Okay so following on from my post on being ram raided, I have discovered that there are many of you, Normandy Lifers, that this is old news. This is talk to the hand. If you missed this exciting, enthralling tale of living the good life, then you can read it here.
After my first brush with car parking French style – I happened to mention it on a Normandy forum. It was at this point, I had to question where on earth I had been for nearly 2 years? Why hadn’t it crossed my mind that my car was not in anyway safe in a supermarket car park – or any other car park for that matter.
At what point, when I witnessed a huge camper van reverse without a care in the world, (whilst the wife was stood outside navigating by the way) bending its own wing mirrors, whilst crashing into a parked car, did I think this is okay? This seems like normal behaviour. Did I think best I stop parking next to cars at the front of the car park? Did I heck.
My brain had still not engaged to the potential insurance claims and increase in premiums, when I had nipped into the supermarket, came out and saw that my back light had a crack in it. Nope. Alarm bells had not rung. Not until that fateful day where arrows were ignored and because I hadn’t gone out the wrong way as the man expected me too – he just kept reversing when I couldn’t move.
I really don’t know why they bother with them if truth be told. Arrows that is.
Only this week, I went to Lidl. I entered and waited at the give way sign as a woman was going down the wrong way of the car park. Get this. She stopped and waved me on. I waved her on as I needed to go left – the way she was coming up. I pointed “I’m going that way (you dick)” she got angry and speed off like a mad thing. When I did park up – at least 5 cars away from other cars (it was pretty empty) – another car parked right beside me. There were tons of spaces but nope, he was parking right next to me.
So without further ado, over to people who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you are moving to France you might want to reconsider buying some fancy pants car with your equity – spend it on heating your home and get yourself a fully functioning old banger.
“We had 3 hit &runs last year in car parks in Vire– not only did they not leave details but each one cost 250 euro for the excess & now insurance has doubled because we claimed– Annoyed does not get close to how i feel about it!”
“You will always get some one telling you it’s your fault wherever you are, I had someone park right next to me in an empty car park, they then opened their car door onto my car, my son was in the back and came to tell me.”
“That’s why we only park in the Leclercs bottom car park as not so many people park there.”