Parking. The dreaded parking has come to us..

(51 Posts)
Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:28:27

We live opposite a house with a drive. The people that live there park one car on the drive, and the other on the road, across the drive, blocking themselves in. We park on the road outside our house (off street not ready).

Sometimes, when we get home first, we park and then Mr Mackay (Porridge) comes home, parks where he ALWAYS parks across his drive, and thereby blocks the road knowingly. We have had to go out and move our car further along so people can pass.

I know that in his head he thinks, "I am parking here, I have always parked here, they are newcomers and can fuck off." But how do people think like that? How can you deliberately block a road??

He never speaks to us, his wife however is lovely and chats and brings me stuff from their allotment.

I don't even care, he's clearly mad so let him get on with it, just cannot understand it..

MousyMouse Fri 28-Jun-13 10:32:30

next time he does it take a photo before and after and report him.

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Fri 28-Jun-13 10:33:10

Can you tell a white lie and say you are worried someone will scrape your car if the road is blocked up, so can he leave room to move?

If you've parked first he obviously shouldn't be parking there and if it's the nearest spot to your house he can't really be surprised you'll sometimes be in it.

Katisha Fri 28-Jun-13 10:33:15

If you dont care then it's probably not worth rocking the boat. Just park where you would normally park if he had got there first. SHe is probably trying to compensate for his arsiness.

Katisha Fri 28-Jun-13 10:34:13

As you why people get like this - its a mystery isnt it. He's probaby a nightmare in other ways as well.

CalpolInMyEar Fri 28-Jun-13 10:34:22

We had one of them once. One day he actually came over and asked us to move my friend's car as it was blocking the road. Well yes, it is, because you came home and parked your van so that it was blocking it!

juneybean Fri 28-Jun-13 10:34:53

Ugh we have one like this, it's quite commont o park two wheels on the pavement on our street, but our neighbour does not, nor does he use his garage or driveway... however I once had to park opposite him and it was my wing mirror that got knocked off, not his even though I was on the pavement and he was completely on the road. Arse!

ScrambledSmegs Fri 28-Jun-13 10:38:22

Well, he's a knob. That's why he does it.

I have a neighbour with a knobbish attitude. She hates everyone. I am so bloody lovely to her, you'd think I was her bestest friend ever. I always smile/wave/ask after her family. She hates it grin

It's the little things that make me happy grin

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:44:14

It's so weird

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Fri 28-Jun-13 10:48:48

I recently found out that two of my neighbours still treat the road outside as if it's painted with the same pattern of double yellows that were there when they moved in. It was really confusing me why they parked where they did until one of them ticked me off for parking 'on the double yellows by the corner' then snapped 'well there used to be double yellows there and it would be much more sensible if there still were!'

That's me told, then. hmm

I can't even be smug because someone did bash into my car when I parked it there.

Sunnymeg Fri 28-Jun-13 10:55:56

I had this where two neighbours parked opposite each other most nights and blocked the road. In the end I called the police. They had stern words with both of the drivers and it hasn't happened since. Be warned, one of your neighbours may get fed up and take the same line.

I also know someone who got a ticket for blocking their own drive. They had parked the car across their drive as they were manovering their ride on lawn mower out of their garage. They thought it was madness, but apparently it is against the highway code to block your own property.

ShabbyButNotChic Fri 28-Jun-13 11:00:33

We have a guy on our street like this. We all have drives but he likes to park on the road. In a certain spot. If somone has a visitor parked there he has been known to knock on doors to see who it is and ask them to move! Weirdo. He is a bit of an oddbod though, he has complained to my neighbour because they have a slide in the front garden, apparently they are lowering the tone of the street...

AllYoursBabooshka Fri 28-Jun-13 11:02:15

Some people are just naturally grumpy and unhelpful. Behaving like the world owes them something.

Make up a little story in your head about him, like he wanted to be an astronaut but couldn't because he was too short and now acts out by parking selfishly.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 11:03:09

So many loons...

We always move, Suunymeg, not worth the ag.

You can't fight loons because they will always go one step further until you all go over the edge.

DoJo Fri 28-Jun-13 11:08:30

I live on a road absolutely jam packed with people like this - one keeps a car on his driveway that I have never seen move, then parks his car(s) on the road taking up two spaces (even when he's only parking one out there). One just can't park, so sort of stops his car where he is and bugger anyone who might try to get past. One lady bought a campervan and uses it as storage space as she has filled her house and other car with crap. One has two garages but keeps his crappy mid-life crisis cars in them which he drives approx three times a year. And one of the incompetent planks actually scraped an ambulance which was parked down our road whilst the paramedics were inside a house. It beggars belief, it really does, but you just have to take a deep breath and think that if you get as wound up about the way everyone else parks, you'll end up like one of them! Thank heavens we're moving to a house with a driveway soon...

