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aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 17:12:25

We live on a tight street so if you get back late you will not be parking on that street or you will have to park right at the bottom and walk up (our street is long 5 min walk at least).
Sometimes OH pops to the shops in the evening and someone will take the spot right away so in the morning I have to carry two DCs bags coats right to the bottom. DD is 10 weeks old and DS has just turned two and he hates walking!

I'm getting fed up now and I never say anything as I know you can't fight over a spot but would I be unreasonable to ask them to not park there when I see them pulling up?

They are never neighbours either they are always people visiting angry

OMGFFS Thu 06-Dec-18 17:13:34

I mean this with great respect but... you are being unreasonable.

If your street is anything like mine it’s first come first serve and if you leave a spot then someone else might take it.

RestingBitchFaced Thu 06-Dec-18 17:13:42

Yes you don't own the road outside your house unfortunately

LakieLady Thu 06-Dec-18 17:14:16

Yes, YWBU.

Make your OH walk to the shops.

cariadlet Thu 06-Dec-18 17:14:33

I can understand why you're fed up, but there's nothing you can do. Nobody owns the space outside their house. The road is a public highway so it's for public use.

Soiree Thu 06-Dec-18 17:14:45

I don't think you can ask people not to park in a normal legal way, sorry! They'll also have kids/bags/places to be etc.

GreenHillOpposite Thu 06-Dec-18 17:14:48

Our street is like this. I just manage, but that's easy for me to say as I am able-bodied, no small children etc.

I'm thinking how I would feel if you asked me. I would presume that someone less obliging than me would end up taking the place anyway.

Sallygoroundthemoon Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:00

YABU. I live on a similar street and you just have to suck it up. Don't be the dick who tries to claim the space outside their house is theirs...

JustABetterPlayer Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:18

You do not own the road, so yes I’m afraid you are.

Santababyclaus Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:32

I sympathise, we have a difficult parking situation where we live but for that reason DP doesn't drive away in the evening. He'll walk or cycle if we need anything urgent.

You can ask people not to park but what are you going to do, jump out your door with every car that tries to park?? They can, and will refuse (we certainly would)

NonaGrey Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:38

I know it’s aggravating but you really can’t.

You don’t own the space.

BlancheM Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:51


cherrysfortea Thu 06-Dec-18 17:15:53

YABU it's the public highway.

Winlinbin Thu 06-Dec-18 17:17:16

I can see how annoying it is but you would be totally unreasonable to do that. Sometimes having to park away from your home is an annoying but inevitable of modern life in built up areas.

Accountant222 Thu 06-Dec-18 17:19:54

YABU, move if it bothers you so much, you don't own the street.

redfairy Thu 06-Dec-18 17:20:04

I get that it's frustrating and this was a major factor in us moving house to one with off street parking. Sadly YABU as it's a public highway and you have no priority over anyone else. I don't suppose you could pay for a dropped kerb?

Efferlunt Thu 06-Dec-18 17:20:27

I have almost the exact same situation as you - it drives me bonkers.

However you can’t ask people to move there legally parked car

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Thu 06-Dec-18 17:24:25

I know it's difficult OP, me/my husband do a strange vehicle-dance and arrange it (if possible) so that we both get to park outside our house (across the road). Ours is also a long road.

I don't do it because I don't want to walk, I do it because the road is a bit wider there and I'm happier about my car not being scratched. I like to park in front of my husband so that if anybody crashes there, it will be his van that cops it, not my beloved car. blush

No, you can't ask people not to park there. They're just as entitled as you are and you don't want to make a tit of yourself - or them bloody-minded to do it because they can. Just be serene and keep and eye out of the window... and absolutely tell your husband to leave the car there for you as you have to manoeuvre the children.

GhostSauce Thu 06-Dec-18 17:25:15

Sorry, YABU. If it's a public highway with no allocated parking spaces then the general public are just as entitled to park there as you are.

Twickerhun Thu 06-Dec-18 17:26:56

Ha ha ha ha ha. Nice one OP

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 17:27:34

We are moving soon THANK GOD!
I guess I will just carry on giving them evils out the window grin

TrippingTheVelvet Thu 06-Dec-18 17:29:43

Nothing in life comes for free. If you want a parking spot, buy a house with a drive.

southnownorth Thu 06-Dec-18 17:29:44

Yes YABU, I didn't even have a car when my two were tiny.

