John was a foreman for a building company, and he was responsible for making sure that his trucks had somewhere to park. Karen was a woman who wanted to pick up her kid from school. When she parked in one of the spaces meant for his trucks and refused to move, it didn’t take long for the workmen to get some satisfying revenge by using her own words against her. What they didn’t expect was that Karen would bring even more misfortune upon herself by creating a dramatic scene – nobody who saw it will ever forget what happened on that day.
Life Of A Foreman
John had more than twenty years’ of experience in the construction industry and he thought that he’d seen everything. As foreman, he was responsible for the day-to-day operation of a project, which entailed supervising all kinds of different things.
He had to ensure that the materials on-site were to the correct specifications – size, type and quality of wood, metal and concrete, and so on. There were also more mundane things to take care of such as making sure that the workers had safety equipment, enough food and adequate breaks.
Parking was a subject which often gave John a headache. When he received documents for a new project, one of the first things he checked was the location. If the job was in a rural area he would breathe a sigh of relief, because he knew that his trucks and cars would be able to stop wherever they pleased.
If the site was in an urban location, he knew that he’d be in for trouble. There were times when he’d worked in the inner city, and there was no way to avoid blocking the road with his trucks. His ears would ring from the constant angry honking of car horns.
It’s Rough In The Suburbs
Suburbs were somewhere in the middle – there was space to park, but also people who would get angry. People can be very protective of their parking spots in the suburbs. However after 20 years on the job, John had at his disposal a variety of methods to get around these issues.
If he saw that his team might be blocking some driveways, he made sure to speak to the relevant homeowners before work started, in order to come up with a compromise. Nine times out of ten, there wouldn’t be a problem. There were sometimes people who behaved irrationally, but with a big smile and some diplomacy, John would usually get his way.
Interesting New Project
One spring morning, John received paperwork for a new job. He looked it over – it was a big house, using a lot of lumber. The plans looked good. Building a beautiful new house was the kind of job that he most enjoyed working on – on one occasion, a young couple who had ordered a house built had presented him with a thank you gift when the work was completed.
However, John saw that he might have a couple of problems with this particular building site – this was going to be a very tough project for everyone involved.
King Of The Hill
Firstly, the site was on top of a large hill. There were no concrete roads on the hill, so all the materials would have to be carried up by hand. He’d need a big team to get this job done. The second issue was parking. He saw that the hill was next to a small suburban road, where people parked on the street.
This meant that there wouldn’t be anywhere to put the trucks without blocking the residents from parking their own cars. John made a phone call to the owners of the new property, and was reassured that there were two parking spaces which would be reserved for the building crew.
A Sense Of Foreboding
John drove to the site to check it out, and sure enough, there were two reserved parking spaces. However there was an issue – there was an elementary school nearby, and parents on the school run were constantly using the two spaces.
The owner of the site told John that members of the public were not allowed to park there, so if someone was blocking a space he’d just need to tell them to move. John, however, suspected that things might not be so easy.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho
Work began. It was tough. Trucks with material would park up at the bottom of the hill, and then members of the team would remove heavy loads and carry them up the hill, by hand, to deposit them at the site.
This included huge planks of custom-cut timber, bags of metal joinings, glass, machinery, and sacks to make concrete. As John had predicted, the parking situation was annoying.
Blocking The Way
Many mornings, the trucks would arrive and find cars in their designated parking spots. They were never there for too long because the drivers were only there to either drop off or pick up their kids, but it was annoying because it held up the work.
On a couple of occasions, the cars were sitting there empty, and the team would have to wait for the parent to come back and move. Mostly, they were apologetic when they saw that the builders were waiting for them.
Finding A Solution
On other occasions, they found cars there with a parent or parents waiting inside. When that happened, John would ask them to move, and they would move their cars without an issue. So work progressed despite the annoyance of the parking spaces – until one day, when John and his team encountered Karen.
Karen did not behave like the other parents, but she certainly supplied John with a story that he’d tell for the rest of his life.
A Difficult Customer
One afternoon, John was at the site and received a phone call from one of his truck drivers – he was on his way with a delivery. John walked down to the street to make sure that the spaces were free.
To his annoyance, he saw that there was a car blocking one of the spaces with a woman inside. She was apparently waiting for school to finish so that she could pick up her child. John made his way to the car.
He knocked on the window, wearing a friendly smile. Karen rolled the window down, and John explained that she needed to move her car – she was in a no-parking zone and there was a truck on the way that needed space.
Karen said: “I’ll just be a few minutes, and your truck isn’t here, take a chill pill dude.” She then rolled her window back up.
