How NOT to exit a parking lot
There have been times that we’re not always thinking straight. We make mistakes and that’s normal. If we try to take our time and make solid decisions, it can help us survive in this world. The same can be said about driving. Being distracted is a huge part of our society these days. Paying attention to what we’re doing can help us do the proper things; unlike what this driver did.
Let me set the scene for you. This is a merchant in an underground parking lot from a major shopping mall. He’s a regular user of this lot as he owns one of the stores. One of the exits, perhaps the one he normally uses, is closed on one of the days he’s there and the metal garage door (to the right side of the screen but off camera) is closed, so there’s no daylight showing. In other words, it should be pretty obvious to drivers that they can’t use this exit.
There’s a sandwich board with a sign on it before the booth that lets the drivers know this and also lets them know where the next available exit is located. Pretty straight forward for this guy, right? Not really.
He decided to drive past the sandwich board, use his pass card to lift the arm up on the gate, only to get stuck between the closed, metal garage door and the arm of the gate.
Now’s he’s in a bit of a jam. He can’t go forward and he can’t reverse because the arm only goes up when you want to the leave. The pass card he uses is designed to be used alternatively for going in the entrance and then exiting. This is why he can’t get the arm up and back out of the little jam he’s put himself into.
He’s pretty determined though to get out. Perhaps if he contacted the security office, they could open the arm up and let him out. Maybe he was embarrassed for being in this situation to begin with. Wouldn’t you?
This takes him roughly 13 minutes to get to this point. He somehow managed to get the arm up, as you can see by the photo, he damaged his car door because he forgot to close it while he backed up. Again, signs of not thinking because of his frustration.
The damage this driver did to the arm and booth wasn’t reported to security. He ended up going out the way the sandwich board requested. The only way security knew who did this was the security camera, which is where I got these photos. I hope it wasn’t you that was caught on camera.