French bumper stickers target those who park badly

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By Adrian Lancashire
French bumper stickers target those who park badly

A confessional style bumper sticker has been catching on in French cities Marseille and Paris, reading “I really parked like shit!”

This item in five bright colours available online in packs of 10, 20, 50 or 100 (for 5 euros up to 25 euros) is known by the acronym ‘GCUM’.

This stands for the French “[Je suis] Garé Comme Une Merde!” (See, it can be fun to learn other languages.)

The ‘original’ model dimensions are 15 cm x 5 cm. But if you’re really motivated you can get it in XXL, which is 29.5 cm x 10 cm.

Not to be elitist, the company selling this ‘therapeutic’ glue-badge (not quite vandalistic, although some stickers are really hard to remove, and it’s not easy to drive with one well-placed on a car windscreen) includes other languages in its product range.

Yes, you can get GCUM in Espagnol, Italiano and Deutsch. Polyglots out there will perhaps be familiar with: “Estoy aparcado como el culo!” or “Parcheggiato Come un cazzo!” or “Ich bin geparkt wie ein Blödsack” (there’s no exclamation mark on the German one, go figure).

Okay, yes, it is available in English; the top line in this article (it’s not an advert, I’m not getting a kickback, full disclosure is I haven’t tried these things so I don’t know just how sticky they are, but I hope they deliver) is a translation of the French, only grammatically adjusted.

The online store offers what it lists as an American version: “I think I just parked like shit!” And other rude stuff if you like French.

So perhaps Euronews readers might like to ring in the new year with a vengeance. Find someone parked blocking everyone’s way, say on a pedestrian crossing or across an entrance? You’ll know what to do. In France they say, “Liberté, égalité, fraternité.”

See? More French already.

Here’s a link to the Revendic’Art boutique.