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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

Rooneyisalwaysmoaning Mon 18-Feb-13 14:49:51

that was to pingu.

claudedebussy Mon 18-Feb-13 14:51:49

i would leave a polite note on the van.

LiveItUp Mon 18-Feb-13 14:53:09

Write on his van - in bright red lippy - your message, having turned the water off so he can't clean it off there and then and will have to drive with bright red whatever's all over his van grin

Whoknowswhocares Mon 18-Feb-13 14:53:45

Simple note along the lines of
'This parking space and obviously the water you were seen using today are privately owned. Further use of either will be reported to the police'

pippop1 Mon 18-Feb-13 14:53:46

Are you sure that your DH knows nothing about this? Surely most people would be very shocked and take action.

SauvignonBlanche Mon 18-Feb-13 14:54:35

I can't believer you haven't said anything. Is he gone by the time your DH gets back from work?

FrequentFlyerRandomDent Mon 18-Feb-13 14:56:43

Pls do not waste good lipstick for the note though.

But do leave a clear note. I'd call 101 for advice if unsure.

AttilaTheMeerkat Mon 18-Feb-13 14:57:53

I take it as read you own this offroad parking spot outright.

Worth calling the police on the non emergency number. They should be able to talk to him particularly as he is now using your water tap to wash his van.

Do not put any sort of note on his van as this would be ignored.

toffeelolly Mon 18-Feb-13 14:59:05

What a fucking nerve he had, sorry do not know how you have not spoke to him about it, you need to tell him not to park here or get your husband to. So he is also in your garden taking your water what a fucking cheek he has .If you do not want to say to him then call the police . Some people have a real fucking cheek!

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 14:59:17

I probably am just a massive wuss as someone said blush

I suppose I just want my DH to sort out the problem and for me to never have to see this guy again and not feel like our personal property is violated.

I am sure he is is a builder working on one of the nearby properties. There is no other reason why he would park here other than the free water

We are planning on doing building works in the next few months but I don't think planning or budget would approve of us doing anything make the parking place more secure.


starfishmummy Mon 18-Feb-13 15:00:18

Do you think he is supposed to be using one of the other spaces and has got muddled up? It does seem to be such a strange thing to be doing randomly iyswim.

Whoknowswhocares Mon 18-Feb-13 15:01:47

It may or may not be ignored. But why on earth should the police have to get involved as a FIRST step? That's a ridiculous use of public services!
They will almost certainly ask the OP what steps she has tried to resolve the issue. To say 'none, even though i have seen him in person' would hardly strengthen her case in getting their help would it?

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 15:03:14

Oh and yes he always leaves by the time my DH gets home and I am pretty sure my DH knows nothing about it.

I just don't see why my husband would lie about not knowing? If he had rented out the car park to someone for cash I would have no problem with it and he knows that.

We are having money problems until we get some payments in a few months. Having the extra income for the car parking spot would be a god send right now, to be honest.

pippop1 Mon 18-Feb-13 15:04:04

Does your house look unoccupied? Do you leave a light on when you are out in the afternoon/evening?

You said that you are planning to do building works in the next few months so it might not look occupied for some reason. It's v odd.

BoundandRebound Mon 18-Feb-13 15:04:09

Type out a parking and amenities invoice and leave it on his windshield

I bet you won't see him for dust

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 15:06:16

starfish I don't see how.. The building works are happening the other end of the street and I think he must know my DH's hours as the tap starting running not even 10 minutes after he left for work this morning and it seems he is always gone by the time my DH is back from work.

Whoknowswhocares Mon 18-Feb-13 15:08:56

If DH is never there at the right time, how do you expect him to deal with the bloke?

Guntie Mon 18-Feb-13 15:09:10

pippop all the work we are doing is internal. It looks like a well cared for lived in house from the outside (I think). There are our bins that are full and we get post here etc. The house next door to us in unoccupied and on the market. But I don't think they have a tap there....

SharkSkinThing Mon 18-Feb-13 15:09:14

Send him my way - I'm massivly sleep deprived with a recalcitrant toddler on the rampage who I'm trying not to shout at - I could REALLY use the outlet for mental health (and child welfare) reasons.

zzzzz Mon 18-Feb-13 15:09:36

Well go out and rent him the space yourself. grin

Extra for water obviously.

ENormaSnob Mon 18-Feb-13 15:10:01

You and your dh may as well bend over and take it up the shitter.

uggmum Mon 18-Feb-13 15:12:00

I can turn off my outside tap from inside the house. I recommend that you look to do this ASAP. That will stop the washing of the van. You could always buy a flip up bollard to stop your parking space from being used.

rodandtheemu Mon 18-Feb-13 15:13:31

ha ha ha enormas actually laughed out with that.....but if was roughly along the lines of what i was going to say!

Cornycabernet Mon 18-Feb-13 15:14:25

is he still there?

Iggly Mon 18-Feb-13 15:15:06

Rent the space then?

And stop being a wuss.

I remember telling my nice neighbour to stop their cleaner from using out bin. I felt petty but it is mine. If someone parked on my driveway, man alive I would have to keep my sarcasm in check but I'd say something.

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