Parking... Would this irritate you?
dinosaurcookie · 24/12/2019 08:38
So spaces outside fit two cars between most driveways if you park considerately (and not in the middle but that's a different issue!). One of the neighbours parks behind me often touching my bumper, you need to park closely but surely even if you touched another car you'd pull back a few inches and not leave it touching? Aibu to let this grate on me? I have a 'star' in my bumper and I'm sure that is the cause. And yes I know I should say something if its irritating me but I'm not sure it's worthy of unbalancing otherwise good neighbour relationships! I just want gauge whether I'm being petty or whether this would bug you too.
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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simplekindoflife · 24/12/2019 09:08
Yeah, would really annoy me, and you're not allowed to touch other cars when parking!
I have an enormous tow bar on the bar of my car, came with it, are they easy to put on? Or how about putting a cone behind with a sign saying, please allow a safe distance please.
UnfamousPoster · 24/12/2019 09:17
My first reaction was the same as others - get a tow bar! They'll only do it again once!
But, yes, it would annoy the hell out of me OP and I'd be pointing out the damage next time they're touching. On the other hand, at least they're stupid enough to leave it touching so you know it's them. As you say, most people would reverse back a bit so you'd never have known they've hit you.
pictish · 24/12/2019 09:23
My neighbour who is very nice does this. She’s right up my jacksie - back off love.
One day I came out while she was getting in her car. She said, “Sorry have I not left enough room for you to get out?”
I replied, “well..it is quite tight yes.”
She still does it.
dinosaurcookie · 24/12/2019 09:37
Tow bar is a great idea. I cannot be certain they damaged it, it just seems likely and to be honest my car isn't without dents. I just wanted to vent as it feels like an invasion of my space! Perhaps I should become everything I hate and park in the middle... Problem solved 😂
PettyContractor · 24/12/2019 09:57
It makes sense to park that close if space is tight and no-one is trapped because driveways on the other side make it easy to get out.
A good driver with an automatic car should be able to touch bumpers so gently it does no damage, and then as they switch off the car will likely roll back at least far enough that you can insert a piece of paper between them. (But it would freak me out to see someone actually touching my car with theirs.)
(I think it's actually a EU standard for cars to suffer no damage if touched on the bumper at a low enough speed?)
PettyContractor · 24/12/2019 10:02
Re-read the OP, and yes it is weird the cars are still touching after they are parked.
I park in my garage, stopping when my front bumper touches the back wall (which has a carpet off-cut hanging in front to protect my paintwork) but when I get out the car has usually bounced back by an inch or so.
I think you should ask him not to touch your car.
MrsCrabbyTree · 24/12/2019 10:05
I may be confusing real life with cartoons but isn't there something that expodes when touched . I'm imaging your neighbour crapping herself as her car gently makes contact with yours and there's a loud bang.
Off to check out the ACME website. Meep meep.
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