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Homeowner baffled by ‘lazy’ neighbor’s repeated disrespect of their property: ‘Civility is out the window’

“You should add some large rocks to your design.”

"You should add some large rocks to your design."

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“Hey, you crazy kids! Get off my… garden?”

A recent Reddit post in the subreddit r/mildlyinfuriating (we think so, too) has gardeners fired up over neighbor conflicts and lawn care ethics.

The post contains a photo of a black car parked haphazardly atop the original poster’s flourishing garden area, complete with hay bales, flowering potted plants, and fertilizer bags.

“My neighbor keeps parking her car on top of my garden area instead of her driveway because she’s too lazy to pull her trash cans in,” the Redditor said. One can practically hear the plants crying out for justice… or at least some breathing room.

"You should add some large rocks to your design."
Photo Credit: Reddit

The tense parking predicament seems to boil down to a classic case of clashing priorities. For the poster, the garden clearly provides joy, purpose, and a connection to the environment. For the neighbor, convenience appears to trump all when it comes to her parking space.

This online moment has struck a chord because it encapsulates the clash between individual convenience and communal courtesy. The photo vividly portrays the consequences of this neighborly indifference, with the garden area bearing the brunt of the laziness-fueled parking choice.

The impact of such behavior extends beyond the boundaries of the photo. It raises questions about the choices we make and how they affect our environment, emphasizing the need for mindfulness in our day-to-day actions.

Research demonstrates that planting flowers, trees, and other flora can boost your mental and physical health. Plus, the (sometimes literal) fruits of your labor absorb carbon from the local atmosphere. In a world where climate consciousness is on the rise, the clash between personal convenience and wellness becomes even more pronounced when ambivalent neighbors get involved.

One sympathetic commenter joked, “You should add some large rocks to your design.”

Another commenter suggested the original poster take a jab (literally) at the parking fiend: “Why not hide nails in the rocks.”

A third commenter took a more hardened stance. “Now now, civility is out the window when it’s your plants, pets, property, personhood and family. Bring out the heirloom pitchforks!”

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