She Kindly Let Her Neighbors Use Her Driveway, yet The Neighbors Wouldn’t Move when Her Disabled Brother Needed It – Was Revoking Their Parking Privileges Justifiable?

A 32-year-old woman named Sarah and her 15-year-old brother, Mark, lived together in an apartment. The apartment offered two free parking spaces, but neither of the siblings drove, and this soon gave way to a favor that got out of hand.

Neighborly Use of the Driveway

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Sarah and her brother were happy for their next-door neighbors to use their driveway. The siblings didn’t need them due to them not driving, so it was a favor that they were happy to offer. 

Mark’s Crutches

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However, a situation arose when Mark did need the driveway. Mark had weak joints which had recently worsened, so the siblings headed to the hospital to grab Mark some crutches. They traveled by taxi, asking the driver to pull up by their front door so that Mark could enter his house with ease.

A Disregard for Courtesy

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Upon returning home, it became clear that Sarah and Mark’s neighbors were beginning to take advantage of the driveway. “We were pulling into our street in the taxi and one of my neighbors pulled into my drive, blocking our taxi from pulling up to the door”, the woman explained.  

Mark’s Predicament

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It had been a rainy day, and this made the blocked driveway a significant challenge for Mark. He would have to carefully navigate across wet grass and mud on crutches, balancing carefully on his sister to avoid further damage to his joints. Sarah waited patiently for her neighbors to recognize the trouble they had caused, but they simply gave the siblings a quick look, before heading inside and shutting the door. 

The Breaking Point

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That was the moment that Sarah decided that enough was enough. “I was so angry that I told my neighbors that they were no longer allowed to use my drive”, she explained. “They protested, saying they had three cars and a van and had nowhere to park. I sympathized but still said no. My own brother couldn’t use his drive when he couldn’t even walk thanks to their nastiness.”

Continued Violation of Boundaries

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While these neighbors did not return to Sarah’s parking spot, over the next three months, other neighbors began to use Sarah’s driveway. This was primarily new parents who found the parking convenient, helping them to avoid carrying baby carriers for blocks.

Setting Boundaries Clearly

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Despite the parents’ needs, Sarah had to put her brother’s wellbeing first. To take a clearer course of action, she put up a sign on her gates that clearly stated, ‘No parking on the drive.’

Confrontation and Reiteration

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However, it was only a matter of time until this sign led to confrontation. One of Sarah’s neighbors began to argue with her one day, claiming that Sarah didn’t need the driveway, and accusing her of being heartless towards new mothers. 

Justifying Her Stand

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In response, Sarah explained the cruel inconvenience her brother had faced when he was on crutches. She had been neighborly for years, only to have her brother treated thoughtlessly. She wasn’t having it anymore, regardless of how much a neighbor needed the space. 

Conflicting Thoughts 

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Sarah had successfully stuck up for herself and her brother, but she couldn’t help but feel guilty afterward. She wondered whether she could have handled the latest situation differently, recognizing that the parents and their children were likely struggling just as much as Mark. 

Posting Online

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Sarah decided to share her and Mark’s story online, hoping for some words of wisdom from internet strangers. Thankfully, everyone came to the siblings’ defense. “I would start having them towed if they park in your driveway again”, suggested one smart cookie. 

Get Towing 

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Everyone agreed that threats of towing were a fantastically practical solution. “They abused the privilege and now are acting like entitled jerks”, pointed out one commenter. “Time to start towing, they will figure it out. Don’t give them any more chances, they already blew it.”

Not Sarah’s Problem

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Other readers were quick to remind Sarah that her neighbors’ predicaments simply were not her problem. “It’s your driveway, not a public car park”, someone reminded her. “Let them hoof it or park in their own driveway or on a public street. It’s not your fault they have multiple vehicles.” 

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