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Old 12-19-2012, 02:51 PM
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Neighbors who simply MUST park in front of my house

Wyizzit? The whole street is empty but they have to park in front of MY house?

Im not that anal but SOMETIMES we need access to the street area in front of our house and one of these ignorant dicks is always parked there anyway ... and they leave so we cant ask them to move their cars!

First day we moved in: Dickhead neighbor #1 had his old truck parked smack in front of our house so that the moving van could not access our house. Soooo.... the van parked in the neighbors driveway in order to be able to unload our furniture. The Dickhead had a cow that the van had made a mark on his lawn (lawn is weeds anyway but ...) I pointed out that the van could not park in front of our house and Dickhead grumped to himself a while but didnt say anything.

Dickhead neighbor #2 is forever putting notes on cars that happen to park in front of HIS house (even going so far as to put a note on Dickhead #1's car when #1 couldnt park in front of OUR house: his preferred spot). But Dickhead #2's 4 daughters and various grandkids park in front of our house, block our drive (we unfortunately have to share a driveway with DH#2), and honk their horns to announce their arrival at all hours under our bedroom window.

For instance: this week the city was doing routine tree trimming along our street and wouldnt you know it: DH#2's daughters are parked all over the street including in front of our house. They all left for Florida so who knows when they will return and we can get our trees trimmed??? Would be poetic justice if a huge limb fell smack on one of their cars (storm is coming btw this week ...).

We have asked them to not do this but they have memory deficits compounded by general dickishness.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:15 PM
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Yea, I had the same kind of neighbor. I just parked my old clunker in front of their house for several days or I tried to park my own car in front of my house sooner than they had a chance to do it. I became obvious to the whole neighborhood that something was going on. And since I was the neighbor of seniority and friendly with all the neighbors for years, it was assumed the new guy was a an asshole. He eventually stopped.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:18 PM
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I second your pitting, and would like to expand it a bit to include neighbors who park in the street without some understandable reason (like having lots of folks over for a party, or getting driveway work done).

The folks in my neighborhood do that constantly, and it drives me nuts! All the houses in my neighborhood have three-car garages, with driveways to match. And what do I see? A huge, completely empty driveway, and a car parked out in the street. Isn't the entire POINT of having a multicar garage and multicar driveway to give you a place to park that isn't on the street where you're getting in everyone else's way?
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:24 PM
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Thanks artemis!

Yes, we each have garages and long driveways. DH#2 has 2 car garage but parks his car IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARAGE so that no one else can share the garage. His daughters and g-kids will park in the driveway so that we cant get our own cars out (again, we share a driveway). When we ask them to MOVE THE CARS, they say they will ... in a minute (10 minutes usually).

What kind of p/a or dimwitted nonsense is this?
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:08 PM
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We had neighbors who's kids would park in front of our house. There was always plenty of curb space in front of their house, but the kids would stop 50 feet further away to be in front of ours.

Eventually, we surmised that they were pathetically trying to avoid having the landlord notice that the kids were over all the time. Probably had a little talking to about how many people are actually allowed to live in the house, and people not on the lease shouldn't be staying over night every single night.

Very glad those fools are gone.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:14 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:16 PM
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Be a shame if there was a wall of cut grass plastered along the side of it...

"Oh sorry, didn't realize the mower would be blowing it into your car. Usually we're the only ones who park in front of our house."
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:20 PM
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If you want to get nasty, you can put debris in the curb edge. Have any tree trimming branches that will stick out beyond the curb and be sure to scratch their car? Perhaps some dog crap in the street at the curb and on the lawn at the passenger side door? You could be riding your bicycle and accidentally crash into a parked car. Or you could just report them to the town police as a nuisance. Next time they block your entrance to the driveway, complain that an emergency caused you to graze their car due to your need to get to the hospital.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:21 PM
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I'd like to add my own complaint about people who park in my spot at the grocery store. I called dibs on that spot years ago.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:22 PM
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I am technically the only house on my block. I have a next door neighbor, but their house faces a different street. There are people across the street - their house also faces a different street.

You would think no one would park in front of my house, as that would be silly. Yeah, no.

Friends of the neighbors, instead of parking on their respective streets (which are always wide open, no worries about finding space) park in front of my house.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:26 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.


Usually Im NOT anal about it, but if you had actually read my first post you would realize WHY it annoys me at times ... times that I need access to the front of my OWN HOUSE FFS. And of course, they are never there to move their damn cars.

