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Every year during Wimbledon, St. Mary's Church offers parking to fans attending the tennis tournament. Normally, the church opens an adjacent field for car parking, but this year St. Mary's allowed tourney visitors to park their cars in the oldest portion of its cemetery -- on top of actual graves -- for £20.

Naturally, local residents haven't thought highly of the practice. St. Mary's said that the money would go to charity and "make a valuable contribution to the Church and Diocese." However, it has since realized that perhaps letting people park their Land Rovers and BMWs above deceased parishioners -- even if they're long dead -- isn't the best way to raise money. Not even for charity. As such, the church has stopped using the actual plots as parking spots. Hat tip to Robin!

[Source: Daily Mail | Photo: Flickr, Jessica Mulley]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....aaaand now I have the song "Don't Tread On Me" stuck in my head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha! That's nothing. Here in Charleston, SC, there's a parking garage owned by the city that was built directly on the old Quaker Burial Grounds (est 1681). It's on the south-east corner of King and Queen Streets - they even left the front cast iron fence to serve as a "tribute".
      • 5 Years Ago
      So I'm sure that if the money went to a good cause the church would let me park and Edsel on a Bishop's grave, right? I'll throw an extra £100 in there if I can do donuts on the grave, because it's all for a ..... good cause.

      Holy crap. The church leadership is as out of touch as political leadership.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's think about it this way... every day tens of thousands of people die. Burial is probably the most common accepted way to get rid of the body.

      If we respected every single dead person's grave, after a while this country would be nothing but hundreds of millions of acres of graves.

      They are dead - what do they care, it's not like they are going to know there is a car parked on top of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At what point did that seem like a good idea I wonder...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If nothing else it isn't very respectful of the dead to be walking on ones grave or parking on it. especially if you know it is a grave. That's RESPECT a long forgotten word.

      To understand why the yard is placed next to the church you must know the promise of Christ's return.

      It is said that at his return the dead in Christ will rise first to be caught up in the air with him.

      If you were sitting in church one Sunday morning and saw the grave yard emptying you would know you are next.

      Now let the wise cracks and rude comments commence!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You smell of elderberries!

        I figured I'd start off the insults.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Grave yards are a very rude concept. Bodies can be cremated and not take up any space. Piling our dead on a giant plot of land is just a stupid idea. I'm glad at least the owner of the property is benefiting somehow, from this otherwise useless practice of burying the dead. I don't think any of the cemetery occupants will complain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      in the title, cemetery is spelled wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind a bugatti parking on my grave.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP, Really Interesting Parking lot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh I'd come back and haunt the sh*t out of the mother****er that parked a Prius on top of me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Being that precast concrete burial vaults are a recent concept, couldn't somebody's Range Rover end up with a couple of wheels sunk up to the axle in somebody's grave?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Carol Anne, do not go into the [head]light!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay Europe!
        • 5 Years Ago
        UK =/= Europe. Whole 'nuther ballgame up there.
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