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(Omaha World Herald)   Couple doesn't get why the city keeps ticketing them for parking their cars in their driveway with the ass-end of the vehicles hanging out across the city sidewalk. "This whole thing is odd"   (omaha.com) divider line 205
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2014-01-03 05:47:35 PM
They would likely be ticketed in my area as well. Many places don't allow you to park your car in a manner that blocks the sidewalk.
 
2014-01-03 06:03:13 PM
If I'm walking in my neighborhood and I have to walk into the road to get around your damned car, move your damned car off the sidewalk!
 
2014-01-03 06:04:05 PM
It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.
 
2014-01-03 06:04:27 PM
Someone in the neighborhood is calling us every day to complain, the police said. No, we can't tell you who

The cops don't need to say who.  They probably already know.  And that person is going to regret being such a ninny.

/my local ninny moved out last year, thank god
 
2014-01-03 06:04:42 PM

kimwim: If I'm walking in my neighborhood and I have to walk into the road to get around your damned car, move your damned car off the sidewalk!


Well, then, it's a good thing that TFA clearly states that you don't have to walk on the road to get past the cars.
 
2014-01-03 06:05:45 PM
Years of inaction by enforcement have taught these folks that disregarding the public sidewalk for their own convenience is acceptable. Then, most likely, someone complained.
 
2014-01-03 06:08:43 PM
Cranky neighbor:

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2014-01-03 06:10:14 PM
I hope the neighbor who is complaining puts down his or her phone. I hope he or she goes and knocks on Karen's door and asks if she has a second. And then - and this is important - I hope Karen takes the advice on her neon-green sign, the advice about being neighborly, and responds in kind.  I hope that together they figure out a way that Karen and her neighbor Andrea can park in their driveways - errr, accessways - without getting tickets. And I hope they figure out a way to let the pedestrians pass without too much of a hassle

Not me.  I'm hoping they burn each others houses down and then kill each other with shotguns.  That would make a great follow-up story.
 
2014-01-03 06:15:57 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.


Well, I suppose if you're going to indulge in projection you might as well get damn good at it.
 
2014-01-03 06:18:41 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.


Having been a parent without a car, I have many times had to wheel my son's stroller to the grocery store or some other location and been forced into the street by someone's car blocking the entirety of the sidewalk. While this may be a simple bother in good weather, it causes problems when weather turns inclement. Puddles soak the bottom and ruin the wheels. Snow banks force me even further into the street and put my and my son's health in danger. And all because you choose not to park on the street or to pull into your garage. So how about you think about someone other than yourself or go fark yourself?
 
2014-01-03 06:19:46 PM

ArkAngel: Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.

Having been a parent without a car, I have many times had to wheel my son's stroller to the grocery store or some other location and been forced into the street by someone's car blocking the entirety of the sidewalk. While this may be a simple bother in good weather, it causes problems when weather turns inclement. Puddles soak the bottom and ruin the wheels. Snow banks force me even further into the street and put my and my son's health in danger. And all because you choose not to park on the street or to pull into your garage. So how about you think about someone other than yourself or go fark yourself?


Well then, it's a good thing TFA clearly states that you don't have to go into the street, or even off the sidewalk, to get around the cars, then, isn't it?
 
2014-01-03 06:20:19 PM
www.omaha.com

My god they both have two-car garages and they can't fit ONE car into them? And failing that, just make an agreement with your other parking-challenged neighbour and both of you park sideways, one on top, the other on the bottom.
 
2014-01-03 06:25:13 PM

Barfmaker: Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.

Well, I suppose if you're going to indulge in projection you might as well get damn good at it.


You have a better imagining of why complaints started up suddenly after years of no problems?  Hit me with your best shot.

Perhaps old Mrs. Dempster, aged 87, who recently fell and now has to walk with a cane, but still walks her Pomeranian Fluffy every day, finds those extra 3 steps to go around the cars - but stay on the sidewalk - just enough to make her life a living hell?
 
2014-01-03 06:25:19 PM
Looking at the second picture in the article, they vehicles do seem to be blocking the entire sidewalk.
 
2014-01-03 06:31:02 PM
I'm thinking karma's already at work, punishing the cocksuckers who park on the sidewalk.
The busybody neighbor will probably get a cupcake.
 
2014-01-03 06:31:35 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Barfmaker: Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.

Well, I suppose if you're going to indulge in projection you might as well get damn good at it.

You have a better imagining of why complaints started up suddenly after years of no problems?  Hit me with your best shot.

Perhaps old Mrs. Dempster, aged 87, who recently fell and now has to walk with a cane, but still walks her Pomeranian Fluffy every day, finds those extra 3 steps to go around the cars - but stay on the sidewalk - just enough to make her life a living hell?


How about one of them was involved in an affair and kept promising they'd leave the spouse but never did and finally the affair partner had enough and broke up with them and is now taunting them with the parking issue.

