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to be livid at someone parking in our off street parking and using it as a carwash?!

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Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 14:17:29

For the last 3 weeks when I come and go there has been a white van parked in our off street parking spot. Normally my DH parks there but he has be driving to work recently so it has been free.

So, this opportunist has taken it upon themselves to park there everyday once my DH goes to work.

I typically see the van when I am coming and going from appointments and have never seen the person.

This morning when I was on the way to the doctor I could hear someone using our external tap. When I went outside there was the driver with buckets and soap using our water cleaning his van in our car parking spot?!

AIBU to think WTF is this person doing on my property, in my car park, bringing buckets and soap using my water to clean their f'ing van?!

As I came out he just looked at me and continued on washing the van covering our front garden with soap suds and mess. I was flabbergasted and didn't say anything to him. I was doing urine hold for the doctors appointment and didn't want to wet myself in front of him

I thought given he had been rumbled he might leave and not come back. Not so. When I came back from my doctors appointment his (Very clean) van was still there.

I emailed my DH to make sure he hadn't rented the car park to anyone and he hasn't but he equally couldn't seem to care less that someone is on our property, using it as their personal car park and washing facility hmm

coffeeinbed Mon 18-Feb-13 14:19:39

Livid would not even begin to describe it.
The cheek that!

snuffaluffagus Mon 18-Feb-13 14:20:02

Well why didn't you say anything? He'll take your lack of objection as acceptance.. I'd have just done a cheery, oh sorry, this is my parking space and my tap.. could you move your van as my husband is on his way home and will need to park.

soverylucky Mon 18-Feb-13 14:20:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BreadForMyBREADGUN Mon 18-Feb-13 14:21:10

Note on the screen, "this is private space, please don't park here again"

Or save that pee sample and tip it into his screenwash.

ceramicunicorn Mon 18-Feb-13 14:22:37

Is it very clearly your space/ tap?

Camwombat Mon 18-Feb-13 14:23:22


I would ask what possibly thought processes went into thinking it was reasonable to park in someone elses private parking, but then to casually use someone elses tap, which I assume is attached to your house, is beyond belief and downright cheeky.

Do you have a sign on your space/s marking it as private parking? Can you also turn your tap off internally?

CheddarGorgeous Mon 18-Feb-13 14:23:34

Love a parking thread. Love it. Was just thinking "hmmm, there hasn't been a good parking thread for a while."

YANBU. If you see him again call the non-emergency police number.

Is your water on a meter?

wanderingcloud Mon 18-Feb-13 14:24:04

I'd be wild with rage! Is your water metered? You could be paying for him to wash his van!

YABU not to say anything once you saw the driver though, hurry or not, as now you appear to tacitly allowed him to do it.

OnTheBottomWithAWomansWeekly Mon 18-Feb-13 14:24:16

Is the off street parking clearly private property? If so, I'd be livid!

(if he cleans the van again and leaves it there, I would also be 'accidentally' emptying the hoover bag over it, making sure it was still nice and damp so the dust would stick. Or else cut off the water to the outside tap).

If he's parked on your property, I wonder if you could legally get him towed (at his expense)? You'd probably have to put up a warning sign first, but it'd be worth it if he persists, cheeky bugger. (IANAL so check this out carefully!)

HollyBerryBush Mon 18-Feb-13 14:24:50

I would have seen red and gone dipshit I'm afraid. Parking space, fine, wouldnt have bothered me if I wasn't using it but I assume you have a water meter and would be paying for his business? Dipshit. Seriously dipshit. You cannot imagine the level of dipshittiness I would have gone into.

gordyslovesheep Mon 18-Feb-13 14:25:42

I would be LIVID - we are on a meter as well so I would bill the fucker x

Sugarice Mon 18-Feb-13 14:27:55

I would have had the red mist descend , lost any dignity and told him to move his van in no uncertain terms

Cheeky Bastard doesn't even begin to describe him and his nerve, parking space and your tap!

Words fail me! angry

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 14:28:09

I didn't confront him as I was on the way to an antenatal appointment and was urine holding. If I had I probably would have peed on him.

Also, in the back of my mind I thought I should check with my DH if he had rented the car park out to anyone for some money.

It is very clearly a car park that we own. Its completely off road and right by our front door.

I am livid. I feel like it is an invasion of our privacy and personal property. Both properties on either side of us have vacant off street parking, why did he choose ours?!

fluffyraggies Mon 18-Feb-13 14:29:13


He is parked on your property?
He has used your tap?
He has put soapy water over your garden????????

Nooooooooooooo. Call non-emergency police now, please.

I am livid for you! I need a lie down!

(I am the type who gets twitchy when people park with in 6 feet of our property)

Cailinsalach Mon 18-Feb-13 14:29:43

Well, I would just explain that it was a private parking space and he wasn't to park there any more.

If he ignored that, then I would step it up. Oh yes, I would get scary. Very scary. He wouldn't like me when I get scary.

First off, I would adopt a disapproving expression.

Then I would produce my right index finger and waggle it, threateningly. If he is still parking there, then I would come back to Mumsnet and get better advice than I have just offered.

Whoknowswhocares Mon 18-Feb-13 14:29:56

Seriously, why on earth have you not done something about it? Note on windscreen could have happened day 2! The idea of not saying something when you caught the bugger red handed just baffles me tbh

Sugarice Mon 18-Feb-13 14:30:05

Can you install one of those bollard things which you raise or fit when you leave your drive?

specialsubject Mon 18-Feb-13 14:31:32

oh, and turn off the supply to the tap.

WoTmania Mon 18-Feb-13 14:32:06

YANBU - are you on a water meter? I think a short, brisk note wold be in order. Is there any way you can block the parking spot off in the daytime?

EuroShagmore Mon 18-Feb-13 14:32:11

I am baffled as to why you have not done anything about it. Why didn't you put a note on the windscreen on day 1? Today, why didn't you say "this is a private parking space. I'll be back in 15 minutes and if the van isn't gone by then I'll be calling the police"?

maisiejoe123 Mon 18-Feb-13 14:32:34

I am laughing that this tbh. Surely he cannot realise that this is YOUR space! The fact that you didnt say anything hasnt helped tbh.

Wondering where he thinks the tap has come from though.

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 14:33:46

I am sure we are paying for the water. Its the tap that comes off my laundry, so I can hear it from the inside when it is being used. My DH literally couldn't care less. But we are massively broke right now and have a baby on the way. Also, I hate the thought of this random guy hanging around my front door.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Mon 18-Feb-13 14:33:53

OMG, I am so worked up just reading this!

I wouldn't even bother speaking to him, I'd just watch the expression on his face when the boys in blue turn up.

HollyBerryBush Mon 18-Feb-13 14:35:19

Sorry, pregnancy hormones would have done for me - I'd have lost it (I remember being irrational when pregnant) he'd have had me sat in the middle of his soap suds hurling clumps of grass at his van! none of this mother earth shit about me

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