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dollarstodonuts Fri 24-Mar-17 15:06:41

We went to Tescos today to pick up a few things and all the child/parent parking was taken as it almost always is. If I park within the lines I literally can't get my car door open wide enough to get the infant car seat out. We have a seven seater SUV because we have four kids. Looking back I would have bought something with sliding doors but I can't just swap it now. So I parked as far away from the door as I could where there were several empty spaces. When I came back a man had parked his car so close to mine I could have only fit my body between the cars. He began shouting abuse about how entitled and ignorant I was. I explained over his shouting that I needed to be able to open the door to get the car seat in. 5 year old DS is now crying because the man is now shouting even louder. I ended up crawling through the boot and over the seats with DS and the infant carrier just to get away. What do people do if you have an infant seat? I'm not a Brit and part of the abuse yelled was to go back where I came from which was particularly nice for DS.

GemmaWella81 Fri 24-Mar-17 15:08:48

We park properly...

Or carry on as you are and learn to block the inevitable have a go heroes out.

Universitychallenging Fri 24-Mar-17 15:10:44

What about the other side of the car?

If you can't park properly you can't really expect much else. Sorry.

FlyingElbows Fri 24-Mar-17 15:12:46

Park in an empty bit of the car park.

watchoutformybutt Fri 24-Mar-17 15:13:05

I don't take the infant seat out of my car really. Can't you just put the baby in the trolley?

problembottom Fri 24-Mar-17 15:14:36

My view is you need to park between the lines but your bad parking doesn't excuse him being a racist twat in any way. Can't you report people for using language like that? If so you should.

dollarstodonuts Fri 24-Mar-17 15:17:55

The baby is only 4 months so I can't really put her in the trolley. I did park in the emptiest farthest bit of the car park but there was a car on my other side. I really didn't anticipate spaces being quite as small as they are. We appear to have bought a completely inappropriate car. DH wanted it because it can tow and he uses it for a hobby he does on the weekends.

flumpybear Fri 24-Mar-17 15:24:06

I have to say I bloody hate monstrous carsthat take up loads of parking space!! Sorry!!a massive Range Rover made it impossible to get near my driver door I the gym recently and I nearly did myself a mischief clambering over my small sporty seats and rear wheel hump thingy to get in my drivers door - zero respect for other cars / drivers

Universitychallenging Fri 24-Mar-17 15:24:19

Don't they do the trolleys with the wee baby seats? I used to just take a blanket and put baby in that.

Use a sling ? Leave car seat in car and put baby in buggy?

LurkingHusband Fri 24-Mar-17 15:28:31

Park in an empty bit of the car park.

Easier said than done ... there have been several occasions I have parked as far away from the entrance as possible, completely isolated, only to discover on return someone has parked next to me ...

Lucked Fri 24-Mar-17 15:30:23

I try to park next to an island or end of row. Your best bet otherwise is to leave all the room at one side. I would have loved to see his face if you had given him your baby and car seat to hold whilst you reversed grin

HunterHearstHelmsley Fri 24-Mar-17 15:31:08

If I see a car parked over two spaces then I'll squeeze into the gap if I can.

Universitychallenging Fri 24-Mar-17 15:31:59

Put baby in car seat on ground at front or side of car.

Reverse back.

Open doors.

Put baby in car seat into car.

Would take 1 minute tops probably 30 secs

WhatchaMaCalllit Fri 24-Mar-17 15:32:13

Flying - did you miss the bit where the OP said "So I parked as far away from the door as I could where there were several empty spaces" ?

She did park in an empty bit of the car park.

I'm off now to cancel the cheque and to talk to HR smile

Amanduh Fri 24-Mar-17 15:34:54

Put the baby in a baby trolley..

nancy75 Fri 24-Mar-17 15:35:21

If I see a car parked over two spaces then I'll squeeze into the gap if I can.
Why would anyone be this shitty & be proud of it?
People park like that for loads of reasons, getting kids out, pregnant, mobility issues. The op parked in an empty bit of the car park so obviously wasn't taking up the only space

Babytalkobsession Fri 24-Mar-17 15:36:53

I have a normal estate and find it tricky sometimes. Even getting the baby & toddler in & out of seats is difficult if you can't open the door properly.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 24-Mar-17 15:36:59

Have a think about how you could get round this problem, and park like a normal person. Bad parking aggravates everyone else.

HunterHearstHelmsley Fri 24-Mar-17 15:37:00

Ha, because it's bloody inconsiderate and shitty to do it in the first place. If people can't be arsed to park properly then it's their own bloody problem.

It's funny how all these people with mobility problems etc that need to park like this all drive fancy cars. Curious.

Universitychallenging Fri 24-Mar-17 15:37:11

Well she didn't did she because there was a car on the other side.

harderandharder2breathe Fri 24-Mar-17 15:37:25

Well you do have a ridiculously oversized car, of course it takes up more than the whole space

But no you can't take up 2 spaces, that's ridiculous. There's no need to get baby seat out of the car, use the baby seats in the trolley.

No one is justified in shouting racist abuse at you though flowers

picklemepopcorn Fri 24-Mar-17 15:37:52

Even if you don't take the car seat out, getting the baby out of the seat needs a wide open door.

I suppose I'd choose shops where there is more room, there are car parks I don't use for that reason.

I'm sorry the man was vile, especially in a racist

watchoutformybutt Fri 24-Mar-17 15:38:49

You can use the ones with the little baby seats when they're tiny. I used a blanket to cover the seat a pp has suggested. Then there's no worries about manhandling the seat in and out of the car every time.

vcrees6 Fri 24-Mar-17 15:41:48

Use Ocado! So much easier

NerrSnerr Fri 24-Mar-17 15:46:22

If you park over the lines you may end up on the @yplac twitter account. You could park at the end of a row? I don't think spaces are getting smaller, I just think cars are getting bigger. I have a Focus which is a decent sized family car and have never had a problem getting car seats in or out, but unsure what the options are with 4 kids though.

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