A man owned a property on a narrow street, which was lined by a strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb. To his frustration, people regularly parked on this strip of grass, causing tire ruts and creating an unsightly mess. After years of dealing with this, the man decided to take matters into his own hands, but his solution didn’t sit well with his neighbor.
The Tire Rut Dilemma
The man had been dealing with the issue for years. “To keep the street clear, they pull partially up onto my lawn”, he explained. “The resulting tire ruts fill with water and become muddy, leading to the breeding of mosquitoes all summer long. It is unsightly and the flies are a major pain in my backside.”
Taking Action with Boulders
One day, the man hatched a plan. “I found some boulders, large enough to need a truck to move them”, he explained. “I used them to block off the parking so nobody could park on my lawn.”
Investing in Lawn Restoration
The man was happy to report that his plan had worked. “People couldn’t park there anymore, so I purchased new soil, grass seed, mulching hay, and fertilizer, and the ruts are finally filled in. New grass is growing and it looks so much better.”
A Surprise Encounter
However, the man’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. A neighbor, whom the man had suspected of being one of the culprits damaging the lawn, approached him one day. “She said I should have warned her because she didn’t expect the rocks to be there and dented her car”, he recounted.
Asking for Compensation
To the man’s outrage, the woman had the audacity to suggest the man pay for her damaged car. He believed this to be a ridiculous request, because it was easy to spot the boulders, and had no idea how she missed them.
The Tradition Argument
In a further attempt to guilt trip the man, the neighbor brought up the fact that the previous owner had allowed cars to park on the strip of grass. She suggested that the man should continue this “tradition” and implied that a warning sign should be put up.
Defending His Actions
However, the man was quick to stop the woman’s complaints. “I told her it’s not against city code to put the boulders there, and that my property is not for others to park on”, he explained. He also pointed out the years of damage from the unsolicited parking that he had since fixed.
Refusing to Pay
The man continued to explain that he firmly refused to pay for the woman’s car damage. “I simply stated that next time, she should pay attention to where she is parking”, he recounted.
Didn’t Care About Tradition
To conclude his rant, the man told the woman that he couldn’t care less about the traditions of his property’s previous owner, and he would absolutely not be putting up warning signs for his boulders. She was furious at his unwavering rejection, and she stormed off without saying another word.
Reflecting on the Aftermath
The man had clearly caused neighborly tensions, as from that moment on, the woman always gave him ‘the evil eye’. He firmly believed that his actions and refusals were completely justified, but he couldn’t help but wonder whether he should have been more accommodating, perhaps even giving her the warning that she had requested.
The Internet’s Perspective
The man’s conscience felt somewhat conflicted, so he headed online to share his story, hoping to receive validation from his internet pals. Thankfully, their support was unanimous. “She drove on your property and damaged it”, someone pointed out. “The only one at fault here is her.”
A Damaged Boulder
Many commenters chimed in with humorous statements, switching the situation into something more lighthearted. “She drove into your property and that’s entirely due to her not paying attention to where she’s driving”, stated one reader. “You should charge her for damaging your boulder!”
Shouldn’t Be Driving
One humorous, albeit accurate, reaction was particularly popular. “If she can’t see boulders maybe she shouldn’t be driving”, laughed another commenter.
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