We get it, people are passionate about their parking spots! When someone steals your precious parking space, the situation can get ugly. Buckle up, because these homeowners shared their petty parking drama and how they got sweet revenge! Content has been edited for clarity.
“I Finally Had Enough”
“I have always parked my truck on the street in front of my house. It is a public street, and there aren’t any parking restrictions. Up until this incident, all of the neighbors have respected their space directly in front of each person’s home.
About two years ago, a new neighbor bought the house across the street from me. During the summer, I began having a parking problem with the new neighbor. Although there were nine parking spaces available on their side of the street, they chose to park in front of my home across the street. Even if I only left my house for a short period of time, I would come home and one of their cars would be parked where I normally parked my truck.
I repeatedly asked the neighbor to stop parking in my spot. I knocked on their door, left notes in their mailbox, and tried to speak to them face-to-face. They weren’t listening to me, and I finally had enough!
One afternoon, I came home and their car was parked in my space again. I pulled my truck up tight behind them, making sure they couldn’t leave. I backed my car out of my garage and parked it in front of their car. The neighbor was totally boxed in, and there was no way they could get out without talking to me.
Four men in their late twenties came running out of my neighbor’s house screaming at me. They waved their arms at me and called me terrible names. I am a seventy-five-year-old senior citizen. One of the men even ran toward me with his fists raised and ready to attack!
Finally, the neighbor came out of the home and assessed the situation. The other four men were frequent ‘visitors’ of the neighbor. Two of the men grabbed the person who attempted to attack me and hauled him back inside. The neighbor and I had a long conversation afterward.
He said, ‘I didn’t know this was such a big issue for you, or that the issue arose all too often. In my line of work, I travel often so I am usually not home. My brother also lives in the home, so he must be the person parking in your spot. I can assure you it won’t happen again. If it does, please call me and I will handle it immediately.’
I replied, ‘What a misunderstanding, thank you so much. If it happens again, I will be sure to let you know.’
I moved my car back into the garage, the offending vehicle left, and I moved my truck back into the proper spot.
The incident occurred nearly ten months ago, and all has gone well since then. The incident could have turned very nasty, but I was glad it didn’t. Being an elderly woman, the four men running toward me absolutely scared the daylights out of me. There was no question in my mind that if the owner wasn’t home, trouble would have escalated with the four other men.
At the end of the day, I am relieved the situation was just a crazy misunderstanding.”
“She Wanted To Take Out Her Rage On Me”
“I previously lived in a very congested city. I would be lucky to even find a parking space on the street a couple of blocks away from my home. Most of the time, I would choose to walk or take public transportation because it was impossible to find a parking spot when I arrived back home. Not only this, but cars would park extremely close to one another. So close, it was very difficult for cars to get in and out of their driveways. Cars wouldn’t get towed for blocking someone’s driveway, as long as the offense wasn’t too obnoxious.
Prior to living in the city, I did live in other areas where street parking was a breeze. Most people would park in front of their homes and there wouldn’t be any issues. Generally, all of my neighbors seemed to have an understanding that we would avoid parking in front of each other’s houses. If we absolutely had to, we certainly wouldn’t park near the edge of the driveways. Sometimes people had guests in their homes who parked wherever it was most convenient, and it would frustrate the people who normally parked in those spaces.
I once had a memorable confrontation with a neighbor who didn’t appreciate where I parked. Though we lived on a residential property, the street was fairly busy. Usually, I could find a parking space within a block or two of my house so it wasn’t too bad. It was not a situation where I could always guarantee I would be parking directly in front of my home, though.
One day, I parked across the street in the only space I could find. I didn’t think much of it, as other people parked where they wanted to all of the time. As I was walking toward my home, I heard someone screaming.
I turned around and a woman began yelling, ‘You cannot park right in front of my home! This is a private parking spot!’
None of the parking spots on the street were ‘private.’ I just happened to be the lucky person who parked there while she was watching. She clearly just wanted to take her pent-up rage out on me.
The woman continued screaming, ‘Are you going to leave your car parked here again for days?!’
I had never parked in her spot before, so I had no idea what she was talking about. As she stood there throwing a fit and encroaching on my personal space, I stayed very calm. I knew she was completely in the wrong and overreacting. If she had some compelling reason she needed to keep the parking spot open, she could have explained it to me. Instead, she chose to threaten me.
