Chicagoist Publishes Guide On Proper ‘Dibs’ Protocols
Chicagoist Editor Chuck Sudo could perhaps be called the Miss Manners of winter dibs parking in Chicago.
On the heels of this year’s first winter (technically late autumn) snowstorm, Sudo opines extensively on the Do’s and Don’ts of using broken lawn furniture or other junk to “reserve” a street parking space you just shoveled out.
The editors of The Expired Meter are strongly opposed to this storied Chicago winter tradition because…well because it’s stupid and drivers don’t have any proprietary claim to the public way.
But the Chicagoist piece is quite extensive and can serve as a great resource for those Chicagoans who insist on embracing this repulsive tradition.
Perhaps Sudo’s best proffered advice is:
Finally, don’t snake someone’s spot. People get really confrontational. Personally I’ve had my spot snaked multiple times, dibs stolen, etc. and while I might get cranky I’ve never done anything because I’m only kind of a jerk. I’ve seen folks have their cars keyed or damaged otherwise—I had to stop someone from doing this once. Some people straight up fist fight over it. It’s just not worth it.
Here’s the full story, “Chicagoist’s Guide To Proper Dibs Protocol.”