Accord, Chevy Sonic Locked in Epic Parking Spot Stand-Off in LA

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Honda Accord Parking Battle

Honda Accord and a Chevy Sonic spent more than an hour battling for a spot and in the end, they both lost.

There was an incredible battle waged over a parking spot on April 2 in the Koreantown, Los Angeles between a Honda Accord and a Chevrolet Sonic. Fortunately, Twitter-user “chicken tikka mariah” saw the early stages of the stand-off and posted regular updates starting at the five-minute-mark. Little did she know that her Twitter story would end up running for more than an hour and a half, as these two drivers refused to back down for the spot.

In the end, they both end up getting a parking spot, but then neither driver wants to be the first to leave the safe confines of their vehicle, extending the awkward battle over a parking spot.

Honda Accord Parking Battle

The Beginning

When the OP began live-Tweeting this epic parking spot stand-off, she explained that the black Honda Accord was trying to back into a “prime” parallel parking spot and the silver Chevy Sonic was blocking that spot, presumably in an effort to get the spot themselves. It seems as though this stand-off began around 6:30 p.m., with updates being posted at 6:35 and 6:40, at which point both cars had dug in their heels and turned on their hazard lights.

At 6:46, the OP announced that “petty level 6,000” had been achieved, but in reality, they had only just begun to fight. A few minutes later, passing motorists began to honk their horns and voice their displeasure as the Honda and Chevy were forcing cars to pass in the lane of oncoming traffic, creating traffic problems during rush hour.

At 6:53, another spot opened up across the street, but neither driver was willing to back down as the other drivers trying to get by get angrier over the course of the next half-hour or so. As the two approach the one-hour mark of awkwardly blocking the street, there seems to be no end in sight until another player comes into the game.

The driver of the silver car that is already parked when this Honda-Chevy battle began shows up around 7:30, getting into the car and driving away. This opens up a spot, allowing the Accord and the Sonic to park in the same area, but that begins another stand-off, as neither driver wants to get out of the car first.

Honda Accord Parking Battle

The Odd Ending

While it was odd that two L.A. drivers spent an hour fighting over a parking space, what followed was even more unusual. Once both cars were parked, neither driver gets out. The Twitter OP shares 14 short clips in the course of a half-hour as the Sonic driver spends time on the phone, then turns on the dome light before getting out and walking away into the night.

Finally, the OP set up a unique Gmail address and left notes on both cars, asking them to reach out with their side of the story and thanking them for the entertainment.

Click here to look at the entire story in short videos, along with the lengthy list of replies to this amazing story of stubborn drivers.

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