Helpful hero or parking pedant? Porirua man issues notes to bad parkers

Turtle ninja: The spelling might leave a little to be desired, but Matt Pollock's intentions are clear.
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Turtle ninja: The spelling might leave a little to be desired, but Matt Pollock's intentions are clear.

Does your blood boil at the sight of a poorly parked car? Do drivers taking up two spaces make you furious?

While many motorists might shrug off their car park peeves, a Porirua man is determined to do something about his.

When Matt Pollock spies a vehicle parked outside its lines at the local shopping centre, he leaves the owner a note, complete with a cartoon turtle.

Matt Pollock, centre, says he's doing something about bad parking instead of just whining. (File photo)
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Matt Pollock, centre, says he's doing something about bad parking instead of just whining. (File photo)

"Many three year olds have trouble staying within the lines," the note reads. "Maybe if you practice coloring this turtle, it will help with your parking."

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Notes have been left on cars at the Whitby shopping centre.
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Notes have been left on cars at the Whitby shopping centre.

Pollock then posts a picture of the car to social media, garnering mixed reactions from fellow car park users, some of whom praise his work, while others tell him he should worry about bigger issues.

The criticism doesn't bother Pollock, who said the notes were about using humour to make a point, and it was important people be called out for bad behaviour.

"It's not aggressive, it's a bit of fun to tell them they're being a dick."

People who said they had to park crooked because of already badly parked cars had no excuse, he said. "They should park there, take a photo of the other car and, if their car gets damaged, they should go to the police."

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Despite carrying a folder of the notes in his car, Pollock said he did not go hunting for inconsiderate parkers, but just ticketed them when he spied them.

"It does get under my skin, that one person can have an effect on people by just being careless or lazy."

Not content with exposing bad parkers, his next target is likely to be drivers cruising along in the right-hand lane instead of using it for overtaking.

"I'm going to have a sign made for the back of my car telling people to keep left when passing, exactly like the road ones."

It's not the first time the cartoon turtle has been enlisted to tackle terrible parkers. In 2015, an anonymous vigilante  targeted wonky parking in the US.

 - Stuff

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