special'  Wink



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2345 times:



Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
At the Ikea in Richmond BC I note there are now prime parking spots for hybrid vehicles...

Someone at IKEA just won the Darwin of the Month Award. WTF?! This is just lame!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2345 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 13):
And SUV and pick-truck drivers seem to think that they constantly need to remind us that they think they're 'special'

Prius & H2 are equally obnoxious.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2337 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Prius & H2 are equally obnoxious.

So are a lot of cars, but jacked up F350s with the 10" pipes who feel they need to floor it everytime they step on the throttle spewing out a volcanic ash cloud of black soot just so they can get to the mall and park sideways across 2 handicapped spots have serious issues  Wink

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 14):
Quoting YVRLTN (Thread starter):
At the Ikea in Richmond BC I note there are now prime parking spots for hybrid vehicles...

Someone at IKEA just won the Darwin of the Month Award. WTF?! This is just lame!

Lots of businesses have them, also for Smart cars and other types of vehicles. The other IKEA in the Lower Mainland also has spots reserved for a car sharing program.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2330 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 16):
So are a lot of cars, but jacked up F350s with the 10" pipes who feel they need to floor it everytime they step on the throttle spewing out a volcanic ash cloud of black soot just so they can get to the mall and park sideways across 2 handicapped spots have serious issues

I am sure they have lots of fun with their trucks in places you can't drive.  Smile
Even though I don't like aftermarket modifications I can respect those guys with the jacked up F350s. At least they take them off road and go places ordinary cars can't.
The H2 is stupid and so the Prius.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2325 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
I am sure they have lots of fun with their trucks in places you can't drive.
Even though I don't like aftermarket modifications I can respect those guys with the jacked up F350s. At least they take them off road and go places ordinary cars can't.
The H2 is stupid and so the Prius.

You wanna jack up your truck and go off road, power to you! I have no problem with that. But I do have a problem when they ...

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 16):
who feel they need to floor it everytime they step on the throttle spewing out a volcanic ash cloud of black soot just so they can get to the mall and park sideways across 2 handicapped spots have serious issues

... and you don't need a 10" inch exhaust thats louder than most Harleys to go off road.

And FYI, my Golf can drive where those trucks drive, only part is I usually don't get very far ... Big grin



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2826 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2320 times:



Quoting Bohica (Reply 2):
That is almost as bad as the "Employee of the month" parking spot

Actually, one company that I worked for (6.000 employees) held a yearly CHARITY RAFFLE and one of the prime prizes was a parking spot right at the door. Even closer than the CEO.
That one single parking spot raised over $50,000 in ticket sales each and EVERY year.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 11):
But a business has the right to allocate parking spots where ever and for what ever reason they please, if we agree or disagree doesn't matter.

So, if I have a business a put up a sign saying "Whites Only" that would be acceptable to you.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2315 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 18):
You wanna jack up your truck and go off road, power to you! I

That's not my thing. I am more of a luxury sedan kind of guy.
Notice how I left off the 10" pipes in my post.
I hate those as much as fart pipes on a Honda/Acura,



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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2311 times:



Quoting KSYR (Reply 5):
If I saw one of those parking spots while driving I would happily park my gas-guzzling Chevy Tahoe there for a few hours. Pretty bushleague if you ask me.

I would just take my business elsewhere.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7656 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2310 times:



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 19):
So, if I have a business a put up a sign saying "Whites Only" that would be acceptable to you.

What does racial discrimination have to do with a business trying to market itself of as an environmentally friendly/green establishment? Try to come up with a more serious comparison, then we'll talk.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
That's not my thing. I am more of a luxury sedan kind of guy.

You have a very interesting taste in vehicles, there's not question about that. You've got class, I'll give you that Big grin

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
I hate those as much as fart pipes on a Honda/Acura,

You mean those coffee grinders, ugh!



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User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

I guess they're just trying to promote the whole concept of going "green". + Try and enhance their own image at the same time. But then again, are they really achieving that?

I'm pretty easy I guess, things like this don't bother me. But I can imagine that it would upset quite a few people, the comments in this topic are just an example of that. :P

For this to work though, I guess they will have to enforce some rather strict parking regulations. If people abuse parking bays intended for disabled people, then I'm sure they won't think twice about parking in a bay intended for people who drive a hybrid car!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2294 times:



Quoting RichM (Reply 23):
I guess they're just trying to promote the whole concept of going "green". + Try and enhance their own image at the same time. But then again, are they really achieving that?

