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Row breaks out over accessible bay

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A driver has shared an incident which occurred earlier this month when they came under fire for not giving up a parking bay for a disabled woman.

Sharing the story on the AITA (Am I the Asshole) section of Reddit they explained how everyone living in their apartment block is only entitled to one parking space.

The building manager asked if the resident would swap their bay with a woman with limited mobility who was set to move in.

There was a misunderstanding after the resident thought the new home-owner only required their parking space for a few days, not on a permanent basis.

The woman needed the bay for her van which had a powered ramp so she could load and unload an electric wheelchair.

Writing on Reddit they stated: "I pointed out to him that the parking spot was part of my lease.”

A few weeks later when they drove up to their garage a van was parked next to their spot.

“I pulled in, parking as far from it as I could. The next day I get a call from a woman about 7:30am - she said that she was the owner of the van needed me to move my car,” the angry resident wrote.

"I wasn’t happy - I had still been asleep, but I went down to move my car. She did the same thing the next three days.

"The next morning (a Saturday) she called me at 5:30am - and I told her she had to be kidding.

"I went down and told her that I don’t wake up normally until 8:30am and I would appreciate it if she didn’t call before then.

"She told me that she had plans and not to be a jackass. I reminded her that I was doing her a favour by coming down."

Things started to escalate out of control when, later in the evening, the van was parked in their bay.

"When she picked up she said something snarky like 'isn’t it annoying to have to wait on someone'," they wrote.

In retaliation the resident arranged for the new homeowner’s van to be towed away.

The disabled woman then started banging on the door of the apartment manager demanding for a mutual agreement.

"I never agreed to be woken up early every day and I certainly ever agreed to give up my spot entirely," they explained.

"She said that she was promised a spot she could use. What was she supposed to do?

"I told her that she needed to work that out with him (pointing at apt mgr) and leave me out of it. I am done running every time she calls. She called me an asshole as they left."

The predicament has divided opinion with people taking both sides.

One reply read: “Honestly? I think the only AH here is the apartment manager who doesn’t have designated handicap parking. What exactly is this disabled person supposed to do?"

Whilst another said:  "The neighbour was NTA until she purposely blocked his spot. The apartment manager is definitely TA here."

A third replied: "You did the right thing initially thinking you'd give her the closer spot. You don't have to give up your spot entirely."

In an ABLE2UK poll 60% of you thought the apartment manager was to blame, 40% say the resident was in the wrong.

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