Need to keep it legal!
July 10, 2012 12:53 PM Subscribe
Anything we can do about cop neighbor's multiple legal street-parked vehicles?
posted by el_yucateco to human relations (43 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My neighbors and I have an issue with a certain individual down the street.
We live in an urban neighborhood, on a heavily populated dead-end street. Residents park on both sides of the street; most houses (such as mine) have no off-street parking and so the majority of residents depend on available street parking on a daily basis.
We have one neighbor who thinks he is entitled to more space than everyone else. This guy has 2 full-size vans, a Ford F-250 fullsize truck, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and then the Saturn he drives. The 2 vans, truck, and Jeep live on the street, never moving. They're actually full of his belongings (looks like a hoarder to me.) But because he keeps all the vehicles registrations up to date, the city won't do anything about it.
To add insult to injury, this guy reserves a spot for himself daily. He keeps the 4 storage vehicles equally spaced apart, just too small for a car. If when he comes home from work and theres no parking, he scrunches his vans together to fit his Saturn in there. If theres open parking on the street, he leaves his cars spaced out and just takes an open spot. Given the size of his vehicles, and his unneighborly tendencies, he single-handedly takes up 6-7 parking spaces ALL THE TIME.
Some snowflake details: this guy is also a cop. He was convicted of some petty crimes a few years ago, was pulled off the streets, but he's still a cop. He lives with his retired mother. I've heard from neighbors than everyone's afraid to confront him, due to his craziness and the (reasonably true) belief that if a conflict ever erupted, the other cops would likely believe his side of the story, since he is one of them. When I first moved in I decided to knock on his door and at least try to have a discussion with him... I waiting until I knew he was home to go over. No one answered the door as I rang the bell, and I noticed I was being filmed from a security cam in his window, and he was probably watching me from inside, opting to ignore me.
So, thats the deal. No one in any official capacity who I've reached out to has any suggestion. I've heard that people have moved away from this street purely because of him abusing the parking situation. Its not a large street, and he takes up the space in front of 4 houses. I don't care if he knows that I'm actively trying to remove his cars, I'm not afraid of him, but I don't know what to do about it. I'm not entertaining illegal suggestions, but if its creative and legal, I'm all ears!
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!