To the editor:
I have been puzzled about this for many years, and I’m hoping you or your readers could enlighten me.
Every time I have to drive through the “business district” of Riverdale at West 235th Street and Johnson Avenue, I and every other driver have to navigate an obstacle course of double-parked cars.
One example is from a recent morning when I was getting a bagel at my favorite store where I found a vehicle not moving — just parked in the traffic lane, at an intersection blocking turns and through-traffic.
No attempt was made to park, even though there were plenty of spaces. It was literally in the middle of the street.
I confronted the driver. He told me he didn’t care about blocking traffic, and could do whatever he wanted. He was Russian, so I asked if that was a Russian thing, to just ignore the law. He later clarified he was an American citizen, as if that gave him permission to break laws.
The car was there for a full 10 minutes while he waited in line. He kept telling me I was sick in the head and hated Russians. But, of course, it’s not only Russians who act this way: everyone does it.
Here’s my question: Where do these people get this gigantic sense of entitlement and privilege? Is it a side effect of COVID-19? Can I acquire it somewhere so I can have total disregard for every other human?
It would make my life so much easier if I could just do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Here’s another question: Do the police or local pols care about this at all? Seems to me there’s a fortune to be made by aggressively ticketing these lawbreakers. Why does this situation persist?
I look forward to the ‘enlightening” answers.
Stephen de Francesco