My neighbor kept stealing my parking spot – I retaliated, but now people think I’m wrong

My aggressive neighbor kept stealing my parking space – I eventually retaliated, but now people think I’m wrong

A woman has revealed how she took revenge on her neighbor who left increasingly aggressive notes on her car during a three-year parking queue.

The anonymous woman, believed to be from the US, posted on Reddit’s ‘Am I The A******?’ forum earlier this week to ask if she had been wrong to get her own back on a difficult neighbor.

Shortly after moving into her new building nearly three years ago, she and her partner discovered that their assigned parking space was much too small for their car.

She explained, “The wall of our bay window had a protruding pillar at the front, so you could only get in at an angle and could never drive straight out because you would hit the pillar.

“If there was a car parked next to the bay, you wouldn’t be able to drive out at all and vice versa.”

The woman explained that her parking lot was never big enough for her car, which led to an awkward argument with her neighbor

“We knew that if someone was in the cove next to ours, we just had to park elsewhere and use our cove if there was room to fit in.”

A few months ago, the woman said their neighbor – whom she had given the false name Patrick – demanded they stop using their parking space because the angle of their car affected his ability to park.

After his “aggressive” notes failed to intimidate the pair, he also began parking across from their spot.

She continued: “Instead of parking elsewhere as we would when he was visiting, he parked 1/3 into the bay, deliberately blocking us and preventing us from leaving our home.”

After a while, she chose to pay for other parking spaces to avoid confronting him.

But recently she bought a new car and decided to start parking in her spot again.

She wrote, “Of course I was immediately blocked.

“At one point I had to crawl through my trunk, take my handbrake off and physically pull the car out of the bay. Enough!’

The anonymous woman's post on the Reddit forum describing her parking dilemma

The anonymous woman’s post on the Reddit forum describing her parking dilemma

Determined to stop being bullied by him, the woman decided to let him taste his own medicine.

She added: “I parked right in the middle of our two bays and completely blocked it from the area.”

Unsurprisingly, she found more aggressive notes from him when she returned to her car.

She said: ‘I had notes from him where he told me that “on behalf of all residents” (it wasn’t) I had to park/move elsewhere (so I can be blocked).

“It was an attempt to put the blame on me in front of the other cars as an excuse for what he did later – he had parked horizontally in front of my car, preventing all occupants from moving.”

After this, she felt she had no choice but to contact her building’s management team – who have now implemented a first come, first served policy.

As a result, she now feels like people are blaming her for his parking, even though they don’t know how much grief she’s gotten.

Many posters said she should have settled this with her management company years ago and not let it escalate

Many posters said she should have settled this with her management company years ago and not let it escalate

Other members of the forum were quick to address the woman’s dilemma. While many agreed that the neighbor was wrong, the majority felt she should have handled it sooner.

One of them said, “You should have brought this problem straight to your building manager years ago. Especially when it escalated to you being blocked, which becomes a security issue.”

Another pointed out, “Park in your spot and only your spot and contact building management if anyone else is in your spot.”

Meanwhile, a third said, “Your building has brought you and everyone else into unnecessary conflict all these years.” The right person to yell at is your building management.”


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