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A woman has claimed she was shouted at by her new neighbor after she parked her car on the roadside instead of in her driveway – as he said it was ‘disrespectful’

The woman is warring with her neighbor over her parking (stock photo)

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A woman who recently moved into a new house with her partner has already found herself warring with her neighbors – because they aren’t keen on the way she parks her car.

The anonymous woman explained she had moved her car from her driveway onto the roadside over the weekend because she had two people staying over and wanted to allow them to use her drive.

She was even courteous enough to the other people on her road to move her car to the street opposite and made sure not to block any driveways when she re-parked.

But it seems her thoughtful parking job has backfired, as her new neighbor is now furious at her for “disrespecting” her neighbors by parking out on the street.

She offered to move her car but it was already too late (stock photo)


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In a post on Mumsnet, she said: “Not sure what to think of this. My partner and I moved into a new neighborhood a few weeks ago. It’s a fairly affluent area, with detached houses etc.

“Anyway, we had visitors staying over the weekend for two days, and my partner wanted to move our car so the visitors could park on the drive. He parked the car on the street opposite. Wasn’t blocking anyone’s drive, or parked in an illegal or obstructive way. He parked it there Friday lunchtime.

“Saturday evening neighbor we’ve never met came knocking on the door, and without introducing himself just started having a go at us for parking our car there. He didn’t ask us to move it or explain why it bothered him – just immediately started ranting that we’re ‘disrespecting our neighbours’ and ‘we don’t give as**t’.

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“We said we haven’t done anything wrong, it’s legal to park on any road as long as it’s not blocking a driveway. He accepted it’s not illegal but it’s not acceptable anyway. Said we ‘should have realised’ it would upset him! “

And when the couple offered to move their car, their neighbor continued to “have a go” at them – before sarcastically welcoming them to the neighborhood.

The woman added: “My partner then said sorry I’ll move it, I didn’t mean to upset you and we’d like to keep good relations with you. The guy just kept having a go, and eventually went ‘well you have upset me, welcome to the neighborhood’ and stormed off.

“I’m not being unreasonable here, right? Would you go and have a go at your neighbors for parking a car outside your house for a couple of days? I keep overthinking it, is it rude to park outside someone’s house?”

Commenters on the Mumsnet post encouraged the woman to keep her car there for longer – with some saying she needs to stand her ground against her neighbor.

One person said: “We lived somewhere with neighbors like this, it was very trying. They had all retired early and didn’t seem to do anything other than look at the road for what they saw as infractions. I would be polite but live your own life as it suits you.”

While another added: “Well you’ve annoyed him anyway so you have nothing further to lose. May as well crack on and park there whenever it suits you!”

“He clearly needs a hobby or a job,” a third stated.

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