She cried, ‘I am going to call the police on you and have your car towed! You will never see your car again!’
I responded matter-of-factly, ‘This is a public street. My car is valid and registered, and I am lawfully parked.’
My low-key demeanor seemed to make her even angrier, but I walked away and never heard from her again.
At the time, I lived with several other people. Most of them would have made the woman’s life miserable if they were in my shoes, so I was glad it happened to me instead. I had no interest in an ongoing feud with my neighbor across the street.”
Car Camping And Crummy Neighbors
“During a camping trip I took with my partner and two friends, we ran into some parking spot troubles. We set up camp in a large green field next to a block of villas. We asked anyone we could find if camping in this area was okay, and each answer we received was positive. There were cars parked on the opposite side of the road next to the villas. I checked all of the signs, and there wasn’t a parking ban on the street. I left my car parked by the street, minding not to block entrances or villa windows.
In the morning, we all began packing and getting ready to leave. We stored some packing materials in the trunk of the car, so my partner went to grab them while I took down the tent. While I was packing, I realized she had been gone for quite some time. I looked over, and I spotted two elderly people angrily yelling at her.
I walked over to my partner and asked, ‘What’s going on?’
She furrowed her brows and replied, ‘The owners want to remove our car from their property.’
I walked over to the older couple and tried to reason with them.
I explained, ‘I am so sorry for bothering you, I will be removing our car in about five minutes.’
The man heatedly replied, ‘You are blocking our way! You aren’t going to move your car in five minutes, you are going to move it right now!’
I was confused. Our car was parked against a solid garden wall by the street, and it wasn’t blocking the couple in.
I shrugged and said, ‘This isn’t a passageway. Give us five minutes, and we will be out of here.’
The woman cried, ‘Remove your car immediately! If you don’t, I will call security and have you removed. By the way, camping is illegal here, too!’
Slightly annoyed, I responded, ‘This is a public street, and there aren’t any parking prohibitions. How do you suppose security has the grounds to remove us? Also, camping here isn’t illegal, and we asked everyone we could find about it.
The couple was livid.
The man shouted, ‘It doesn’t matter! We will get them to tow your car! This is our property, get out now!’
Completely fed up, I yelled back, ‘You know what? I was about to leave, but I think I changed my mind. I am going to stay right here for the rest of the day, and my car won’t be moving an inch! Call whoever you would like. If somebody tows my vehicle, I will report them to the police for theft.’
The man replied, ‘You have completely lost your mind.’
I snappily responded, ‘Maybe I have. Take care of my car when I’m gone. See you later!’
My partner and I walked away, and we proceeded to make a lengthy breakfast. We took plenty of time packing, made some tea, and eyed the annoying neighbors while we did so.
After a couple of hours, we finally got bored and left. Those neighbors were insane if they thought they were going to tow my car.”
“I Had Plenty Of Time To Be Petty”
“A few weeks ago, I picked up a rental car before I left to go on a business trip. I swung by my house to pick up my bags afterward, as the rental car pickup building was less than a mile from my house. My co-worker was in the car with me, and he waited in the car while I grabbed my belongings from inside the house.
I got lucky, and the space directly in front of my house was empty. I parked and dashed inside to grab my bags. Not even thirty seconds later, a neighbor began banging on the passenger side window of my car.
The neighbor demanded, ‘I need you to move this car right now so I can park!’
My co-worker kindly replied, ‘We are going to be leaving shortly. My friend just popped inside to grab their bags, she will be out shortly and we will be on our way.’
Apparently, the neighbor loathed my co-worker’s response. I was watching the entire situation from my window, and I stormed out of my house enraged, suitcase in hand.
I yelled, ‘What the heck? Why are you screaming at her?’
My neighbor bitterly replied, ‘You have no right to park your car there! You don’t own this street!’
At this point, I simply tossed my suitcase in the trunk, opened the driver’s door, shut the car off, and told my co-worker to get out of the car.
I told my co-worker, ‘Please, come inside. I just decided that I am hungry, and I would like to enjoy a nice lunch before we leave for our trip.’
