Ansung Hero of Supermarket Parking spent 6 years parking everywhere

Every time you feel like your life is a hobby or obsession, Gareth Wilde wants to tell you a story. Six years ago, while loading groceries in his car outside of Sainsbury’s in Bromley, he wondered what it would be like to be able to park every place. That is, what if he invested time and effort to complete this challenge, instead of hunting for empty spaces?

When he gets home, he says KentOnline, He looked at the aerial map of the parking lot and removed the seats reserved for the disabled and motorcycles, but he counted 211 bays, including those reserved for families. He thought that in a span of four weeks, he could complete this task in just one week’s grocery flow.

Six years later (thanks to 2020 for that), Wilde proudly announced on Twitter earlier this week that he had finished his mission. In the meantime he has gone through three cars and several shopping trips with impatient children, their father shouting that they are waiting too long to open a particular bay.

Wild’s challenge, or what he calls “Opus,” is far more interesting than the dedication he showed in pursuing it. He approached it practically, mapping out spreadsheets and a map of all the bays available, clearing the units with each visit. For those bays that knew the demand was high, he rarely saw it open, and he had to arrange special, late-hour runs.

Wild works in filmmaking and production, so even though he is now hailed as an unsuccessful hero in supermarket parking, he knows how insane and stupid his work is. “I enjoy the little things in life.” He says it is self-contradictory. “I wanted to go into it because it’s important to be complete when you do this.”

He is perfect. To fellow Daredevils who want to reflect on his challenge in the same supermarket, he presents his maps and patterns on social media. You can find it in the gallery above.

Sophia Harrison

Part time worker

I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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