The world is full of people who misplace their aggression. It's not the oil companies and the markets and the supply/production problems and the sabre rattling... it's that Prius going 50+ miles on the same gallon of gas I burned backing out of the driveway this morning! Skerrr-attch! As the price of gas goes up, the frustration level of people who drive inefficient, oversized, gluttonous vehicles goes up with it. In 2008, they were even beating up gas station attendants, as if the minimum wage kid behind the counter sets the price. So I'd like to touch on a couple of minor things to consider when parking your Prius. Generally speaking, I never park in the full half of the lot. It's so much easier to park in the empty half and walk an extra few yards. I don't have to 'search' for empty spots, or wait for people to pull out. I don't have to wait for people who are waiting for other people, who are in turn waiting for yet other people, to get into a space. I just pick a spot and pull right into it. When it's time to go again, I pull right out, because there's almost never anyone in the way of that, either. Want shade? Want light? Want a cart corral? Want a security camera? A straight shot at the exit? Get just the spot you want, and get a little exercise, too. Near the door is the worst possible place to park. Parking where most people are already walking and driving around, with keys and rings and grocery carts and swinging bags of crap and kids and whatnot, scratches and door dings will 'accidentally' happen with FAR greater frequency. If people have to walk out of their way to vandalize or 'accidentally' damage your Prius, they mostly won't. If your shiny little car is right there, and their oversized SUV or pickup is blocking the view of everyone else... temptation beckons. 'Oops', that door swung a little wider than I thought... three times. Out there in the open, where there is no cover, it will make it a little more secure against many other kinds of threats, too. The price of Prius cars goes up substantially when the price of gas goes up, too. Just something to think about, and it's unfortunate we do have to consider it. But 'Prius Hate' is alive and well, and will only get hotter this summer, as gas gets higher.