Everyone has seen them. It doesn’t matter where you live. There’s always that person who parks where they shouldn’t. There are varying degrees of this annoyance. Some people park illegally or block someone in for a few minutes as they deliver food or run into the pharmacy. Others are repeat offenders, who don’t seem to realize they’re not the only people on Earth. The latter situation has gotten so bad in China, that one garage owner took an extremely bizarre, but awe inspiring approach to solving the problem.
The unnamed garage owner in the city of Qingdao, located in the eastern province of Shandong, had tried all the regular ways of deterring people from illegally parking in front of his garage and trapping all the cars inside. He used signs. He left notes. He called the police. Nothing worked. So, he finally took matters into his own hands against two drivers who had left their cars parked illegally for almost four weeks. Coordinating with his brother, a construction worker, the garage owner secured a forklift. He proceeded to place the two illegally parked cars, a minivan and a 2-door Volkswagen, on the roof of his garage. While not the safest thing to do, not knowing if the roof could support the combined weight, the angry garage owner felt vindicated.
Five days later, when the owner of the Volkswagen finally showed up to use his car, he quickly realized he was going to be late to work. After angrily talking to both the police and the garage owner, he was left high and dry. The police refused to get involved in a private affair and the garage owner couldn’t stop laughing long enough to tell the driver to leave. Eventually, both drivers were forced to hire forklifts to get their vehicles back on the ground. The owner of the Volkswagen said he is planning to sue the garage owner for the scratches on his vehicle
Images of the elevated cars have gone viral on Weibo, the Twitter-like Chinese social media platform. Universal praise was heaped on the garage owner. Others added in that prolific illegal parkers should receive jail time and fines up to $150. This type of attention and up-lifting response may finally make people think twice before blocking a garage in China.