So we live in the 'burbs. We know our neighbors on both sides of us, and we all get along pretty well. I don’t know our neighbors from across the street except to know that they have a bajillion and one cars. I know for a fact that their house doesn’t have more than 4 bedrooms, and they literally have at least 6 cars. Now, all of the houses on our street have attached 2-car garages, and good-sized driveways on which to park. In addition, you can fit at least 2 cars in front of your house. However, our across-the-street neighbors consistently choose to park their cars in front of our house. Our city also does not allow overnight parking on the street, so they always pull their cars into their driveway before the 2am curfew, but the next morning, they will park their cars in front of our house after we leave for work.
Considering that the neighbors in question have paved over part of their lawn to accommodate their veritable menagerie of gas-guzzling man-mobiles, I find it rather inconsiderate that they continue to choose to park in front of our house. I caught one of them driving away the other day and told them a sob story about my poor friends who don’t have anyplace to park when they come to visit. This isn’t exactly true (they can park in our driveway), but I felt I was justified in my white lie because I was irritated that they park there every damn day. If they didn’t have parking for 6 cars on their driveways, 2 in their garage, and 2 in front of their house, I’d probably be a little more understanding. Heck, if they were someone we knew and were friendly with, I probably wouldn’t mind as much either.
So, what say you? Is it rude to park in front of your neighbor’s house if you have the room to park at your own house?
Disclaimer: I do know the rules are different if you live in the city, an apartment, a condo, a townhouse, and/or don’t have a garage.