Previously, Carey posted a photograph of a Geek Squad car on a sidewalk as if it were some sort of problem. We have informed Carey that this is in fact a Best Buy sidewalk, and it’s done to promote Geek Squad services inside the store. This has been so noted this on the original post, and we’ve encouraged him to get out into the countryside more often. The Consumerist regrets the error.


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  1. maztec says:

    Error? ERROR?

    Vehicles, clapboards, and any number of other items in the middle of sidewalks are not only dangerous to normal bipedal pedestrians (forcing you to walk out into the road or tripping you if you are not paying attention), they are a NIGHTMARE to the disabled. Blind people get misdirected into streets and traffic, emergency workers have to go around (or through) them, and people in wheelchairs have to hop a curb if it is blocking a curb cut or passage along the sidewalk.

    If anything needs redacted, your redaction/correction should. You had it right the first time. Even if it is promotional, they have no genuinely reasonable purpose putting a car in the middle of a sidewalk, even if it is their own. It is flat-out unsafe and sending a poor message (even if promotional).

  2. RvLeshrac says:

    Err… given that it belongs to them, they can do what they want with it. People are free to criticize, but a public article should at the least make note of the fact that the area is private property.

  3. odoketa says:

    Private property, yes. But it’s probably also something they were required to build when the store went in. Sidewalks are one of those ‘anachronisms’ that still exist because there are still a (very few) walkers. Stores that block the sidewalks with their crap should be boycotted at least, and fined if at all possible (write your city council).

  4. mbrutsch says:

    BS, Ben. Let’s start with the sloped sidewalk where the car is parked. You don’t suppose that slope is there, in part, to provide equal access to handicapped shoppers, do you? Or that parking a car on it might deprive them of that Federally-mandated access? It’s OK to ignore the ADA on “private property”, right? And the fire lane. Fire safety laws and regulations apply equally to private property, and fire lanes are required by law for the safety of the patrons inside. Consumerists’ obsequious acceptance of Best Buy’s excuse is just as unconscionable as allowing a sweatshop owner to padlock his fire doors because “it’s private property”. Gawker counsel out on vacation this week?

  5. Indecision says:

    @mbrutsch: “You don’t suppose that slope is there, in part, to provide equal access to handicapped shoppers, do you?”

    You can plainly see in the picture that the ramp is more than wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair even with the car there. Furthermore, it’s very likely that the car is not in front of the entrance to the store, for several reasons. One, the ramp it’s on is ribbed for vehicle traction, meaning it’s more likely in front of their car audio installation garage. Second, the photo has been cleverly cropped to conceal whatever the car is in front of, probably to make it more sensationalist. Finally, not even Best Buy is stupid enough to block the entrance to their store, even a little bit.

    Cut the hyperbole; we don’t need it. You’re being just as ridiculous as you claim Ben is. You actually compared the location of this car to a sweatshop owner padlocking the fire doors? Seriously?

  6. girly says:

    I didn’t know I could park on my sidewalk.


  7. bambino says:

    @Indecision: You’ve obviously never been in a wheelchair.

  8. cde says:

    Disappearing comments much? -_-

  9. Indecision says:

    @bambino: “You’ve obviously never been in a wheelchair.”

    Actually, I have. Granted only for a weekend, but I have. Elevators were the worst part, and I had the need to use one constantly, so it was a real PITA. This ramp looks perfectly navigable. But I also say it doesn’t look like a wheelchair ramp. It looks like the ramp in front of their car audio install bay.

  10. @Indecision: So it’s ok to block ramps as long as it’s not the ramp at the entrance? What if the person in the wheelchair is far from the entrance? It’s ok for them to be in the stree until they can get to the ramp right in front of the door?

  11. pestie says:

    I’m not even sure that blind people exist. I’ve never met one, and nobody I know has ever met one. I think they’re mythical creatures not unlike unicorns or black Republicans. Anyway, if they really do exist, why can’t they just use echolocation or something?

  12. Indecision says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: “So it’s ok to block ramps…”

    Reading Comprehension 101, kiddies. Pay attention.

    I said: “You can plainly see in the picture that the ramp is more than wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair even with the car there.”

    I also said: “This ramp looks perfectly navigable.”

    Therefore, you have no room to accuse me of saying it’s OK to block ramps. What lesson have we learned? That’s right, read the entire comment first, then reply.

  13. darious says:


    Let it go Inde… there’s a quote I like that pretty much describes every bbs/usenet/forum/comment argument I’ve ever seen.

    “Faced with the choice of changing one’s mind or proving that there is no need to do so, most of us get busy on the proof”
    – John Kenneth Galbraith

  14. cde says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: What if the one at the entrance is the only ramp?

    Normally, handicap people park near the entrence. And arn’t retarded or super-victims. Give them some credit.