Ruby and Tango

Ruby and Tango
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Sunday, 19 February 2012

A parking matter part two

I intended posting this yesterday but got tied up, But, I went back via car to the parking spot, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d see Mr. Know all, as I was a bit later. but as chance would have it, just as I got the dogs out of the car he drove down the road. I waited till he turned round, [he had to cut the turn short] and I waved him to open his window,  and asked if I could have a word.


I asked him if he was the person who remonstrated with me about the parking and he said yes, well I didn’t want to have a go at the wrong person. I told him that I had investigated his accusation about me parking illegally and saying it was in the Highway code, I told him I looked it up on the internet but  could see nothing that confirmed this, so I phoned the Police station for clarification.

He looked a trifle uneasy, and said that he didn’t say it was in the Highway code as a ruling but as a courtesy and consideration to other road users, quick thinking on his part eh? I told him that it was not in there in any shape nor form and the Police were quite adamant that as long as I wasn’t parking on lines/blocking drives/in front of schools etc, I was perfectly at liberty to park there,  Mr Know all was still trying to say that it was parking with inconsideration to the convenience of other users. I got fed up with his blustering and told him that the Police were quite happy to explain the situation to him. and … if it became an incident they would make consideration to making the road permit only. He drove off a defeated man.

I had trouble in the past with people on two other disputes parking in the side streets.   One man came out of his house on three occasions to ‘have a go’ because he thought I was too close to his house, and he had to struggle to turn into his drive. He was so abusive I stopped parking there and moved down to the next road.  It was even worse, after about two evenings a  man came out and told me in no uncertain terms to  bu***r off.  He said he was in the Neighbourhood watch and was concerned that I was ‘casing’ the empty house near where I parked, we had a few words  and then he  reached in and grabbed the car keys, lucky for him my GSD was in the back. I got so annoyed I made a complaint to the police about both sets of problems.  The called on the households and then got in touch to tell me that I was not being a nuisance where I parked and was at liberty to do so, they also asked if I wanted to press charges against the one who grabbed the keys, but I said just let it drop. When I moved down to the current stopping place I couldn’t see that there could be any trouble, how wrong was I ? all sorted now anyway.

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  1. Good for you telling that blustery old fool off. Some people think they own the earth, moon and stars. xx

    Arlene, do you know the poem writer named Lady Pen there in England? I haven't seen or heard anything from her in a long time and I am getting a bit worried about her.

  2. As Beth said, good for you! I have a real problem with know it alls and I especially can't tolerate bullies. Had it been me or one of the girls the man who grabbed the keys would have been easy to ID. The authorities would only need check the local emergency rooms and match up the arm holding the keys to the new patient missing an arm, once we convinced the dog to let go of it.

  3. Oh Chip, you do make me smile. But let's just say, he was one lucky guy, If I remember right he caught sight of Tarc in the back at the last minute and drew back in time. He was the sort of dog that minded his own business, which was looking after me, but heaven help anyone who tried to mind it for him. He really was a force to be reckoned with.


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