We were an hour ahead of schedule, so I had plenty of time to be petty.
I looked at the neighbor and continued, ‘Keep in mind, I have a camera on the front of my house. I would be very careful about what you decide to do next.’
My co-worker and I headed inside my house to lounge around for about forty-five minutes. The neighbor simply looked at us, completely appalled at what was happening.
All my neighbor had to do was park her car across the street, not even an extra twenty feet away from her house. The horror!
The neighbor hasn’t spoken to me since this incident, and I hope they never do.”
“Karma Is So Sweet”
“I once had a neighbor who threw a fit when I parked in front of his house. Mind you, we both lived on a public street. The neighbor had a double-wide driveway, and his cars were always in his garage. He didn’t like anyone parking on ‘his property,’ which he considered the street to be.
I occasionally parked in my neighbor’s driveway when my kids visited my house. One time, the neighbor actually threatened me! He never had the nerve to threaten my husband or any of my sons, though. Unfortunately for him, one of my sons found out he threatened me, and he went flying out of the house to the neighbors. The neighbor called the police on his cell phone, and everyone stood around waiting for the police to arrive.
The neighbor cried, ‘You all were threatening me!’
Another neighbor who came outside rebutted, ‘Don’t you always threaten her, though?’
One of the officers questioned, ‘Why don’t you park in front of your own house?’
I responded, ‘I can’t park on that side of the street, it’s a law. There’s even a sign.’
Everyone trekked over to read the sign. It was old and faded, but it did in fact say, ‘No Parking.’
The officer turned to the neighbor and explained, ‘You both do live on a public street, and it is not considered private property. Anyone is entitled to parking on your side of the street, even in front of your house if they would like to.’
The neighbor became so upset that he began parking one of his vehicles on the street. He parked right in front of his house so absolutely nobody else could. One night, someone plowed into his car and destroyed the entire driver’s side. The driver didn’t stop, so it was considered a hit-and-run accident and the neighbor had to pay for the deductible.
Karma is so, so, sweet.”
A Snowy Situation
“Last winter, my friend lived in an apartment complex. At the complex, everyone had their own designated parking space. Apparently, there were individuals who believed it was acceptable to park in spaces designated for other tenants. There were usually one or two offending cars, so depending on who came home from work last, they would lose their parking spot.
My friend was fine with her spot being taken the first few times it happened. She thought it would only be an occasional issue, and it wouldn’t repeat often. Later on, it became a habitual process. She was able to catch them taking her parking spot and attempted to nicely explain to rules to the individual. They chose to be ignorant and ignored her.
The person claimed, ‘Well, there aren’t any other spots available. I don’t see the issue in parking here, do you?’
This was a poor decision on their part.
Over the next couple of days, our area received a lot of snowfall. It made a tall wall of snow around the parking spaces, so there was only one way to pull in and out.
My friend had already tried playing nice to the person stealing her parking spot, but to no avail. She wound up parking behind them making it impossible for the person to leave. Her car blocked the back end of their car, and the snow completely surrounded the sides. She waited patiently with a mischievous smirk on her face. They made hopeless attempts to back out, but there was no way possible they could exit.
After my friend had her fun, she reiterated the rules and moved her car.
The person hasn’t parked in her spot since.”
The Worrisome Work Truck
“I previously worked for a company that manufactured heavy equipment. I was a field mechanic, so I drove a rather large truck that had the company logo on it. I always parked in front of my house, as the truck was too large to fit in my driveway.
There was an older woman across the street who always had a fit about where I parked my truck. She believed parking the truck in front of my own house blocked her windows to the world. All she did was sit inside her house staring outside the window all the time, so who could blame her?
During the week, the truck was only in front of my house in the early morning hours and late at night. Unless I received a service call on the weekend, it would also be parked there on Saturdays and Sundays. The woman had pounded on my door multiple times and demanded I move my vehicle. She has left notes in my mailbox and on my truck windows. I have heard she has called code enforcement, the police, and called a congressman about it, too! Mind you, this was all for a truck parked in front of my own house!
Eventually, the police told her if she didn’t stop bothering me, she would be arrested for harassment.
Sorry, lady. The truck is staying parked in the same spot.”