How about a sign that reads "Only For Cars 15 years or Older".
The "greenest" thing to do is keep an old car running.
Your not wasting rew materials from the earth to build a new one and you are sparing a car from rotting in a landfill.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 22):
You have a very interesting taste in vehicles, there's not question about that. You've got class, I'll give you that Big grin

Takes a bow. Big grin



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25 57AZ : Special parking spaces are nothing compared to what some governments are doing regarding fees for registration or parking of vehicles. One district in
26 Dragon6172 : How about parking spots for car-poolers? Is that not being green? I wonder if they sell "HYBRID" stickers. I would buy one and place it on my Bronco,
27 A332 : Not really sure why people get so bitter about assigned parking spaces that are close to the entrances... are we all that lazy that we actually care w
28 SW733 : Not always. Many places that have parking garages have them because space is at a premium, mostly city centres. They have a specific plot of land on
29 JakeOrion : I think the key issue here with this argument is why do people with Hybrids get the special treatment then? Its one thing with the disabled and expec
30 JakeOrion : I think the key issue here with this argument is why do people with Hybrids get the special treatment then? Its one thing with the disabled and expec
31 SW733 : Tell that to the Atkins diet guy!
32 A332 : The parking lot belongs to Ikea (or whatever respective business) and if it is their desire to designate spaces for those driving hybrids, than so be
33 LAXintl : LAX for several years has had designated hybrid/electrical parking spots at several of its parking structures. For the most part these have disappeare
34 Falstaff : It might be hard to have a car towed or ticketed if you were in one of those spots. You would have to have some sort of civil violation for the polic
35 Iflykpdx : I could understand special Hybrid spots that have outlets to recharge your car batteries with (not that there are (m)any of those out yet), but sticki
36 Myt332 : Well said! In the extra-urban EC fuel consumption test, a BMW 318d Touring shows exactly the same fuel economy!
37 Andz : Toyota missed the boat with 'Prius". It should have been "Pious".
38 Max550 : Wouldn't it make more sense to have spots up front for large trucks and SUV's? They would use a lot more gas driving around the lot looking for a spot
39 Superfly : No way, that makes sense. Nothing about the whole 'green movement' is supposed to make sense.
40 Post contains images ACDC8 :    I usually take the first spot I see thats reasonably close to the entrance, sometimes I'll even park quite far back so I can walk a bit. A frien
41 JakeOrion : But by doing this, they will open up a whole new can of worms. People will begin to demand a parking space for their type of vehicles, and so forth.
42 Superfly : I think it's a sad state of affairs when people need to make a political statement in the frikkin' parking lot.
43 Post contains images ACDC8 : They will? The only people who will be demanding anything are those who just have way too much time on their hands and should be more concerned about
44 Superfly : I think we're both saying the same thing.
45 JakeOrion : I'm just stating what should be "equal" to everyone. I'm just using the same logic that everyone needs to be "equal", much how like everyone else use
46 ACDC8 : In a way I guess, but I think we're coming at it from different angles though.
47 Superfly : I am hardly angry or losing sleep over this. Personally I rather park further away where their are fewer cars. Smaller chance of my car getting dente
48 ACDC8 : I know there are some people that will, there are people who get uptight about anything and everything. Like I said, they've got way too much time on
49 ACDC8 : I used to be like that, but after the first 3 dents, I just don't care anymore ... lol!
50 A332 : So what? It's a private parking lot. The store can do what it wants with the requests... just as it can do what it wants with it's parking lot. Nothi
51 KaiGywer : Kind of an extreme comparison, but you did ask for it:
52 ACDC8 : Huh? I would think that most of us on this site have a bit of common sense and clearly understand the difference between a business allocating a park
53 Lufthansa411 : I understand your argument, but I do not agree. If you really wanted to use less fuel, you would have truck and SUV parking right at the entrance of
54 Lewis : Special rules for hybrid vehicles, at least in Europe are a joke. In downtown Athens, hybrids can get in all days. They are not affected by the rule o
55 Falstaff : I thought the free world fought for freedom and against oppression. One of my freedoms is being to drive whatever I want and can afford to buy. All t
56 Yellowstone : I think you'll have a hard time finding that one in the Constitution. And besides, no one has the right to harm others, which is what gas guzzlers do
57 Lufthansa411 : Conversely though, it is also the freedom of the business that owns the parking spaces to choose their parking. as long as something like this does n
58 KSYR : Better tell Obama to park Air Force One and start flying coach, then.
59 PC12Fan : One thing can be agreed on - these two opinions will never change. Yea, like the opposite of those are gonna happen.
60 ACDC8 : Kinda funny this "free world", "freedom" and "my rights" argument. People always seem to throw it around to suit their personal beliefs. In this case
61 YVRLTN : I just thought I would mention the subject as whatever I have bought in Ikea would never fit in a Prius and I need my pick up to get it home... If Ike
62 Superfly : The 'greens' need attention. If they shopped online, no one see their political grandstanding. Part of being an environmentalist is drawing attention
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