Signs of Stupidity

It’s 8:30 AM, people are just getting to work. The parking lot fills from left (near the building) to the right. There are multiple lots with several rows of opposing-car spaces each. Quick, what is SERIOUSLY wrong here?

[Hint: 4 of these 5 people are complete morons]

Why would you NOT pull through to the space in front of the car to make it easier when you leave so you can pull straight out???

1) It helps your car. Why park facing in when it just means you have to shift unnecessarily into reverse before selecting drive. That extra shift is useless wear and tear. If you do this every day, you double the shifts on your transmission. That cuts in half the life of your transmission’s shift-life estimate. 

2) It saves gas. Ok even if you don’t care about the environment and burning fossil fuels you must care about money. Moving a car in one direction, stopping, and then moving in the other is a spectacular waste of kinetic energy. Unless you are the Flinstones, the only way you make that energy is by burning gas. 

3) It saves time. Shifting into reverse. Turning your head and body around. Checking both directions. Moving. Stopping. Shifting into drive. Looking around. Moving. That just wastes time. Probably 20 seconds. Is that a lot?  No but it is free time. 

I am so sick of waste. The notion that “I can’t be bothered” is a metaphor for American entitlement and laziness that will kill this country.  If I am a third would country looking to tackle the world leader, I’m fixing all this little stuff.  Execute flawlessly.  We are flawed. 

If this kind of crap throughout the day wastes 25 bps or one quarter of one percent of total economic output, on US GDP which is right about $20 trillion…that means we waste $50 billion dollars a year. Imagine that kind of macroeconomic savings from doing nothing but reflecting the fact that you are human and are supposed to be intelligent. 

This shit makes me insane. Don’t Be Dumb. 


About Josh Rutstein

I am an aspiring entrepreneur and hopeful political candidate. Father of 2 very special girls, husband to an amazing woman, and passionate American. I snowboard whenever possible and follow a 20x mentality for exercise. I also play golf and ultimate frisbee and am a die hard New England Patriots fan and season ticket holder. Everyday I wake up wanting to make this country a better place, someday I hope to actually succeed.
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