All I can say is, what a shame if the old rotten tree limbs in front of my house (the city's trees not mine) fall on their cars because they were parked there all week while they took off for Florida ... heheh.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:28 PM
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I guess that I am in the minority but I don't give a shit who parks where. I park in my garage and prioritize parking as close to my house as possible when I can't use the garage. Either way, as far as I am concerned, people can park anywhere they want. I don't own the street in front of my house.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:31 PM
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Neighbors come in two varieties: civilized and savage. Perhaps, you should role-play the savage till your neighbor's breach of human decency is abated.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:36 PM
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I don't usually have a problem with it, and our neighbor's kids park in front of our house all the time. We did have a problem when the daughter's boyfriend parked THISCLOSE to our driveway opening and left on vacation for a week, blocking our mailbox access and our usual spot for our cans on trash day. He did not leave a set of keys with our neighbor, so his vehicle sat there until he got back. I will have to say that they have not parked in front of our house AT ALL since. I think our neighbor said something to him about it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:57 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.
I see what you did and I applaud it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:11 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.
It seems trivial but having gone through it myself, it can be very annoying. And you're right. It's a public street for everyone to use not just select ingrates who think its just for them and not even in front of there own home..
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:14 PM
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We had this problem for a very long time until it became necessary to park our truck on the curb instead of the driveway. We need access to the curb in front of our house at least once a week to put the trash cans out there, not to mention when folks come over, etc. Not only was it an ongoing fight to have a bit of space out there, the neighbors across the way would frequently put two cars there and overlap our driveway. Once they moved our trash cans off the curb and into the driveway so they could put a car on the curb.

The most irritating part was these folks had room in front of their own house but wouldn't use it. However, when we had to start putting the truck on the curb, a miracle happened and they figured out how to park in front of their own house!
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:14 PM
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It seems trivial but having gone through it myself, it can be very annoying. And you're right. It's a public street for everyone to use not just select ingrates who think its just for them and not even in front of there own home..
Glad you agree.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:56 PM
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You know, there are many reasons to complain about living under an HOA dictatorship, but one of the good things is when stuff like this comes up. My new neighbors were literally blocking in my driveway (on both sides) every day because they had no less than 7 cars for their household. I asked them really sweetly and politely once to just try to not block the drive way ("Hey, it's totally cool that you park in front of my house, but can you guys just keep an eye out? You've blocked my driveway before and I can't get my car in or out?") and the douche told me to fuck off. War. War was declared.

I wrote the HOA and the family was warned. They kept it up. I walked over to the HOA President's house, she walked back with me to mine, saw my driveway being blocked, then did her magic. Apparently they were fined and strangely, ever since, they haven't blocked anybody's driveway-- or even parked on the street. Fancy that.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:07 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.
I'm not wasting my time or the police department's time calling about such a trivial matter. But I see no reason why I can't rant about it here. My neighbors, like me, all have three-car garages. They have three-car driveways long enough to accommodate at least two cars in each space. That's enough room total to park nine cars. WHY do they need to inconvenience everyone by parking in the street?!
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:20 PM
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Just after I got out of college, I rented a house with some friends.

It ended up being a four-car household. Rather more than average. We didn't have a garage: there was a rickety carport and a short driveway that could hold at best two small cars before someone was sagging out into the street. We were also on a corner, so while there was plenty of street around our house there wasn't much we could park on. The walk up to the front door was seriously long (a good forty feet or so) and so we mostly used the back door. We had next-door neighbors, but they had one car and it lived in their driveway. They also had a garage.

Between the edge of our carport's driveway and the fence that separated our two properties, there was about eight feet of space. I parked my teensy hatchback in this space, and assuming I parked so that my housemates could get out of the driveway, perhaps a foot of bumper and front end of my car would peek across the property line.

In the first month we lived there, the neighbor* -- a fellow in his forties or fifties -- came over. He was utterly irate, screaming up a storm and demanding we get the car off his property. He was so unhinged that I didn't actually feel safe talking to him. We explained as politely as we could that it really was the only place the car could safely go, that his property did not include the street, that we weren't blocking his driveway, and that the amount of his theoretical space we were taking up was miniscule. He was having none of it and left, threatening to call the cops.

