I can't do it while you're watching!

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I had an early inspection this morning.

While I was standing on the sidewalk, trying to blow warm air onto my hands through a facemask, I saw a tiny Chevrolet Spark trying to parallel park into a Cadillac El Dorado-sized parking space.

The driver was aware that the inspector and I were watching.  (we were waiting for the listing agent to show up).  Apparently that unnerved her, because she totally scraped up against the Lexus in the front of the space.

She realized she'd blown the job when she heard the scraaaaaaaapppeeee.... and stopped the car in its tracks.

She got out, surveyed the situation, and went back into her car.  I thought she might pull away.  But instead she came back out with a note... and put it on the windshield of the Lexus, and then she pulled away ... apparently no longer interested in that parking space.

My fertile imagination thought that she was writing: "I scraped your car, and there are people watching me.  They think I'm writing down my insurance information.... but I'm not." So I wrote down her licensed number.

After she pulled away, I went to read the note....  she did write her license and phone number and a feeble apology.

My imagination just ran away with me.  Fortunately the inspection was less exciting.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- you reminded me of when I used to try to back the car with trailer and boat down the boat ramp. I had such a darn time when people were watching me. And, of course, there were always people around.

That lady restored my faith in people. 

Oct 27, 2020 07:09 PM
Alan May

well... at least she was honest...

Oct 28, 2020 06:28 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Hey, parallel parking is a lost skill. They know have cars that park themselves.

Oct 27, 2020 07:30 PM
Alan May

the parking space was large enough (and the car was small enough) that she could have pulled in forward.

Oct 28, 2020 06:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Some people do the right thing, Alan. Good thing the inspection was less exciting. Life in the city!


Oct 27, 2020 07:59 PM
Alan May

nice mask, Jeff.

Oct 28, 2020 06:29 AM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

There is good people in the crazy world and karma can be a good thing but not with a home inspections......hehehe!

Oct 28, 2020 02:55 AM
Alan May

I sure don't want Karma visiting my home inspections.

Oct 28, 2020 06:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. She can't park but at least she was honest. You guys made her nervous. Enjoy your day!

Oct 28, 2020 05:29 AM
Alan May

I'm sure you're right.

Oct 28, 2020 06:30 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Poor lady.  I feel her pain.  I had a 3mph fender bender leaving a showing.  I was righting my car at about the same speed when the owner, a buyer about the enter the same home I had just left, came running over.  He thought I was making a break for it.  Ha!  A 3mph getawy.  Just getting out of the way to get out and find the owner or leave a note.  

Nov 02, 2020 11:02 AM
Alan May

hey... 3mph getaway is ingenious.

Nov 02, 2020 11:05 AM

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