Buy a house with a drive way.

TrippingTheVelvet Thu 06-Dec-18 17:30:30

X-post! It's annoying but just look forward to moving smile

FuzzyCustard Thu 06-Dec-18 17:31:04

YABU to give them evils's a public road.

I needed to park on a road recently and the only available space had a cone in it. I moved the cone and parked. You can't reserve a space, however irritating it might be.

Hidingtonothing Thu 06-Dec-18 17:31:48

Surely the real problem is your OH not thinking ahead? If he knows moving the car in the evenings will result in hassle for you the next morning couldn't he get what he needs on his way home from work, or walk to the shop? It's a bit crap not being able to use the car in the evenings but if keeping 'your' space is important that might be the sacrifice you (or rather your OH) need to make.

Jeezoh Thu 06-Dec-18 17:31:53

As the others have said, you’d be unreasonable to say anything. You have no more right to park there than anyone else. Hopefully your next place will have better parking!

Butchyrestingface Thu 06-Dec-18 17:33:38

Why would you even dream of asking when you're about to move?

BewareOfDragons Thu 06-Dec-18 17:33:46

Evils out the window? I hope you're kidding, because people are perfectly within their rights to park on a public street that doesn't have posted restrictions.

Arrowfanatic Thu 06-Dec-18 17:34:09

Alas it is unreasonable, but I sympathise. We are the only house in the whole street who hasn't put a drop kerb in to have a double driveway as at the time we had just one car and someone was always parked out the front of our house. Now we have a second car and want to park out the front but the instant we leave someone is in the space and we have to park in the next street over. We can't afford to do a dropped kerb as unfortunately our house also has the telephone cable entry thingy AND the water meters for half the street so the cost to drop kerb was 3 times the price elsewhere (probably why the previous occupant never did it). It's frustrating but not much we can do.

xyzandabc Thu 06-Dec-18 17:34:47

Sorry but it's a public road for public parking. If you want a particular space reserved for you then you buy or rent a house with a driveway or dedicated parking space

KaitlynRep Thu 06-Dec-18 17:36:26

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megcustard Thu 06-Dec-18 17:38:18

Surely it's your DH you should be giving the evils to? If he were more organised then perhaps he wouldn't need to keep popping to the shops.

VikkiStMichael1 Thu 06-Dec-18 17:38:44

I would put a bollard(s) in front of my house when I popped out, you can probably find some spares on the hard shoulder of the M4

Chocolatecoffeeaddict Thu 06-Dec-18 17:38:45

YABU, but I get where you're coming from. Someone keeps parking right outside mine, right on the pavement and I struggle to get my double buggy out without nearly scratching their car.

theonlyKevin Thu 06-Dec-18 17:40:33

I honestly don't know what ever made you consider that you could ask them that.

Giving driving the evils is just an invitation for them to always park there I am afraid!

GreenHillOpposite Thu 06-Dec-18 17:41:47

I had a neighbour leave a note on my windscreen telling me not to park outside their house because they have small children.

cadburysflake Thu 06-Dec-18 17:42:34

My husband refused to buy a house without a drive for this reason, he turned down a beautiful house that only had on street parking. I huffed about it for weeks. Three years on we have 2 kids under 3 and I (quietly) thank him for our house with a large drive (it’s not as beautiful or as big as the other house I might add!!).

I hope your new house has a large sweeping drive! On a public road you can’t tell people not to park unfortunately.

Hohocabbage Thu 06-Dec-18 17:46:17

When you get a good spot you don’t move the car. First rule of on street parking. Your dh is inconveniencing you, and you would of course be unreasonable to ask anyone else not to park there!

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 17:53:21

@megcustard it's nothing in particular like yesterday evening he popped to Asda to get cough medicine for dd it's nothing to do with being more prepared.

SushiMonster Thu 06-Dec-18 17:54:33

Maybe DH could walk to the shops rather than using the car for another journey? Or be more organised and stop at the shops on your way home.

GivingBloodFeelingGreat Thu 06-Dec-18 17:54:36

This is why I don't drive and have no desire to.

You are being unreasonable.

