To box her car in on purpose

(61 Posts)
mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:13:39

Background-we live on a main road with on street parking, next to a retirement bungalow which is the end house. Different people have come and gone from this bungalow but we have all got along, all parked considerately etc to the effect we have all squeezed in.

The latest occupant (of 3 weeks) has decided that she will park about 2 metres (just less than a car's length) from the end of the parking section, meaning we are all pushed along and some of us can't fit. I am fed up of parking miles away lugging shopping and babies across roads whilst she hogs 2 spaces.

First of all we tried being pleasant, asking her to move up. She did, at first, ungracefully! Last time we asked her she slammed the door in DP's face-and he was carrying baby which i thought was pretty nasty. She says she has mobilty issues ie she can't walk the extra metre she would need to by moving up-but unfortunately for her I saw her at the local market car boot lugging heavy boxes from her car carrying them a fair distance to her stall - so I am a wee bit cynical about that!

Is it petty to ramp my car up on the kerb in front of hers to box her in and hope she takes the hint?

I don't think she has mobility issues, it was said earlier, she was seen hauling boxes to and from the car quite a distance at the car boot sale. Box her in OP.

SirChenjin Mon 24-Jun-13 22:32:42

I don't think she has mobility issues - see the OP - but she does drive a 4x4 and therefore needs the additional space. Apparently. Probably. Or something.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 24-Jun-13 22:29:50

Living near a village full of well off elderly people in shiny 4x4s, Id say she probably doesn't have a clue how to park, can barely manoeuvre the thing and generally doesn't give a shit! <<bitter>>

gallicgirl Mon 24-Jun-13 22:23:04

If she has mobility issues maybe she just struggles to park effectively. Perhaps it would be more neighbourly passive aggressive to ask her if she would like you to park her car for her given that she can't do it right?

SirChenjin Mon 24-Jun-13 22:11:28

She is parking legally but she is parking inconsiderately. As said upthread, what you have the right to do and what you should do as an adult who considers others, esp. your neighbours who appear to be pretty decent, are often 2 different things.

She only has one car, so that's a moot point.

parakeet Mon 24-Jun-13 22:07:54

Are you all mad? If she is parking legally, then leave her alone.

She is only occupying one more space than you would like. Suppose a new family moved to your street who had two cars? Would you knock on their door and ask them to sell one?

AndHarry Mon 24-Jun-13 21:42:37

Absolutely YANBU. I live in a road like this and bad parkers are so annoying. I suppose I could always work harder and nice house to a place with a driveway hmm

WMittens Mon 24-Jun-13 21:25:23

I don't go into cafes and drop crap all over the floor and tread it into the carpet for them to clean. But LEGALLY I could.

Not so sure on that, you could probably be done for a public order offence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_harassment,_alarm_or_distress

BegoniaBampot Mon 24-Jun-13 14:01:07

Have no mercy, she sounds like a twat!

helenthemadex Mon 24-Jun-13 13:54:59

box her in and when she knocks on your door, slam the door on her

mrsnoodle55 Mon 24-Jun-13 13:19:06

I like your style peterparker (actually considering it as a serious option..)

PeterParkerSays Mon 24-Jun-13 13:10:43

hire a smart car, and bung it in the space left at the end of the parking bay. smiley face poster stuck on back window optional

mrsnoodle55 Mon 24-Jun-13 12:56:51

akak. I'm glad most people don't live like you then. We can all legally do stuff but choose not too, so as not to deliberately annoy or inconvenience others. I don't go into cafes and drop crap all over the floor and tread it into the carpet for them to clean. But LEGALLY I could. I prefer that outlook on life.

cakebar Mon 24-Jun-13 12:30:50

People who haven't lived in streets like this do not realise how anti social it is to park badly. Parking at our old house was like this and students parked in our road. They often stopped over 'two' places, I understand why, it's because they were new drivers and were scared they wouldn't be able to get their car out but it is really selfish.

I wouldn't box this woman in but I would pinch her space whenever possible.

SirChenjin Mon 24-Jun-13 12:17:34

Or maybe the inconsiderate person who parks like a knob could work a bit harder to learn how to park properly and not piss off their neighbours. Yes, I think I'll go with that - a better option.

AKAK81 Mon 24-Jun-13 11:44:07

Yes, people accept the issue by moving into a house with on street parking. I've had on street parking before and accepted that I'd have to park where I could find a space and that I would be inconvenienced. Either get over it or work a bit harder and get a house with a driveway.

SirChenjin Mon 24-Jun-13 11:14:45

Even if you parking meant that your neighbours were inconvenienced by the fact that you were taking up 2 spaces AKAK?

Justfornowitwilldo Mon 24-Jun-13 11:08:56

What Hamilton said.

AKAK81 Mon 24-Jun-13 10:59:32

So she's parked perfectly legally? If so you need to get a grip. If I was parked legally and you asked me to move I'd tell you where to go as well.

hamilton75 Mon 24-Jun-13 09:24:04

If there is no ownership just wait until she goes out and park at the end where that house used to park. Its a free for all and as long as you are parked legally (not up on the kerb etc..) then there isn't a damn thing she can do about it and she will have to learn to reverse park or change her tune.

quoteunquote Sun 23-Jun-13 23:20:22

Get your local council to mark out spaces on the road.

SirChenjin Sun 23-Jun-13 22:58:58

Sometimes what we have a 'right' to do and what we 'should actually do if we want to be a considerate person and not piss off our neighbours who we have to live with' are 2 very, very different things.

I'd ask one of the other neighbours to have a word, and if she still ignored everyone's polite request then I would box her in - she obviously doesn't give a rat's arse about you, why should you should her any courtesy in return?

anonacfr Sun 23-Jun-13 22:52:28

Talk to the neighbours. Wait till she leaves and get one of you to park in 'her' space.

Cornishpasty2 Sun 23-Jun-13 15:32:24

Inconsiderate parking (especially in London where space is a premium) drives me to distraction. And she has the cheek to be rude about it! Box her in, she'll soon learn!

SelectAUserName Sun 23-Jun-13 14:59:07

I feel your pain OP. We have street parking and while we mostly try to be considerate of each other, the woman two doors up doesn't so much park as just stops and switches off her engine. She has a small Citroen hatchback jobby so could comfortably fit in one of the frequent smaller spaces if she tried to park properly, but she either can't or won't so tends to stop outside our house (we live on the end) in the middle of two spaces which makes it impossible to fit my estate car in the space that is left.

I wouldn't stoop to her level and box her in yet so maybe trying the council might be the next step, as someone has suggested.

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