I haven't owned a car in years, so I'm pretty oblivious to the scarcity of parking in San Francisco. However, I guess parking in the Mission is quickly turning into a big pain in the ass: Willie Brown bitches about it, SFMTA says that 30% of cars driving on SF's roads are actively looking for parking, and I've been seeing more people holding spots than I have in years past. Then there was this scene the other night, which actually required some third party peace negotiators to mediate the parking fight.
In short, the girl holding something like 5 handbags and wearing bright white shoes was standing in a spot outside of Beauty Bar, holding it for her friend. The driver of the Aztec showed up and began to park his car as if the girl wasn't there. The girl, generally indifferent, looked up from her iPhone as his bumper inched closer to her to yell “I'm standing here!,” and then went back to thumbing her cell. The driver lowered his window, yelled back “I'm parking here!,” and the back and forth went on from there. Eventually a delegation of space savies experts rolled up from the sidewalk and convinced the guy to move along, asserting that it was her space because she was standing in it. However, it took a few minutes of the guy protesting about “how hard it is to park around here.”
Glad I learned how to ride a bike.