Here in Bristol the legitimate parking spaces are all used up by residents and commuters, and the not-so-good spaces -corners, pavements- by residents. What if you only have a short amount of time to stay, and want to park near the shops. Well, that's what zebra crossing are for. Based on the assumption that if you parked there all day you'd get a ticket, Bristolians only park there for short amounts of time. Here's a volvo occupying the crossing approach where Cotham Hill abuts Whiteladies Road.
To show you are short staying its good to leave your hazards on, or, as in this case, leave someone in the passenger seat.