Originally uploaded by cantpark.

Bitching about parking is all the rage at Yahoo this week. And with good reason. We're well over capacity for our alloted parking spaces and it's just getting worse.

A few years ago, we had an internal web site that featured photos of cars the exhibited parking problems (taking two spots, parking nearly sideways, etc). But in the age of Flickr and cameras on every phone, the idea has re-apppeared in the form of a shared Flickr account.

So, if you're terribly bored and want to see how a few Yahoo employees manage to piss off the rest of us, visit the cantpark photostream.

Who knows, maybe you'll recognize one of them and can help us "educate" our co-workers.

Meanwhile, I'll try to work from home more often. But given my upcoming travel schedule, even that might be hard to arrange.

Posted by flickr at July 15, 2005 04:13 PM

Reader Comments
# dan isaacs said:

We had a problem with people parking their Italian/German sports cars at a 45 degree angle, taking up two spots. We have an, um, non-nonsense operations manager who made some threats of calling a tow truck. She was heard asking: "Where would you hook those chains to on a Maserati, anyway?" Didn't have any problems after that.

In the end, shame doesn't work. violence does.

on July 15, 2005 04:20 PM
# A not so distant relative... said:

So MUCH talent, yet so little couth... :-(

on July 15, 2005 04:53 PM
# daniel said:

fun flickrstream, people who park diagonal and take 2 spaces are the worse

on July 15, 2005 05:15 PM
# Jon Gales said:

I picked up some stickers from http://www.iparklikeanidiot.com and they are as good as gold. Would go perfectly with this Flickrstream.

on July 15, 2005 05:20 PM
# 14 seconds from postal... said:

I'd like to add blantant "car pool cheaters" to this stream as well. There is absolutely nothing as irritating as pulling up to building D and finding all the carpool spots taken by people who do not carpool.

Gaudy metallic blue Lexus with gold trim, I'm talking to you.

on July 15, 2005 05:39 PM
# John K said:

Oh no! You guys are lagging Google in parking. They've got free Valet parking, which enables them to pack the lot with more cars...

on July 15, 2005 10:55 PM
# Ask Bjørn Hansen said:


Oh no. You got that backwards!

At $old_contract where I still go once a week I'm using the valet.

It's loathsome. Before getting out was elevator -> car -> drive.

Now it's elevator -> hand ticket to valet guy -> wait for them to process it -> wait for them to retrieve car -> drive.

Maybe I'm whining, but it's pissing me off immensely every week when I go there nd want to get out in a hurry. :-)

- ask

on July 15, 2005 11:42 PM
# Phil Aaronson said:

When parking is the worst thing people have to complain about, its a really good thing ... a REALLY good thing.

Ok, so its easier for me to say that, I ride my bike to work. But seriously, empty parking lots and empty cubes ... that's far more depressing.

on July 16, 2005 08:30 AM
# Karl B said:

There something else here that is proven by the pictures that is costing the company money - peoples attitudes about their job and their co-workers! Want things to function better at your work and increase productivity - work together? Better change some attitudes there - only causes more strife.

Lol - im not a shrink - I just deal with it too at work.

BE CONSIDERATE to others. That's what's wrong with the rage involved just driving to work. Chopping people off and driving like a mania lol, someone tell me exactly how much time it actually saves them - 2-5 minutes for most people - maybe they should just leave 5 minutes sooner, change thier attitudes on the way in to work, and make your place of employment a friendlyer place to work - thus making your company more money - thus (hopefully) more money to the employees - if they keep it for themselves - then heck ya - park on the in front of the main entrance :)

on July 17, 2005 08:04 AM
# Karl B said:


on July 17, 2005 08:06 AM
# Tim said:

For some reason, just looking at that photo stream makes me angry. Now I remember why I ride my bike.

on July 18, 2005 07:19 AM
# Too Compact said:

The real source of all the angst looks to be all the compact spaces. Such spaces sometimes make sense in a garage, but not on a surface lot. Why paint so many compact spaces? It's just inviting trouble in the age of trucks and SUVs, when clearly even the VW and Eclipse drivers can't maange to squeeze into the stupid compact spots.

Plus, it's worth remembering anytime you see someone over the line in a spot - that you don't know what the situation was when they parked there. They could have been compensating for someone else being over a line next to them, and then it just dominoes from there as parkers come and go.

on July 18, 2005 02:53 PM
# Tom Norian said:

I wonder if that fellow actually parked the day before between oversized cars as best he could and looked dumb later after the cars emptied out.

I sort of guess with the "too many compact" spaces comment above.

Not a matter of right or wrong everywhere. I work from home so drive very little but I do drive a larger truck when I do drive (often full of 4 people and a load of crap in the bed)

I've noticed that the natural balance between bigger spots and compact spots seems off these days. Perhaps the higher gas prices will revese that.

A few years back (12 or 15 years is my few years even though I'm just 40) before the SUV's were predominant I noticed way too many "full size " spots making for inneficient parking.

Memory and attitudes are often contextual...switching from a bachelor in a rabit to a soccer coach/property manager in a f150 really changes impressions.

on July 19, 2005 07:39 PM
# Ryan said:

haha nice photo stream. I don't work at Yahoo, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a photo of my car parked somewhere appear on the internet some day. I drive a large SUV and do not suck at parking, but way too often the only parking spot available will require me to park crooked. I then come back a few hours later to see all the spots around me empty. I've had friends make fun of me for bad parking that I could not have avoided.

on July 23, 2005 11:33 AM
# Stu said:

I marvel at people who get pissed about other people's parking habits.
Here's a thought for you. If somebody isn't parking between the lines, you don't either. You can still use up one parking spot worth of space without being in between the lines. Just imagine that, a world where people's lives aren't run by little white lines.

on August 23, 2005 11:17 AM
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