A man wrote to the internet for advice after his neighbors complained about him for blasting music from his car all day. He pays for a premium parking spot and spent a lot of money on his sound system. Is he in the wrong?
The Man Loves His Car
He explained, “I have a tuned Subaru Impreza WRX STI that is my hobby, my transportation, my life. I’m more comfortable behind the wheel than I am in my own bed. It’s not quite as fast as I want it but it looks amazing and the sound system is seriously as good as it can be.”
He Pays a Premium for a Mechanic’s Parking Spot
The man lives in a large apartment complex with over 100 units. The building allows residents to work on their car if they pay a premium each month for a mechanic’s spot under the shade.
He Blasts His Music From 8 am to 10 pm
He explained, “When I work on my car I BLAST my system. It helps me think and focus. Also important to note our complex has quiet hours between 10 pm and 8 am, I follow these to the letter, and I am not breaking any rules at all.”
The Neighbours Began Complaining
Recently, two neighbors approached him to turn the music down. He added, “I totally did, but one came back and said it’s not the volume, it’s the bass, can I turn the bass down? I said I would try, but I guess that wasn’t good enough because he came down a third time.”
Someone Threatened to Call the Police
The man explained that he paid for the spot and wasn’t breaking any rules. The neighbor complained that his kids had to go to bed at 8:30 pm and the bass from the car was rattling his walls. When the man refused, the neighbor threatened to call the police and talk to management. He added, “I just stopped responding to him and cranked my system to drown out his barking. I worked on my car until 9:59 pm when I turned my system off.
The Apartment Manager Confronted Him
He was contacted by the apartment manager and was asked to consider using headphones because she had gotten so many complaints about his music. He explained, “She’s really cool, and I want to help her, but I feel like I’m paying extra for the mechanics spot, I’m not breaking any rules, and that guy had no right to talk to me like that.”
Earbuds Just Aren’t the Same
He clarified, “I worked on my car all night last night and used earbuds, and it just wasn’t the same. I spent thousands of dollars and so much time to tune my system perfectly to not use it when I want.”
Is He in the Wrong?
Is he wrong to continue to blast his music? How should he handle the situation?
He Turned to the Internet for Opinions
The majority of users criticized him. One said, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
Another Person Commented
“A lot of things are technically okay, but polite society dictates you not do them. For instance, someone CAN play their music out loud, minus headphones, on the bus, but that doesn’t mean everybody on the bus won’t hate their guts and hope their phone mysteriously breaks.”
Someone Gave Their Perspective
You pay for a mechanic spot, not a “play loud music” spot. None of these complaints have to do with you working on your car. So no, you’re not in the right thinking you pay extra so you can play your music.
Another User Commented
“It’s fine that you’re a car enthusiast and you’re proud of your sound system. However, it isn’t okay to subject others to your musical and bass preferences. When people are at home, they want peace.”
Someone Else Shared Their Opinion
“From what I can tell, for these people, it’s not about enjoying music. It’s about feeding their ego.”
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