Shameless parent caught blocking drive tells police ‘don’t you know who I am?’

A shameless parent told police “don’t you know who I am?” after they were told to stop blocking a driveway during the school run.

It was one of several responses that stunned police in South Derbyshire after officers had been called to speak to selfish drivers who have been parking inappropriately near a primary school.

One told them: “I’ve been coming here for years blocking that pavement” and another said: “I’ve driven a long way today and I don’t have time for this”, reports StaffordshireLive.

The Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team, who were called to the school on March 10 following numerous complaints about bad parking, said the “excuses came thick and fast” and many of the responses were “bizarre”.

All of the drivers were told to stop blocking driveways, pavements and footpaths when they are picking up and dropping off their children at school.

In a statement, police said: “We occasionally get reports of a different nature and sometimes this involves people behaving in a selfish manner, acting without care or consideration for others.

“After receiving intelligence about inappropriate and unseemly parking on Goathland Road, near Stenson Fields Primary School, your local safer neighbourhood team undertook visible patrols in the area this morning.

“Officer Bob spoke to parents and guardians who were dropping off their children, and he was surprised to be given bizarre reasons of why drivers thought it was appropriate to block people’s driveways, as well as causing obstructions to public footpaths.

“Ranging from the ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ to ‘I’ve been coming here for years blocking that pavement’ to ‘I’ve driven a long way today and I don’t have time for this’, the excuses came thick and fast.

“Despite this misplaced mitigation, all drivers were given very clear words of advice and told to desist from such thoughtless activity.”

The primary school has been urging parents to be sensible and considerate when parking up for the school run.

In a Facebook post written in September, the school said: “The only way to keep our community safe outside the school gates is if people park considerately.

“We can’t open the back gate at the moment due to social distancing so we have to make this work. The only ones who can resolve this is you.”