I was disappointed by the stupid and misleading piece of reporting by a “staff writer” in today’s Taipei Times, covering the story of the bushiban owner who was sentenced to 7 months in prison for wilfully causing damage to a car and a scooter that were parked in a public parking space outside the building where her school was located on the second floor (a sentence I wholeheartedly applaud).
The TT report stated that “… this is the heaviest sentence ever issued for over-occupying public parking space…”, and more in a similar vein. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. The sentence was not imposed for occupying a public parking space. It was imposed for the crime of maliciously causing damage to someone else’s property. The crime stemmed from an argument over the occupation of a parking space, in which she was also completely in the wrong, but she was not prosecuted or punished for that.
However, judging from yesterday evening’s TV news and this morning’s radio news, the case has given rise to much discussion about the rights and wrongs of people who try to block others from using the public parking spaces in front of their businesses and homes. This is an unlawful activity, but the police don’t seem to be able to do much to prevent it. And it often leads to disputes which flare up into violence and crimes like that committed by the cram-school laobanniang.
Have any of you experienced conflict with anyone because you’ve parked in a place where you’ve every right to park but which they want to reserve for their own use? Have you got into altercations with people telling you to move your vehicle somewhere else. Or have you found your car, scooter or bike has been deliberately damaged in such a situation? Any other comments on this issue?