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Courtesy is Contagious (Park Happy!)

Parking at the Pruneyard has become a matter of life and death. How we respond can make a difference!

I love the . Ever since I was a little girl, this was a magical place filled with delights of every kind. At Christmas, I wander around under the glowing palm trees and just revel in the beauty of the place. In summer, it was my escape when my colicky babies were too fussy to stay indoors–I would push their strollers to , flipping through magazines as they snoozed, having a cup of coffee at , browsing the racks of designer goodness at , or meeting friends for lunch at

As I write this, all I can think about are the sweet potato fries at Pacific Catch.

It really is a wonderful place – but for one teensy, tiny problem.

You take your life in your hands in the parking lot.

I have never seen a location with such consistently bad parking courtesy. I think people pull in the driveway and promptly go insane. Rather than circle the lot as we politely do at other malls, they back up, turn around, or park sideways, just to get into a space, regardless of who, or what, is in their way. 

I get that there is a parking shortage at the Pruneyard, especially at lunchtime. But I have always eventually found a place. And there’s even a parking garage in the back.

The ruthlessness of Pruneyard customers is appalling. I’m terrified to take my son with me to , lest he put one toe ahead of me and be run down in the driveway.

I have a theory that just as rudeness seems to be contagious, so is common courtesy. Treat others the way you want to be treated, and perhaps they will do the same, and so on. 

Here's a few things to remember when you park at the Pruneyard(or anywhere) for that matter. 

  • If you’re in such a hurry that you’re willing to take someone's life for a parking space, then maybe you shouldn’t be cutting your time quite so short. Have lunch later.
  • Go early! Even 11:00 a.m. offers wide-open spaces and plenty of options. 
  • Leave the angled spots to the cars that are pointing that direction – no hairpin turns causing back ups on both sides of the lane.
  • When you see pedestrians waiting to cross to their cars – allow them to do so. Stop and patiently let them cross, most definitely those who need a little time – like the elderly or parents with young children. If you stop, others will as well.

Courtesy is contagious, Campbell friends. Be kind to someone today, breathe deep and be patient as you look for parking. Allow yourself an extra 10 minutes so you don’t feel rushed.

But most of all – keep your perspective. What's an extra five minutes in the grand scheme of things? It's an oldie, but... who doesn't love a little Alabama? 

I'm in a hurry to get things done, oh I, rush and rush until life's no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, but I'm in a hurry and don't know why...

from I'm In a Hurry (And Don't Know Why) by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarmer 

Anything to add? Have you also experienced parking insanity at the Pruneyard? How do you respond? 

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David and Darlene Steele February 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hear, hear! We recommend going around the insanity of cars trying to park a few feet closer to a store and going directly to the garage, an oasis of calm with (usually) plentiful spaces available. Remember, walking is good for you!
Stephen Allen March 01, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Good Morning, Good points and advice here. I would like to add that I have often felt that the Pruneyard parking lot and grounds in general are poorly designed. Like many others, it seems to be designed for cars, not pedestrians. My best suggestion is to leave the car at home if you can and walk or ride a bike there instead. If you live in Campbell, the Pruneyard is really not that far away for most people. I often walk there when I'm going to the Bank of the West. My biggest headache there is the parking for the bank and ATM. Not bad to park, but to leave ? Whew! The people just come whipping around that corner and often do not stop for anyone. Even if you are in the process of backing up and are halfway out of the space! I also want to add that those few parking spaces are for bank customers. I often see people parking there to go to Outback Steakhouse, therefore tying up the spaces for people going to the bank. Steve A.
Bethany Curran March 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Excellent points! Seems to me that everyone everywhere is in such a hurry that they forget about (or just don't care about) anyone else. I've been cut off, flipped off, cursed off, etc - all with my little ones in the car. (Even by others with little ones in their cars!) Just like you said, if you are in that much of a hurry that you will put yourself or others in danger, perhaps you should work on your time management skills. You have to allow not only for drive time, but also for time to find parking where you are going. Be careful out there!

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