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Photos: New Instagram Account Shames Terrible Parkers

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Sometimes, you see a parking job so bad that you just want to show someone. Now, there's a new Instagram account where you can do just that.

Makeup artist Andria Farrell moved to Los Angeles six years ago and said that from the second she arrived, she was "immediately frustrated and dumbfounded by the ridiculous and unnecessary parking blunders I would encounter."

Things only got worse when she moved into an apartment with street parking only, and plenty of curbs painted red. Every night, she'd circle around looking for a spot and would often have to get up early to move her car due to street cleaning or metered parking. As many of us can attest, seeing someone who hasn't pulled up far enough to allow a second car or someone in multiple spots can occasionally inspire rage—especially if you're tired after a long day at work.

"I was so fed up with how rudely people would park," she said. "There's really only so many times that you can sit in your car and cry from exhaustion, so I figured if I can't beat them, shame them!"

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Hence, @parkingspotshaming was born. While many of Farrell's submissions are from Los Angeles and Orange County, she'll accept and post a bad enough parking job from anywhere. You can submit your finds to parkingspotshaming@gmail.com or by sending a DM to their Instagram or Twitter.

"I think we all secretly hope someone will see their own car and be embarrassed enough to stop parking like a jerk!" Farrell said.

Related: 13 Of Los Angeles' Most Ridiculous Parking Signs