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I had just watched a mother pushing a bike with a child on board and with two other children squeeze between what was left of this footway.

When I spoke to the driver he was not at all bothered by my suggestion of reporting him, meaning he knew nothing would come of it (also my view). He asked where he should park, and I suggested the large forecourt of the premises he was visiting. But he said "I'm only going to be a few minutes, and what was it got to do with me and haven't I got anything else better to do?". A woman sitting in the van with its door open joined in the attack, pointing out that it was 9/11 today. What did that mean for heavens sake?

I could see it was going nowhere and walked away, while more comments were thrown at me.

If approaching this situation again I would tackle it differently. Instead of asking the lorry driver to move his vehicle immediately I would try to suggest to him the problems that his parking approach is causing. I would point out for instance that the time of day is when kids and parents are on their way home from school. That pedestrians are either squeezed or forced into the road, and that if he has them would he want that for his kids?

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