Failure to plan

I am having a whole lot of trouble coming up with any sympathy for this guy:

The protagonist in this story, Todd Anderson, wants to help the environment, so he bought a 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Not a bad choice — decent electric range for around-town jaunts and a gas generator for out-of-town trips. Another bonus: $12,500 provided by Ontario taxpayers to help him foot the bill. The problem is, he has nowhere to charge it, and this is the city’s fault.

Anderson says he has to run an extension cord to his outdoor parking spot (kitty corner to his home) in order to juice up the Volt. He has installed a recharging station on his front lawn, but the street in front of his house is a no parking zone. If he parks there (and he does), Anderson has to run a cord across the sidewalk, potentially tripping people, while parking tickets collect under his wiper blades.

Some might say that he could have avoided the situation by not purchasing a vehicle that requires a driveway. Or, he could wait until his living accommodations allow him to easily use such a vehicle. Anderson doesn’t see it that way. The city, he says, should make it possible for residents to charge their cars on the street.

“I don’t think someone who drives a gas car would put up with not being able to use a gas station on a daily basis,” he told the Toronto Star.

You’d think he might have been aware of these things before he bought the vehicle.



  1. Mark Eudy »

    3 September 2016 · 8:29 pm

    Cry me a river you pitiful hippy

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 September 2016 · 8:29 pm

    Well, normal people would think he should have planned. People with a giant sense of entitlement (the fellow in question) figure, “Hey, it’s my due that I get this thing I want, so everyone better get crackin'” The kind of person who thinks they can change a light bulb by holding one up and expecting the universe to revolve around them.

    Also, I don’t think I’ve ever used a gas station on a daily basis. Weekly, maybe.

  3. Roger Green »

    5 September 2016 · 8:48 am

    Extension cord, maybe?

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