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Bruceski44

Neighbor's car dead-center in front of my display.

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My neighbor parked one of their cars on the street in front of my house so that it blocks off much of the view to my display. Killjoy! I realize they are not breaking any laws by parking there, but their actions seem passive-aggressive to me. There are many other locations, nearer their house, where they could have parked. I tried to talk with them, but they are away. Funny, their driveway is empty, but they couldn't park there.

I plan to go ask them nicely once they return, but am seeking some advice for how to avoid this behavior. I park my cars in the garage or driveway (imagine that!), but may take to parking on the street in front of my house during the day and moving the car at night. It's a PITA, but I just don't get why someone would steal people's joy like that. At least they haven't vandalized my display.

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edited to fix title typo

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I had a neighbor that always had people over and they would take the spot in front of my home. I just parked my truck there until the show started, then with viewers its impossible to park there, it seemed to work.

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Yes try to talk with them, and ask them if they have any issues with the show that are causing them to act out. Perhaps you can adjust your hours, speaker volume, or whatever, in return for them knocking it off.

If they're just being jerks, then I can't think of a different solution other than Mike's...

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They may not even realize it what they did. :confused:;)

I would first go ever and ask them to move it and explain why. I would even offer to help get it out of the way!

If no help, I would probly call a tow truck and see if they would move it. (I can be a jerk like that though!)

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They may not even realize it what they did. :confused:;)

Good point. That happened to another PC member a year or two ago, he was fuming over it for awhile, and finally went to talk with them and it turned out they didn't even think about what they were doing, and were happy to park elsewhere.

If no help, I would probly call a tow truck and see if they would move it. (I can be a jerk like that though!)

You can't have someone's car towed when it's parked legally on a public street.

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can-> can't

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I park my car in the street in front of the house till the show starts then put it in the driveway. (My garage is used soley for storage of the light spools and boxes used for my holiday displays. I really need to get a couple of sheds!)

I had no real issues with traffic till this year. A neighbor was actually blocked in her driveway and the occupants of the car that was blocking her actually "refused" to move so they would not loose their place! I found out about that 2 days later when I saw 2 empty garbage cans in front of her driveway to prevent people from parking in front of her drive.

I contacted "The Demented Elf" to see if he could provide me a clip to remind people about being a bit more courteous and he complied PROMPTLY and provided exactly what I needed, and in the Christmas Spirit, at no charge!

I do plan to utilize the "Elf" for more sound bites for next years show but for this year, the message seems to help a bit. I have a 70 minute show and have the "Traffic" sound bite play about every 22 minutes in the show.

Doug

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Around here it has to be there for more than 72 hours to be towed.

Argh, I said "can" when I meant "can't"! Fixed now.

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When I read threads like this I feel very lucky and blessed to have the neighbors I do. They are all supportive of my display. I was out all day plowing yesterday and two of my neighbors used their snowblowers to widen the street so that people could still park to see the display. There are great people around here.

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Maybe you could tell them people trying to watch your display actually thought the car was yours, and was asking you if you could move it..;)

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I have nothing to add but I wanted to annoy you all with my banners.

LOL, one ad is for vegan products, the other a meat slicer.

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If no help, I would probly call a tow truck and see if they would move it. (I can be a jerk like that though!)

You can't have someone's car towed when it's parked legally on a public street.

Oh but it would be so fun to see the outcome since it is not my display. :giggle:

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Thanks for all the helpful and entertaining suggestions. I went over this morning when I saw some activity and asked the oldest son if it was his car. I think his name is Kyle NO! because that's all I ever hear his parents call him. I should have realized a juvenile was involved. He moved it right away and from now on I'll pre-emptively park there myself until nightfall. Thanks again for the suggestions. The helpful ones and the entertaining ones.

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His car probably leaks oil, transmission fluid, or antifreeze all over the ground so His dad won't let him park it anywhere near the house..So he parks in front of yours:p

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This wouldn't take too long to do,a nd I doubt the neighbors would notice you did anything to their car....

http://www.uglychristmaslights.com/2005_collection/reindeer_truck.html

I Want One!

And, I'm glad my neighbors are my neighbors! There only problem is that they think I should rent a bucket truck for everyone!

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