• Jan 15, 2011
The sun's just coming up and the coffee isn't quite done brewing, but you know what you have to do: grab the snow shovel and free your car from its soft, white prison. When finished, your automobile once again tastes freedom and you've built a nice little parking space. Rather than let someone else take advantage of your labor and lay claim it after you've driven away, you decide to set down a cone or lawn chair. This may seem like a simple token of ownership but it's actually a shining beacon of "back-off" that's communicated to other motorists. Try pulling this in the Darby Township section of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and it might cost you.

According to a city ordinance, offending space-savers may be fined up to $300. Another portion of the ordinance says that shovelers putting snow back onto plowed roads can be fined as well. So, shovel away, but remember: no calling dibs after the fact.

[Source: The Morning Call | Image: Andrew Burton/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What is this "snow" you speak of? It was 75 degrees in Phoenix today. :-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Know how I know you've never been to Phoenix?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok have your fun now, but come this summer when you guys are having your droughts. We will turn the fire hydrants on and dance in the streets while watering our lawns and washing our cars in the driveway and filling our pools up! ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those that think this is NOT fair... what makes this different than leaving a cone on a sunny day? The fact that snow is on the ground and you dug out... it's a necessity of getting your car out, it does not then earn you a "free spot" on a public road. Want your own spot, get a garage or driveway.

      I'm a hater, when when I see people do this, I like to take those cones and just toss them to the middle of the road. Garbage cans? You want your spot, then buy another garbage can, because I'm running it over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Almost... Yukon SLT. Hey, I've dug out of spots before and I never thought I'd reserve that spot and expect to come back to it cleared. That's why it's called a PUBLIC road...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you drive a Hummer H2 SUT?
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW, living in Detroit this is just unheard of. Practically all homes and apartment complexes have either a driveway or a parking lot with assigned spaces. I have never heard of people putting furniture or cones in the street to "save" a space.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody noted the partially revealed last-gen, silver Hyundai Elantra behind her. Any other guesses?
      • 4 Years Ago
      City people.. I will understand the concept of fighting over a parking space. I could never live like that. I never knew issues like this existed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And no one thinks this and other similar restrictions on our everyday lives is restrictive of the freedom so many are boasting of? Old Soviet bloc countries never had this much control over the common man.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You just lost a bet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet you watch Glenn Beck for your history lessons.

        Listen. When you pay taxes (which you probably don't think is allowed under YOUR constitution) the money is supposed to go for things like PUBLIC ROADS. If YOU want a PRIVATE parking space the FREE ENTERPRISE system provides for that, it's called a garage. In that garage YOU can RENT a space from a SMALL BUSINESSMAN thereby keeping CAPITALISM alive and thwarting SOCIALISM.

        Obama will still be President, however.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the city of Boston, those who shovel out the spot can legally put stuff to reserve the spot for 48 hours.. after which it's free game again.

      What the officials in this town are doing seems unfair
        • 3 Years Ago
        There is no such law.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In boston the reservation things is in the city laws... like previously said, 48 hours then its up for grabs. In southie where I used to live it was not something you messed with if you valued your car or person.
      Constance
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have neighbors that save spots for MONTHS. I wouldn't mind a few days, but really folks getting a little exercise does not entitle one to a permanent spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Shovelers putting snow back onto plowed roads can be fined as well"

      This is a thing that needs to be said? Really? REALLY??

      Put the snow in your yard, you lazy bums.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah guys, I live in Edmonton, Alberta. My parents' house (complete with basement) has had 6+ feet of snow in the front yard some years and it looks like we're working towards that again this year. It's been snowing for the past week and we're expected to get another inch tonight alone... so give the "not knowing what I'm talking about" a rest on this one, eh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Dr Greenthumb:

        Snow is roughly 10% water by volume. even 3 ft of snow melt to less water than a 4 inch rainfall. If your basement floods from that, it may be time to look into landscaping options or a beaver system / sump pump
        • 4 Years Ago
        Talking, but not knowing what you're talking about. Most homes in the northeast have basements. Bringing more frozen water and piling it up in your yard is not the way to go. One sudden thaw, and you'll be pumping that snow out of your basement. Throwing it back onto the plowed street is just wrong though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most people don't have yards, there is no where to put the snow, You have to understand the dynamics of certain cities. We don't have that kind of space in most philadelphia neighborhoods.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Pittsburgh, in some neighborhoods it's common to see a chair in the parking spot that's reserved. Usually, the bigger the chair means the more serious the homeowner is about his/her parking spot and the more damage that will be done to your car if you park there. I've acutally seen a la z boy reserving a spot. I've also gotten yelled at over a folding chair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was terrible in DC and Baltimore last year when they had the 2 big snowstorms in 2 weeks,they were putting out mattresses,hazard cones and lawn furnitures with umbrellas lol
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