A woman has explained how her neighbours branded her “heartless” for not letting them use her drive as a parking space.

Posting on Reddit, the woman said she needs the space to stay clear because her brother has weak joints and needs to be driven to the door of her house to avoid long walks up the path, but her neighbours didn’t exactly show much sympathy when she confronted them about it.

She wrote: “My next door neighbours have always been allowed to use my drive because I didn’t need it. It really didn’t bother me because if I had friends over then I’d just ask them to move and they would.

“My brother has very weak joints and has to go to hospital every month or so on average. A couple of months ago he tore the one in his knee and had to be on crutches.

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“We were pulling into our street in the taxi after getting them and one of my neighbours pulled into my drive, blocking our taxi from pulling up to the door. We waited for them to realise my brother had crutches and move but she looked at us and carried on inside, along with her sisters and step father. I had to hobble my brother across wet muddy grass to get to our door.”

After that incident, she said, she told them they couldn’t use the drive anymore and they protested, then ignored her request and started parking on her drive again because they had heavy baby carriers for their children.

So she “recently put up a sign on my gates saying ‘no parking on drive.’”

After doing so she said she was “confronted” by a neighbour “telling me that I don’t even need the drive and that it’s heartless to do that to a new mother”.

“Her sister backed her up,” she said. “I replied that it was also heartless to make my brother walk across dangerous grass when he was on crutches and in agony.”

“I was neighbourly until they caused me not to be. I know I am being petty and vindictive in my reasoning but I feel I am justified as I did them a courtesy for years by letting them use my drive only for them to treat my brother so cruelly.”

Reacting to her story, people said she was in the right.

“They abused the privilege and now are acting like entitled jerks,” one said. “Time to start towing, they will figure it out. Don’t give them an more chances, they blew it.”

Another wrote: “It’s your property. You were nice until they showed heartless behavior.”

And a third said: “Sounds like you more and gracious for a long time. They took advantage of you know we can’t have it anymore. It’s not your problem.”

What a pickle.

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