Can you call 'dibs' on a parking spot you shoveled?
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Can you call 'dibs' on a parking spot you shoveled?

#DeathToDibs
#ShovelersGetDibs
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"Dibs," the winter practice of saving a parking spot you shoveled out with chairs or other household items, is often called the Chicago Way. But if you want to see Chicagoans go bonkers, just ask them what they think of dibs. Opponents say the streets belong to everyone: you don't own a spot because you shoveled it out. But pro-dibs peeps say they did all the work to clear the spot, so it's theirs now—and if you park in it, you're asking for a broken window. Are you pro- or anti-dibs? 🌨🚗

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#DeathToDibs
38.7%
#ShovelersGetDibs
61.3%

Many people are sick to death of dibs (there's actually a Chicago dibs Tumblr where you can share pictures of dibs violations on your street). Dibs fills the streets with ugly plastic furniture, and more often than not the owners leave the chairs in the street until spring. Plus, the veiled threat of dibs really sucks—you know if you move someone's dibs markers and park in that spot, you'll probably get your tires slashed. How neighborly is that?

But pro-dibs peeps say the person who does the hard work of shoveling out a spot gets that spot. "Respect a person's hard work; respect the Chicago tradition," said one commentator. And there can be mitigating factors: what if you don't have four-wheel-drive? Chicago snowstorms are no joke, and having to park on city streets could mean getting stuck for days.

City streets are public property. Critics say you don't get to just mark off a section, scream "MINE" and then threaten to vandalize the car of anyone who parks there.

Other support the system as long as it's not abused.

Many Chicagoans say if you spend an inordinate amount of time shoveling in the freezing cold, you deserve to reap the rewards of your efforts.

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