A Man Discovered that A Stranger’s Car Was in His Spot, but When He Called to Get the Car Towed, His Friends Thought He Was a Monster

A man recently asked for advice about a parking spot crisis. He had found a stranger’s car in his spot, but since the car had handicap plates, was he wrong to have it towed? Here’s what he had to say:

The Man’s Condo Was Packed

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“I live in a condo in a building that’s completely full. There is residential parking and visitor parking. On almost every night, the visitor parking is full, and so is the street parking.”

His Friends Often Had To Park Elsewhere

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Whenever he or anyone else in his building had visitors, the visitors had to park far away from the block and then walk over. It was kind of inconvenient. Luckily for the man, he had something that his fellow tenants didn’t.

He Had A Couple Of Spots To His Name

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“When I bought my condo, it came with two parking spaces. Since I was single and had only one car, the management company offered to buy back one space. I thought about it but decided to keep both spaces just in case I get married while living here.”

The Second Spot Came In Handy

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Whenever the man had guests over, at least one of their cars could park in his second parking spot. His visitors often raced to be the first in, as it was the closest available parking by far.

He Liked To Make The Most Of The Spot

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Although he didn’t use the spot himself, he stressed that the spot was his by deed. As far as he was concerned, the second parking spot was as much a part of his condo as the kitchen or bathroom. That meant that, while his friends could use it, strangers couldn’t. But he was about to learn that not everybody agreed.

His Friends Fought For The Spot

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When the man hosted a dinner party, his friends all wanted to be the first to arrive so that they could snag the spot. Once everybody was there, they tried to figure out who’d been lucky. But the discussion soon turned to confusion. Nobody at the party was parked in the spot.

If A Friend Wasn’t There, Who Was?

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The dinner party found itself faced with a mystery. They headed out to the parking lot to check. However, they were about to make a shocking discovery.

The Car In The Spot Belonged To A Stranger

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Nobody recognized the car. A closer investigation revealed that it carried handicap plates, suggesting that the driver had a disability of some kind. Did that explain why it was parked in the man’s spot? He wasn’t convinced.

He Called For A Tow Truck

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The parking spot belonged to him, and he wasn’t going to let anybody, disabled or not, make use of it. Although several of his friends supported him, others were less enthusiastic. They pointed out that it would cost the car’s owner several hundred dollars to get their car back, plus the inconvenience. 

Did He Go Too Far?

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The man was torn. On the one hand, he could see why some of his friends were annoyed and thought that he’d overreacted. But, on the other hand, the spot was his. It was a matter of principle: he wouldn’t let a stranger into his kitchen, so why let them into his parking spot? The same rules applied.

People Answered

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One person had this to say: “At the end of the day, it’s your parking space, and you didn’t give them permission. Even if they are handicapped, they’re not entitled to your parking spot.”

Another Person Supported the Op

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They said, “You didn’t cost them money; they cost themselves money. Your kitchen comparison is right on. Their situation isn’t your problem. If they had an issue, they could have knocked at your door and asked if it was OK to use your space.”

A Final Comment

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NTA. It’s your property to do with as you wish.”

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