A man named John found himself grappling with a frustrating challenge, due to cars consistently driving over the corner of his yard. The man had tried almost everything to prevent this, although he had one last trick up his sleeve, albeit an unpopular one.
John did not understand why other drivers seemed incapable of driving around his yard. “My wife, myself, and both my kids all drive”, he explained. “We make the corner in everything from an old sedan to a welding truck with dual rear tires.”
Futile Attempts To Preserve The Lawn
Regardless of the why, none of John’s solutions seemed to help the situation. ”I’ve tried everything from a traffic cone to planting flowers there”, he lamented. “Everything gets run over.”
The Drastic Measure
John decided to take a final drastic measure. He enlisted the help of his brother-in-law to transport a substantial boulder, standing at an imposing three feet tall, to the problematic corner. To make it more noticeable, he also scattered the area with vibrant Gerber Daisies. John’s intent was clear: he wanted to prevent further damage to his lawn, not to damage anyone’s vehicle.
To John’s amazement, one of his neighbors still managed to collide with the boulder, causing significant damage to the left side of their car. Understandably upset, the neighbor accused John of setting up the rock to intentionally harm vehicles and vowed to involve the authorities.
The Assurance Of Bylaw Compliance
In response to his neighbor’s accusations, John simply laughed. He cited that he had consulted with bylaw enforcement before implementing the landscaping changes, and had even taken measures (such as planting the daisies) to make the boulder as visible as possible.
To John’s dismay, the collision had ignited a fiery debate on the neighborhood’s online community page. Many of his neighbors argued that it was reckless to place a boulder on grass that was commonly used as a shortcut.
On the other hand, some of John’s neighbors recognized that the corner was indeed his property. The corner was easily avoidable, and John had every right to protect it.
Within John’s household, tensions flared as well. Even his wife, who he believed should be equally protective over the garden, urged him to remove the boulder. He was beginning to feel outnumbered.
With emotions running high, the situation seemed to be escalating even further. John began to question his actions, wondering if the boulder really was too much, especially considering the fiery reactions it was invoking. However, he felt that giving up simply was not fair. He had been patient and proactive, and he felt that the problem truly came down to careless driving practices.
John was desperate to find approval from others, so he logged on to a social network platform to share the events that had taken place. He was delighted to finally find people on his side. “Your neighbors can literally just use the road”, agreed one reader. “Why is it so necessary for them to drive on your lawn?”
The Neighbor Won’t Win
One person pointed out that the collision incident shouldn’t discourage the man’s boulder solution. “I don’t think his insurance would fight this one, he drove at least 2 feet over private property, going fast enough to destroy his car”, someone pointed out. “I hope you called the police and have a police report and pictures.”
An Interesting Perspective
Another commenter raised a very valid question which spoke volumes. “If your kid happened to be playing in that spot, would your neighbor blame you for making him run over your kid?”, they rhetorically asked.
The Final Laugh
Due to the ridiculous nature of the conundrum, many commenters tried to inject humor into the problem to cheer John up. “Did you send a bill to the neighbor to cover the damage he did to your valuable rock?”, laughed one comedian.
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