A woman lived in an apartment complex where she had her own designated parking spot, which she usually used. However, she would sometimes use street parking which provided numerous benefits, but this decision would prove unpopular with her neighbors.
Apartment Complex Layout
The woman resided in a four-unit apartment building, which included four designated parking spaces. One of these spots was explicitly assigned to the woman, right in front of her garage.
An Inconvenient Spot
Access to the woman’s parking spot was via a narrow side driveway, which often proved difficult to drive through. While having a designated parking spot was indeed convenient, it could sometimes be a bit of a hassle due to the tight space.
Enjoying Extra Space
The woman explained how sometimes, she would move her car from her parking spot and instead park it on the street. “It’s easier for me to park there, especially if I know I’m leaving later that day”.
Using Her Garage
The woman also explained how using street parking allowed her to use her garage as a social area: “I like to keep the parking spot clear on occasion because when I open my garage, we sit out there with a fire bowl and barbecue, and generally just enjoy ourselves with a bit of extra space.”
One of the woman’s neighbors, Rhonda, had two cars of her own, and other neighbors in the complex had varying numbers of vehicles, so they often needed to use street parking. The apartment complex was situated next to a busy high school, which sometimes made finding this street parking tough.
After noticing the woman parking on the street, Rhonda approached the woman. “She asked me why I wasn’t parking in my spot, so I told her”, the woman recounted. “She proceeded to complain about how there is never enough parking available on the street, and how I was making this situation worse”.
The woman responded, explaining that she had no obligation to use her designated parking spot and that the public parking was free for anyone to use. Hers was just one of many cars, so it wasn’t fair to blame her for the street’s congested parking situation.
However, Rhonda did not accept the woman’s response. “She tells me that I should ALWAYS park in my spot and that I’m a jerk for not considering other people’s parking needs, especially considering she and other neighbors have multiple cars”, she recounted.
Ultimately, the woman refused to heed Rhonda’s request. She stated that there was a public parking spot available, so she used it, and that there was nothing wrong with that. Rhonda realized that she wasn’t getting anywhere, called the woman a harsh name, and proceeded to storm off.
Reassessing Her Actions
Despite her initial firm response, the woman began to question her actions. She had originally felt that Rhonda’s request was unreasonable. However, she was not well-versed in parking etiquette and wondered whether she was breaking an unwritten rule by not always using her designated parking spot.
Asking the Net
The woman headed online to ask the internet what they thought about the predicament. To her dismay, respondents indeed believed that she was breaking parking etiquette. “Technically you’re not doing anything wrong or against the rules, but you’re basically taking two spots with your one car, which doesn’t seem fair to me”, responded one reader.
A Common Sentiment
Everyone chimed in with their agreement with this sentiment. “Exactly – of course, you are entitled to park on the street if you want, but you admit it’s a busy area and you have a reserved parking spot”, another person pointed out. “It’s a bit of a selfish move to take up a street spot only to leave your spot empty. I’d be a bit more considerate of my neighbors in your situation.”
A Controversial Opinion
However, not everyone criticized the woman, with many readers taking her side. “You have a right to park on a public street and you have a right to use your space to barbeque or whatever – don’t listen to all these haters”, suggested one of many commenters.
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