NESHANNOCK (KDKA) — A dispute over a parking space got out of hand in Lawrence County.
Nancy Bartsch, 74, of Neshannock Township, says that all she wanted last Friday morning was to pick up a loaf of bread and some dog food at the Giant Eagle on Wilmington Road.
Nancy was waiting for a shopper to close the car door so she could pull into the adjacent spot when someone cut her off, taking the space.
“This girl pulls in there and I put my window down and I said, ‘Thank you’ and she gave me the finger.”
Nancy, who’d just finished a nine-hour shift as a private duty nurse, found another space, but says the 23-year-old woman who’d swiped her spot made a second rude gesture at her walking to the store and kept eye-balling her once inside.
“I never saw this girl in my life and why’s she being so mean to me, you know?”
Returning to the parking lot, Nancy put her groceries in her car and noticed the young woman talking on a cell phone in her truck.
“And I thought, ‘I’ve got to find out what’s wrong with this person that she’s doing this to me, why she’s intimidating me.’”
Admitting that she’s naive, Nancy attempted to speak with the woman, but says the driver’s door was pushed into her. At that point, Nancy says she was frightened as she was being followed back to her car. She got in and left.
The 23-year-old, from Volant, complained to police that her truck was keyed.
“Well, she juked her door open and as she juked her door open I had my keys in my hand and I scraped her car,” Nancy explained.
Police were also told that Nancy backed up into the other woman.
“She was trying to get a license plate number to turn it into the police,” Officer Anthony Nativio of the Neshannock Township Police Department, said. “She didn’t appear to be hurt.”
Police are taking a very close look at the store surveillance video to figure out exactly what did happen. In the meantime, Nancy Bartsch is charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.