Has this ever happened to you (have you ever done this to someone else)?
There is a terrific snowstorm (a “Snowmageddon” if you will) and you spend an hour or so digging your car out of the snowbank into which it was plowed. Do you “own” that spot? well that was the very question asked by some lawyers.
“If you dig your car out from its frozen tomb, do you then own that parking spot until the sun melts open the rest of the curbside space?”
This is the very question asked this past week when our nation’s capital became a Snowtropolis:
In the D.C.-area where I’m located, everything — politics; the suckitude of the Redskins, Wizards and Nationals; you name it — has taken a back seat to the record three feet of snow that the Snowpocalypse of 2010 has inflicted upon our city this week. As such, an article on Tuesday in The Washington Post did a great job of highlighting perhaps the most contentious issue of the week:
Quite a few years ago, the guy who owned my house before me (Sal) had such an incident happen to him. He dug out a spot from the end his driveway, backed out his car and left. When he came back, he discovered that a neighbor had pulled into his spot (right in the driveway), to take his spot. When asked the guy to leave,th guy refused, so Sal simply parked behind the fellow, effectively trapping him in the snow. When the other fellow asked that Sal move his car, Sal refused. forcing the guy to dig his way out in a path that went across Sal’s yard.
Personally I think it was a great solution.