ScrantonTheElectricCity Thu 06-Dec-18 17:55:47

Ah OP please dont be like our prick of a neighbour who despite being new threw his 9stone soaking wet weight around when he moved in. Parked outside my house, fair enough, but then when I parked outside his instead, told me to move my car and got his pregnant OH to come and have a go too. Best of it is they have at least 3 vehicles and I only have one. Entitled so and so

lunar1 Thu 06-Dec-18 17:56:34

Why are you giving people evils? You don't own the road.

elfycat Thu 06-Dec-18 17:57:13

I moved a cone so I could park and the house owner came out and questioned my moving it. Apparently his son would be home from work soon and it was his space.

I pointed out that I could park on any space and reserving is not on. I received a lecture about how he always pays for parking (good for you mate), how tight it is living in a seaside town (your choice?) and was treated to him aggressively throwing the cones into his front garden, presumably so I could see how upset and aggressive I had made the man.

Unbeknownst to him I was in a menopausal hormonal rage and ready to punch some teeth out. Of course I wouldn't have but I was spoiling for a fight (love these hormones). DH completely ruined it by getting out of the car and at 6ft4 and barrel chested he's a large man and made the 'bwave' man slik into his house. Ruined my day that did. I obviously took some photos of my car (in case the nasty streak reappeared) and went about my day.

We have commuters leave their cars in my road from Mon am to Fri pm as it's the first non-restricted parking to the town/station. It's Victorian terraced housing so parking is a nightmare without commuters, but they have the right to park too.

YABU I'm afraid.

Jimdandy Thu 06-Dec-18 17:57:19

YABU. It’s public highway so I’ll park where I like as long as there’s no restrictions.

It’s the choice you make when you choose to live in a house with no off road car parking

WorraLiberty Thu 06-Dec-18 17:57:19

How can 5 minutes walk be such a big deal?

Your 2 year old will need to get used to walking anyway.

Bluntness100 Thu 06-Dec-18 17:57:48

I lived in a house with this problem, and it is proper shit. I'd try to avoid living somewhere with out parking ever again.

However I never considered asking folks to not park outside my house becayse as a pp said, I'd no more right to that space than anyone else.

Elfinablender Thu 06-Dec-18 17:57:50

As you say, just have to suck it up. You don't own the road.

suddenlypanicked Thu 06-Dec-18 18:00:06

It's so annoying
Do you have one or two cars
Can you park a car in two spaces
You poor thing I hate it when people park in front of my house and I have to make my son walk and carry shopping etc it's impossible isn't it

Yabu to ask people not to park there but can you get a drop kerb and park in front of house maybe? I know it's expensive

OliviaStabler Thu 06-Dec-18 18:06:32

One neighbour I used to have put his wheelie bins in the parking space to save it.

Pebblesandfriends Thu 06-Dec-18 18:08:48

It's awful. I had a neighbour who lived across the road and down a bit who would always park outside ours even when there was space outside hers. Drove me nuts. It was one of the major reasons we moved.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:09:56

@WorraLiberty when you have shopping and two kids it is a nightmare. Putting the kids

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:10:29

In the house and having to walk back to the bottom of the street for shopping walking up and down believe me it's a nightmare.

Singlenotsingle Thu 06-Dec-18 18:11:52

I'd be the one putting the cone out!

mummypeepee Thu 06-Dec-18 18:12:12

My neighbours constantly leave a bin in the road outside their, and my, house. I’ve called the council to complain and they said nothing they can do and whilst it’s annoying nothing can be done other than move them myself and face any bad feeling. So yeah you can just do that 🤷‍♀️

Nicknacky Thu 06-Dec-18 18:15:13

It’s not a nightmare. It’s just a pain in the arse.

Parking is a pain but you can’t expect people to not park at your request

StroppyWoman Thu 06-Dec-18 18:15:43

It's annoying, sure, but YABVU. You have no more rights than anyone else to park on a public street.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:15:47

@suddenlypanicked we have two but OH parks on another street in a car park because he gets back late. Yup nightmare I don't think people understand until they are in the situation.

