A lot can happen in a shopping mall parking lot apparently. You can find the ceilings of the parking lot to be leaking profusely due to the ice skating rink above or you can find a monitor lizard just roaming about the place. But one of the most common things (unfortunately) that you can find in a parking lot is people booking their parking space by standing there.
The “first come, first serve” logic does not apply to these people who think they can just stand at a parking space like an NPC (non-playable character) until their friend or partners arrive with the car to claim the space. A woman received a lot of backlash for doing this back in May and now another woman has been caught “booking” a parking space by using a baby stroller with her child still in it.
A netizen that goes by 林鏆晨 posted two videos and a photo on the KL娱乐站 Facebook page last weekend that’s been going viral recently. The series of videos shows a woman in a Cookie Monster shirt “booking” a parking space at an unnamed shopping mall. The most concerning thing is that she’s using a baby stroller to book the space while her child was still in it.
It seemed like she was using her child as a shield in case anyone wants to get aggressive with her for illegally booking the parking space. The driver who filmed the videos confronted the woman but she insisted that the parking space was hers and that her husband will be arriving with the car soon.
Unsatisfied, the driver emphasised that the woman’s car needs to arrive first in order to claim the space. Again, the woman did not budge. In the second video, we can see the husband arriving and waiting inside the car while the two women argue over the parking space. Netizens reacted to the Facebook post with some agreeing with the driver while others believe there was no point in arguing.
Although it is not confirmed where the incident took place, some netizens speculated that the parking dispute happened at Mid Valley Megamall judging by the parking lot interior and the AEON Big Supermarket photo in the comments. When asked about who got the parking space in the end, 林鏆晨 confirmed that she let them have it since they wouldn’t budge.
For your information, “booking” a parking space is illegal. Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) confirmed that the offence is mentioned in Section 50(3) of the Road Transport Act 1976. If convicted, you will receive a fine up to RM2,000 or up to 6 months of jail time.