I live in a large apartment complex with many amenities, but the tenant parking has always been an issue. Each apartment is assigned one space for the tenant, and none of them are ever near the apartment building a tenant is renting. Many of us have suggested management should change their method of assigning spaces, but they always seem to have a reason to leave things the same. This has caused a great deal of space trading between tenants, but it has also resulted in vehicles being towed.

The other night, I came home from work in a bad mood. A man I didn’t know approached me, and I smiled as I realized he literally had his hat in his hand. Astonished, he asked me what was so funny. When I pointed out the cliché, he smiled and admitted he had a favor to ask. It seemed that his parking space was right in front of my building, but he lived on the other side of the complex.

The day had been a frustrating one, and I didn’t want to deal with a parking issue that might get my car towed. I tried to put him off, but he said he had a manager waiting for my signature to trade spaces. Somehow, I knew he would be back again tomorrow. I thought how nice it would be to have a shorter walk, so off we went to the office.

It turns out the towing problem is largely because they forget to update the records. He had cornered one manager, and she agreed to do all the paperwork at once to avoid any issues. When I arrived home the next night, a large rose bush was waiting on my doorstep with a note of thanks for my cooperation in trading parking spaces.