Friday, May 16, 2008
Mercedes, BMW's, and Lexus are in My Parking Places.
On a recent shopping trip to Target, I had to squeeze my Toyota Corolla between two large Mercedes-Benz sedans. There was barely enough room and I certainly didn't want to cause any scratches on someone else's luxury toy. I idly wondered if the owners of these expensive cars had come to Target out of convenience, or because they were trying to save a few shekels like I was. Not a big deal. However, last week when my partner and I went to Wal-Mart, the parking lot was nearly full. I was somewhat astonished to find Mercedes, BMW's, and a variety of other luxury cars competing for the limited number of parking places. Its one thing to fight with these luxury cars for parking places at Target, it's quite another to have to do so at Wal-Mart. I don't like going shopping at Wal-Mart. Who does? How can you like shopping in a huge box? You go there only to save money. Are these rich people so desperate they need to go to Wal-Mart? Or maybe they aren't rich anymore, now that the value of their starter mansions has depreciated by over 20% and they have negative equity in their homes. That's their problem, not mine. In the future I would appreciate if these people shopped at stores more appropriate for their style of luxury vehicle.