Parking in China is a whole different beast than it is here. You’ve got a $300,000 car, you need to park, you see some lines on the road, you park. Boom bam bing. You’re done.
Sure, you might get a bit of blowback from a traffic cop, but hey, you just tell him: “I saw lines. I thought it was a parking spot,” and off you go.
That’s the impression one might come away with after reading about a young woman in Chongqing who parked her Maserati Gran Turismo smack-dab in the middle of the road.
When she returned about an hour later, she saw a police officer writing a ticket, Car News China reported in a photo essay.
The woman asked what was wrong and was told it’s illegal to park in the middle of a street. This, apparently, was news to her.
The young woman, a 22-year-old college graduate identified as Ms. Xiu, said she thought it was okay to park there because the lines on the middle of the road looked the same as the lines on the side of the road, where many cars were parked. (Despite the fact that the lines on the side of the road are white and the lines on the middle of the road are yellow — and they’re on the middle of the road.)
She further called his attention to the fact that she had aligned her car perfectly over the lines.
The officer evidently found this to be a reasonable explanation — either that or he was swayed by her stature and beauty, because a reporter described her as ” pretty and over 170 cm tall” — and let her off with a warning.
With files from Car News China
- 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 Peter Blealney photo