July 15th, 2009

Bloody Neighbours

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

After a particularly busy & stressful shift, I like nothing better than driving home & rehearsing all the evil things I’d do to the sergeant who has spent all day winding me up, then arriving home to find some bloody neighbour has parked their bloody car in front of my bloody house.

Another 15 yards & they could park in the open parking area which the street kind of uses as an overspill, but clearly the answer to not being able to find a space outside their own house, is to save themselves the bother of walking the extra 15 yards by parking so that I have to park further away; instead of just one family being inconvenienced, two are.

What is so frustrating about it is you can’t do anything about it; their vehicle is taxed & insured so they’ve as much right to park outside my house as they have.  But it’s sooo bloody un-neighbourly.

This is just about swallowable when it is neighbours on the same side of the road as me, none of us have a garage so we have to park in the road, but it’s bloody infuriating when it’s the people on the opposite side of the road who have both a garage & a drive & could choose to park two vehicles off the road but choose to park outside my bloody house because their garage is filled with shite & they can’t be arsed to walk either.

The thing is, I just have to swallow it & imagine sneaking out in the middle of the night to stick a tactical nuclear missile up their exhaust, much as the imaginary torturings I’ve had of the  sergeant who sits on his arse all day finding fault with my logs & the way I do my job.

Gets me nowhere but provides a release-valve.

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  1. General Pyston Broak says:

    Hang on, you’ve just retired with a large lump sum, a decent pension and still working earning a decent wage and you don’t live in a house with a driveway and/or garage. Spend some of your recently acquired wealth and either create a driveway or simply move.

    July 15th, 2009 at 23:04

  2. TunaSunrise says:

    Yeah, just move house. If only all our problems were so easily solved!

    This is just another one of those aggravating things that you can’t do a thing about, but it’s yet another little ingredient in the whole frustrating melting pot – made all the more irritating by that fact that it could be avoided if people thought about anything other than themselves for a moment.

    One day mate, you’ll turn up at work with a shotgun. That’ll learn um…

    July 16th, 2009 at 07:51

  3. Linda Baki says:

    Watch that blood pressure of yours 200, you could bring on a stroke.

    July 16th, 2009 at 15:38

  4. Oi says:

    One possibility exists to make your displeasure felt…..


    July 16th, 2009 at 20:44

  5. Tony F says:

    A spud jammed up the exhaust used to result in hilarity…. I suppose some squeezy cheese or similar in the air vents could cause some amusement…

    July 16th, 2009 at 20:52

  6. MRS MOP says:

    Why dont you try talking to your neighbours instead of suffering in silence, moaning and doing nothing constructive or positive.
    With your extensive aquired knowledge and experience I would have thought that you should have the ability, capability and capacity to competently deal with and address issues such as this.

    July 16th, 2009 at 22:33

  7. 200 says:

    bloody hell, I didn’t get that much money!

    I’m liking that approach more & more.

    Mrs Mop,
    I think you have fallen into the trap of believing that other people are as rational, amenable & understanding as we are. Believe it or not, some people in my street are complete scum & are more likely pour paint stripper over my bonnet than they are to walk an extra 15 yards just so as not to inconvenience an ex-copper.

    July 16th, 2009 at 23:22

  8. TunaSunrise says:

    Chuckle! I know that – I was just making a friendly sarcastic dig at the comment above me, and now I’m tarred with the same brush! Just in case my tone sounded too serious, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that I am not advocating taking a shotgun to work. Spudgun, maybe…

    I have a problem with a neighbour who occasionally thinks it’s acceptable to throw his cigarette ends out of his top floor window onto my doorstep below. It’s just regular enough to be fist-clenchingly annoying, but not often enough that I can go stumping up to his flat to complain at him without sounding petty.

    I find it helps to kick ten bells out of a football on a Monday night :o )

    July 17th, 2009 at 09:08

  9. 200 says:


    my bad, my reply should have been for pyston broak, not you!!

    July 17th, 2009 at 10:13

  10. Jabadaw says:


    How come after all the years you’ve been involved in the communications room a Sergeant can find fault with your logs? Surely by now you’d know what to do and complete the logs correctly? Or, are you insinuating that you are correct and the Sergeant is making up faults?

    July 18th, 2009 at 11:05

  11. Mad MOP says:


    Completey with you on this one mate!

    We are in exactly the same situation; on our side of the street no garages or driveways, on the other side all the neighbours have garages. Do they use them why of course not, they would mean they would have to drive theire vehicles round to the back of their houses.

    No far eaiser to park car # 1 outside their home, no what to do with car # 2? “Oh oh me, me, sir – I know!” Yep that’s right park car # 2 in front of the house of a neighbour on the opposite side of the road who has neither garage nor driveway.

    Like you we have not attempted to communicate the pure ignorance and selfishnesss of this act to those responsible because yes – they are generally either morans or just plan scum! Complaining would probably lead to nasty consquences for us.

    Mrs MadMOp has droped one or two heavy hints though ” There wouldn’t be a parking problem on this streets if people used their garages would there” fixes neighbours with cold lazer stare. Neighbour looks blank as completely unware of that to which Mrs MadMop refere.

    True it’s not exactly Murder 1 (Dano!) but it is rude and inconsiderate and probably says an awful lot about the individuals concerened i.e “I don’t give a shite for anyone but me, so I’ll damn well carry on as I please (but I’ll scream and shout injustice when it happens to me).

    July 18th, 2009 at 22:17

  12. 200 says:

    who said anything about a sergeant finding fault with my logs? We deal with sergeants who supervise patrol officers too. ie they don’t work in the control room, but like to interfere as if they were!

    July 20th, 2009 at 14:42

  13. Jabadaw says:


    Actually you said this “I’ve had of the sergeant who sits on his arse all day finding fault with my logs & the way I do my job.”

    This clearly implies that fault is found. I suggest that if you had placed the words ‘trying to find fault’. Then my comment would have indeed been null and void. As to the patrol sergeants, tell them to sort out their end of the business.

    Kind regards,


    July 24th, 2009 at 11:06

  14. 200 says:


    apologies, I thought you were referring to my sergeant in the control room, who, of course, has no cause to find any fault with the way I do my job, the distinction being that the particular Sgt I am complaining about appears to do nothing than sit in the police station somewhere trying to find faults when it’s not his job to supervise me. My own Sgt can do that, it’s very rare that he has to come over & guide me on what to do next yet someone who should be minding their own business feels the need to do it several times a shift.

    Obviously, most Sgts on the shifts are not like this, and every controller who works that particular division says the same about him.

    (and I had forgotten I wrote that – we were just referring to different people)

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:15

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