A Man Accidentally Left A Car Blocking A Shared Driveway When He Went On Vacation, But He Was About To Discover That His Forgetfulness Had Consequences

A man recently asked for advice about a conflict with his elderly neighbor. The man had accidentally left a car parked badly when he went on vacation, but was his neighbor right to attack him? Here’s what he had to say:

The Man Had Vacation Plans

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“I (M26) went out with my partner and friend on a day trip down the coast. We live in a cul de sac, and our friend pulled up in our driveway, as she thought she was going to drive us. Her car was parked behind my car.”

Parking Was Complicated

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There were two available spots in the man’s driveway, and he suggested that his friend move her car into the empty space so that it wasn’t in the way. However, nobody actually got around to moving the car, and it remained in the shared part of the driveway. 

The Shared Driveway Was Partially Blocked

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Too late, the vacation party realized that they’d left the car partly blocking the driveway. They couldn’t go back and fix things, but they were sure that it wouldn’t be a problem. There was just about enough space to get past the obstruction.

They Returned Home To Find A Problem

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When the man, his girlfriend, and his friend came back from their day trip, they realized that they’d made a terrible error. Leaving the friend’s car out on the driveway had unintended consequences that threatened to tear the friendly neighborhood apart. 

His Neighbor Was Furious

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“We got back from our trip, and immediately our neighbor ‘Penny’ (F~60) came out of her house. She said that by leaving our friend’s car there, she wasn’t able to get to an appointment she had.”

He Tried To Make Peace With The Neighbor

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The man apologized again and again for having blocked the way. He felt bad that his thoughtlessness had caused his neighbor to miss an important appointment. But the more he thought about the situation, the more something didn’t add up.

He Had A Question To Answer

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The man wanted to know why his neighbor hadn’t just reversed her car out and squeezed past the obstruction. It was tight, he admitted, but by no means impossible. However, his neighbor told him that her car was old and bad at turning. But when he suggested another solution, things got ugly.

She Blew Up

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The neighbor started to scream at the daytrippers for being so thoughtless. Why couldn’t they have just moved the car in the first place? When they asked if they should move the car now, the woman was sarcastic, and then she slammed her door on the group. How had things escalated so quickly?

The Man Wondered What To Do Next

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His neighbor had always been friendly. She had even given him flowers from her garden. He felt hurt that their neighborly relations were now in jeopardy. He considered making a written apology, but his partner suggested they just try to move on from the drama.

Victim Or Villain?

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The man knew that, since his neighbor was older, she might have trouble driving. Perhaps it had been unfair to give her an obstacle to get past. But, on the other hand, leaving the car had been an honest mistake, and there should have been plenty of space. Was he wrong, or had his neighbor overreacted?

People Were Divided

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One person said that the man was to blame: “Your immediate response should have been to apologize and promise that it won’t happen again, not challenge her when you’ve caused her a problem and offer different scenarios when it was too late to be of use.”

Another Person Commented

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“She could get out and didn’t need to miss her appointment, but she wanted to complain that she couldn’t do it exactly how she likes to instead.”

A Final Comment

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“YTA. You knew you were creating a big enough inconvenience for your neighbor and you forgot to fix it. Apologize and do better in the future.”

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