This motorist abused online for parking across two bays said he deliberately left his car like that to protect it from other drivers.
Luke Varley, 24, was tagged in a Facebook group called “Parking like a t**t” after leaving his Astra GTR across two spaces at a Doncaster supermarket.
But rather than ignore the post, Varley hit back and said there was a good reason for the way he had parked – the ‘amount of clowns who can’t park or drive’ who had previously damaged his car and driven off without leaving a note.
And his controversial parking technique even has a name – Clarkson Parking after the former Top Gear presenter.
“I park like that every time if I am staying somewhere for any length of time,” said Luke, a shop assistant.
“If I am nipping in a shop for a couple of minutes I might not do it, but if I know I’m going to be a while then I will do it.
“I can see why people get annoyed when they see it. Someone who just can’t park properly is annoying but that’s not what I’m doing.
“Parking like that does work.”
He added: “It was with my old Astra that I started parking like this as I used to park normally but after washing it I noticed that it had really bad scratches and dents on the side of it. I realised it was from being parked in carparks – but no one was leaving a note.
“It really annoyed me. I wasn’t having it any more, especially not with my new car when it was £16,000 as a scratch or dent can really damage the look of the car.”
His car was spotted by mum-of-three Jessica after shopper Jessica Winder, a 37-year-old cleaner, who was out shopping.
Jessica, also from Doncaster, said: “To be honest I have had my car scratched in car parks when parked in normal parking bays.
“But I wouldn’t say it’s a good idea. If everyone did that it would be chaos.
“Someone could choose to get revenge on you if they think you’re parking like that to be lazy. We are in Doncaster and there are some nasty people about.”
But Luke is not the only one to park like that.
David Bellis, from Prestatyn, North Wales, says he employs ‘Clarkson parking’ all the time – despite fellow motorists leaving angry notes on his car.
David said: “Twice in the past I have had chips in the door. I have had to get the door resprayed costing £110 each time. It’s really annoying.”
The controversial parking technique is known as Clarkson Parking after the former Top Gear presenter due to his vocal championing of all things motoring.