They Competed for a Parking Spot... for More Than an Hour

Viral Twitter thread documented the drama in Los Angeles
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2019 2:34 PM CDT
Viral Twitter Thread Documents 90-Minute Parking Spot Standoff
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It's not exactly clear how it started, but on Monday night in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, two cars ended up in a standoff over a parking spot ... and it lasted for more than an hour. As the New York Post explains, Twitter user Chicken Tikka Mariah first noticed the cars outside her window at 6:20pm; a silver car was blocking a black car from backing into an open parking spot on the street. Ten minutes later, when the cars hadn't budged, she started documenting the drama in a Twitter thread that's since gone viral, garnering millions of video views. Ultimately, it was a full hour and a half before the incident was completely over.

The thread documents the cars as they turned on their emergency flashers, forced other cars to drive around them and into oncoming traffic on the other side of the street, and completely ignored a second parking spot that opened up across the street. After more than an hour, the car that had been parked directly in front of the open, disputed spot pulled out, and the black car pulled in to that spot, leaving the silver car to take the original spot. But then both drivers sat in their cars for another half-hour before, finally, one broke the ice and got out. As for Mariah, she left a note under the silver car's windshield and is hoping the driver will reach out to her via email to tell their side of the story. See the full thread here. (This guy's shopping video is also a big hit.)

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