Just last night I was sitting in my car waiting for someone when the police arrived and spoke with a guy just down the street in front of me. The guy had been parked in by another car that was also slowing traffic that had to squeeze by the double parked vehicle. The guy blocked in was doing the horn thing all no no avail, and the police were on their radios - contacting a tow truck I assume. Going on thirty minutes later the tow truck had still not arrived, but I am sure that it couldn’t have been far away, when the owner of the car just wandered down the street.
The police took his licence, asked him to let the other guy out and then started doing some paperwork - I assume they were giving him a fine.
My friend arrived and as I had to drive past them I couldn’t help myself, wound down my window and gave him a piece of my mind.
I basically asked him if he realized how selfish he was being, and pointed out that the other guy had been waiting for close to half an hour. I asked the rhetorical question of ‘How would you feel if you were the guy that was blocked in?’ and said that I hoped he would think of others when parking his car next time. The guy was in his thirties and he gave me the ususal nod and wave of ‘Bu hao yi si’.
One of the cops said something to him to the effect of ‘See, how everyone feels about parking selfishly? Even foreigners know the problem.’ The cop thanked me for my words and off I drove hoping that my words would help let the guy know how unpopular his actions were. I am wise enough to know however that the incident is unlikely to have any effect upon the guys future parking choices - but I guess that there is some hope.
I can confirm that the police did respond quite promptly and seemed genuine in their efforts to remove the car. They also seemed quite serious in their follow-up with the guy, although personally I wish that he had been towed as the fine and inconvenience would have been the best penalty!