Stories about residents having their parking stolen by non-residents are quite common, along with stories of retribution and passive aggressive note-leaving. However this story shared by Imgur user Pemu takes a slightly different turn.
Someone had taken up an assigned parking spot in a residential area, and the person who was affected, instead of calling authorities to get the car towed, had opted to park elsewhere. This unfortunately resulted in them receiving a fine.
This then led to the owner of the parking space leaving a note on the car who stole their spot, which evidenced by the note, was still there in the morning.
The note read, “Hey stranger, Because you were parked in my spot last night (and still are??), I got a ticket for street parking overnight w/out a permit. I’m broke. These are privately owned spots, and I could have you ticketed + towed. I won’t, but please don’t park in my spot again.”
Usually stories end here, but not in this case.
The resident had returned to find a note addressed back to them, which not only apologized for taking up their parking space, but also included $100 in a hope to make up for the parking ticket.
“First I would like to apologize for parking in your spot,” the reply said. “It was irresponsible on my part and I would like to give this to you to pay for the ticket and whatever else you need. It can be tough around this time of year. Merry Christmas.”
Though the resident had been upset at the ordeal, in the end he didn’t have the stranger’s car towed or ticketed. It seems this simple act of forgiveness, with a note explaining the parking rules and the difficult situation really struck a chord with the anonymous parking thief—who also gave back and tried to set things straight.
It could be a lesson for us all to not resort to extreme measures to enact revenge (in this case it was Christmas time, and you probably don’t want to ruin the holidays), and if you’ve made a mistake, you can always do your best to make it right again.