They Agreed She’d Get The Parking Spot Whilst Her Roommate Would Take The Better Bedroom, But The Roommate Bought A Car – Was A Compromise Necessary?

A 21-year-old woman lived with her roommate, a 21-year-old woman. The women’s property proposed some somewhat unfair amenities, which meant they had to come to an agreement, and despite staying true to her word, her roommate would soon reveal that she was unable to act so maturely. 

The Agreement

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The woman explained the roommate’s predicament: “When we first moved into the apartment, we reached a deal that she would get the master bedroom with ensuite, and I would get the sole parking spot as I was the only one with a car, and everyone would pay the same amount regardless”.

Bringing Her Car

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In accordance with their agreement, the woman drove 30 hours across the country, parking her car in her new designated spot. After a while, the woman would be returning home for summer, so she asserted that during this time, the parking spot was still hers.

Change of Plans

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However, the situation took a turn when the woman’s roommate acquired a car of her own. The woman had warned her about the visitor pass’ limitations, which stipulated a 24-hour limit for parking. 

Onslaught of Tickets

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Despite the woman’s warning, her roommate brought her car into the mix. This decision led to relentless parking tickets as she continued to park in nearby visitor lots or commercial areas. 

Renewed Lease

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A year went by, and the women renewed their lease, yet there was no discussion of altering the parking spot agreement, nor any mention of changing the roommate’s bedroom situation. As a result, the woman chose to retain her right to the parking spot over her summer visit back home. 

Parking Spot Dispute

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Two weeks before her departure, the woman’s roommate requested she contribute a third of the cost for a parking spot someone was renting in their building for the summer. She declined, deeming it unfair to shoulder the financial responsibility for her roommate’s parking. This refusal triggered a heated argument between the two roommates.

Fairness Vs. Responsibility

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The roommate asserted that it was unfair for the woman to maintain the parking spot, as they all shared the cost of their rent. However, the woman countered this argument, using the same logic to defend her possession of the master bedroom and ensuite. Her roommate, however, argued that her accumulated parking tickets didn’t compensate for the extra living space.

A Suggestion 

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In a bid to resolve the issue, the woman offered a suggestion: “I reminded her that there is free street parking right next to our apartment that she can use from April 1st until December 1st. Her response was that “it is not practical or safe”.

Her Perspective

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The woman couldn’t take her roommate seriously. Her perspective was that she only relocated her car under the assumption that the parking space was hers, and it was only after several months that her roommate expressed her dissatisfaction. However, she recognized that her roommate felt it unfair that the woman’s car would be sitting idle in the spot over the summer.

Heading Online

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The woman headed online and described the situation to her favorite online community, asking whether she was being overly possessive of the spot. However, her community came to her defense. “This was the deal, it was never renegotiated and she doesn’t get to change the terms cause she doesn’t like them”, one commenter stated. 

A Deal is a Deal

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Everyone agreed with the sentiment that the deal was irrevocable due to the roommate’s permanent residence in the more favorable bedroom. “You made the deal together”, another commenter stated. “She wants to unilaterally change the deal as it doesn’t work for her anymore. Deals don’t work that way.”

Take the Bedroom 

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Some people suggested that the woman propose a deal switch-up. “Tell her she can have the parking space if you can have the big room and private bathroom”, one person suggested. “However, her choosing to park where she knows she’s going to get parking tickets isn’t your fault.”

Idiotic Parking

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Aside from the deal controversy, another reader had a simple message to state: “Only an idiot gets that many parking tickets for the same offense.”

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