A young woman aged 23 moved into an apartment complex. Each unit came with 1 underground parking stall, and hers was sandwiched between 2 other vehicles. One day she received a note from a neighbor criticising her parking. Here is what she had to say:
Note On Her Car
What seemed like a typical day took an unexpected turn when she discovered a note on her car’s window titled, “This is not an acceptable parking job.” It was left by her neighbor, whose parking spot was to the left.
Explaining How to Improve
The neighbor began by explaining the history of their parking spot. Initially unenthusiastic about it due to its proximity to a concrete wall, they would forward-park their old mid-size sedan to ensure enough space for their neighbor’s driver’s side door.
Going the Extra Mile
The woman did her best to meet the neighbor’s request: “I practiced backing into my spot because I thought it would be a considerate thing to do for my neighbor. Park the passenger’s side of my car against the wall and leave ample room for both of our drivers’ sides”
A Request for Consideration
However, the woman’s efforts were in vain. The notes continued, with a new one highlighting the neighbor’s dismay at the woman’s parking skills. They pointed out that her driver’s side front tire was practically touching the line, leaving barely 2 feet on the other side.
A Loss of Patience
The note revealed that the neighbor’s patience had reached its limits. It wrote: “I’m sure we’re not being purposefully inconsiderate, but people like you truly make me lose a little bit of faith in humanity every day. I don’t understand how I myself can be so neurotically self-aware about the impact of my parking job on others. I no longer care about giving you ample space.”
A Plea for Change
Despite the neighbor’s frustration, they ended the letter on a slightly more conciliatory note. They hoped that the woman would take a mere extra 10 seconds out of her day to be mindful of her parking. They also offered to discuss the matter further at any time.
Receiving such a strongly worded, passive-aggressive letter left the woman feeling uneasy. “In the year I’ve lived here, this person has never once reached out to me about my parking habits”, she wrote. The neighbor even began to attach printed photographs of the woman’s parked car.
A Drastic Change in Routine
Feeling uneasy about the situation, the woman decided to change her routine. “Since reading these letters, I’ve parked my car outside as this person has made me extremely uncomfortable”. This change in her routine was a significant inconvenience she hadn’t anticipated.
The Safety Of The Situation
The woman pondered the neighbor’s actions. They had taken the time to photograph her car, edit the image, compose a lengthy letter, print it out, and place it on her car. This level of effort from an anonymous neighbor had her questioning her comfort in her own living space.
Seeking a Resolution
The woman debated whether she should reach out to the neighbor to address the issue, or seek assistance from her apartment management. She wanted to find a resolution that would ensure her safety and foster a more considerate living environment.
Consulting the Net
The woman posted the story online for opinions, expecting to be met with sympathy and defense. However, this could not have been further from the case, with a reader commenting immediately with: “Learn to park. You are not alone in the world.”
Not What She Expected
To the woman’s dismay, readers were not concerned about the letter and believed she was the real problem. “Be more considerate when you park and chill out about the note”, another person wrote. “It doesn’t read as aggressive at all, just thorough.’
A Single Defender
However, the woman did receive one comment from a lone defender: “I can understand why you are feeling weird about it”, they sympathized. “People can be nuts, and so if you feel unsafe, there’s nothing wrong with that. We live in a world where even simple, passive-aggressive notes like this can be a precursor to more.”
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