Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Call them the Five Commandments for saving parking spots during a snowstorm in South Boston. And if they are, then people on Wednesday were clearly violating the very first one.
The website caughtinsouthie.com has posted a set of "Unofficial Rules for Saving Parking Spots During a Snowstorm" by Guy Gadbois, a pen name for Peter Gailunas of South Boston.
The first rule: You canít put something in your spot until after the snowstorm is over
The Globe reported today that even before any flakes had fallen Wednesday people were putting out trash barrels, plastic crates, and lawn chairs to save their spaces.
Gailunas, 40, a Boston firefighter, said he's a lifelong resident of Southie as are his parents and, "This is the way it was in my house and everywhere else. Ö They were the unwritten rules and now they're written down, I guess."
Gailunas's second rule: "If you did not shovel your car out, you cannot keep the spot."
After getting a reasonable start, the list turned increasingly irreverent towards the end.
One rule says that while the city allows space savers for 48 hours after the conclusion of a snow emergency, "As long as you are not the last one with a cone out, you're cool."
The list also suggested taking advantage of the city's efforts to pick up space savers, calling it an "opportunity to get rid of anything lying around your house you want to get rid of. ... Just put it in your space and the city will haul it off."
The list also included rules for parking disputes that Gailunas emphasized were written with tongue firmly in cheek.
People who take others' spaces, the rules said, "have no right to complain about what happens to their car." (Gailunas noted that one trick is for people to re-bury a car if someone has poached a space.) And if you retaliate for having your space taken and you get caught, you "shouldn't complain about the beating you will most likely receive," the rules said.
"Parking's crazy" in South Boston, Gailunas said. "If somebody gets a spot, you hold onto it for dear life."
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