He Parked One of His Seven Cars on the Street, But His Neighbors Accused Him of “Stealing” the Space and Bringing the Neighborhood Down

A man recently went online to ask if he was wrong to keep one of his fleet of vehicles on a street with limited parking. Here’s his story.

He lives in the suburbs

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“For a bit of background, I live in an oddly laid-out 1950s subdivision on a street that curves as it goes from east to west,” the man explained.

He had a big driveway

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“Me and my next-door neighbor are the only guys on the street with large square lots and large driveways that can park multiple cars, as we are on the straight part of the street.

Others have to make do

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The man said that other residents had to make do with narrower, pie-shaped lots and driveways that could hold one car. Some had no driveway at all, and only a few had garages.

There were parking restrictions

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The neighborhood also had a parking ordinance that meant cars had to park on a different side of the street every night, which caused quite a few problems.

His neighbors didn’t like him

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The man revealed that he’d received angry letters from two neighbors telling him that he was stealing a valuable street parking space and turning the street into an eyesore because of the large number of cars he owned—he had seven vehicles. The letters also implied that other residents were unhappy with him about it.

He called them hypocrites

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The letter-writing neighbors were threatening to complain to the authorities, but the man pointed out their hypocrisy: they each kept two large vehicles on the street, whereas he kept one small car.

He thought they were jealous

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The man put his neighbors’ complaints down to jealousy. They didn’t like him having a drive large enough to keep six cars on because they didn’t have the luxury of a big drive themselves.

He looked after his toys

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The man stressed that all of his vehicles were kept clean and maintained. He kept the sedan he drove every day on the road, and then kept his “toys”—a mix of classic cars, campervans, and sports cars—on the drive. There were no junkers or rustbuckets in sight.

He also said that his cars were parked neatly and orderly, not strewn around at random. He also looked after the rest of his lot, and his house was well-maintained.

There was no case to answer

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To be on the safe side, the man had asked his Department of Public Works if his neighbors would have a case against him, and they’d assured him that they didn’t.

He had a solution

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The man had also reassured his neighbors that he was planning to build a garage on his lot to get four of his cars indoors, but that hadn’t placated them either.

He asked the internet

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The man asked the online community if he was in the wrong to a) have seven cars and b) park one of them in the street.

The internet responded

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The man’s story divided opinion. “Just because you’re technically compliant with code doesn’t mean you’re not morally wrong,” said one. “Perhaps find a storage facility for one or two of your cars to be more neighborly.”

“Telling you to move your car off the street is no different from someone asking you to give them something out of your cart at the grocery store because you got the last one and they want it,” said another.

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