“I had parking issues with my neighbors who were renting the house next door to mine. Instead of parking in front of their home, they would always park in front of mine. The neighbors had four vehicles, a two-car driveway, and an empty garage. There was also space in front of their own house to park, so I never understood why they chose to park in front of mine. Anytime I knocked on their door to ask them to move, nobody answered.
Initially, I told the renter, ‘I don’t care where everyone parks, please don’t block my gate, though.’
I had a concrete walkway running from my house to the gate, and it is where I parked my motorcycle in the summer. The neighbors didn’t park in front of the gate for a few weeks, but after a while, they started parking there again.
I found one of the neighbors and pleaded, ‘Can you stop parking in front of my gate, please? Just park in front of my house!’
The neighbor replied, ‘Sure thing. I will let everyone else in the house know, too.’
It worked for a couple of weeks, but they started parking in front of the gate once more. So, I decided I would start parking in front of their house.
One night, the main renter parked in front of the gate again. I was fed up.
I bought a bunch of stickers stating, ‘Nice parking, dummy’ and stuck them on the neighbor’s windshields.
They were small, and they didn’t obstruct any viewing. The stickers also wouldn’t damage the car, however, they didn’t come off with water. If you wanted to remove the sticker, you would have to use a razor blade.
Two weeks passed, and they didn’t block my gate again. I have plenty more stickers if they ever decide to park in my spot again.
Hopefully, my neighbors learned their lesson.”
“It Was Easier To Get The Police Involved”
“In my neighborhood, there weren’t any sidewalks. I had a neighbor who wouldn’t park any cars in front of his own home, and he always created problems for everyone else.
My husband and I are disabled, and we needed to be able to walk to the street and have a clear line of sight to exit our driveway. We tried speaking to the neighbor who always parked in front of our driveway, but they didn’t care. Afterward, they left their car parked in front of my home for three days.
I was familiar with the parking laws, so I called the police. The neighbor wasn’t allowed to leave their car parked in front of my home for more than forty-eight hours without notice to the police.
The police speaking to my neighbor seemed to solve the issue. He now had to move his cars around in his driveway every day instead of parking in front of my home.
If the neighbor would have talked to my husband and me, we would have been glad to come to some sort of agreement. Sometimes talking with a neighbor won’t help as they don’t care about anyone but themselves. It was easier to get the police involved to solve the problem for me.”
“I Had Her Vehicle Towed Off My Property”
“A couple of years ago, I started having parking problems with my neighbor. She would use my front yard as her driveway, and the front end of her vehicle would always be parked in my grass.
I initially approached her and explained, ‘You parking your car in my yard is ruining my flower beds.’
The neighbor stopped parking there for about a month, then she began parking her entire car on top of my mulch and flower beds. The nerve she had!
I had a beautiful mulched area with a flower bed running along the side of my yard and it went around my driveway on both sides. The side of the flower bed closest to her driveway was about a foot away, so she had plenty of parking space for her car.
The last time she parked on my flower beds was the same day I had her vehicle towed off of my property. She called the police and claimed I had stolen her car. Thankfully, I already had an officer respond who told me I had the right to have her car towed. I took photos to prove where she had parked on my property. Before she got her vehicle back, I had a friend help me add some very large boulders around my flower bed, making it impossible for her to park in my yard.
Maybe if she ever learned how to park correctly, her car wouldn’t have been towed. She had to pay over three hundred bucks to get her vehicle back, but she never parked in my yard again.”
“It Drove Me Absolutely Insane”
“One day, a particularly cruddy van parked right in front of my house. Every day, I came home from work only for the ugly van to be parked right next to my driveway. It drove me absolutely insane! I had to put up with these neighbors leaving their trash out all week and leaving their holiday lights up year-round, and now, the van.
I bought a truck and parked it directly in front of my home. There was plenty of room in the driveway for it, but I wanted to block the van from parking in front of my house again. Still, the van persisted. The driver would nose in behind me, leaving minimal room to enter and exit.
After six months of putting up with the van, I left an angry note on the car.
The note read, ‘Please do not park here again,’ and I stuck it directly under their windshield wiper.
Surprisingly, the van never parked in front of my house again. I had my spot back and even parked my truck in the driveway again. There was nothing but sweet, empty, bliss in front of my house.”