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Parking Problem
updated: Jul 07, 2012, 9:00 AM

Dear Edda,

I was in Gelson's parking lot the other day.

My wife was driving and I was in the passenger seat. She parked in the spot and ran into the store while I leaned back in the seat and waited. Just as I was starting to doze, a big white SUV pulled into the spot in front of us. The driver came up too close and tapped the front of our car. I knew this because the car jumped a bit when he hit us, and woke me up. The driver got out and walked toward the back of his truck so he did not have to inspect the front or walk by my window and apologize.

When my wife returned to the car I told her what happened. There was no damage. Ironically, there was a passenger in the front of SUV who looked like he was asleep. I told my wife that she could "accidentally" pull forward and tap the SUV and wake up the guy in the passenger seat, just like I had been woken up. What a great opportunity for retaliation! Instead, my wife backed up carefully and did not do that. What do you think Edda? Should we have been petty and tapped his truck? Or did my wife do the right thing?

Signed, Dozer


Dear Dozer,

As a general rule, your wife is probably always right. I know this is the case in 9 out of 10 husband vs. wife issues. And how do you know the passenger was asleep and not just waiting for someone to get into an altercation with? Trust me Dozer, there is a lot of trouble just waiting for you out there. No need to go looking.


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Edda Hatte is a loving and sympathetic advice columnist who helps Edhat subscribers navigate through their complicated and stressful lives. Send your questions to askedda@edhat.com.


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