A 30-year-old engineer living in a cheap house, found himself in a conflict with his neighbor Sarah, a single mom, over the use of his sports car. Here is what he had to say:
John, a 30-year-old engineer, lives alone in a “meh” house and recently decided to spoil himself with a nice sports car, a 2021 Aston Martin Vantage with manual transmission. Since he lives in Canada, he also got a cheaper SUV to use during the winter. During the summer, he uses his sports car daily and leaves his “winter beater” getting dusty.
A Wonderful Gesture
One day, John’s neighbor, Sarah, a mid-20s single mom, got divorced, and her financial situation got bad. Her ex-husband kept their car, and she was struggling to make ends meet. John, seeing her struggle, offered to let her use his winter beater during the summer, and she was thrilled and thankful.
He Scrapped the Car
One day, the winter beater broke down, and John took it to the mechanic. The repairs would cost more than the car, so he decided to junk it and winterize his sports car. Sarah didn’t like this decision and asked John if she could borrow his sports car for a trip she had planned with her kids.
John refused, explaining that it was a two-seater, and it wouldn’t fit her kids anyways. He also mentioned that she wouldn’t be able to drive it since it had too much power, manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. He didn’t let anyone else drive it, especially not for a vacation without him.
Straight to Social Media
Sarah stormed back to her house, and John donated his winter beater to a charity. Sarah posted a long rant on a Facebook group of their neighborhood, calling John a bad neighbor and accusing him of denying her kids a vacation.
She Couldn’t Even Drive It!
John replied, explaining that Sarah didn’t even know how to drive a manual car, and it was too dangerous for someone inexperienced to drive it. He also told her that it was a two-seater, and that she would be an irresponsible mom if she just put both her kids in the passenger seat.
Not His Responsibility
He mentioned that he had no responsibility to provide his car for her vacation and that the winter beater was a favor. He was disappointed with her way of thinking and assumed that he would provide his Vantage for her. Most of the neighbors sided with John and roasted Sarah brutally.
While some neighbors congratulated John for his decision, others told him that he had gone too far and should have just ignored her or said, “Please remember it is a two-seater, your kids won’t fit.” A few friends and relatives also told him that it was a jerk move to expose her in such an aggressive manner and that he didn’t understand the struggles of being a single mom.
He Was Conflicted
John felt conflicted about the situation and wondered if he had gone too far in his response. While he understood that Sarah was struggling and needed a car, he felt that she was being unreasonable in expecting him to provide his sports car for her vacation. He also felt that she was entitled and ungrateful, given that he had already done her a favor by letting her use his winter beater.
The Internet Responded
One person commented, “She was aggressive and instigated by posting. You responded and shut it down. Sometimes people need a dose of the medicine they’re trying to dish out.”
More Internet Comments
Another commenter posted, “You had to respond exactly where you were attacked, to avoid losing your reputation. These things have their way of going around, and it would have ended up affecting you in ways you couldn’t imagine. Not to mention, you let her use your car and ended up losing it. Sure, it was an old car, but she should have at least offered to split the cost of repairs with you, given the wear and tear on the car.”
A Final Comment
This last person commented, “You were fine to respond in kind. You do not have to let someone slander you without answering. I am honestly exhausted with people who think others should be nice to people who’ve been awful. No, and that kind of thinking just permits awful people to keep being awful.”
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