Another day, another dude stealing my car park.


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Another day, another dude stealing my car park.

This time it is property developer Gerard Peters and his Lamborghini at Lynn Mall who was apparently in a rush while he was being asked for 30 minutes over the loudspeaker to move his vehicle.

It really does not matter how much money a person has or what kind of car they drive – nobody has the right to take something that is explicitly for someone else. But it is true that huge material ownership can sometimes inflict a warped sense of entitlement onto a person.

Everybody is accountable to the same rules. I don’t care what kind of car you drive, or how long you’re going to be, or that you have a disabled brother (which actually does not help your case at all) – you have no right to inhibit further hardship onto a person who already has it pretty tough.

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This is what happens when your decisions are based on individualistic values rather than communal and societal harmony. Imagine how different our world would be if those with money used it to make the world a better place. Of course there are people who do, but there are also those who don’t.

It may seem like such a small thing to get so deep and emotional about, but doing something as seemingly insignificant as that is where it starts.


  1. It may seem like such a small thing to get so deep and emotional about…

    Not at all, Latifa. It was a repugnant thing for that fellow to do. If he has children, I hope he’s a better role model for them.

    • Absoultely agree: Good on you, Latifa.

      The photo is brilliant – deserves to be hung in parliament, or perhaps in key’s office along with the caption “Money buys EVERYTHING under this Government”.

      And your general comments are spot on too!

      What this is all about is respecting the needs of others – a viewpoint that the current leaders of this nation totally fail to appreciate.

  2. In my opinion, this has nothing to do with perceived wealth.

    This guy is of the mindset that the rules don’t apply to him. He thinks he is more important and therefore above the law and that the rules only exist to control the masses. I can tell by the car he drives that he is well used to stepping up and taking whatever he fancies. He is not one to stand back, be polite or settle for an equal share. He would consider it condescending to have to wait in line for anything.

    In short, he is an idiot who deserves the parking fine that no doubt is coming to him.

    • Thing is, the parking fine won’t deter him. He probably spends more on a bottle of wine.

      What needs to happen is that the car is taken off them and into government ownership and then sold on TradeMe for $1 reserve. The ex-owner gets to keep the debt that they used to buy the car.

      Then, and only then, might we have these arseholes actually considering their actions.

  3. To give the guy some due, you do have to have a degree of a handicap to want to own one of these tosser mobiles.
    Just look at Mike Hosking

  4. Oh come on, please be fair, I am sure this guy was just concerned that he might scrape another car door with his when he opened it and did the only decent thing he could, park in a wide space where there was no danger of him doing that.

  5. If Gerade Peters can’t read the painted yellow signage clearly marking it as a disabled car park, should he really be driving at all? I see no reason why anyone is given 30 mins of intercom warning when the paint is clearly warning enough.

    Next time tow it earlier and give some respect to disabled persons who may wish to park there. Failing to do so only encourages him to do it again (as indicated in the news article this wasn’t the first time…)

  6. Crush the car with no compensation. Calling Judith Collins!

    I have a child with a disability – now doing well after surgery not funded by the NZ Health system – but this sort of thing used to make me very angry.
    Oh and it’s not funded so idiots like this can have tax cuts.

  7. I use public toilets and I piss on the seats ,
    I walk around in the summer time saying ‘ how about this heat’,

    I’m an asshole ( he’s an asshole , what an asshole )
    I’m an asshole ( he’s the worlds biggest asshole )

    Sometimes I park in handicapped spaces,
    While handicapped people make handicapped faces,

    I’m an asshole ( he’s an asshole , what an asshole )
    I’m an asshole ( he’s a real fucking asshole )

    Song by Dennis Leary.

  8. I do wish there was a temporary card I could stick on my dashboard.

    I’m still mobile enough to not yet qualify in my own right, but I do ferry an elderly and white stick carrying partly sighted friend to town sometimes – and park in the mobility parks because he needs the width to exit my little car.

    There is always the concern that someone will stalk up to my window and accuse me of parking unthoughtfully. Scary.

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