19 year old Simon Cullen is this evening still desperately trying to find a car parking space on the campus of UCD.
Simon has been searching for a space for the last 8 hours and even though he has missed all of his lectures today, is still determined to find a vacant space and not have entirely wasted his journey in.
Simon has in fact used up his entire week’s budget for petrol on this one trip in, and even though he got close to finding a space on a number of occasions, his fear of confrontation with other road users, caused him to just wave other drivers on into the free spots with an awkward smile and hand gesture.
It’s not sure how much longer Simon will actually be able to continue on his search, as his current fuel levels are running low, but it is suspected that if he does find a space within the next 3 hours, he is more than likely going to sleep in his car so that he can make tomorrow’s lectures.
UCD may begin including the time it takes to find parking, onto students academic timetables. Searching for parking may become a compulsory part of a students week, similar to a lab or tutorial that they must attend. This decision would see arts students spending more time looking for parking than they would sitting lectures on a weekly basis.
The Potato will keep you up to date on these issues and whether or not Simon finds a space soon.