A man was furious when someone stole the catalytic converter from his car. He decided to park differently so it never happened again, but one of his neighbors started yelling at him. Was he in the wrong?
They Stole From Him
The man said, ‘I had my catalytic converter stolen last winter.’
It Was Super Annoying
When he discovered his car had been damaged, he was really annoyed. He had to pay to get it fixed. The culprits had put two wedges under his front tires and rolled his car back a few feet to steal the converter.
He Didn’t Want it to Happen Again
The man didn’t want it to happen again, so he devised a plan. He decided to park with his front wheels touching the curb of his apartment complex. This meant the car hung over the curb by roughly four feet.
He Got Approval From His Neighbors
Of course, his vehicle hanging over the curb meant that civilians had less space to walk past. So, hoping to avoid any future conflict, the man asked his neighbors for approval. The people who owned assigned parking directly next to him said it was fine, so the man was shocked when an angry woman confronted him.
She Yelled at Him
The man returned home one day when a neighbor, who parked across the lot, approached him. She physically guided his car till his hood lined up with the curb. He stopped and got out. That’s when she started yelling at him for parking how he usually did.
He Inconvenienced Her
He tried to calm the woman, explaining that he was happy to change his ways but had been parking with his hood over the curb as a precaution against thievery. But she wouldn’t listen. She said that the fact she had to squeeze past his car was a major inconvenience.
It Wasn’t Worth the Risk
The man said, ‘I’m kind of annoyed that she implied that my paying $450 to repair the damage the first time did not compare to her “inconvenience.”‘
Was He in the Wrong?
He was annoyed that his neighbor wasn’t more sympathetic. He had tried to be kind, suggesting that he park appropriately if she had a problem, but she hadn’t seemed grateful. The man resented his neighbor and no longer wanted to change his ways to suit her. His other neighbors were okay with his new parking style! He decided to ask the internet what they thought of the situation.
The Internet Responded
One person said, ‘Blocking the sidewalk limits access to wheelchair users.’
Others Chimed in
Another commented, ‘You keep saying that if it’s a problem, you’ll stop parking that way, but when someone said it’s a problem, you got annoyed.’
There Were Lots of Opinions
Someone else said, ‘Darling, the world doesn’t revolve around you or your $450 catalytic converter.’
One commenter offered a solution to the man, ‘You can buy wheel clamps to put on your own car to stop thieves being able to move it.’
A Final Thought
A final person commented, ‘Sidewalks are there to be accessible for people, not cars!’
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