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#4767300 - 05/24/18 07:46 PM Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front.
George7941 Offline


Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 2183
Loc: Toronto, Canada
The owners tend to become the enforcers of the no parking rule, calling the authorities to get the car ticketed. They become pretty zealous at it. This morning I had to pick up a cheque and pulled up at a fire hydrant because there were no other spots. As soon as I got out the lady owner points out that I am not supposed to park there. I had no desire to explain to her that it was going to be less than a minute, so I ignored her and walked up the road two houses to pick up my cheque. This infuriated her and she shouted "F-- you" after me. I picked up my cheque from the mailbox where it had been left for me and got back to my truck in less than a minute.

If someone parks at a fire hydrant, by all means call the parking authorities to get the car ticketed but why not wait a few minutes to see if the car stays there? Was there any need for the owner to be that aggressive?
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#4767306 - 05/24/18 07:50 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
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Cool story.
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#4767307 - 05/24/18 07:50 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 3040
Loc: Wet side WA
Well you made be a little upset too if someone seemed not to give a F if your house burned down. We had some construction going on here for a couple of years and the contractors used to park their equipment in front of the hydrant and go off to lunch. Contractors think the own the world and you just rent from them.


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (05/24/18 07:52 PM)
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#4767309 - 05/24/18 07:51 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10488
Loc: OH
I think I saw this episode on Days of Our Oil Lives. smile

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#4767313 - 05/24/18 07:55 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32912
Loc: ME
You're disrespecting the 100s of people who passed on that reserved spot and walked farther. If that hydrant weren't there, someone else would have been, and you'd have had to park 100s of feet away like you would have legally, anyway.

Would it have been acceptable for you to double-park for "just a minute"? No, because it would impede traffic. You still impede fire department operations, a small chance, but with big consequences.

The flaw with breaking the law (and I'm not chewing you personally out on it, editorial "you") is you give up control over how people react. 95% will be "cool" but the other 5% can pursue it with authorities, call you names, whatever.

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#4767316 - 05/24/18 07:57 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
VeryNoisyPoet Offline


Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 350
Loc: Massachusetts
In your case, it seemed like she just wanted to rage at someone, and you presented as an easy target because you parked in front of the hydrant. However, you ignoring her didn't help as it made you appear to be just the kind of entitled jerk she expected you to be, thus fueling her anger at you.
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#4767318 - 05/24/18 07:59 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
OilFilters Offline


Registered: 10/07/15
Posts: 308
Loc: North Carolina
I would yell at you too. No parking means no parking...not even for a second. It's a huge issue around here at stores, so many morons don't understand what the painted lines mean. And it's OK to park anywhere if you put your flashers on. I don't understand what is wrong with these people.

Not that it matters much to the fire department. They won't hesitate to bust out your windows and lay a hose through your car in 3 seconds. They will do this even if you are standing there with the key in your hand.

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#4767327 - 05/24/18 08:07 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 5044
Loc: MA
Boy this reminds me of so many other threads that eventually get locked. Maybe the last one was where the guy stopped in the middle of the road for no discernible reason to the people behind him and thought that they were the crazy ones for not going around him.

Basically she yelled at the OP so he wouldn't do it again. Same reason I honk at clueless drivers. The pros that are good or super aggressive I don't bother because it's not going to stop them.

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#4767329 - 05/24/18 08:10 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7706
Loc: New York
The biggest offenders of parking at hydrants in NYC are the POLICE....they pull up to the hydrant because it's an 'open spot' when they have to make a 'house call'....It's also very common to see cars parked on the hydrant near police precincts. I have also seen off duty police officers park their private cars at hydrants in the neighborhood where they live....they put their PBA card on the dashboard like it matters.
If the Fire Dept. gives them a summons...it can start a summons war where the Firehouse is a target...
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#4767335 - 05/24/18 08:15 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
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Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3691
Loc: New England
Hydrants donít matter until a fire happens and then thankfully car /violator is open season by fire department.

Out of of our workplace we watched a car get boxed in by fire truck who noticed car who waited 15 mins for police to arrive /ticket while owner just sat in shame.

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#4767347 - 05/24/18 08:24 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
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Registered: 12/08/06
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Loc: Illinois
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#4767352 - 05/24/18 08:30 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8969
Loc: Phoenix
OP always has some story about driving where he's at fault.
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#4767371 - 05/24/18 08:53 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: mrsilv04]
OilFilters Offline


Registered: 10/07/15
Posts: 308
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: mrsilv04



I've seen that posted on the internet various places sort of as a joke...but it'a actually not uncommon for this to happen and firefighters train for it.

Wonder what the insurance would say?

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#4767372 - 05/24/18 08:56 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
nickaluch Offline


Registered: 10/04/08
Posts: 385
Loc: Long Island,nassau county NY
Blocking a hydrant in NYC $250.Not worth the chance.
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#4767395 - 05/24/18 09:22 PM Re: Houses With Fire Hydrants In Front. [Re: George7941]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 1808
Loc: Texas
Funny the excuses people make up for breaking the law. Well it was only for a minute.
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