A Stranger Parked in His Private Parking Space, so He Got His Car Towed Away After Waiting 5 Minutes – Was This Decision an Overreaction? 

A 19-year-old man lived with his parents in a small neighborhood with attached condos. They rented two parking spots for their vehicles, but a stranger parked in one of their spots. Here is what he had to say:

A Surprising Intrusion

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One day, while the man’s father was at work and his mother was grocery shopping, he noticed a stranger parking his car in one of their designated spots.

Hoping for a Brief Stop

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He didn’t want to act immediately, thinking the driver would be back soon. “I waited a bit, maybe he was just making a 1-minute pit stop”, the man explained. 

Sticking Around

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However, this had not been the case. The man continued: “He was still away after about 5 minutes, and there were a few visitor parking spots available, so I was baffled as to why he decided to steal ours.”

Calling a Tow Truck

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Frustrated by the situation, the man decided to call a tow truck. Given the proximity to a tow truck lot, the response was swift, with the truck arriving in 3-4 minutes.

Confrontation and Arguments

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As the tow truck driver worked on hooking up the intruder’s car, the individual who had parked in their spot returned. He discovered his car was about to be towed and an argument ensued with the tow truck driver, claiming he had only been parked there for approximately 10 minutes.

Involving the Mother

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Realizing he had not informed his mother of the situation upon her return, the man approached her with the details. Approximately 10 minutes after her return, they had a surprise visitor once again. 

A Heated Exchange

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The man explained: “The guy that stole our spot came to our house and argued with me and mom, saying he was only gonna be there for 5 more minutes. It got heated.”

Resolving the Situation

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Eventually, the intruder walked away, still agitated, as the man and his mother stood firm in their efforts to protect their rented parking spots.

Reflection 

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The man was still puzzled and somewhat angry by the actions of the driver, but he began to wonder if he had overreacted. He headed online to tell his story, curious as to what the readers thought. 

Defence for the Man

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The man was happy to see that most people were defending him. “You couldn’t know if he was going to be 5 minutes or 5 hours”, one reader pointed out. “It wasn’t his spot, and he had no right to park there for any length of time.”

It’s Always 5 More Minutes

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Other commenters focussed on the driver, laughing at his unbelievable excuse. “It’s always only been 10 minutes and they were going to move it in 5 minutes”, chuckled a commenter. “That’s up there with the check being in the mail for most overplayed lies on the planet.”

He Knew What He Was Doing

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It was also pointed out by someone that the man must have known that he was parking on private property. “Obviously they knew it was designated parking that belonged to your household or else they wouldn’t have come to your door”, they concluded. 

You Suck, Dude

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However, not everybody was on the man’s side. “You suck dude”, accused one reader. “There’s always a civil way to solve this rather than narcing after five minutes. Be a little human. Literally happened to me two nights ago. I got home and someone was in my spot. I just blocked them in and waited. Sure enough not five minutes later they came out apologizing and we got it settled.”

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