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Something happened last week at FSI that really, really upset me, because I think it was wrong and mean. So, of course, I'm going to blog about it, because that's what I do.
One day last week during our lunch break, I was pulling our car out of a parking space in the main parking lot of FSI when I noticed activity going on around the outskirts of the lot. As I began to drive out of the lot to go home, I came across a (maintenance?) man who had a golf cart out, and he was standing near some cars that were parallel parked around the outskirts of the main parking lot.
Now, lately, our teachers have been making HUGE big deals about it if students are even one minute late to class (really). In addition to that, the FSI overflow parking lots (which we've never had to use, mercifully, for as I understand it, they are about seven million miles away from FSI) have been full (and therefore closed), and the main FSI parking lot is also always full. What ends up happening is that people who have already paid for parking at FSI are forced to parallel park around the periphery of the FSI main parking lot.
I see no problem with this, as:
1.) They have already paid for a parking spot, but
2.) There are no other parking spots to be had (either in the main or in the overflow lots)
3.) Parallel parking around the periphery doesn't impede the FSI parking lot traffic flow in the slightest, and
4.) Teachers are about ready to kill you if you show up late.
I mean, really - what else are people supposed to do?
Anyway, back to my story.
So as I drove past this (maintenance?) man in the parking lot, I realized what he was doing. He was:
Booting employee's cars.
People who had already PAID for parking and who literally had nowhere else to park were being booted because they had been forced to parallel park around the periphery of the lot.
When I realized what he was doing, my mouth fell open, because I honestly had never dreamed that FSI would be this mean. When he saw me sitting there in my car, watching him with my mouth hanging open, he began yelling at me (always the wrong choice) and demanding that I LEAVE. If I'd had my camera, I would have grabbed it, gotten out of my car, and started taking pictures, because I'm rebellious and also because I don't just walk away from situations that I find to be unfair (the above picture is from the internet). But I didn't have my camera and I had to get home, so I left.
But I can still blog about it.
Before I left, I verified three things. Number one, each and every car getting booted had an FSI parking hangtag (showing that they had paid for parking) on their rearview mirrors. Also, I verified that the overflow parking lot was closed and that the main lot was full. I verified that there was literally NO WHERE ELSE for these poor people to park, yet FSI had (a maintenance guy?) boot them.
Really, FSI? REALLY? Have you sunk so low? And really, maintenace guy? REALLY? You think that yelling at me is going to keep people from finding out what's going on? Yell at me all you want, the whole situation reeks. And even though *my* car didn't get booted, I feel sorry for those whose cars did. They deserve to be helped, not punished because YOU don't have spots for them. It's YOUR parking problem, not theirs. They can't help that their job is at FSI and you have no spaces in which they can park.
Shame on you.