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You’re running late for an important meeting and are desperately searching for a parking spot. As you turn into a crowded parking lot, you spot an available space. However, another driver is also eyeing the same spot and begins to approach it from a different direction. You speed up and manage to get into the spot just before the other driver can.
Now, you’re left wondering if you might be perceived as the jerk in this situation. What’s your take on it?
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Welcome to the A-Z English podcast. My name is Jack and today I have another episode that I like to call. Am I the jerk?
So here is the situation.
You’re running late for an important meeting.
And are desperately searching for a parking spot.
As you turn into a crowded parking lot, you spot an available space.
Another driver is also eyeing the same spot and begins to approach it from a different direction.
You speed up and manage to get into the spot just before the other driver.
Now you’re left wondering if you might be perceived as the jerk in this situation.
What’s your take on it?
Well, here’s my take.
In my opinion.
A parking lot.
Is a jungle.
That means it’s the rules of the jungle.
Whoever gets there first gets the spot.
That’s how I feel about it.
In English we say.
By hook or by crook.
You get the spot.
OK, now there are a couple of.
What we call.
In English caveats, OK, exceptions to the rules.
One exception would be did you do something illegal?
In order to get the spot, for example, did you drive the opposite direction down a one way lane?
OK, so if you if you went in the opposite direction of a one way lane where you broke the law.
In order to grab that space then I would say yes, you are a jerk. But if you followed the rules and you got there faster.
Then it’s your spot.
It doesn’t matter if someone else eyed it first. If you get there first, it is yours.
The rules of the jungle apply.
Now here’s another exception I would say.
If the other car.
Was just waiting for a car to pull out.
And so that car stopped.
Put put the blinker on.
And was just waiting for another car, the car to pull out so that he or she could take that spot. And then you zoomed in and took it away, stole it. Then yes. You are a jerk in that situation because the other car was there first.
I consider whoever is there first.
It’s their spot, OK?
Those are the rules of the parking lot. It’s a jungle out there, especially in a in a busy city like where I live.
You have to. You have to be quick. You have to be smart. You have to be ruthless. OK, ruthless.
Which means sometimes almost cruel.
In order to get a spot.
Another expression we use in English is nice guys finish last.
OK. Nice guys, finish last.
If you let everybody that’s looking for an open spot go first, you will never find a spot. So if you get there 1st and you can fit your car in there.
It is your spot, even if the other person saw it first. Doesn’t matter because your car got there first. OK, if you got there first.
In my rule book, it is your spot and no matter what the other person says.
It doesn’t matter. You followed the rules, the rules of the jungle and you got there first. You were the Wildcat and the other driver was your prey.
OK, OK. And so you win and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose in a parking lot situation and everybody has to just accept that that’s the way it is. Everyone’s fighting for a free parking space.
And if your car gets there 1st and you didn’t break the law, you followed the rules. You know you didn’t, you know, run over 5 people in order to get to the spot as long as you followed the rules and you didn’t, you know, hurt anybody or put anyone in danger.
You were driving safely, but you got there more quickly.
Then I believe that is your spot and you are not the jerk.
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