Hmm, I kinda like that one.
 
2014-01-03 06:33:40 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor...


After seeing the second pic, I completely agree.
 
2014-01-03 06:41:23 PM
If you didn't have a garage, or not even a 2 car garage I would feel bad.  Clean your hoard and put your car where god intended.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-03 06:44:31 PM
This arrangement didn't seem to matter for years, Karen and Andrea say. After all, there is still 5 or 6 feet of driveway clearance for pedestrians to walk and jog and push baby strollers around the cars without having to step into the street. A tiny inconvenience, they think. Nothing more.

A sidewalk is supposed to have a prevailing width of at least 5 feet. A verge should be over two feet wide (but this is custom, not law). Five feet of clearance means pedestrians have to detour around the cars, but don't have to walk into the street.

Now, Karen and Andrea could have solved this problem by pulling inside their garages. ... They could have solved this problem by parking on 51st Street... they own houses that include driveways. That's where they prefer to park.

After this part I decided the entire neighborhood should be razed.
 
2014-01-03 07:23:29 PM
Thanks Omaha.
 
2014-01-03 08:15:57 PM
dundee problems
 
2014-01-03 08:18:35 PM
As a runner, I hate people like that. I've never called the cops on them but I applaud the busy-body who did. The sidewalk is not yours. Stay off it, every part of it.
 
2014-01-03 08:18:45 PM

Barfmaker: [www.omaha.com image 598x399]

My god they both have two-car garages and they can't fit ONE car into them? And failing that, just make an agreement with your other parking-challenged neighbour and both of you park sideways, one on top, the other on the bottom.


parallel park it... lol... but yeah it is kinda blocking the whole sidewalk because you have to go around the cars...
 
2014-01-03 08:19:38 PM
They can't park in the garage?  Or out in the street?
 
2014-01-03 08:21:28 PM
"I told him, 'I pay my taxes! I'm going to keep parking in my driveway!' And he told me, 'If you don't move your car, I have to ticket you.'"

And at that point the amount of sympathy I had for these people went from "low" to "negative."

Benevolent Misanthrope: Well then, it's a good thing TFA clearly states that you don't have to go into the street, or even off the sidewalk, to get around the cars, then, isn't it?


Actually, it does say you have to get off the sidewalk.
 
2014-01-03 08:22:58 PM
No one in my neighborhood can have more than two cars parked at their place without it obstructing the sidewalks or streets.

Fortunately I live in a very chill place where people don't bother b*tching about the silliest of things to worry about.
 
2014-01-03 08:23:55 PM

Barfmaker: [www.omaha.com image 598x399]

My god they both have two-car garages and they can't fit ONE car into them? And failing that, just make an agreement with your other parking-challenged neighbour and both of you park sideways, one on top, the other on the bottom.


thank you for the much better picture. the one in the article hinted at this.

fark them both. there is not enough space to park w/o overhanging the public sidewalk. a bunch. perhaps the police can stop ticketing them and have them towed.
 
2014-01-03 08:27:46 PM

TheHighlandHowler: Cranky neighbor:


/ golfclap
 
2014-01-03 08:32:05 PM
Move the sidewalk.  There's plenty of room to do it according to those pictures.
 
2014-01-03 08:34:36 PM

Barfmaker: [www.omaha.com image 598x399]

My god they both have two-car garages and they can't fit ONE car into them? And failing that, just make an agreement with your other parking-challenged neighbour and both of you park sideways, one on top, the other on the bottom.


I would guess that the retaining wall marks the actual edge of the property so the vehicles are parked half on public property.
 
2014-01-03 08:35:16 PM
Around here those sidewalks quickly become hallways with piles of snow on either side.  Parking like that would be a quick way to have your car vandalized, ticked and towed in the space of about an hour.
 
2014-01-03 08:35:46 PM

TheOmni: Looking at the second picture in the article, they vehicles do seem to be blocking the entire sidewalk.


but as with most of the moron farkers here, the picture shows that you could walk around the cars, but not have to walk into the street.

otoh, the driveway is "too short."  so park in the farking garage!
 
2014-01-03 08:36:13 PM
I'm going to side with the "You have a two car garage, park in the damned thing" crowd.
 
2014-01-03 08:38:00 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: It's, because they have a jerk neighbor.  I'm guessing some family fairly new to the neighborhood, having bought their first house, perhaps in her late 20s, a "full-time-mommy" with very little adult interaction outside of time with her hubby, who takes a jog each morning with her incredibly talented and special kids, Jayden and Emma, in their Chariot stroller.  You see, it's not that she can't wheel the stroller around the cars.  It's the principle of the thing, keeping the neighborhood walk-friendly.  The law says you can't block the sidewalk.  Not even part of it.  She's only standing up for the neighborhood.


