In a suburban neighborhood, a woman faces a parking dilemma with a neighbor who claims a public parking spot as his own. Here is what she had to say:
The Parking Situation
On a relatively quiet street, a woman named Tripp lived in an apartment with a carport that could hold two cars tandem. Across the street, there was a house with a couple of renters whose landlady had told them that the public parking space right in front of the house was “theirs”.
“Don’t Park There”
One day, Tripp parked in that spot, and the renter saw her and asked her not to park there, claiming that it was “his” spot. Tripp argued that it was a public street and therefore public parking, but she agreed to honor his request as a neighborly thing to do.
However, the other day, Tripp had to swap cars around and parked in “his” spot again. Her car sat there overnight, and the next morning, she found a note on her windshield from Karen, the landlady, asking her not to park there.
The note stated that she had available parking in her carport and that she shouldn’t force EJ, the renter, to park down the street away from their house. This really confused Tripp as she thought it was public parking. She did understand that it was closer to the renters house but they didn’t have a legal right to park there anymore than Tripp did.
Would She Be Wrong?
Tripp was left wondering if she was in the wrong for parking there once and if she would be in the wrong if she started parking there all the time. She found it frustrating that Karen and the renter felt entitled to that spot and expected her not to park there under any circumstances.
A Formal Karen Complaint
As the situation escalated, Tripp learned that Karen was planning to complain to her own landlord about her and another tenant parking in the public street. While Tripp acknowledged that parking there out of spite would be a jerk move, she felt that Karen’s expectation that she should never park there was unreasonable.
Social Media Time
Tripp genuinely had no idea where she stood in this situation. She found it so frustrating that other random people were dictating where she could or could not park. Tripp decided to post on a popular Reddit forum asking for advice on the whole situation.
Reddit posters thought that Tripp was really taking it too far. They didn’t agree with her reasonings and thought she was purposely being a jerk by inconveniencing another neighbor who had never done anything remotely wrong to Tripp. Here are a few of their comments on this situation:
The Internets Opinions
This commenter posted, “You are the kind of neighbor that other neighbors hate. You have two spots available to you and rather than use them, because it’s an “inconvenience,” you feel it’s okay to take someone else’s spot?”
Another person commented, “Sure, it’s not legally his spot, but when you have your own parking then, as you yourself said, ‘the neighborly thing to do’ here is try to leave it for him. You told him you would do your best to honor his request but now seem to be using it just to avoid a minor inconvenience for yourself. Is this really your best?”
A Final Comment
Lastly, this person posted, “You want to use the spot because it’s inconvenient to have your cars parked tandem, but you parked there knowing that you were inconveniencing someone else. They talked to you in person and left a reasonably polite note requesting that you use your own parking spots. Just use your carport.”
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