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    Car Parks - the most honest window into a nations soul?

    So I was sat in a car park of a large market on Sunday waiting for the missus to buy a few bags of bacteria. As I sat there, I mused that car parks in Thailand really do some up the country's character, especially in the one in which I was sat.

    This car park has no attendants. It has no boxes or paint at all on the concrete, so it pretty much is a free for all where you park. It is big though - 300-400 car easily there on a busy weekend.

    Now in similar situations in the UK, and I bet in Aus and the US as well, people driving into the car parking area upon seeing that the parking is basically anarchy, would naturally tend to start to form a system such as below.



    The people would create a system, mindful of other drivers, the need to not only park but also get out as well etc. Basically they would not need the paint and the boys with the whistle to sort it out. Basically, mostly, being considerate.

    Now, of course, the market is the domain of the Somchai though, and this is a rough example of what the car park actually looked like.



    No care. No thought. No consideration. No concept that they might need to move their car. No inkling that most new cars can not be left is N and moved.

    This can be seen also in the way they typical local parks at 7/11. One of them near me has space for 4 cars to park in front of it. One space is usually taken up with bikes leaving three. Unless a Somchai has to park there who will promptly park in front of all the spaces, blocking them all, as he goes to toss about in the shop for an hour.

    I don't think that Thai's are stupid or dumb by the way. Thai Parking, assuming it is driving straight, and does not involve reversing, is a point of proof about the real characteristic of the nation
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    Yep, fits the mold to a T (for Thailand). I gave up on trying to make sense of Thai parking behaviors.

    A nearby town recently spent a load of money trying to make the main road more traffic friendly where it passed through downtown. That included separating the main traffic lanes, 2 in each direction, with concrete barriers from a third lane along the outside of the road. That seemed to keep the main traffic lanes clear for about 2 months. Now it's pretty much back to the way it was before with people double parking in the main traffic lanes now. Thai parking 'logic' prevails.

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    Try any Middle East airport cark park just before the Eid Holiday.

    Even your second diagram is extremely well organised in comparison. Think double the cars and people still trying to get in.

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    The bubble of consciousness, or consideration for others usually ends at the windscreen.
    Also bear in mind that walking, especially in direct sunlight is illegal in Thailand.

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    which one is yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo746 View Post
    which one is yours?
    Pink one by the entrance. USually if it is busy, I drop the other half off and then swing back and pick her up. Rarely I will actually park there these days unless from the outside I can spot raft loads of cunny walking about.

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    love your thinking

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    There are more cars in the Thai car park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggersback View Post
    There are more cars in the Thai car park.

    INdeed - because it would never occur to the locals to think "heh, car park is full. I'll park down the road and walk". No, they would think "I can jam my truck in between those two trucks, then park parallel to those other ones, pushing that other car forward a few yards. I don't care if they all need to get out and move as I will not be here when they get back, and will only then have to walk past them a little before I hide behind my tinted windows. Yeah I am so clever" or something like that.

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    Ffs jam em in there I say.
    Only cage drivers after all.

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    I remember some tiny Thai car parks requiring the driver to leave the handbrake off & car unlocked. Attendants, or other folks, could then shuttle the cars blocking exits back, or forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waid
    I remember some tiny Thai car parks requiring the driver to leave the handbrake off & car unlocked.
    Who in their right minds would leave their car unlocked??? No one.

    However, you used to be able to leave your car in Neutral and the hand break off, and the car would be pushed about. A doddle with a manual, but you don't see many of them in Asia. So, with modern automatics, the key will not come out of the ignition with the car in anything other than Park, so these plonkers park their cars like they always have, but they can not be shunted.

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    lived in sutthisan in bangkok, apartments everywhere not much street parking,everyone left their cars in neutral,saw many a time cars getting pushed out of the way so someone could get out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Waid
    I remember some tiny Thai car parks requiring the driver to leave the handbrake off & car unlocked.
    Who in their right minds would leave their car unlocked??? No one.

    However, you used to be able to leave your car in Neutral and the hand break off, and the car would be pushed about. A doddle with a manual, but you don't see many of them in Asia. So, with modern automatics, the key will not come out of the ignition with the car in anything other than Park, so these plonkers park their cars like they always have, but they can not be shunted.

    They can however, be keyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    So, with modern automatics, the key will not come out of the ignition with the car in anything other than Park
    You take it out of 'Shift Lock' and put in 'Neutral' after you've taken the ignition key out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    You take it out of 'Shift Lock' and put in 'Neutral' after you've taken the ignition key out.
    Yup beat me to it Prag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    You take it out of 'Shift Lock' and put in 'Neutral' after you've taken the ignition key out
    Nice. So are you going to educate the Somchais on this?

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    Get a bull bar pseudo .. That'll educate them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggersback
    Get a bull bar pseudo .. That'll educate them.
    I was more thinking about super gluing their locks. That way they would have plenty of time to sit about and wonder what they did wrong. Would not matter though, they would tell their mom, who would in turn say "ahhh Somchai, of course you were not in the wrong. You are perfect. Here, suck on my tit. Good boy that you are".

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    Nice. So are you going to educate the Somchais on this?
    They know. How the hell do you think they get 100 cars in a lot for 60. I have fine mine up to 30 meters from where I parked it. But I am like you Pseu, I avoid car parks like the plague. Only really use one Foodland, and I go at a time I know its cool, plus after 5 years at the same store once a week all the car park attendants know me. Its amazing what a few bottles of cold water does in hot season.

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    my modern automatic doesn't use a stoneage key. it's push button

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Waid
    I remember some tiny Thai car parks requiring the driver to leave the handbrake off & car unlocked.
    Who in their right minds would leave their car unlocked??? No one.

    However, you used to be able to leave your car in Neutral and the hand break off, and the car would be pushed about. A doddle with a manual, but you don't see many of them in Asia. So, with modern automatics, the key will not come out of the ignition with the car in anything other than Park, so these plonkers park their cars like they always have, but they can not be shunted.

    If you look and maybe read the manual, there is a little covered panel by your auto stick, lift it and there is an over ride button that will let you leave the car in N and remove the key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    You take it out of 'Shift Lock' and put in 'Neutral' after you've taken the ignition key out
    Nice. So are you going to educate the Somchais on this?
    They already know how to do it up here in Isaan. You only have to go to any carpark , especially the Mall in Korat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by shaggersback
    Get a bull bar pseudo .. That'll educate them.
    I was more thinking about super gluing their locks. That way they would have plenty of time to sit about and wonder what they did wrong. Would not matter though, they would tell their mom, who would in turn say "ahhh Somchai, of course you were not in the wrong. You are perfect. Here, suck on my tit. Good boy that you are".
    No need to walk around with superglue, it can get messy and also becomes evidence if something goes wrong. Otoh, toothpicks are perfectly innocent, just stick one in a lock, twist and break. Then if you're really pissed off, superglue it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    They can however, be keyed
    Quote Originally Posted by leemo
    No need to walk around with superglue, it can get messy and also becomes evidence if something goes wrong. Otoh, toothpicks are perfectly innocent, just stick one in a lock, twist and break. Then if you're really pissed off, superglue it in.

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