A woman recently asked for advice about how to handle a difficult neighbor. The neighbor was greedy with parking spots, but was the woman right to deny him help when he needed it most? Here’s what she had to say:
The Drama Took Place In Sunny Florida
“Before I go into this, I’ll admit that it’s petty. I have nothing to gain, but he has a lot to lose. I live in a beautiful, somewhat upscale townhome in Florida. Each townhome has two vertical parking spaces in front of their unit. There are two visitor parking spots that run horizontally behind them.”
There Were More Cars Than Private Spaces
The woman’s household owned three cars in total. Her neighbor owned two cars. This meant that the three-car household didn’t have room in their private spots for all of their vehicles. However, they came up with the perfect solution.
They Wanted To Use The Visitor Spots
He explained that the plan was to fit two cars in the private spots and then have one in one of the visitor spots. Since there were two visitor spots for two houses, it seemed reasonable that each house was entitled to one visitor spot. But not everybody agreed.
The Neighbors Were Trouble
“Now… my neighbor and his wife NEVER park in their assigned parking spots and ALWAYS park in the visitor spots. I saw him outside a couple of months ago and told him that our home has three cars and asked if we can use one of his spots to park since he and his wife park in the visitor spots.”
The Offer Was Rejected
The neighbor wasn’t having it. He condescendingly declined to let anyone else use his private spot, even though he always parked elsewhere. According to him, the guest spots weren’t assigned, so there was nothing to stop him from parking there. It was a stalemate.
They Tried To Find An Alternate Solution
Once it became clear that the neighbor wasn’t going to cut them any slack, the woman and her household tried a different approach. If the visitor spots were full, they would park on the street nearby. If the spots were empty, they would race to get into them before the neighbor could.
Revenge Can Be Sweet
The neighbor’s car was side-swiped by another vehicle. The funny thing was that the car had been parked in the visitor spot at the time. It was a very expensive car, and it would take a substantial insurance payout to put things right.
The Neighbor Asked For Evidence
The neighbor knew that she had a security system that was always recording what went on in the street. The footage would show who had damaged the expensive car. However, she refused to hand the footage over.
She Knew That She Was Being Petty
She knew that, without the footage, her neighbor wouldn’t be able to claim his insurance. Although he had identified the person responsible, he had no concrete proof. The footage was the only evidence. He begged her to hand it over.
Did She Go Too Far?
She admitted that her sister thought she was being cruel and should hand over the footage. However, her husband disagreed. He said that they should make the neighbor squirm for a few days before handing over the footage. He also suggested trading the footage for permanent use of the spot. But she wasn’t sure what to do.
People Made Themselves Heard
One person thought that everyone was at fault. They said, “You’re both being petty, and you should give him the footage if he agrees to let you use one of his spots or agrees to park in his own spots and stop taking up the visitor spots.”
However, another person supported the woman: “You have no obligation to provide it. I’d tell him that maybe if he had been a nicer neighbor, you’d return it in kind.”
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