WhenOneDoorClosesAnotherOpens Thu 06-Dec-18 18:15:57

If it makes you feel any better OP, after struggling for years with parking problems at my house in London, when I moved I specifically bought a house outside London with a large drive. All the houses around me have large drives which I thought meant there would be no parking problems. WRONG! A neighbour 3 houses down refuses to park in his own drive and instead parks opposite mine which means I struggle to get in and out of my own drive every. single. day. Buying a house with a drive does not always solve parking problems ime.

WinterfellWench Thu 06-Dec-18 18:16:13

Why are you even posting this thread when you are moving soon anyway?! confused

How bizarre!

YABU to complain when you chose to live in a house with no driveway or garage. That's like buying a house 300 yards from a Church, and then whining about the Church bells, and the clock chiming.

Annoying as it is, you can't tell people where to park, when it's a public road.

Mitzimaybe Thu 06-Dec-18 18:17:22

So why doesn't DH take his car to pop to the shops rather than yours?

You don't have a neighbour problem, you have a DH problem.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:17:52

@ScrantonTheElectricCity don't think I'm that bad yet wink

ZoeWashburne Thu 06-Dec-18 18:21:10

You bought the house without a driveway. You decided to have children. You decided to go out later? Why on Earth would you be giving evils to anyone?!

The entitlement of some people. Everyone has difficulties. Everyone has challenges. You are not special. Your situation is not different than many, many other people. Your entitlement is not nice.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:21:26

@WinterfellWench not moving until March this is my life now so I've asked a simple question it's not bizarre at all.

manicinsomniac Thu 06-Dec-18 18:22:19

well, YABU but it's worth a try. It depends on the person who is parking in your space. A lot would move.

I've been asked to move by residents in various areas three times that I can think of.

The first knocked on the door of a holiday home and said his partner was disabled and had to have that parking space. I felt really guilty so I moved it a long way down a very steep hill.

The second came out of her house as I pulled up and said it was her husband's space and I couldn't park there. She was very firm and I'm really not so I just apologised and moved on.

The third time I'd been looking for a space for ages so was feeling more assertive. When a lady came out of her house and said the spaces were reserved for her and her neighbours I said, 'oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realise this was a residents parking road.' I thought that would make her go back in huffing but she just said 'well it is' and brazened it out (it wasn't). So I meekly repeated, 'sorry, I didn't realise' and drove away.

I'm sure I can't be the only non confrontational wimp out there. If you give it a go you might get your way!

StateOfTheUterus Thu 06-Dec-18 18:24:30

I have the same prob with managing kids and shopping - I block the road with hazards on outside my house while I hurriedly hurl the bags of shopping into the hallway, then jump back in the car with the kids, find somewhere to park, get the buggy out and walk back to the house with the kids. It's a faff but at least I don't have to worry that the kids are alone in the house. I guess it's a bit anti social to block the road but I'm as quick as possible. It's just part of city life - I have to wait when the road is blocked by waiting taxis - so this is no different in my opinion.

WinterfellWench Thu 06-Dec-18 18:24:36

Well firstly you complained and moaned in your original post, (not even mentioning that you were moving,) THEN you said 'we are moving soon anyway!' with a big grinning smiley! And now you say, not for 3 or 4 months.

Make your mind up. hmm

WinterfellWench Thu 06-Dec-18 18:25:10

So yeah, your posts ARE bizarre!

PlatypusPie Thu 06-Dec-18 18:25:23

I know how you feel but no, don’t be that person. My neighbour felt that he had the right to the space outside his house, in an area of narrow Victorian houses and most houses having one or two cars. He actually said to me he envied the people with disabled bays outside their houses because it guaranteed them a parking space ( whilst casting doubts on their actual need for them) Not a nice man.

Our standing ‘joke’ is which neighbouring London borough we have had to park in when coming back after about 5,30. When the children were small, like yours, OP, I used to use a buggy to transport children plus bags etc ( sling for younger until older inevitably was less whingy about walking ) - any reason you can’t do that ?

MyKingdomForBrie Thu 06-Dec-18 18:28:42

He needs to not pop out. Make sure he gets what he needs before he gets home! I feel your pain we were in a terrace before we moved. Drive way was top of our house criteria shopping list!

rachelfrost Thu 06-Dec-18 18:31:47


MyKingdomForBrie Thu 06-Dec-18 18:32:55

Having a bad evening @winterfellwench?! Op said she was moving 'soon' - March is fairly soon but not so soon that this isn't annoying!

