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To box her car in on purpose

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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?

Justforlaughs Sun 23-Jun-13 11:36:15

There's a great parking thread on "chat" if anyone is interested!

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:38:51

Sorry - not being very clear. The beginning and end are marked with kerbs (its inset from the road, if you see what i mean.) As she is the end house, all previous occupants of her house have pulled up to the end. This particular lady won't do that, she leaves a big gap. The gap is just too small to fit a car in, hence it is not possible to just use this space legally. Hence my only option is to park in it, well half in it, with my front wheels up on the kerb, thus boxing her in.

No-ones responsible for it I imagine - I guess they assume normal considerate people can see what needs to be done!

kc77 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:43:03

Do it, do it,do it! I HATE inconsiderate parkers, they need a good kick up the area.

Gooeyhead Sun 23-Jun-13 11:43:30

I know it can be annoying and it makes sense for her to budge up so you can all fit on but at the end of the day it's a public road with parking spaces so she can park where she likes. I live in a terrace and its first come first served, I parked over the road from my house a few weeks ago and got up to work to find this note on my windscreen "park nearer the fucking bus stop next time you tit instead of taking up two parking spaces". How lovely!!! If you care that much about parking near your house buy a house with a driveway!!!

kc77 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:43:49

Ha ha, sorry, arse!

SauvignonBlanche Sun 23-Jun-13 11:47:39

If the parking is on street, surely she can park where she likes?

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:51:35

Yep gooey I know you are right, and much as it bugs me she can do what she likes. Just I think she's being selfish, petty and downright awkward, and not how I would be. Tonight am boxing her in-I don't care if she swipes the end of my car off with her crap manoevering as I have a knackered old heap and she has a shiny new 4 x 4

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:54:41

Ps fully aware that by doing that I am being petty and awkward too! But at least I have tried to resolve it pleasantly before resorting to pettiness and awkwardness!

Gooeyhead Sun 23-Jun-13 11:59:31

I know it's frustrating I feel the same sometimes when I come home and I think oh if you all budged up I'd fit in!! By the way my "buy a house with a driveway" comment was directed at the pleasant neighbour who left the lovely note for me on a Monday morning!!! grin x

WafflyVersatile Sun 23-Jun-13 14:48:17

but why did you take up two parking spaces?

I always wonder if you get a chronology where one car is badly parked so the next person has to park badly in turn. then the first car is moved and the 2nd car driver gets in it the neck when it looks like they parked badly on their own initiative.

diddl Sun 23-Jun-13 14:58:44

Thing is, if there aren't any marked spaces, then she's just parking-albeit badly isn't she?

Can't see how boxing her in will improve anything tbh.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

What Hamilton said.

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?

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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