The best example of “Privilege” I have seen in between 8:30 am and 11:40 am this morning
Sometimes people suck.
So, I’ve been helping a friend who is moving her entire department (and life) from a university here in Portland to John Hopkins. This morning she had movers come out to move half of her home into storage so that the obligatory barrage of realtors, stagers and photographers can get her townhouse condo on the market. Because she had other commitments she asked if I’d be willing to be there for the four hours it would take and watch over everything, and I said sure.
Most of my morning has been interrupted by other tenants who are furious that there is a moving truck in front of the condo. Now, this truck isn’t blocking them in, and if it needs to be moved to accommodate someone getting in and out (not that it’s really blocking anything) the movers are willing to move it and then re-park afterwards to keep the peace. But no, apparently the major crime being committed is that these condo tenants have to see a moving truck when they look out their upscale, high-property-value townhouse windows! For up to four hours! Many of whom were on their way to work anyway when they stopped in to yell at the movers. And no, I am not using “yell” euphemistically.
One man and one woman (not together and not at the same time) stood outside and shouted at the top of their lungs for a surprisingly long period of time. Another man double parked for five minutes, just so he could stand by his car and make obscentity-laced threats. One woman called the police, and when they arrived she insisted that the movers be arrested for not moving their truck. When the poor, weary officer who had been dispatched tried to explain parking a truck wasn’t that arrest-worthy an offense, she hissed at him. “What is your badge number? Who is your superior?”
Mind you, the condo parking lot is thin — and even though cars can get by just fine they probably need to slow down a bit because the truck definitely makes the space thinner than, say, a Ford Taurus parked in the exact same spot might. And I get that a moving truck isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing to have outside of your from window. But sheesh.
You’d think all their own furniture and possessions had just organically gown in their homes, and that they themselves had never had movers come to the condo.