Obviously no one has the right to reserve parts of the public highway and op has realised this, it doesn't mean that this doesn't feel annoying even though you know that's an unreasonable feeling. Not everyone is the same, some people wouldn't consider it annoying to have to walk five minutes with kids and bags, it would be lovely to be so patient and sanguine!

KnightlyMyMan Thu 06-Dec-18 18:33:28

🤔 evils out of the window

Oh Op - 🍪

I live on one of these streets btw nice city centre terrace built long before households had cars - now each house has two/three cars and LOVE to have visitors ❤️

It doesn’t matter a 🍪 that the space is ‘right outside your house’ ITS NOT YOUR SPACE!

If you would like an allocated space then buy a home with one ... which it sounds like you are doing so well done! but if In the meantime you feel the need to give people parking (perfectly within their right) evils - close your curtains you unreasonable 🍪



PigletWasPoohsFriend Thu 06-Dec-18 18:35:11

YABU. You don't own the road.

If you are giving people evil looks for parking perfectly legally then expect a few back.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:36:01

@MyKingdomForBrie it's silly but we didn't even think about parking when we got this house I never imagined it would be so bad!

Definitely not entitled just asking a simple question as it is a struggle for me everyday. I'm at uni so I'm carrying heavy books and the kids and everything else it is hard.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Thu 06-Dec-18 18:36:25

we have two but OH parks on another street in a car park because he gets back late.

Get him to use his car then!

StateOfTheUterus Thu 06-Dec-18 18:38:58

So...why don't you do the same as me and stop outside house to unload bags/books, then park and walk back with kids?

WinterfellWench Thu 06-Dec-18 18:39:06


Not everyone is the same, some people wouldn't consider it annoying to have to walk five minutes with kids, and bags.

WTAF? shock

I have to admit, I don't know a soul in real life who WOULD consider it annoying, to have to walk FIVE MINUTES with kids, and bags!!!

Good grief. No wonder the word snowflake is bandied about so fervently. I can't believe what I'm reading here. God help the OP, and you (and people like you both) when you actually have a real crisis! wink

And I am having a lovely evening thanks very much. smile Had a lovely 2 mile walk this afternoon, on my afternoon off. Don't suppose you would like that much though - I mean actually walking........

Holidayshopping Thu 06-Dec-18 18:39:27

I would blame your DH for going out late and ‘losing’ the space tbh!

Going out to get medicine for a child might be an emergency (though in my experience couch medicine doesn’t actually do anything unless it’s full strength adult Benylin or the lovely lovely Medised!!) but other than that-just be really prepared with your shopping during the days and ensure you always have stuff in so he doesn’t have to go out late at night. You will probably cope fine without x until the morning and you’ll be pleased he didn’t go out when you haven’t got to traipse up the road with small kids the next day.

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:42:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RudolfIsMySpiritAnimal Thu 06-Dec-18 18:43:45

"Putting the kids....In the house and having to walk back to the bottom of the street for shopping walking up and down believe me it's a nightmare."

I'm in exactly the same situation as you, have been for several years, and no, it's not a nightmare. It's annoying and inconvenient, definitely, but it's hardly a nightmare.

StateOfTheUterus Thu 06-Dec-18 18:45:11

Yeah - I still do it - I'm 30 seconds max chucking stuff in the house - a lot quicker than when my road is blocked by a taxi waiting for passengers

IlikebigbotsandIcannotlie Thu 06-Dec-18 18:45:52

Thanks for the map! I’ll come and park in front of your house now!

WinterfellWench Thu 06-Dec-18 18:46:41

I don't have any sympathy I'm afraid. You knew you had no driveway or garage when you moved in. What do you want people to say?! awww, poor you OP! Have a hug On yeah aren't they all bastards, smash their cars with a hammer?!

You asked AIBU and many people have said 'yes you are' ... but then you're saying 'yeah but yeah but......' And 'I have to walk FIVE MINUTES from my car!!''

Big deal, some people have to walk WAY further. Get a grip. You're moving in March anyway, so this is a pointless gripe.

StateOfTheUterus Thu 06-Dec-18 18:47:56

And you must be stopping outside your house to put the kids in - so why not put the bags/books instead of the kids and walk back with kids in a buggy?

