A war of words broke out over a boat that had been left parked on the street of an Australian suburb for over a month.
It all started when neighbors in Mosman, a posh Sydney suburb, finally lost their peace over an almost abandoned boat sitting in their precious parking space.
Frustrated neighbors complained that the parked boat was taking up many important parking spaces on Shadforth streets.
The street, which is home to a school and two daycare centers, is frequently used by many parents who pick up and drop off their children.
A local resident took a photo of the boat and posted it on the Mosman Living Facebook page.
The post read: “To the owner of this boat on Shadforth Street – I would very kindly ask you to move the boat somewhere else as it has been parked here for almost a month.”
“The council has been notified by a number of residents so please remove it.”
This post sparked a heated war of words between locals in the area over whether or not the boat should be removed.
Many people seemed to be more supportive of the mysterious boat owner than the street dwellers.
They pointed out the legality of the case and explained that boats could be parked on a residential street for up to 28 days.
“The owner can even return it to the exact same location for another 28 days if it is parked properly,” one woman added.
Another user said: “If the car park is free for the public, why do school or childcare users have a greater right to the car park?”
However, not everyone was happy with the boat being stranded on the road for so long.
“Rich people buy toys like this to use once or twice a year, but are so stingy that they leave them for free in front of other people’s houses.”
Another added: “It should become a law to only park boats, caravans and trailers on the owners’ property or in designated storage areas.”
The mother of a 6-month-old child who lives on the street described the parking situation as a nightmare.
“I often have to park my car on neighboring streets and walk to my apartment with my toddler. Sometimes I have a lot of stuff to carry. It becomes quite difficult to deal with it. I wouldn’t have a problem if there was enough parking, which isn’t the case here.”
“I know it’s not the law, but please be a decent person and remove the boat.”
Some others called on the Mosman council to intervene
“Council should insist that all boats and trailers are parked on the front of the owners’ property or pay for the parking space they occupy.”
In 2015, the New South Wales government passed legislation allowing municipalities to impound any boat or trailer if it is parked for more than 28 days.
However, councils rarely resort to such measures because they are difficult to enforce.
This is not the only case of boats being parked on the street. The Mosman area is one of the wealthiest parts of Sydney and the tenth wealthiest postcode in Australia.
It’s quite common for people to park their boats – which cost about $5.3 million on average – in parking spaces designated for cars.