A few days later, his mother came over. Really. His mother. She explained a bit more gently that his father had always parked in that spot in front of the house, that her son -- mentally disabled and unstable as he was -- was used to seeing the old blue pickup out there despite his father having been gone for some years. We explained that we really didn't have a lot of choice: we were still on our property, we still weren't blocking their driveway, and as sad as his grief may be, it wasn't actually our problem.

A week or so later, we came home to find that there were two bright orange traffic cones around where I usually parked. There was no evident construction. It was Crazy Neighbor again: he'd decided to mark exactly where I couldn't park. We got out, moved the cones to the curb, and parked.

The next evening? BANG BANG BANG BANG on the door. "YOU STOLE MY CONES!"

"Dude, we didn't take your -- "

"YOU STOLE MY CONES! I'M CALLING THE COPS!"

"Yeah. You do that."

The police duly came and chatted with the neighbor. They told him that no, he didn't get to say who parked there. They looked at the car and yes, it was on our property. They asked him where he got the cones. He explained he'd picked them up at a nearby construction site.

The police explained that this was in fact illegal as the cones didn't so much belong to him.

We did find out that one cone had been stolen by some neighborhood kids. Still no idea what happened to the other one.

Blocking your driveway or your trash or our mailbox in is one thing. Just parking on the street outside your house? Meh.

* I should mention. When two of the friends who ended up living with us came to take a tour of the house before we rented, this neighbor came out to welcome them. You're moving in? Yes, we're thinking about it. Well that's great, he said. Nice to see a good white couple moving in around here. Admittedly, Lee looked like a skinhead and his fiancee looked quite conventional, but he was a bisexual Taoist punk and she wasn't much more "normal" than that.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:28 PM
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I'm not wasting my time or the police department's time calling about such a trivial matter. But I see no reason why I can't rant about it here. My neighbors, like me, all have three-car garages. They have three-car driveways long enough to accommodate at least two cars in each space. That's enough room total to park nine cars. WHY do they need to inconvenience everyone by parking in the street?!
Well, if they are like neighbors I used to have, they probably have a very reasonable and valid reason;

"Because fuck you, that's why!"

I don't live there anymore.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:42 PM
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I went to visit a friend. Since his own car was parked in front of his house, I parked as close as possible nearby. He came out and told me I had to move, because I was in "his neighbor's spot." I doubted that very much, it being a public street with no indications of assigned parking. But he told me his neighbor was a total asshole about it, and that I had to move.

Sigh... I ground my teeth, but I moved. He's the one who has to try to get along with the asshole neighbor, not me.

(Emphasis: I am not generalizing this to the case in the OP. I actually agree with the OP: if there's space in front of your house, you should park there first. After that, though, it's anybody's right. On Super Bowl Sunday, it's sometimes damned hard to find a space on some suburban streets. Tough beans...)
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:33 PM
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I've posted about this before, but can someone explain exactly why you are bothered by this? I just don't get it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:51 PM
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I've posted about this before, but can someone explain exactly why you are bothered by this? I just don't get it.
Me neither. Never could anytime I had to explain it to people complaining in person either.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:54 PM
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Oh its you people doing it. Do you have any idea how many stupid calls we get like this? Its a public street. The street in front of your property does not belong to you. Get over it.
There are a lot of things that are 100% legal which are nonetheless impolite. The polite thing to do is to park in front of your own house first if space is available there.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:17 PM
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I've posted about this before, but can someone explain exactly why you are bothered by this? I just don't get it.
What part don't you get? I think most people have included explanations for their complaints. In my case, there's only parking on one side of the street and I swear some people must cary high precision instruments to make sure their car door is lined up precisely with the door of the house they're visiting. There might be four spaces available but god forfend they walk three feet further than neccessary.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:28 PM
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Who said what about FLAT TIRES???
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:30 PM
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I've posted about this before, but can someone explain exactly why you are bothered by this? I just don't get it.
As I said, I am not bothered by it at all but it's pretty easy to see why others are.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:55 PM
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Not to me. I grew up in the suburbs and my folks were irate when the neighbors parked in front of our house, I didn't get it then. Give me the city and all its problems over that petty bs any day.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:10 PM
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I would be annoyed if a particular neighbor consistently passed up a space in front of his own house to park in front of mine, but it's really just a courtesy thing. It's more convenient for me to park in front of my house, all else equal, and besides that, what possible reason might you have? Trying to leave space in front of your house as a convenience for your guests? Ok, their convenience is important but mine isn't... now it's clear why someone might be bothered by it.

