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Riot advice sought on an unwelcome car

By 19 February 2009 76

Johnboy’s garaging cars at home poll reminded me to ask you lovely people for some advice…

We Evils live very near to a town centre – i.e. our street has parking sign only allowing parking within certain periods of the day.

This seems to make most people park in the paid parking areas closer to their workplaces.

However, we seem to get a car consistently parking up on the grassed area between the road and our home (on what I would call our front lawn). 

Therefore, to cleverly avoid getting a parking ticket this car is disguised to be garaged at our residence. I guess they have avoided paying for parking and/or are looking after the health with the extended walk into work.

I know that technically I can’t do anything about the 6m of land up from the road, but what about the car? I’d like to hear your thoughts…

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76 Responses to Riot advice sought on an unwelcome car
#1
Gungahlin Al2:21 pm, 19 Feb 09
#2
The Brad2:24 pm, 19 Feb 09

Is it merely annoying, or actually a nuisance.

If it’s a nuisance, I’d write a polite letter, and stick it on their front window. Hopefully they’ll desist.

If it’s merely annoying, I’d suffer it out, and hope that Karma gets them.

If it’s really annoying, write on the windows, in Lipstick “Don’t park here”
If it’s really really annoying, smear something disgusting on their door handles,e.g. Anthrax.
If it’s really really really annoying, have them towed away.
And then hope that Karma doesn’t get you.

#3
Clown Killer2:25 pm, 19 Feb 09

I suspect that the guy might just be lucky. Years ago I used to rent a place in Turner and being a group house we used to have cars all over the shop. Every couple of months one of us would get a parking ticket for being up on the grass curb. From recollection the infringement used to read “Parked on ACT Land – Other” which I always thought to be odd given that just about everywhere in Canberra is ACT land.

In terms of solving your problem, have you tried calling TAMS and reporing an abandonned vehicle? Hust tell them its been there for a fornight … with any luck they’ll come and tow it away.

#4
The Brad2:26 pm, 19 Feb 09

And if you do decide to do something about it, when/if you see them, tell them it was the people up the road, and you tried to stop them. Otherwise, it may be not Karma seeking retribution.

#5
NoAddedMSG2:36 pm, 19 Feb 09

Plant a couple of shrubs on the strip, then put posts around them so the car can’t just drive over them. I think this would be a karmically neutral move. If you actually water them and keep the plants alive, it becomes karmically positive.

Failing that, large rocks on the ground tend to deter cars.

#6
fnaah2:38 pm, 19 Feb 09

Buy a wheel clamp and charge them $50 to unlock it.

#7
peterh2:39 pm, 19 Feb 09

get a great big white sticker, and cover their front windscreen.

#8
gingermick2:42 pm, 19 Feb 09

Got a hammer?

#9
Fiona2:43 pm, 19 Feb 09

NoAddedMSG said :

Plant a couple of shrubs on the strip, then put posts around them so the car can’t just drive over them. I think this would be a karmically neutral move. If you actually water them and keep the plants alive, it becomes karmically positive.

Failing that, large rocks on the ground tend to deter cars.

Only if you don’t flout the water restictions, right?

#10
niftydog2:44 pm, 19 Feb 09

Build a front porch, purchase some overalls, a rocking chair and a shotgun, learn to play banjo, start a chewing tobacco habit etc etc…

Yup, city rangers. The parking arrangements are obviously intended to stop non-residents from parking in your street so I’m sure they’ll see it your way.

#11
screaming banshee2:44 pm, 19 Feb 09

deflate the odd tyre perhaps

#12
The Brad2:50 pm, 19 Feb 09

Put a “for sale” sign on their window.

#13
jakez2:52 pm, 19 Feb 09

I’d start off with a polite note. If that doesn’t work, call the relevant bureaucrat. If that doesn’t work, come be bitter about the Government with me.

#14
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_2:57 pm, 19 Feb 09

Don’t damage the car. Plant some trees/shrubs with stakes around them on the spot where they park. If the trees/shrubs get damaged by the car, report it to the police.

#15
The Brad2:57 pm, 19 Feb 09

Get a few strong friends over, and turn the car 180 degrees. Mess with the owners mind.

ok, might need a lot of friends to do this.

#16
G-Fresh3:02 pm, 19 Feb 09

Siphon the tank every time they do it.

#17
hk0reduck3:04 pm, 19 Feb 09

Do you reckon they might be deterring thieves away from your house by making your house look like it’s always occupied?

That would be heaps nice of them.

#18
harvyk13:05 pm, 19 Feb 09

NoAddedMSG said :

Failing that, large rocks on the ground tend to deter cars.

Yes, but do it whilst the car is parked there. The look on the owners face would be priceless.

#19
shanefos3:14 pm, 19 Feb 09

Potato in the exhaustpipe.
Or expanding foam.

#20
The Brad3:20 pm, 19 Feb 09

Confetti and tinsel on the car.

Harmless, but a little bit creepy.

But to be more annoying……replace confetti with cooked undrained spaghetti. That stuff is sticky.

#21
hk0reduck3:23 pm, 19 Feb 09

Then they can go to their friends, ‘Some bastard al dente’d my car!’.

#22
goose3:26 pm, 19 Feb 09

Call one of those “we want your car for junk, free pick up” that will get rid of it :)

#23
S4anta3:31 pm, 19 Feb 09

copious amounts of bird seed in the trees above (if any)? A few dys of the car being used a toilet ought question their choice of park me thinks.

#24
willo3:34 pm, 19 Feb 09

cover the offending car in various colours of contact….including the windows…..

#25
deezagood3:41 pm, 19 Feb 09

You guys are creative!

#26
braddonboy3:45 pm, 19 Feb 09

Would like to know how it’s disguised. I got a ticket earlier this week for parking on the strip in Braddon “Park on verge/path in built-up area” $72. Ouch.

#27
cmdwedge3:54 pm, 19 Feb 09

http://www.liquidass.com/ in the air vents. Problem solved. Hilarity will ensue.

#28
dr.evil3:54 pm, 19 Feb 09

Wow…you guys are amazing…and here I was calling myself dr.evil. There are some interesting suggestions – I might need to discuss it with the family tonight and hatch our (evil) plan. I will let you know.

#29
Mr Evil3:55 pm, 19 Feb 09

Remove his/her number plates and throw them away.

#30
Kramer3:56 pm, 19 Feb 09

S4anta said :

copious amounts of bird seed in the trees above (if any)? A few dys of the car being used a toilet ought question their choice of park me thinks.

Awesome one S4nta – not illegal, non-confrontational, could be construed as totally innocent!

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