Parking Mad

    Things in Lagos are hard (duh!) and one thing you can count on remaining hard is finding a parking spot. It is a fact that the closer you get to your destination; the harder it is to find parking. To be clear, there are spaces were you might perch your car but chances are, that the moment you encounter such a primo spot, you will be set upon by one of the following:
      1. A matching set of “no parking” signs chained together.
      2. Spots that perpetually say reserved but have never in the company’s existence been occupied.
      3. And the coup de grace; The MD’s space. This remains the most coveted spot, protected by uniformed stooges who will only materialize after you have performed your most incredible feat of parking.
    Banks are the number one repeat offender of this crime. Never mind the fact that their MD is often halfway around the world. Or that he has a driver that will pick him up from the front of the building; because lets face it people of his caliber are incapable of walking in the sun.
    As humble customers duke it out with uniformed guards for a spot that the MD has probably never seen, I take time out to issue blame. What stupid architect does not recommend parking? No, he probably thought that there should be more parking too.
    Yeap! Like everything else that’s wrong in Nigeria, this problem comes from the top. He, who pays the piper, dictates the parking. These are people who won’t think twice about putting a 20ft-shopping plaza in an area that’s possibly residential. You can get the state to approve obviously illegal construction, yet the idea of a parking lot is foreign to you.
    Here’s my point. To the CEOs, the MDs and all the other BIs (Big Initials) give up your spots and if you are so lazy, get your driver to do his job and pull the car around. In the end, try and think of the customers because we are getting sick and tired of this and a pissed of Yamika tends to key the cars of executives…Just saying.

Other parking offenses include:
• The total lack of handicap parking and access ways
• Bikes that take up whole car spots
• Badly parked cars (those lines aren’t suggestions)


3 thoughts on “Parking Mad

  1. lmao. i so feel you on that! been on my list of top pet peeves since i moved home! i had promised myself to boycott silverbird until i heard they now have parking. n the mega plaza multilevel parking is just so darn sexy!

    banks honestly should be burned to the ground. they keep in there FOREVER and yet do not have the decency to offer simple parking. grrrrrrr

  2. Yamica, get a driver, or learn2 “settle” the area boys.. They will always get u a good spot nd watch ur car… Best still, move 2 abuja…

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