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Clever notes for disastrous parking jobs

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  October 2, 2009 05:29 PM

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We've all witnessed terrible parking. Parallel parking so atrocious that passengers need a taxi to the curb, cars angled way further than the painted angles on the street, bumper bashing, and just plain bad depth perception.

parking-frustration-cards.jpgEven in an era of bumper-mounted sensors and backup cameras — heck, some Toyotas and Fords park themselves — bad parkers won't ever stop making passersby chuckle. Unless, of course, it's your car they're parked next to.

In that case, Shinebox Print, a small design studio in Arizona, has an elegant, $6.95 solution: 20 cleverly-worded, poster-worthy note cards to stick on the offender's windshield or dash.

"Armed with this bad boy, you can now let your enemies know exactly how you feel about their crappy parking," the website says. Indeed, some are so cheeky that you may want to keep an eye on your ride in case the other guy gets a tantrum.

Not recommended for use in South Boston.

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