Any significant Baltimore winter storm is likely to spark a spirited debate over whether your efforts to dig out your car entitles you to the spot while the snow remains. And as residents brought out their lawn chairs to preserve their handiwork this week, the acrimony flared up again.
It doesn't matter if you spend hours shoveling or minutes; there's no legal right to the resulting space on a public street. But there are laws, and then there are social mores. Is it rude to try to save a spot, or ruder to steal one? It depends on who you ask. Add your chair (and other weird parking space-savers) photos to our "Only in Baltimore" gallery.
Here's a sampling of the Twitter conversation playing out around Baltimore:
If you use a chair to reserve your parking spot, your parking spot will be took.— Kim Jong illest ¿ (@YassineSaigh) February 14, 2014
I'm putting a cone and a chair. They can try me if they want to lol— Pretty Flocka Flame (@MsThickums410) February 13, 2014
Opened Parking Complaint request via iPhone at 522 S Newkirk St http://t.co/80cd28M8Bl. Neighbor places cone and chair in parking space (...— Baltimore City 311 (@baltimore311) February 13, 2014
In Baltimore snow justice, it you take a parking spot reserved with a chair, this could happen to your car. pic.twitter.com/yBlIygxsCe
— Jillrosen (@Jillrosen) February 14, 2014