Someone stakes their claim on precious parking in this cramped alleyway by repurposing a wounded chair and a defunct broom. Whose space is this to control – the residents of the building? The first person to put down this type of space-saver? What does it say about a place when a sign is inadequate for reserving one’s space?
In a city without tow-trucks or car-boots, staking this sort of physical claim on one’s space is the only dependable option. By someone other than the owner of this chair-broom space reserver moving it, it could count as violating a double-taboo: the physical handling of an object that is not their’s to handle, as well as the occupation of a space that is not their’s to occupy.