The Status Quo

The Status Quo

Since getting the Xtracycle we’ve started shopping at a small supermarket in the next village: they have a wider variety than the one local to us, and covered, secure bike storage that’s visible from inside the shop and nearer to the door than most parking spaces. The staff say they get a lot of customers by bike. The shop is only a couple of Kilometres from our house, over bike/farm roads, and because it’s more direct than the road I’ve been known to be quicker than cars coming from the same village.

Almost every time I went, there would be a car parked right by the door, in a ‘no parking’ area. Every time, the car would be a Mercedes. which makes sense: as I’ve mentioned before, a Mercedes doesn’t have to follow the same rules as everyone else because, well, it’s a Mercedes. ‘No parking’ in this case obviously means ‘Mercedes drivers only’

Peasants revolt

Peasant's revolt

A couple of weeks ago, Someone parked a car in the ‘Mercedes only’ spot that was blatantly not a Mercedes. The next week, a Toyota had been rakishly left in another spot. What had happened? Was this some kind of peasants revolt? Was the ‘credit crunch’ causing Mercedes drivers to economise?

Then, this week: a brand new Mercedes with a white poodle accesory had bee placed in the spot. The unwashed masses were banished to the legal parking spaces and forced to walk at least ten metres further, in keeping with their lowly state. The economy may be going down as fast as an SUV’s fuel gauge, but the Mercedes parking space is safe.

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