“Be smart, be nice, and don’t be a jerk” says Mayor Nutter regarding the current weather-induced parking situation in a recent Philly.com article. Myself being a South Philly resident for over 12 years, I can speak to the long standing tradition of saving your spot after the arduous hours spent digging your car out, clearing the car, shoveling the sidewalk and salting. It is commonplace to drive down the street and see a spot being “saved” with upside down 5 gallon buckets and a two-by-four between them. Well the Philadelphia Police do not believe in this policy, and began a social media campaign to combat it earlier this month that you can follow on Twitter via the department’s hashtag: “#nosavesies.
The arguments for the pro-savesies lifestyle usually fall into one of two categories (written in all caps because these people are usually yelling):
1) “I SPENT [HIGHLY EXAGGERATED AMOUNT OF TIME] DIGGING THIS SPOT OUT, THEREFORE I, AND ONLY I, HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARK IN IT!”
2) “MY NEIGHBORS ARE LAZY ASSHOLES WHO WILL STEAL MY SHOVELED SPOT, SO THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I WILL BE ABLE TO PARK WITHIN 50 MILES OF MY HOUSE!”
Which way you land on this depends on how long you’ve lived in the city and how often you drive. For myself, I am lucky enough to take public transportation to work, and don’t have to worry about driving. But for others, the daily trials and tribulations of Philly snow commuting can certainly get old.
I guess the way I view it is the following- do the cops have anything better to worry about? With 4 violent purse snatchings in the matter of a month, 2 of them deadly, power outages out all over the area, school closings leaving kids home causing trouble, is this really the municipal problem for which to take the hardline? Seems like there are a lot of important hashtag campaigns the Philadelphia Police department are overlooking, while us city dwellers drive around looking for parking. How about #StopRobbing #BeKind #don’tlitter #StopGunViolence #Don’tdrinkanddrive to name a few.