The Original Poster (OP) navigates the everyday challenges of parenthood while grappling with a new neighbor, Brittany, who persistently parks her Prius in front of OP’s house, causing immense inconvenience. Reaching a boiling point, OP takes matters into her own hands by executing a clever revenge plot that leaves Brittany sandwiched between two cars.
The New Neighbor
OP lives on a street with limited parking, struggling with a toddler and a newborn. A new neighbor, Brittany, moves in across the street and starts parking her Prius in front of OP’s house. Brittany’s own parking spot remains empty most of the time. OP finds this frustrating as carrying children and groceries from faraway parking spots becomes a challenge.
The Parking Space
OP notices that Brittany doesn’t maximize the use of the parking space, parking in the middle so no other car could fit. Even though there’s room for two vehicles, Brittany’s parking method prevents anyone else from parking near her. This intensifies OP’s annoyance, making everyday tasks more difficult. Brittany appears to be indifferent to OP’s struggles.
Fed up with the situation, OP decides to confront Brittany directly. Carrying her baby and toddler, OP goes to Brittany’s porch and politely asks her to park in front of her own house. Brittany refuses, calling it inconvenient, and slams the door. The stage is set for OP’s revenge.
OP’s spouse parks his car in front of Brittany’s Prius, leaving the space behind open. Realizing an opportunity for revenge, OP decides to park her second car behind Brittany’s, effectively boxing her in. A plan forms in her mind to give her neighbor a taste of her own medicine.
Closing the Gap
OP meticulously moves her car inch by inch, ensuring there are only inches between her bumper and Brittany’s. She is careful not to make contact but closes the space as much as possible. Then, she switches to her husband’s van and repeats the process from the front. Brittany’s Prius is now sandwiched between two cars.
The Risk Factor
OP’s cars are old and beat up, so she has little to lose if they get scratched or dented. Brittany’s Prius, however, is pristine. OP knows Brittany would hesitate to risk her car and expects a confrontation.
The Waiting Game
OP waits for Brittany to knock on her door, expecting some sort of altercation. The evening passes without any contact from Brittany. OP takes the trash out and finds that the Prius is gone, realizing she must have made a complex maneuver to free her car.
Instead of confronting OP, Brittany disappears from the scene altogether. Her car is gone, and she chooses not to engage. This leaves OP curious but also pleased, as it seems Brittany has taken the hint.
Brittany stops parking in front of OP’s house altogether. She finds that her plan worked and revels in her small victory. Brittany appears to have learned her lesson, making life easier for OP and her family.
Weeks pass, and Brittany starts having visitors who also park in front of OP’s house. Unlike Brittany, they are not permanent neighbors and don’t know the unspoken parking arrangement. OP senses the tension rising again.
The Visitor Conundrum
Brittany’s visitors are using both available parking spaces in front of her house and still choosing to park in front of OP’s home. The situation starts escalating as OP faces parking difficulties once more. The struggle seems to be far from over.
The Street Meeting
Some other neighbors are also getting irritated with the new influx of cars from Brittany’s visitors. A spontaneous street meeting occurs, where neighbors discuss how to handle the parking situation. Brittany avoids joining the discussion, causing further resentment.
OP and other neighbors collectively decide to form an alliance to handle the parking chaos. They even consider formally complaining to the homeowners’ association if the situation doesn’t improve. Brittany is now under indirect community scrutiny.
The Surprise Inspection
A notice comes from the homeowners’ association about a surprise inspection related to parking violations. The neighborhood alliance sees this as an opportunity for formal intervention. Everyone adheres to the rules, leaving Brittany and her visitors no choice but to follow suit.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts her story online for feedback and validation, wondering if she did the right thing. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.
One reader said, “That must have been one heck of a maneuver for her to get out. I don’t know, it’s a Prius. Maybe she picked it up and scooted it out!”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “I have what sounds like the same parking setup and can’t imagine being upset by someone parking in front of my house. You don’t own the street just because you own or rent the home.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “Public street, she can park anywhere like you can. Just because you popped out some kid doesn’t mean you’re more entitled to park on a public street than anyone else. If you want your own spot, pay for a driveway.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “I love winding up entitled people who think the public road is their property if you don’t have a drive, tough. You live on a street where people choose between a drive or a yard?”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.