German town gives men harder parking places because they ‘like the challenge’
TO Triberg, Germany, where the town’s mayor, Gallus Strobel, has marked out car park spaces for men or women. The spaces for women are wide, well-lit, and near to the exits. The spaces for men are tight and more remote. Strobel says men will like it because “men are, as a rule, a little better at such challenges“.
That challenge, presumably, being how to pretend to be a woman in one of his car parks.
Anecdote: My father could not park a car. Whenever he spotted a not-massive parking space, he’d get out assess it. This caused him on one occasion to reverse over his own oversized briefcase before a packed pub on Kilburn High Road. Nothing was ever simple. Drama was all. If my mother was in the car, he’d simply get out and let her park. She became an expert. He’d circle the area for a bus-sized bay. Women are better parkers. Men just want to abandon the vehicle and flee.