Today I finished a lab real early and decided to head home. There's this one annoying light on a street near my college where you're not allowed to turn right on red and as I approached it the thing turned yellow. So I turned to an elementary school parking lot because they've a right hand turn on the other side that's a slight shortcut. As I pulled in I saw there were a bunch of students walking around because there was a fire alarm. I thought: Oops. I didn't realize, glanced over my shoulder, and saw there was already a car behind me so backing up was a no-go. I waited patiently for the students in my way to get to the edge of the parking lot then made sure to drive slow.
As I was going a teacher began banging on my window so I rolled it down. Basically went:
"Are you cutting through here?"
"Sorry. Didn't realize."
"There's a fire alarm that's dangerous."
"Yes I know. Sorry."
"You're not allowed to cut through here."
"Sorry. Didn't know."
"If there was a police car here you'd have a ticket."
"I'm going to give them your license plate number."
And I drove away kinda confused. Is it seriously a violation to drive through a parking lot? There are no signs that say anything about only being able to enter during certain times or stuff like that. I understand driving by while they were having a fire alarm was a dick move and made sure I was inching by slowly. Took me a lot longer than if I had just waited at the light. So I mean I understand that part is bad. But normally that place is empty asides parked cars and college kids walking cutting through on their way to class. If it is a violation to drive through the parking lot, is it still even after their school hours end?