Her Neighbor Asked to Use Her Driveway Because His Wife was Sick, but the Second They Couldn’t Park There Immediately, They Both Began Screaming Abuse at Her 

A woman recently went online to ask if she could have handled an angry confrontation about driveway access with her neighbors differently. Here’s what she had to say.

His wife is ill

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“I have a neighbor whose wife has cancer,” the woman began. “He and I don’t exactly have a friendly relationship, but we have a neutral one.”

He asked permission

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“A year ago, he asked if he could use our driveway because it would be easier to help his wife to his car in case of emergencies.”

She agreed to help

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The woman explained that she’d agreed because it was for a good cause and her family didn’t use it that often anyway.

Her friend dropped by

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The previous day, the woman, who works as a caterer, had a friend come over to pick up some food she’d cooked. Her friend parked on her driveway, as all the street parking was taken.

Her neighbor arrived

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The woman said that it was only a quick stop. She’d helped her friend put the food in her car and had a quick chat. Her friend was just about to leave when her neighbor arrived in his car.

His actions shocked the woman and her friend.

He began yelling

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Abandoning his car in the middle of the street, her neighbor walked over to her, loudly cussing her out in front of her friend, all because someone else was using her driveway.

The neighbor’s aggressive behavior shocked the woman, but when his wife got out of the car too, things got even worse.

His wife joined in

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Before the woman knew what was happening, both the man and his wife were verbally assaulting her. They were yelling, calling her names, and accusing her of being a “terrible person” for using her own driveway.

They ganged up on her

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The woman tried to reason with the pair, explaining that her friend was only picking up a catering order, but the pair began guilt-tripping the woman about her neighbor’s cancer.

She wasn’t sure

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The woman felt that she was technically in the right but also felt that she could have handled the situation better. She said she felt selfish for trying to reason with them when she had agreed that they could use her driveway. At the same time, she didn’t think her neighbors’ aggression was justified.

She asked the internet

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Unsure of whether she’d done the right thing or not, she asked the online community for their thoughts

The internet responded

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Everyone thought the woman could handle the situation better by standing up to her entitled neighbors. “End the arrangement,” said one. “Tell them in no uncertain terms that their actions caused this result, and had they been patient and reasonable, they’d still have access.”

“This is where a backbone is needed,” agreed another. “Tell these people that this arrangement is at an end. If you act abusively, then don’t expect favors.”

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