A Light Bulb Is Activated
At this point, the truck came round the corner. John waved at Karen, who rolled her window down halfway and shouted “WHAT?” John told her that the truck had arrived and she needed to move. Karens response?
“Can’t you guys just unload around me? Jesus, it’s not that hard.” John was fed up with her rude attitude, and he had a brilliant idea.
Covering All The Bases
Before he executed his plan, he wanted to ensure that he was on the right side of the law. He phoned the parking enforcement line of the local police and got through to a friendly officer, and explained the situation.
The officer assured John that he was in the right, and that someone would arrive in around half an hour to sort out the situation. With that arranged, John put his idea into action.
Operation Block Car
John told the truck driver to park next to Karen, as close as he could without touching the car. The driver laughed as he realized what John planned to do. He put the truck in gear and began to move forward.
There was a porta-potty at the end of the other parking space, so once he was in position, Karen wouldn’t be able to move her car out of the space at all. Surprisingly, Karen didn’t seem to notice.
John wasn’t sure if Karen wasn’t reacting because she hadn’t seen what the workers were doing, or because she was being stubborn. Either way, she was going to have a tough time getting out of her car.
The team began unloading lumber around the car, just as Karen had requested. All the workers were amused at the situation – but Karen seemed blissfully unaware. Soon, a child appeared, walking towards Karen’s car.
John realized that this must be her son. Karen saw the kid and seemed to suddenly realize that she couldn’t open her door. She climbed awkwardly over the seat and got out the passenger-side door, glaring at John as she did so, much to the workers’ amusement.
She met with her son and put him into the back seat, and only then seemed to understand that her car was blocked in. She was furious, and she walked over to John.
Karen snapped at John: “I’m in a big hurry, you need to move your damn truck right now so I can go.” John was about to respond, but the truck driver did instead. He explained to Karen that he wasn’t allowed to move his truck because the straps holding its load of wood had been released.
It was illegal to drive a truck with an unsecured load. He was right, of course – Karen had caused this problem herself, although she certainly didn’t want to admit it.
Hell Hath No Fury
Karen was so angry, John thought that she has going to explode. Her face turned red and her eyes bulged. She turned on the spot, looking wildly at her car, at the truck, at the porta-potty, at John, until finally she seemed to reach a decision. “Damn your policy I have somewhere to be!”
She stormed back to her vehicle – first automatically towards her driver-side door, and then to the passenger-side. She angrily climbed over the passenger seat and behind the steering wheel.
The Shoe Is On The Other Foot
It was then that she realized that she was completely blocked in. John called out to her: “Can’t you just pull out around it? It’s not that hard.” Karen was furious that he had used her own line back at her.
As her car rumbled into life, John and the truck driver wondered what Karen was planning to do. Her car was completely blocked in – a porta-potty on one side, a big truck on the other.
John realized that Karen was about to do something crazy, and so he was relieved to see a police officer pull up and park behind the truck. However, Karen did not notice the new arrival on the scene, and she put her car in reverse.
They watched in shock as Karen put her foot down hard on the gas pedal and the car shot backwards, hitting the porta-potty and knocking it over.
A Knock At The Door
She then put the car into drive and tried to get over the curb, but the car got stuck. Her wheels span and John could see her inside, screaming with rage. He couldn’t make out the exact words, but they certainly didn’t seem too friendly.
Karen was still completely unaware that there was a police officer watching everything she did. And now that police officer walked over to her car and knocked on her window.
‘Cuff Her, Boys
John said that his favorite part of the entire story was watching Karen’s face when she realized that a cop had personally seen everything she’d done. He said that her face went from angry to complete shock.
The police officer handcuffed her and soon she was sitting down on the curb, next to her stuck car. She was still shouting though – and John couldn’t believe what she was saying.
Getting Their Stories Straight
She claimed that John and his team had told her that she could park there, and never once asked her to move. John was floored by this lie. Luckily, the police officer knew that John had phoned before executing his plan, so Karen’s lies were not believed for a second.
The police officer called for a backup unit, while John and the truck driver gave their statements.
Justice Is Served
Then they got back to work unloading the lumber. As they worked, they saw what happened to Karen. First, the police officers had to find a relative to take the child, so they called the grandmother, who came and took him away.
Karen was charged with child endangerment because she had performed her stunt with a child in the car. She was also charged with reckless driving and destruction of property. But these were not the most surprising charges to be faced by Karen.
Turns out, she was driving on a suspended license. John wasn’t surprised after seeing how she had behaved in her car. He felt better knowing that this woman would probably never get a license again, and so would be unable to endanger anyone else.
He also reflected on how sometimes, you don’t need to make much effort to get revenge – if you’re lucky, people will do it to themselves.