A woman recently asked for advice about a situation involving her entitled older neighbor. Her neighbor demanded the woman move her car from its spot, but was the woman right to stand her ground? Here’s what she had to say:
She Lived In A Rooming House
“I live in a boarding house with four parking spots. Maybe 5–6 tenants have cars. As far as I know, the rule has always been first-come, first-serve. I’ve had to park a few streets away sometimes. No biggie.”
Some Parking Spots Were Bigger Than Others
The woman explained that the fourth spot was much smaller than the other three. In fact, it was hardly a parking spot at all. Very small cars could normally squeeze in there, but larger cars could not. One of the woman’s neighbors often parked her microcar in the small spot.
The Landlord Was A Lousy Parker
The woman’s landlord was having his garage repaired, so his usual car storage option was off the table. Instead, the landlord parked his pickup truck in the tenants’ parking lot. The truck was so huge that it had to be parked diagonally.
The Truck Became An Obstacle
When the woman returned home, she was surprised to find the landlord’s truck blocking her usual parking spot. She realized that the only way to park her car was to also angle it diagonally. But this game of vehicle Tetris had unintended consequences.
Her Car Cut Into The Tiny Car Space
By parking her car diagonally, the woman had blocked off the only entrance to the smaller space. However, she didn’t think much of this. After all, it wasn’t her fault that she’d had to park lopsidedly.
Her Neighbor Confronted Her
“Later that night, the neighboring tenant knocked on my door. She’s in her late 50s, lives alone, and has no children. She asked me if the sedan outside was mine. I said yes, and she tells me I had to move it so she could park. She also mentions that she’s been driving for over an hour and is exhausted.”
A Furious Debate Broke Out
The woman pointed out that parking was first-come, first-served. Anyway, she couldn’t have parked her car differently, even if she’d wanted to. The landlord’s truck was in the way. The woman told the neighbor that there were other places to park nearby and even suggested a great spot.
The Neighbor Wasn’t Having It
When the woman tried to close her door, she was shocked when her neighbor pushed back to keep it open. She couldn’t believe the audacity. The argument between the two women continued, and eventually, the woman agreed to try and make room with her car.
Her Solution Went Nowhere
The woman tried her best to make space, but it just wasn’t possible. The landlord’s car was too big. The neighbor wasn’t happy about having to park elsewhere, and she threatened to complain to the landlord.
She Asked Her Sister For Help
The woman asked her sister if she could have handled the situation better. The woman’s sister told her that, while she didn’t need to give up the spot, she should have been more polite to her neighbor.
Should She Have Been More Thoughtful?
The woman considered what her sister had told her. She was worried that she’d been too angry and that it had clouded her judgment. But, then again, there were other parking spots nearby, and she’d got there first. Was she really in the wrong?
People Gave Their Opinions
Some people pointed out that while the neighbor was in her 50s, that hardly made her feeble: “Late 50s isn’t old and doesn’t entitle you to a parking spot when everyone else has just as decent a claim.”
Another person also supported the woman. They said, “The neighbor’s age has nothing to do with basic manners and courtesy. If she maybe was nice about it, you would have reacted differently. She’s been lucky with that spot, and she’ll most likely still be lucky when the garage is repaired.”
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