A Automotive and Pc Assist Shopper Full Wacky Parking Undertaking

Everyone needs a project. Gareth Wild has parked his Skoda Octavia in every space in his local supermarket. And six years after it started, it's finally finished.

The 39-year-old Brit took on the unusual challenge of making his weekly supermarket visits less mundane.

He, too, took the efforts seriously and used the possibilities of Google Maps and spreadsheets to plan a strategy with which he could address all 211 parking spaces as efficiently as possible.

In a series of tweets this week, Wild revealed details of his formidable performance, which he called his magnum opus.

For the past six years, I've kept a table listing all of the parking spaces that I used at the local supermarket to park in all of the parking lots. This week I finished my Magnum Opus! One thread.

– Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021

The London-based company director said that after a few years in the same supermarket in 2015, he was thinking “how many of the different parking spaces I had parked and how long it would take to park them all. “The park project was born.

Wild first hit Google Maps to get a satellite image of the entire parking lot. He then converted it to a diagram to get a clearer view of all the rooms.

The orange boxes in the parking lot are trolley bays, the black area is an irregularly shaped patch that is too small for a car and therefore void, and then there are a number of family, disabled and motorcycle bays. pic.twitter.com/EWJE2xOCYo

– Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021

"I don't own a motorcycle and am not disabled, but I have kids so I can lawfully use the family rooms," said Wild, adding that this meant a total of 211 spaces to park in. or "conquer" as he put it.

He also found a way to make it easy for him to keep track of which space he was parked in so he could quickly update his table when he got home.

To make it easier for me to identify the parking space, I assigned a letter to each block and field numbers in each block, which I would write down on my phone and then add to my fantastic spreadsheet. pic.twitter.com/y785tdxhhw

– Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021

The spreadsheet was, of course, an important part of the project, and Wild proudly posted the completed file on Twitter this week.

The table has been blinded a little more to spice it up for the presentation, but that's it, that's 6 years of monotony. pic.twitter.com/kjCpMXeKo6

– Gareth Wild (@GarethWild) April 27, 2021

A weekly shop (with a few extra visits here and there) had led Wild to believe he could likely complete the challenge within four years, but his forgivable failure to account for a global pandemic resulted in it being considerably longer took.

And the project also produced some emotional moments. When asked on Twitter, Wild replied, "It was the same joy to get all of Area B that I had when I gave birth to my firstborn."

As an act of public service, the park guru even took the time to create a special map for the store's parking lot, marking the best and worst spots for future visitors.

It's not clear what kind of challenge Wild will take on next, despite mentioning that he is currently eyeing the parking lot of another supermarket that has just opened near his home.

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