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:49:06

@WinterfellWench I'm not looking for sympathy! Why are you so angry?

schooltripwoes Thu 06-Dec-18 18:50:36

Assuming it's a public road then I'm afraid anyone can park there.

southnownorth Thu 06-Dec-18 18:50:43

I would ask mumsnet to remove that pic OP. Unless you don’t mind people knowing where you live.

Jakethekid Thu 06-Dec-18 18:51:50

Op I wouldn't have put my address on mumsnet like that. I think you should maybe get that picture deleted and just draw a diagram (which mumsnet loves ).

theonlyKevin Thu 06-Dec-18 18:52:46

Why don't you get your shopping delivered if it's such an ordeal?

For bits and bobs, buy a rucksack, put baby in a buggy, everything in the basket, and walk home, all 5 minutes of it.

I had my first kids in a flat in central London, 3rd floor, no lift. It wasn't a nightmare, and I wouldn't have left them both inside whilst getting the shopping!

Fair enough to ask the question, but the answer is yes, you are totally unreasonable. You start to sound like these parents who insist on driving to school, which is at the end of the road, because walking for 2 minutes is just too much of an ordeal. Parking around school is a nightmare because of people like that!

aibuhun Thu 06-Dec-18 18:53:17

@StateOfTheUterus I've been parking then walking up with the kids then back down again. Plus the buggy is to big no where to put it in our house.

Not really looking for a solution anyway as I know il have to just keep doing it until we move but I was just asking.

Nicknacky Thu 06-Dec-18 18:53:58

Why on earth would you put your address on mumsnet?!

theonlyKevin Thu 06-Dec-18 18:55:17

I think you are rubbing people the wrong way because it's really annoying when you park a car legally, not blocking any drive, even the one opposite and you have to deal with angry residents who believe they own the public road. It's even worst to deal with neighbours who tantrum because you park in front of their house!

theonlyKevin Thu 06-Dec-18 18:57:15

Plus the buggy is to big no where to put it in our house.

honestly, why are people making their life so difficult? Why on earth did you buy a buggy you couldn't keep in the house when you needed to use it? I don't understand people sometimes!

Jacksnaith1994 Thu 06-Dec-18 18:57:54

2 year old should be made to walk. Exercise is crucial. I used to pick leaves and acorns and walk miles with my 2 yr old.

startingafresh1 Thu 06-Dec-18 18:58:03

I live on a street like this. Love the street, it's old and beautiful and friendly but parking is the downside.

I've lived on this street for 20 years in 3 different houses and our most recent house has one parking space so for our second car it's a first come first served situation with everyone else on the street.

We work long hours so don't usually manage to bag the spot outside our house and we just accept it.

TBH the people on our street laugh at people like you OP, who seem to think they have a right to a public space just because it's outside their house. It's rather ridiculous and uptight.

Many of us have bought several kids up, suffered illness, and cared for unwell relatives so we've felt the pain of walking to the car but really it's a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.

Unless of course, for some reason, the world actually revolves around you and your family?!

theonlyKevin Thu 06-Dec-18 18:59:07

I have just googled your road, and it's hardly a motorway or even a main road. Parking must be a premium, but it's not a bad walk, even with a child!

startingafresh1 Thu 06-Dec-18 19:01:55

Having young kids, or being pregnant still doesn't mean the world revolves around you to the extent of expecting people to give up a parking space outside your house.

You cannot tell be looking why someone might benefit from a particular space- maybe they have a disability- hidden or not, maybe they have anxiety, maybe they are late for something important, maybe (often like me) they are so desperate for the loo that they need to get home ASAP!

Eilaianne Thu 06-Dec-18 19:05:14

Wtf, is this for real?

Yabu to want to "reserve" parking you don't own. Yabu to "give evils" to those legally parking in a valid public space. Yabu to suggest your needs are greater than others who may like to park closer to where they're going.

Yabu to consider a five minute walk if you're at the furthest end long - five minutes us nothing if you're able bodied, and if you're struggling, children can carry bags if they're older, if not then you change the setup so DH helps out more, he drops you off with bags then goes to find parking, or walk/cycle to shop, or shop at better times.. there are a lot of reasonable solutions here but acting like you have priority to public space outside isn't one of them

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