My aggressive neighbor kept stealing my parking spot. I eventually got my revenge, but now people think I’m wrong.
A woman has revealed how she got revenge on her neighbor, who kept leaving aggressive notes on her car during a three-year parking line.
The anonymous woman, believed to be from the US, posted on Reddit ‘Am I The A*****?’ forum earlier this week to ask if she had been wrong to get back at a difficult neighbor.
Shortly after moving into their new building nearly three years ago, she and her partner discovered that their assigned parking space was too small for their car.
She explained: ‘Our bay wall had a protruding pillar at the front so it could only go in at an angle and could never come out straight as it would hit the pillar.
“If there was a car next to the bay, it couldn’t get out at all and vice versa.”
The woman explained how her parking spot was never big enough to fit her car, leading to an awkward fight with her neighbor.
“We knew that if someone was in the bay next to ours, we should park somewhere else and use our bay when there was room to fit.”
A few months ago, the woman said her neighbor, whom she gave the assumed name of Patrick, demanded they stop using her driveway because the angle of their car was affecting her ability to park.
After his ‘aggressive’ notes failed to intimidate the couple, he proceeded to start parking in their spot as well.
She continued: “Instead of parking elsewhere like we would when he visits, he proceeded to park 1/3 in the bay, deliberately blocking us from leaving our house.”
After a while, she opted to pay for another parking lot to avoid confrontation with him.
But recently, you bought a new car and decided to start parking in your spot again.
She wrote: ‘Of course I was immediately blocked.
“At one point I had to crawl through the trunk, disengage the parking brake and physically pull the car out of the bay. Enough!’
The anonymous woman’s Reddit forum post describing her parking dilemma
Determined not to be intimidated by him any longer, the woman decided to give him a taste of his own medicine.
She added: “I parked right in the middle of our two bays and completely blocked off the area.”
Unsurprisingly, she found more aggressive notes from him when she got back to her car.
She said: ‘I had notes from him telling me that ‘on behalf of all the residents’ (it wasn’t) I need to park somewhere else/move (so they can block me).
“It was an attempt to blame 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 the residents from moving.”
Following this, she felt she had no choice but to contact her building management team, who have now introduced a first-come-first-serve policy.
As a result, she now feels like people are blaming her for her parking even though they don’t know the pain it has caused her.
Many posters said you should have worked this out with your management company years ago and not let it escalate.
Other forum members were quick to weigh in on the woman’s dilemma. Although many agreed that the neighbor was wrong, most argued that she should have fixed it sooner.
One said, ‘You should have taken this problem right away to your building manager years ago. Especially when it escalated until you got blocked, which becomes a security issue.
Another noted, “Park in your spot and only in your spot and call building management if someone else is in your spot.”
Meanwhile, a third said: ‘Your building is causing you and everyone else conflict unnecessarily for all these years. The right person to yell at is your building management.