A WOMAN has revealed she towed an ‘abandoned’ car off her street but it cost her neighbor a fortune in the process.
An anonymous Reddit user claims she woke up one day to see an SUV parked right across her driveway, but assumed it was just a visitor.
But after seven weeks without movement, Reddit user @u/DidItForTheKittens decided to contact the police to report the incident.
She explained in the post, “It caught my attention because it had a flat tire. There were several stolen vehicles parked in our neighborhood so my first instinct was this looked like a potentially abandoned car.”
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“Seven weeks later the car still hadn’t moved. It didn’t hurt us or get in our way, but we found it odd.”
“The laws in our neighborhood state that cars must be moved at least every three days. On Friday my partner mentioned it again and I finally decided to call the police.
“I reported a vehicle that may have been abandoned and gave them the number plate and they said they would come out and take a look.
“To our surprise, a tow truck came and took it away within an hour.”
The woman said her neighbor knocked on her door and asked for CCTV footage of their shared street as their car had disappeared.
The woman, who lives on the west coast of the United States, added: “We told them the truth that we reported it and they were quite upset. We apologized.”
“We learned that the vehicle belonged to a family member in town and had given them permission to park it there because it was no longer drivable.
“The registration had expired and the car was no longer insured.
“My suspicion is that all of this contributed to the vehicle being towed and not marked.”
Although they have been living on the street for seven years, the woman revealed that she does not know her neighbor’s name.
“They said we should have just knocked on their door instead of calling the police,” she added.
“Since Friday, the neighbors have knocked on our door twice asking for money to pay the towing and impound fees, vehicle release, registration and insurance of the car.
“They claim that if it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t have had any of these expenses.”
“While I understand their point, I have a feeling that if they had followed street parking regulations and paid their registration fees, the car would not have been towed.”
“I went to their house this afternoon and offered to contribute $350 (£275) towards their expenses.”
Most of the commenters on Reddit are on the women’s side.
One said: ‘Take back your offer of money; treat it as a one-time offer that they declined.”
Another said: “Don’t pay anything. The car was parked illegally and was neither registered nor drivable. It was left exactly as you suspected. It was entirely appropriate to call it.”
A third pointed out: “Why would you give them money? They didn’t know and it was dumped there.”
This comes after a homeowner revealed how he got revenge on his neighbor after she repeatedly parked in front of her driveway.
Also, a woman revealed that she had her neighbor’s car towed because she didn’t stop parking in her driveway.