The thing that bugs me is when my neighbor parks in front of my house, on a curb that can fit two cars easily, but parks smack in the middle so only one car fits.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:16 PM
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We had a corner lot; the house faced one street, but the driveway came off the other street. The house across from our driveway was apparently a women's shelter, and people visiting there were constantly parking square across the foot of our drive. Even when both of our cars were in the drive....
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:17 PM
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What exactly is it that happens to your house when someone parks in front of it? I mean, I can understand if it's some toxic hazard, or a smoking wreck about ready to blow, but a typical car? Why bother worrying about it?
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:18 PM
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There are a lot of things that are 100% legal which are nonetheless impolite. The polite thing to do is to park in front of your own house first if space is available there.
I think this is one of those Unwritten and Mostly Unagreed-upon Laws of Public Behavior.

My mom has a lot of these, and drives herself crazy. You should see her as she scopes out any restaurant she enters, to see if there are any males over the age of ten with hats on, or if any diner has placed a fork directly on the table instead of the placemat. Or if anyone has parked in front of someone else's house.

If it's getting to you, you might want to learn to accept it, because there's no actual written law, and no universal agreement that it's "impolite". And learn to get along with that guy in the Cubs cap at Chili's.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:19 PM
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My parent's neighbor does this. It doesn't bug anyone except for the fact that the area in front of their (my parent's) house is plenty big for two cars and she parks smack dab in the middle with her little tiny Yaris. Which means if anyone comes over, they have to park down a house or two.
It would be nice if she parked at one end or the other, but I don't think she realized it. OTOH, I do think she's actively parking in front of our house because her dad is some kind of anal narcissistic nut and I'm guessing he doesn't like seeing a car parked in front of his house.

But FTR, my parents don't car that she parks there, but when I'm at my parent's house and parked on the street, it would be nice if we could share that spot. But it's not something I get all worked up about.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:33 PM
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What things do you need access to in front of your house that you need to have no other cars parked there? I'm definitely in the camp that public streets are public streets but I can imagine exceptions to the rule. You haven't presented the details of the reason you need access in front of your house so I reserve judgement on whether I can support this pitting.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:39 PM
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I think this is one of those Unwritten and Mostly Unagreed-upon Laws of Public Behavior.

My mom has a lot of these, and drives herself crazy. You should see her as she scopes out any restaurant she enters, to see if there are any males over the age of ten with hats on, or if any diner has placed a fork directly on the table instead of the placemat. Or if anyone has parked in front of someone else's house.

If it's getting to you, you might want to learn to accept it, because there's no actual written law, and no universal agreement that it's "impolite". And learn to get along with that guy in the Cubs cap at Chili's.
There may not be a "universal agreement" but there does seem to be a fair amount of agreement amongst people in this thread. Not sure what the magic number is that will make it a commonly held belief in your book. The story about your mom is funny but not relevant. People with bad taste in fashion are laughable but don't affect anyone else's experience. Not that any time a random neighbor parks in front of someone's house is a major crisis; it's just some of us wondering why ( and harrumphing when warranted).
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:41 PM
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I almost support the Pitting. When I lived at my previous house, the neighbors always wanted to park in front of my house. Yes, it's a public street and I understand that they have the right to do so, but it was annoying nonetheless. I liked to look out from my window and not see an old jalopy there. I didn't mind seeing my nice little pickup, though, but it was nice. Since it wasn't a daily driver (it look nice, but it really was an inferior vehicle) I eventually just left it there full time.

I'm having an issue in my current assignment neighborhood, though. I bought a parking space behind my house, and the neighbors constantly park there. It's marked, and everyone knows the rules. I stole a license plate from one such vehicle a few days ago and took it to the gatehouse. I really want to take out a valve stem core, but I hate people yelling at me in a language I can't understand.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:43 PM
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Its no parking on our side of the street, so our friends need to park in front of the neighbors house.

(One guest we put in the driveway, more than one guest, we start using street parking.)

The neighbor they park in front of is sort of an ass - which is why we don't let them park in front of our house - because he'd call to have them ticketed.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:52 PM
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I've posted about this before, but can someone explain exactly why you are bothered by this? I just don't get it.
From what I get from these threads, some people have neighbors who park so that they block other people from being able to use their driveways. Other people have neighbors who freak out because someone is using their street.

