I finally called the police today...

October 26, 2007 11:23am CST
In a follow up to a previous discussion about my neighbour leaving his car blocking my drive whilst he went out which cost me money in taxi fare to a hospital appointment made me miss a weekend holiday and cause a cancelation fee for a miss resturant booking. Even after I told my neighbour what he had caused by blocking my drive he did it again. When my neighbour came home I told him I had to pay £34 ($68) in a taxi to the hospital because he blocked my drive he said sorry and gave me my taxi fare back. I got up this morning to go to the office and pay wages and yet again his car was blocking my drive and he wasnt home. I have been more than reasonable about this as its been going on for some months now. I phoned the police who came and put a fine of his car. £80 for obstructing the high way. The legally had to give him 30mins to move it so they came in and had a brew. When they went back out the car was still there so they called for a tow truck and took it away. This has cost him £80 fine, £110 towing fee and an additional £18 per day storage fee until he collects his car so for his in ability to park even 2 meters further down the road has cost im £208 as the impounds are closed Sat and Sun he will have to pay £244 on monday before he gets his car back All the neighbours claim i am being unreasonable but I have tried and tried asking him but he didnt take any notice. What do you think
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13 responses
• United States
27 Oct 07
When my car was down I used to walk to the store to pick up my paper. There was no spot on the way that was a tight fit t get through. This spot was behind some trees and out of sight of the road. One day there was a car parked there (I thought that it was suspicious so I just carefully went around it. and on the way back it was still there. The next day when I went to get my paper it was still there and I released the air fr om the tires. (there was not a license plate on he car so I figured that it was a stolen car) It was gone the next day but reappeared a couple of day alter. I did the same thing, let the air out of the tires again. Since that has happened the car has not been seen there again.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
If he wants to be an inconsiderate jerk, let him pay for it. Maybe now he'll get the message
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I think that after you talked with him and he still done it, then he deserves all that he got. I am sure that he is going to be mad but shouldn't you be mad as you have had to do all of those cancellations and stuff. It is ridiculous that he parks in your driveway. Doeshe not have a driveway to park in? Maybe the money that he has to pay will be a wakeup call to him!!
• Canada
27 Oct 07
You are completely in the right in doing what you did, tumalty1980. You did not act rashly, you gave him several chances, in spite of the great inconvenience to you. Any reasonable person can only take so much! What did your neighbours expect you to do, keep on being a doormat for this guy? Some people are just heedless and inconsiderate, until they get hit where it hurts--their wallets. As for your neighbours, just ignore them. They obviously have too much time on their hands and not enough brain cells to discern what the difference is between reasonable and unreasonable, between what is lawful and unlawful (obstruction of entryways is unlawful in the city where I live and you don't even have to be reported by the person whose driveway you are obstructing bec. bylaw officers drive around ticketing and towing). Good luck with this and I hope your obstruction problem is now solved!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Oct 07
OF course the neighbors are going to say you are being unreasonable they arent missing appointments and haveing to pay for taxis. Just let him block them and see what happens they would have probably call cops before now! DOes this feller not know how to park? Don the know where his spot is? I think you did the right thing in calling and now maybe he will wake up and not do it again as now it is going to cost him more to get his car back and maybe he will learn how to park in th right spot!
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
you are totally justified! there really are neighbors who just want to piss off other people. We have a neighbor here too, their whole family is so jealous of us because my dad is a general and we have cars and computer and me and my sister graduated in college in an exclusive university, and both of us are working. We are really blessed. But our neighbors, the father is unemployed, and his daughters ended up having children without a father. They put their garbage bags in our yard, they cut our Christmas lights in our garden and they even say bad words to me and my boyfriend. At first I wanted to report them to the authorities, but with the justice system here in our country i think nothing would happen. so what we did was, we pissed them off all the more. we showed them that we are not affected and what they do to us are just material things, they won't change what we are as a person. now he ended up being pissed off. not you. hopefully he'll learn from it.
@infoguy (210)
• India
27 Oct 07
You r right in what you have done...Even though after several requests or intimations from your side he never cared to think about it....Neighbors now may say hundred things but r they going to suffer for us...So keep going what u took was a right decision at a rigth time
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Your neighbors must be a bunch of air heads! How do they figure that you were unreasonable? How do they figure you can make a living at home? You have to get out one way or another and you did talk to the jerk and he wouldn't listen so it's no one's fault but his. Your neighbors are a bunch of air heads!!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Well, tell you neighbors it's a good thing I'm not their neighbor. I would have had the car towed the 2nd time it happened! I mean, this person doesn't care aobut your rights! And if he wants to keep blocking your driveway he's going to have to pay the consequences!
• United States
27 Oct 07
Hi Tumatly, Hey youve asked him repeatedly and he just didnt listen. I mean it was nice of him to repay you your taxi fare, but it would have been much nicer for him to partk further up so you could come and go like your supposed too. I think your teaching him a valuable lesson and in the future I bet he doesnt park his car at the end of your drive! If he does hes just a complete wanker! Your neighbors think your unreasonable becuase they are not the ones being inconvenienced now are they? I would have done the same thing. Bay xx
@lucky_witch (2711)
• Philippines
26 Oct 07
If you already talked to him then I think you are not over reacting. If the situation that he was doing really cause harm on your part and you already talked to him, but still he keeps on doing the same thing then I dont see anything wrong with it. We are responsible for our actions so we dont have to blame other for imposing actions against us if we do something that disturb them. Try to explain your side. If they dont understand, then tell them next time take the car and park in front of their driveway.
@NeoComp (1320)
• United States
26 Oct 07
This guy got what he deserved! He is lucky you didn't call the police a long time ago. He should know it is illeagal to block a person's drive way. Well now it's going to cost him money, I hope he learns his lesson for next time!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I think it's sad that he is going to be out that much money just because he was inconsiderate but that isn't your problem. I think you were totally justified in what you did. People need to respect each other and him blocking you in like that showed a total lack of respect. You don't owe him any respect in return. I do hope this doesn't cause a bigger rift between you and the rest of the neighbors though. You were in a bad position and needed to do something about it,they all need to understand that. Good Luck!