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 11:12:40

Absolutely dojo

ivykaty44 Fri 28-Jun-13 11:20:09

I moved and had a narrow drive and a narrow road only just over one cars width. The people opposite the drive would park on the road meaning I couldn't reverse out of my drive. I explained the problem that but they said they were parked legally. So I parked outside their house instead as i couldn't use my drive, it wasn't really convenient but after a while these neighbours started parking of the road and on the grass verge which meant that I could get in and out of the drive.

Op why not park outside their house and then the road will not get blocked, you may have a little further to walk and carry shopping etc but at least you will not have the police etc arriving

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 11:57:51

I cba, Ivy. I don't want to play.

He has to live with himself, he is his own punishment

THERhubarb Fri 28-Jun-13 12:08:25

Hully, when cars cannot get past do you notice and go out to move your car?
Just wondered what would happen if you left it? People would then have to ask either one of you to move your cars and I'd be interested to know what would happen if they knocked on his door?

Also, if you know he always parks there, how come you don't allow for this when you park up? Would make more sense to park yours in a way that allows for him so that you don't have to keep getting up to move your car.

People are weird. Especially when it comes to what they consider as their rights around their property. You can have the nicest people suddenly get all arsey if they think their rights are being undermined.

We had a neighbour who used to start his car engine for work at 4am (diesel van) and leave it running for half an hour. The car was often parked right outside our house as we have parking issues too. So he'd come out of his house across the road, turn on his noisy engine at 4am and then walk back into his house for a cup of tea or whatever.

After 5 nights of this dh went out and turned his engine off. Later that day the guy came round and threatened dh, so I politely went out, explained that we were being woken every morning at 4am, apologised for dh but told him that we were at the end of our tether. He hadn't actually thought about how it may affect us and whilst they still leave their engines running in their cars for half an hour before going anywhere (summer or winter, day or night) they make sure not to do it early in the morning or they at least park away from our house.

It's always worth having a word as once they realise that they are causing a problem, they usually have a think on it and then sometimes they come to their senses.

Worth a shot?

OddSockMonster Fri 28-Jun-13 12:10:53

Sounds like our road. I parked outside next doors' house one day soon after we moved in, two minutes before the useless twat that lives there arrived home and had a right go at me, effing & blinding as I was unloading the DCs. Said it was his spot, he always parks there. They only moved in two weeks before us.

I also cba with it all but did laugh my arse off when he front ended his car into a wall.

ShowOfHands Fri 28-Jun-13 12:11:05

Aren't people funny Huls?

We have a shared private yard between 6 houses and generally, we all get along marvellously. We have our own spaces, couple of spaces spare and we all have visitors who use them, sometimes we have to use somebody else's space for whatever reason. You just knock if there's a problem, or use somebody else's space. Whatever. All friendly. We even move each other's cars if necessary, happily hand over keys. Bit of banter even.

Except for Mad Dog Woman On The End. She like a note. Passive aggressive if possible. She's in and out all day long, looking at the cars. She doesn't like it if I'm in Nice Man With Moped's space and he's in mine. She doesn't like it if Elderly Curmudgeon has left his car in a visitor space because he's shifting his bins and will move his car later. Out she darts. Points out whose space is whose yet again. Nobody EVER parks in her space so what the problem is, I have no idea. She's out there as I type, sighing at DH because he's moved his car to a visitor space in order to stretch the extension out and mow the lawn. He's causing no problems but she's loitering and tutting. Nice Man With Moped has nipped out to trim his hedges too and DH and Nice Man are being overly jolly to annoy her.

Aaaaah, suburbia.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 12:12:48

I KNOW showy

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 12:13:45

We just noticed Rhubs so popped out and moved. Don't park opposite him any longer!

Dh was cross, but there's no point.

Owllady Fri 28-Jun-13 12:15:59

People are weird
My previous house was in a parking permitted street, 3 and 4 storey terraces, lounges on first floor. Parking was limited.

My neighbour used to play merry hell if I parked in front of their house as my car was too tall confused it was a renault sceinc confused She used to go out and point at it, knock my door and even cry

Owllady Fri 28-Jun-13 12:17:34

and what made me mad about that was we applied for a disabled bay outside our house as my dd is severely disabled and they contested it so we couldn't have one and I needed to be close to the house

actually that said, her husband used to take photos of my car if I pulled up the opposite side to unload... so i think we can safely say they were weird

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