I will share my story, though. One morning, I woke up to find a big pick-up truck parked in front of my house. I thought it was odd because most people parked in their driveways and garages, but it wasn't my street, and it wasn't in my way, so I ignored it.

The truck stayed there for 4 more days, and one of my neighbors started getting upset over it. Tony is a neighborhood fixture...interesting to say the least, but I consider him to be a very good friend. Tony is also known to the local sheriff's because of his anger management problems.

So...Tony got upset over the truck in front of my home. I had had a scheduled stressful day that included me coming home at 3 and relaxing. Tony saw me pull in and came right up to get on me about the truck. I didn't want to listen to him, so I went out and knocked on all my next door neighbors' doors. Nobody knew who owned the truck. Probably because most of them were working.

That wasn't good enough for my neighbor, so I called the non-emergancy line and invoked Tony's name, asked that when someone in a sheriff car had some free time, could he or she look at the truck in an official manner, and if Tony came down to talk to the unfortunate LE person that person could explain that the truck was legally parked.

OK, I did my duty, so went in to drink a beer and get some kitteh therapy. 20 minutes later (which was very fast response time for a stupid call), a deputy was looking at the truck, asking me questions and looking very official. He ran the tags and loudly announced that the truck wasn't stolen. OK, thank you Officer Friendly, Tony has watched this whole thing, peace will happen and I can go back inside and decompress.

Later that night, the truck was gone. The next day, the truck owners came over to apologize for upsetting Tony. They told me that they had left it there because they knew it was out of the way, but when they got the note on their door that their truck was upsetting Tony, they rented a tow truck to get it home. We left friends.

So, that is my story about why I care who was parking in front of my house.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:47 PM
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Be a shame if there was a wall of cut grass plastered along the side of it...

"Oh sorry, didn't realize the mower would be blowing it into your car. Usually we're the only ones who park in front of our house."
"Oh, I'm sorry - did I blow all the snow from my sidewalk onto your car? My bad!"
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There are a lot of things that are 100% legal which are nonetheless impolite. The polite thing to do is to park in front of your own house first if space is available there.
Also, to not have 15 cars in a residential neighbourhood so you take up all the spaces around you. Most residential neighbourhoods aren't zoned for someone operating a junkyard out of their house.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:54 PM
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What exactly is it that happens to your house when someone parks in front of it? I mean, I can understand if it's some toxic hazard, or a smoking wreck about ready to blow, but a typical car? Why bother worrying about it?
Nothing happens, but if you park in front of my house when there is a spot in front of yours, now I have to park somewhere else, such as in front of your house, and what's the point of that? Parking is tight in my neighborhood, so it makes perfect sense that people aren't always going to get to park where they want, and someone parked in front of my house is no big deal. But if, say, my neighbor across the street always parked in front of my house even when there is space in front of his, I might start wondering why he seems to insist on taking the spot that's the most convenient for me as I lug my groceries across the street.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:09 PM
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Nothing happens, but if you park in front of my house when there is a spot in front of yours, now I have to park somewhere else, such as in front of your house, and what's the point of that? Parking is tight in my neighborhood, so it makes perfect sense that people aren't always going to get to park where they want, and someone parked in front of my house is no big deal. But if, say, my neighbor across the street always parked in front of my house even when there is space in front of his, I might start wondering why he seems to insist on taking the spot that's the most convenient for me as I lug my groceries across the street.
Exactly. When I visit someone, I park in front of their house. If you're not there to visit me, why are you parked in front of my house ( this obviously only applies if there are other spaces to be had). No one is complaining that no one should ever park in front of their homes, they're wondering why some do it for no apparent reason, especially if it inconveniences them. It's inevitable that people need to park in fron of my house; spots can be scarce on my street. But when you park directly in front of my house you block my gate and I can't carry anything inside. My trash will also not get picked up if your car is too close to the can. It can be a real pisser when it happens time and time again for no apparent reason.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:17 PM
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Isn't the entire POINT of having a multicar garage and multicar driveway to give you a place to park that isn't on the street where you're getting in everyone else's way?
No. It's a place to store all of your crap so that you can illuminate it and put it on display. It also doubles as an extra screaming and drinking space when you have a party.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:52 PM
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I almost support the Pitting. When I lived at my previous house, the neighbors always wanted to park in front of my house. Yes, it's a public street and I understand that they have the right to do so, but it was annoying nonetheless. I liked to look out from my window and not see an old jalopy there. I didn't mind seeing my nice little pickup, though, but it was nice. Since it wasn't a daily driver (it look nice, but it really was an inferior vehicle) I eventually just left it there full time.

