Brownie Points



They won’t save your bacon.

But you might get a hug.

Michali Hyams writes:

Just wanted to share this lovely random act of kindness on Friday. I stopped my car for three minutes on the Rathmines Road (Dublin 6) to run into the Post Office. As there was a bus stoppage and the bus stop was not in use, I thought that this wouldn’t cause a problem.

Anyway, the clampers got me and the lovely people in Pot Bellied Pig came over and gave me a brownie (above) to help me turn my day around. I was also given a lovely hug and offered some tea. What lovely lovely people!

Needless to say, the brownie was delicious.


57 thoughts on “Brownie Points

  1. Mr. Camomile Tea

    “I parked my car, illegally, without paying any parking fees, in a bike lane on one of Dublin’s busiest thoroughfares for the amount of time that would inconvenience and endanger a few dozen vulnerable road users such as people on bicycles. Lo and behold those baxtard clampers targeted me and I’m the victim here!”

    There’s paid car park in the Swan Centre around the corner. Stop being lazy. Stop being selfish. Stop being inconsiderate of your fellow citizens. Don’t park your private property on a public thoroughfare and expect everyone else to tolerate your overwhelming sense of privilege.

    Enjoy your bacon.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Twas a brownie.
      I wouldn’t have typed as many words as you did but I enjoyed reading them and agree.

      1. andydufresne2010

        I just noticed your name. Was this created for me or am I being ridiculously vain? Did we fight once?

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Ridiculously vain. I’ve been this stupid name for ages, and regret it but so be it.
          We might have fought but I doubt it. I’m too fickle (read dopey) for internet fighting.

          1. Sheik Yahbouti

            As I told the redoubtable Millie, I intend henceforth to be ‘Ruud Dokter of the FAI ‘ (if I can organize it) comedy gold.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      The one time I was clamped (and I take care to ensure it is my last), it was Stephen’s Green while I was at a meeting with a client. The meeting went over by 30 mins, and this was before mobile top-ups. I tried to claim the unclamping fee from my employer (company car), but at the end of the day it was my own fault – as the driver is always responsible for parking legally whatever your ride – stretch limo, lambour-bleedin’-gini, cherry-picker, horse and cart. If the poster thinks there is a minimum 3 minute grace period for illegal parking, he’ll be clamped again I’m afraid!

    3. Harry Molloy

      In fairness, they didn’t seem to be complaining about getting a clamp, just highlighting the act of kindness.

      I might have been so bauld myself in the circumstances

  2. MrGavoB

    So in the “3 minutes” you were gone. The clampers noticed your car, parked up, got the gear our, clamped your cap , processed it, left and then in the same 3 minutes the shop across the road had time to drop off a little gift for you being so unlucky.
    That’s an action packed 3 minutes.

    1. Rob_G

      Maybe they spotted the potential buzz marketing opportunity and called the clampers themselves.

    2. Doug

      Yes, thought the same. Easy and smart method of advertising in fairness to the pot bellied pigs.

  3. mildred st. meadowlark

    Wow, let’s just poo all over someone doing something nice.

    And I thought we’d all agreed that clampers are in fact the devil.

  4. Anomanomanom

    There was bus stoppage for few hours only and no parking is because emergency services use bus lanes, they had no stoppage.

    1. ivan

      I get that the purpose of clamping is to discourage dangerous parking and so forth, but clamping in this instance doesn’t make it easier for emergency services to use the bus lane, does it?

      1. Anomanomanom

        Of course not, clamping is idiotic. But that’s one of reasons they give. I personally think it should just be clamped and your given 30mins to ring to arrange removal. If no call within 30mins towed away, give time then for owner to connect about the car. If they don’t connect then scrap the car and charge them full cost. Very harsh I know, but would you chance parking illegally.

        1. Mr. Camomile Tea

          Dublin City Council is bringing in a tow-away scheme this year to target problem areas such as Rathmines. Park illegally and your car will be towed, no excuses. That’ll learn them…

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            stick the towers on a commission bonus basis and watch those babies move

      2. Rob_G

        @ ivan – the car with the big conspicuous clamp on it serves as a warning to other motorists.

        Also, much easier & cheaper to send one van to clamp multiple cars, rather than sending one tow truck per illegally parked car.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Don’t be sexist. Men wear varnish these days.
      Or maybe he got his PA to take the photo.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            That’s a closely guarded secret, you know.

            It would ruin my bewitching air of mystery, if it ever got out.

  5. Graham F

    Huh. Have spent most of ma life been inconsiderate twit and nobody has ever given me some cake as reward bloody unfair

  6. Turgenev

    Rathmines is unnecessarily dangerous to cycle through because so many drivers regard the cycle lane as a parking spot – meaning you have to pull out into traffic to avoid their parked cars. Delightful that the clampers have at last started to tackle that. I’ll drop off a few brownies into the clampers’ office in Harold’s Cross in the next few days.

    1. 3stella

      The bus lanes in Rathmines only operate from 7am -12pm & 4 – 7pm, 6 days a week, so cars are entitled to park in the bus lanes outside those hours, don’t let that get in the way of your future rip roaring bun yarn

      1. Rob_G

        Well, obviously Michali’s 3 minutes were within one of the time that they were operating…

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I cycle home via Harold’s Cross to avoid Rathmines. It scares the bejesus out of me.

      1. 3stella

        Is Harold’s Cross not more dangerous with all the road lane changing messing around the bridge area? It’s usually mayhem for everyone.. try go through the cottages at HC bridge out on to Leinster road. It only residential very light traffic that way, much quicker and safer on a push bike.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          You mean coming from the hospice up to and over the bridge? I don’t mind that bit, actually, though now you say it, it isn’t great.
          I didn’t know you could go via the cottages up to Leinster Road. I’ll have to look that up. Thanks!

  7. Serv

    An empty bus stop!

    You get that bus stops aren’t bus parking bays?

    Busses occassionally stop to collect/deposit passengers. Not to park for a few hours.

    If the spotted pig is giving free stuff to idiots, i don’t give it long.

  8. Sheik Yahbouti

    Michali, it is heartening to hear of this random act of kindness, and thanks for sharing it.

  9. Murtles

    Should’ve put on the winkers. Once you have the winkers on, it’s a known fact you can park anywhere, no questions asked, for 6.37 minutes aka “just popped in for a minute”.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      A pregnant woman usually helps as well. Or just a simple stethoscope strewn on the front seat.

  10. Riz

    This “random act of kindness” makes me vomit. Here’s a brownie and a hug for parking in a bus lane. Jesus wept.

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