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Is there ever any circumstance under which holding a parking space is ok?
I know it is generally considered poor manners and rude for people to hold parking spaces for other people by standing in them. Parking is thought of as a first come first serve thing, and if you are standing in a parking spot holding it for a friend that isn't there yet, well then tough luck for that friend. Though I'm wondering if there is any possible circumstance under which that is okay?
For example last night I was circling the parking lot of my own housing complex for 15 min trying to find a space, which even as a resident can be difficult at times. After a while I finally gave up and parked 2 blocks away. Walking home, when I was within 100 feet of my front door, a couple gets into their car right next to me. Oh shit I thought, here is my chance. I stood on the curb in front of their car and waited for them. They chatted for a bit, and then finally pulled out and left. I immediately jumped into the space and whipped out my phone calling my boyfriend who was at home 100 feet away telling him to come out. I told him to just hold the spot for the two minutes it would take me to run the two blocks and speed over. I booked it like hell and as I was getting to my car door I heard someone screaming my name. It was my boyfriend about a block back running after me. Apparently seconds after I took off he said somebody else came along and he immediately cowed to their request that he give them the spot. Now after a really shitty night, this whole parking thing being the least of it, I finally cracked and lost my temper for .5 seconds. That's how long it took me to scream and hurl my keys at the floor, before I went, "Oh shit..." and realized I'd just shattered a 500 dollar electronic key.
Anyway so the question is as follows. While normally it is considered rude for somebody to hold a parking spot for somebody else, first come first serve and all that jazz, I had already circled the lot for an extended period of time, parked blocks away, walked all the way home, came across somebody leaving, waited for them to leave, and claimed the spot for myself using my boyfriend as a traffic cone to run while I ran off and took all of 2 minutes to park my car there. I mean I did come across somebody pulling out and waited for them to leave, the only difference was that I wasn't currently in my car, which would have taken 2 minutes to put into that space, and had I run off while the people were taking their time in pulling out, I would have come back in time with my car to park there. Was that an acceptable circumstance of what is usually a frowned upon practice?