I'm having an issue in my current assignment neighborhood, though. I bought a parking space behind my house, and the neighbors constantly park there. It's marked, and everyone knows the rules. I stole a license plate from one such vehicle a few days ago and took it to the gatehouse. I really want to take out a valve stem core, but I hate people yelling at me in a language I can't understand.
They're parking in your paid for, private property? Have their asses towed! They'll catch on eventually.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:45 AM
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Nothing happens, but if you park in front of my house when there is a spot in front of yours, now I have to park somewhere else, such as in front of your house, and what's the point of that? Parking is tight in my neighborhood, so it makes perfect sense that people aren't always going to get to park where they want, and someone parked in front of my house is no big deal. But if, say, my neighbor across the street always parked in front of my house even when there is space in front of his, I might start wondering why he seems to insist on taking the spot that's the most convenient for me as I lug my groceries across the street.
I can understand that and I'd be annoyed if a neighbor made it a point to park in front of my house rather than his own- but in my neighborhood, that never happens.Most of us don't have driveways and we would all prefer to park in front of our own house ( to the point where one neighbor constantly looks outside to see if a space closer to his house has opened up). Someone who parked in front of my house when there was space in front of his own is deliberately trying to annoy me- but at 4 pm it's hard for me to tell what the parking situation was when my neighbor parked at 11am.


But some people who park their own cars in driveways and garages (or who don't even own cars) complain about people parking in front of their house even when there's an obvious reason , like someone is having a party. I'm not really sure why they're complaining - a car in front of their house ruins the view or something?
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:59 AM
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Yep still not seeing it. Unless you are inappropiately angry like Tony in the story above. I live in the suburbs. Park in front of my house. Why the fuck do I care? Just don't block the mailbox or the driveway. Both of which are illegal anyway.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:03 AM
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Reading this makes me so happy we live in the country; the last farm on a long, dead-end, private lane. (Which isn't plowed in the winter, but hey)
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:10 AM
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We've had lots of threads re this. I absolutely agree that it's courteous for drivers to park in front of their own house, if there's a spot available there. However, since there's nothing illegal about it, your choices are to either befriend them and humbly request that they move their cars elsewhere, or to suck it up.

BTW, in this situation, I think it was the OPer who was the biggest dick:

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First day we moved in: Dickhead neighbor #1 had his old truck parked smack in front of our house so that the moving van could not access our house. Soooo.... the van parked in the neighbors driveway in order to be able to unload our furniture. The Dickhead had a cow that the van had made a mark on his lawn (lawn is weeds anyway but ...) I pointed out that the van could not park in front of our house and Dickhead grumped to himself a while but didnt say anything.
1) How was DH1 supposed to know that it was moving day? Did you swing by beforehand and let him know? If not, why did you expect him to accommodate you? He doesn't know what he doesn't know.

2) When you realized that you couldn't access your house, did you knock on his door so that you could explain the situation and ask him if he'd mind moving the truck BEFORE parking the van in his driveway? That would have been the courteous thing to do.

3) Before plopping the moving truck in his driveway, did you knock on his door and ask permission? If not, you trespassed on his property. That's passive-aggressive, not to mention illegal. YOU were the aggressor here, and you're the one who started the relationship off on a bad note.

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For instance: this week the city was doing routine tree trimming along our street and wouldnt you know it: DH#2's daughters are parked all over the street including in front of our house. They all left for Florida so who knows when they will return and we can get our trees trimmed??? Would be poetic justice if a huge limb fell smack on one of their cars (storm is coming btw this week ...).
I'm not sure what you expect your neighbors to do. Park on another street altogether? Guess what? It's probably tree trimming week for that street as well. Park in their yard? Park in YOUR driveway. Seriously, they're allowed to go on vacation, and they're allowed to park their cars on the street. There's nothing remotely assholish about that. Frankly, it isn't their behavior, but your attitude, that appears to need adjusting.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:11 AM
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No. It's a place to store all of your crap so that you can illuminate it and put it on display. It also doubles as an extra screaming and drinking space when you have a party.
Thanks! I had no idea I was using my garage incorrectly. I'll move my car out at once!

Let's see, where shall I park it? I know! I'll park it across the street in front of my neighbor's house, right where it will block access to everyone's mailboxes. That sounds like a good spot.
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