Ever hear that line “Screwed up in reverse”? I experienced it once upon a time. Before I worked for ACME I worked at a post office for a while. The work itself wasn’t bad and I didn’t really mind it, but the politics could get quite annoying.
There were two buildings. The post office itself, and a big garage structure. The garage was behind and sort of off to one side of the main post office building. Behind the main building was the parking lot. If you were on the loading dock you could see all the cars. At first I parked there with everyone else. So did other folks who weren’t full time – and probably in one of the unions. Someone decided that this was Not Acceptable and those of us were only part time were told to park behind the garage. Evidently they wanted to keep an eye on their vehicles or have others keep watch, but anyone else was left to park where their vehicles couldn’t be seen. Or heaven forbid they might have to walk an additional few feet.
The amusing part was the area behind the garage was evidently also considered the “good spaces” as this area was the assigned/reserved parking for the postmaster and supervisors. Also, there was an electrical conduit on the outside of the back wall of the garage, providing power to outlets, and these went all along the back wall, not just to the assigned muckety-muck spaces.
That Winter it was cold. Very cold. There were two solid weeks of lows near -40 and no highs above 0 F. The vehicle I was driving had a block heater. And I had just been sentenced to park in the one place where I could plug it in. I took full advantage of that. Unlike some, I never had trouble starting the vehicle in the morning. Whoever all decided to shove everyone not full time into the bad unseen spaces did me a big favor. He screwed up in reverse.