Bad Karma or Good?

Three days ago I noticed that someone was parking in the handicapped spots. They parked right on the edge, next to the legit spaces so it would be hard to notice. I don’t know how long he’s been doing that. It is rather subtle.

I say “his” because I peeked in the passanger window and spotted some mail. It confirmed who I thought the car belonged to. It belongs to a certain asshole sales guy who tends to backstab folks and generally be a slimeball. Ask krdbuni. This guy was the one who got her fired while he shoveled blame for his failing sale on her.

So after seeing him parked there three days in a row, I got annoyed. I asked the secretary about the township we were in (Upper Merion) and then went into one of the meeting rooms (where you can close a door and use the phone in privacy.) I called the non-emergency line of the police. I politely reported that we had someone in a handicapped space and they asked for the address, a description of the car, and my name. They also asked for the plate. I didn’t have it, but walked out, got it, and called them back.

I’ve heard that the Upper Merion township police do not mess around. For reference, this is the same group of folks who covered the area of the first Anthrocon and threw Mr Googley eyes out of the con space. They cover one of the most expensive and the largest shopping mall east of the Mississippi in their district. They also have some of the more expensive suburban housing in the area. They are well funded and incredibly professional. By the time of my second call, I was informed they were already on their way. They were here in less than 2 minutes.

The cop showed up and circled a bit for his prey. I know he had already seen the car, since he pulled up behind it first, so I think he was fishing for what happened next. Someone mentioned to the sales guy there was a ccop in the parking lot. The sales guy ran out to try to BS his way out of the ticket. Instead, he got the ticket and a lecture. $50 for the first offense.

I’ve been catching quiet congratulations from the handful of folks who knew I made the call. There is a general light air around the office of folks quietly snickering because about everyone feels that he deserves it. Afterall he’s the kind of asshole who parks in the handicapped space when there are some open only a row or two away. (When the cop showed up there were SEVERAL spaces open only a few cars down — probably shooting holes in any I-only-ran-in-for-a-minute arguments.)

Am I enjoying this too much? Is it good karma to clear out the handicapped spaces or bad karma to see this guy get his come-uppance?

15 Responses to “Bad Karma or Good?”

  1. tango says:

    I think it’s very good karma 🙂

  2. The way I look at it, you were used as a Karma Agent, because the saleman had gotten some bad karma, and it was time to pay.

    So, you get neither good nor bad karma, you just dished it out. 🙂

  3. prismo says:

    At the risk of the schauenfreude this generates (Not sure of spelling, but it’s essentially ‘enjoyment of bad things to other people’), I would say that the guy got what he deserved. The guy sounds like a class Z jerk, making life miserable for other people, and that people were wishing they had the gall you did to act on something that is illegal, and damaging for those in need of those spaces.

    I say, good form, sir tiger! *^,^* And if it ends up being bad karma, I’ll be happy to be an expert witness on your behalf. 🙂

  4. toob says:

    Consider yourself the agent of the other guy’s bad karma. 🙂

    Mmmmm… delicious schadenfreude.

  5. cooner says:

    I’d say it was a karma comeuppance for him. For you it’s either neutral or positive karma. Good work! 🙂

  6. nyc_coyote says:

    I say it was good karma for you and bad karma for him. He got what he deserved and good for it. I salute you, sir. 🙂

  7. shaterri says:

    If Avenue Q has taught us nothing else, I think it’s teaching a generation of theatregoers how to spell the word. 🙂 ‘S-C-H-A-D-E-N-F-R-E-U-D-E!’

  8. prismo says:

    Nuts. Off by one letter. 😛

  9. echo Cooner…

    and it’s a way of giving the Upper Merion folks another fifty bucks…(grin)….so you’ve contributed to the community…

    What I hope is that he doesn’t pay the fine and it doubles, triples, etc…in California, if you don’t pay those fines, you will not be able to register your vehicle….


  10. roxikat says:

    For the guy that got a friend fired to get a teeny bit of come-uppance, your my personal hero of the day.

  11. mongologue says:

    You sir, have acted to help enforce the law; A law which helps people who are handicapped and need access to buildings. This is not only good Karma, it’s the behavior of a good citizen helping enforce an unambiguously good law.

    That much good, is excellent.


  12. padfootsm says:

    Personally, I think he got what he deserved. Any guy who would take a handicapped space deserves to be caught and punished.

  13. malamute says:

    I guess its bad karma to be a jerk and not expect convenient inconveniences. Perhaps if you hadn’t done your job, fate would be disappointed in you?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Is Karma Subjective?

    I see that the CEO’s car was in the handicapped spot today and nobody called the police. Did your morals take a day off?

  15. Phil says:

    Re: Is Karma Subjective?

    Nope. Didn’t see it. Any car in the handicap space needs a call.

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