Vehiculo Abandonado

30 Jan

There’s a man on my street who lives in his car.  He’s a nice guy, always drunk but never rowdy, seems to stay out of trouble and makes a few pesos by helping people park their cars and guarding them for a few hours.  On my old street, a few blocks away, there’s another guy who lives in his car.  He even has three dogs tied up outside his “house.”  They would always try to attack me if I walked past them late at night.

These guys don’t seem to cause any harm, yet I have often wondered how they get away with it.  I mean, if everybody lived in their cars then there wouldn’t be any parking spaces, right?  Well this morning, somebody very official seemed to be trying to do something about the issue.  I saw him putting a giant sticker on the car that says: “Vehiculo Abandonado,” or “Abandoned Car.”  Yet the ironic thing is that the car is very obviously not abandoned.  The guy even puts flowers out!  How would you feel if somebody put a big sticker on your house saying it was abandoned?



Mexicans have a habit of putting stickers on storefronts and businesses informing them they’ve been shut down (Clausurado).  I’ve also seen giant posters hung on abandoned buildings that have been taken over by people desperate for a place to live.  This sticker seems to be more of the same, yet for some reason I doubt it will lead to any more action then the guy scraping it off and going about his day.  Putting up stickers rarely changes anything, especially in this country.


2 Responses to “Vehiculo Abandonado”

  1. Raul February 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Probablemente la estampa es para que recogan el carro… jejeje… la foto está genial, jaja, la flor!… oye, porque no lo haces un artículo en español y lo metemos al 8ochenta este jueves?

  2. Skywalkr February 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Ola, what’s up amigos? 🙂
    In first steps it’s very good if someone supports you, so hope to meet friendly and helpful people here. Let me know if I can help you.
    Thanks in advance and good luck! 🙂

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