In a quiet suburban neighborhood, a woman named Sarah had been dealing with a frustrating situation with her neighbors.
Ever since they moved in, the neighbors had been parking their car in their driveway, but over the sidewalk that crossed it, making it impossible for Sarah’s daughter, who used a wheelchair for outdoor mobility, to use the sidewalk. Sarah had asked them several times to stop blocking the sidewalk, but they refused, so she called parking enforcement to issue them a warning.
A Safety Hazard?
Several weeks had passed since the warning, but the tension between Sarah and her neighbors had not dissipated. Yesterday, the wife knocked on Sarah’s door with a complaint that took her by surprise. She demanded that Sarah stop parking in front of her house because “it’s a safety hazard.”
She Was Confused
Sarah was confused and explained that her husband’s car was parked legally and that there was nowhere else to park it. In front of her own house, there was a fire hydrant, and her accessible van needed the entire driveway to load and unload her daughter.
She Got Even Angrier
Despite Sarah’s explanation, the neighbor continued to raise her voice and accuse Sarah of being inconsiderate. She yelled that Sarah’s husband’s car was the only one parked in front of a neighbor’s house in the entire neighborhood.
She Tried to be Polite
Sarah tried to be polite and offered to park there less often when she could, but the neighbor couldn’t explain how it was a safety hazard and continued to yell at her.
The Argument Escalated
As the argument escalated, the neighbor brought up the fact that Sarah had called parking enforcement the day she brought her baby home from the hospital. Sarah knew that the neighbor’s animosity toward her stemmed from that incident, not her husband’s car parked legally on the street.
It Wasn’t a Sudden Move
Sarah felt shocked that her neighbor felt it was appropriate to tell her to park somewhere else, especially since her husband had been parking there for all four years that they had lived there.
Was She Wrong?
Sarah was left wondering if she was in the wrong for continuing to park her husband’s car in front of their neighbor’s house. However, she knew that there was no legal parking on the other side of the street, and no permit was required to park anywhere that parking was allowed in her town. She had no plans to park any differently and felt that her neighbor’s demands were unreasonable.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “She doesn’t own the street, and unless specific parking permits are required, anyone is allowed to park there. Blocking the sidewalk with a car is a huge jerk move, and they’re obviously trying to call you out on this out of spite. Keep parking wherever you want, your jerk neighbors have no recourse here.”
Another person said, “It’s common sense and common practice to park in front of your home. It’s not a legal right though!! Anyone at any time can park there. With or with their encroachment on the sidewalk – which is ILLEGAL – your hubs action would still be okay.”
A Final Comment
Lastly, this poster wrote, “you have a very valid reason for using the completely public street. Furthermore, you should continue to call parking enforcement every single time she blocks the sidewalk. That she would put your daughter’s safety at risk repeatedly for absolutely no reason, even after being asked nicely to stop, is unconscionable.”
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