Or maybe it's because these self entitled cupcakes should learn how to farking park. why should it matter that cops were lax about enforcing it before? Maybe their neighborhood didn't have any regular police patrols previously so no one saw the problem? Or maybe the last patrol cop just didn't care anda new one does. Either way, there are only three people in the wrong in this story: the idiots who can't seem to figure out whata garage is for. *spoilers* it's not a farking storage unit?.
 
2014-01-03 08:39:09 PM

kimwim: If I'm walking in my neighborhood and I have to walk into the road to get around your damned car, move your damned car off the sidewalk!


FTFA: "A tiny inconvenience, they think. Nothing more. "

I'm with you kimwin. Fine them $1000 a pop. They do not get to determine what is a "tiny inconvenience" to others. That's why we have a political system and not a dictatorship.
 
2014-01-03 08:39:15 PM
There was a blind guy in my neighborhood who walked with a stick. The A*SHOLE neighbors who parked their cars like this were total sh*tty citizen d*ckheads. That poor blind b*stard would always have to stop short and figure out the way around. I'm smugly elated that these inconsiderate f*cktards got tickets.
 
2014-01-03 08:39:27 PM
Can't they just walk OVER the car? Lazy farkers.
 
2014-01-03 08:41:01 PM

Barfmaker: [www.omaha.com image 598x399]

My god they both have two-car garages and they can't fit ONE car into them? And failing that, just make an agreement with your other parking-challenged neighbour and both of you park sideways, one on top, the other on the bottom.


Some people store things in their garage and don't use them for cars.  Additionally, some garages are not much fun to park in.

That said, it looks like there's plenty of useable walkway behind the cars.  I'm sometimes mildly annoyed by cars that extend across the sidewalk but I'm not enough of an asshole to sit on the phone complaining about it every day.  I just count the three extra steps I have to take as a health benefit and move on.

Now if people had to walk in the street to get around their cars it would be more of an issue.  Some people really need to get a life.
 
2014-01-03 08:43:03 PM
These assholes probably don't shovel their sidewalks either.  Or shovel out a parking space on the street, leave a couple of lawn chairs and claim it's somehow "theirs."
 
2014-01-03 08:43:23 PM
one of them stated she don't park in her garage cause she have to walk though her backyard at night.  going guess no lights back there and she scared.  ok buy a nice large light and that is fixed.
 
2014-01-03 08:43:37 PM

Jument: As a runner, I hate people like that. I've never called the cops on them but I applaud the busy-body who did. The sidewalk is not yours. Stay off it, every part of it.


I was all set with my post until I saw you complain. A runner. I would rather deal with a person blocking the sidewalk with their car than with joggers. The sidewalk isn't those drivers? It doesn't belong to joggers either, who will run you down like there's no tomorrow, who will jog side by side on the narrowest of sidewalks not giving oncoming walkers any space to pass. My apologies if you're one of the joggers who are considerate of other people on the sidewalk. But many joggers I've seen on the sidewalks have a me first attitude as bad as these drivers who will not park in their garages to solve their issues. Man I hate joggers. And the Polish. And Polish joggers.
 
2014-01-03 08:44:38 PM
Okay,so doing some really, really rudimentary math here, let's say you have to walk 4'x6'x4' to get around a car that is blocking the sidewalk.

So 14' out of your way if you walked right up to the car, turned 90 degrees, etc.

People complaining about this are the same ones that will wait 5 minutes for a minivan to load up their groceries at walmart, stopping up the flow of traffic through the parking lot rather than parking two spaces back that was wide open.
 
2014-01-03 08:46:10 PM
Be neighborly, don't park on the farkin sidewalk!
 
2014-01-03 08:47:31 PM
Here's an idea:

PARK THE CAR INSIDE THE GARAGE!

Unless the garage is packed with ceramic lighthouses and velvet paintings and other important items, in which case never mind.
 
2014-01-03 08:47:34 PM

skinink: . The sidewalk isn't those drivers? It doesn't belong to joggers either,


Funny thing is that it's called a sideWALK. And in my book jogging is a lot closer to walking than driving is, let alone parking.
 
2014-01-03 08:49:21 PM
It's a footpath/sidewalk, not a friggin' driveway.  Put it in the garage or park it in the street.

/or pay rent on the space
 
2014-01-03 08:49:49 PM
A big gob of spit on the windshield is what offenders usually get
 
2014-01-03 08:49:58 PM
$afety.
 
2014-01-03 08:51:09 PM

Molavian: Move the sidewalk.  There's plenty of room to do it according to those pictures.


But that wouldn't address the issue of punishing the person who wants to park in her own driveway, would it? Take your common sense solution and get the fark out of here.
 
2014-01-03 08:52:55 PM
Pour a concrete wedge on both sides of the driveway(s), allowing access around the vehicles without 90° turns.  Or a tunnel. I like tunnels.
 
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