This is a post I recently placed on NextDoor.com that generated nearly 150 responses from my neighbors.
Dear Marvelous Neighbors,
This morning my teenage son backed out of our driveway and into the neighbor's SUV that was parked on the street. He takes full responsibility for his accident and he feels devastated by this (he has only had his license since September). But the fact that this car was parked directly in the path of a teenager that backs out of his driveway is rather suspect, especially when you have 500 miles of empty street and your own big, long driveway. Unless you are just in the market for an insurance check and a bunch of dings and bangs on your vehicle, it doesn't make any sense to park in the path of someone that you know is a brand new driver. Since my neighbors that parked their SUV in this dangerous spot are officers of the law, this makes my son's case stranger yet. It is, without a doubt, an accident that should have been prevented: first, by a clear-thinking, honest, and responsible adult; second, by an alert and conscientious teenage driver. Now, sadly, my son's financial loss is another's big gain; but in life unfair advantages take many forms.
My message to all of you is this: The HOA does not recommend parking in the street, and if you do, common sense and courtesy should be your guide.
Have a nice day!
The cops across the street are rather unfriendly bordering on the hateful side, but I really don't care anyway. What bothered me is how they handled the situation when my son grazed their car. I thought the man cop acted kind of professional (even though I didn't appreciate him taking my child over to the side of his house almost like he was arresting him), but she was just a hot mess screaming loud enough for everyone up and down the street to come outside and look at what the heck was going on. The bottom line is this, as soon as my child made that impression on her car, he came straight in the house and told me. We went over there together to report what happened, and we walked away with a pretty low opinion of our cop neighbors.
I closed my comments on NextDoor like this: