As the snow finally began to melt away over the weekend we asked you, our gentle readers, to weigh in on the issue of “dibs.” Y’know, when a driver digs their car out of the snow and then “claims” it with a chair, a sign, or some other object that is not a car? Popular in some other cities, we were curious how other New Yorkers felt on the matter. An informal poll is still going but the results are already pretty clear.
This probably won’t surprise most of you, but here in New York drivers really have no right to expect to keep a spot they dug out: 52% of the more than 900 people who responded to our poll say that any free spot is fair game. Another quarter of respondents feel that a person who dug out a spot can lay claim to it… for a day. And only 12% respect the rules of the dib. The remainder, for those of you counting out there, aren’t so much car people (“Parking? You mean like the last stop on the train?”).
So there you have it folks. Come the next big storm you can feel free to try and claim dibs on a spot you dug out… just don’t expect your fellow New Yorkers to respect it.