West Seattle Crime Watch: Recognize (what’s left of) this car? Plus, keyed & insulted

Two quick West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

DUMPED? The photo was texted to us from 38th and Juneau, where that trashed BMW turned up about an hour and a half ago. The texter says no plate or VIN were in view. Police have been notified.


Our car was keyed (last) night near the West Seattle Health Club between 5:50 & 7:30 pm. It was parked on the right side of SW Yancy St. on the opposite side of the street from the club. To make this incident worse, this person left a printed card with the slogan “Hey… You parked like a total a–hole, stop doing that.” Hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else as it is super sad that people waste their time with acts like this.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Recognize (what's left of) this car? Plus, keyed & insulted"

  • me too June 18, 2015 (12:35 pm)

    Sometimes even small things like getting keyed can make you feel despaired when it comes to the world and people around us. I recently took 3 kids to the Admiral library and came out to the nastiest note about my parking job and how it must be “all about me.” I really couldn’t see anything wrong with my park job. I always try to be considerate. It totally affected my day and made me feel horrible. Some people are just mean. Sorry your car got keyed.

  • SomeGuy June 18, 2015 (12:43 pm)

    Yeah, tons of clowns out there. F ’em, drive on.

  • NxNW June 18, 2015 (12:45 pm)

    When I see people who a clearly parking in the wrong area in front of fire hydrants and into walks ,which I occasionally see at sw Edmonds and California sw NE corner I call it in because it not right! When I see people in my neighborhoods char hugging the corner making it impossible for big rigs or emergency vehicles to pass I call it in. The admiral branch library has seen an increase in people irresponsibly parking on the east side of street now occasionally it is due to signage that has be damaged at the entrance for freight which I have reported to metropolitan market. I fin fit unfortunate that some a – hole finds it in them to key someone’s car for not parking correctly. As we become more dense we are bound to see more people parking as they chose guess I have to accept it.

  • ChefJoe June 18, 2015 (1:30 pm)

    I don’t think keying cars is appropriate, but the city is pretty lax about ticketing for improper parking so public perception of the requirements can shift.

    Laws are – 5 ft from curb cuts, 15 ft from hydrants, 20 ft from a marked or unmarked crosswalk (basically, the corner of any intersection), and 30 ft from any traffic control signage at intersections (like stop, yield) in the appropriate direction of traffic and near wheels are 12″ or less from shoulder.

  • tj June 18, 2015 (1:47 pm)

    Wow that’s incredibly aggressive and messed up. I wonder if they live here or park in this gravel area? That is a very strange little section of street: https://goo.gl/maps/VCBPV. No curbs, so maybe some (angry) people think that whole side lot has no parking along that edge?

  • Mark June 18, 2015 (2:49 pm)

    These kind of issues could be so much worse. I worry about the times when they get caught in the act and are confronted. People don’t realize how badly these kind of “small” things like a note can be when the owner catches them.

  • G June 18, 2015 (3:09 pm)

    Takes a lot of effort and vindictiveness to leave a nasty note on a car. People carry around a lot of anger here, sadly.

  • Rob June 18, 2015 (3:26 pm)

    Ask the cops to get some prints off that note and find the guy.

    Do it.

  • Laeti June 18, 2015 (3:54 pm)

    I have to agree, some people are just so angry it’s crazy!!
    The other day, the guy in the car in front of me threw garbage out of his window, on the street. I honked, and the guy started insulting me, blocked the street for 5 min, and making threatening gestures.
    I had to lock my doors, my two toddlers were in the back seat, and I though the guy was going to get physical!
    We need more cops cruising around :(

  • WS Hipster June 18, 2015 (5:27 pm)

    Keying cars and leaving anonymous notes, classic Seattle passive-aggressive behavior.


    Laeti, best thing to do is use your cell phone to document the AWM’s abnormal behavior, and try to get a license plate #. Great evidence for the police.

  • carol hert June 18, 2015 (5:33 pm)

    Sigh, I actually once got a printed message telling me I should get the How to Park for Dummies guide. It stunned me that someone had a stock of preprinted nastygrams to hand out.

  • The King June 18, 2015 (5:34 pm)

    Sorry the car got keyed but having a car stolen is worse. Whoever the owner of the BMW is must be sick. I’ve had two cars stolen, the second was found in the Rainier area stripped and there were footprints all over the hood and roof where people amused themselves by smashing it in. At least you can get the keyed section fixed, I wouldn’t bother since a lot of folks don’t respect other peoples’ property anymore.

  • WSince86 June 18, 2015 (6:03 pm)

    Perhaps everyone needs to reread ChefJoes post and memorize it! Those are the laws! I cannot tell you how many times I have been to the library, tried to pull out of the driveway of my business on California, tried to pull into businesses on California and elsewhere where people are parked two inches from the driveways! It’s the law ! Let’s all abide by it and these situations can be avoided. Last week there was a women parking right in the middle of our very well marked driveway effectively blocking in 8 people. When I pointed out to her that this was a driveway she looked at me as if I was the one in the wrong and drove off in quite a huff! I understand parking is at a premium around here but seriously, pay attention to your surroundings. The emergency vehicle that can’t get through may be coming to save someone YOU love!

  • breaker June 18, 2015 (6:40 pm)

    I’d laugh a note off, but getting keyed is pretty messed up. Maybe they were jacked up on steroids.

  • Neighbor June 19, 2015 (6:55 am)

    A long time ago when it used to be the other health club that went bankrupt, I parked my car on SW Yancy near the SW corner in front of a house. A person came out and told me not to park there, that it was their space. It was a very hostile interaction. Sorry this happened to you.

  • Harper l. June 19, 2015 (9:10 am)

    I have never seen so many people be complete idiots about parking until I moved to West Seattle. Homeowners think they own the street too.

  • datamuse June 22, 2015 (10:15 am)

    You can buy those nastygrams on Amazon. Lots of parking rage out there.

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