This is a story about the power of persistence and determination. It’s a reminder that with hard work and a clear vision, we can achieve our goals, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The protagonist of this story shows how patience and unwavering resolve can ultimately lead to success. Read on to learn about a tale of triumph over adversity!
The Perfect Living Space
Ant had always enjoyed living in his multi-level apartment complex in the heart of the city.
He loved everything about it, the convenience, the location, the amenities, and the fact that he had not one but two dedicated parking spaces allocated to his apartment.
A Luxury Car Park
The building also had a car park, it was a luxury that he didn’t take for granted, especially in a city where parking was notoriously expensive.
City Parking Would Be Expensive
Ant had a friend who would sublease one of his parking spots to park his car on workdays.
On Fridays, after a night of drinks, his friend would often taxi home and leave his car parked in Ant’s spot until he returned on Saturday or Sunday to pick it up.
This Wasn’t an Issue Because They Were Friends
Sometimes his friend would even block Ant in, but that wasn’t an issue as they had access to each other’s cars.
But Things Started Going Wrong
However, things started to take a turn for the worse when a new neighbor moved into the complex. This neighbor turned out to be a real pain in the neck.
Had the Audacity
They would often see Ant’s parking spaces free and park in it or tell their visitors to park in it.
Ant would often have to call or go see them and ask them to move their cars. It became such an issue that Ant had them on speed dial.
They Tried a Few Things at First
Ant and his friend tried several things to stop them from parking in their spots, such as putting in bollards or parking in the front spot and moving the cars when they needed to park.
But This Neighbor Was Resourceful
However, their neighbor would always find a way to park in them illegally.
An Annoying State of Affairs
Eventually, Ant’s friend got so frustrated that he said he would stop subleasing from him. It wasn’t a big deal as it was only an arrangement of convenience for both of them. However, the problem persisted.
In Australia, it is very difficult to enforce parking on private property.
It is basically illegal to tow, clamp or detain a car, so building management couldn’t really help besides putting warning stickers and writing letters.
A Communal Issue
Ant talked to a lot of the residents in the complex and found out that they were having the same problems. So, he decided to take matters into his own hands and seek revenge.
The Revenge Plot Begins
He joined the strata committee, which consisted of all the owners in the complex, and after six months, he got elected as the president. It wasn’t hard, as only a handful of residents actively participated in the committee.
He Worked His Way to the Top
As the president of the strata committee, Ant was able to get the common areas, which included visitor parking, to be managed by the council.
They had to pay a fee, but it was worth it. When the council started to patrol the common areas, the offending cars got fined pretty heavily until the council removed them.
Fines Were Everywhere!
Ant saw at least five tickets, each approximately $250, on three of the cars. In addition, one of the cars wasn’t even registered and was ticketed for abandonment and eventually removed.
But There Were Still Problems
However, this still didn’t resolve the private car parking issues.
So, Ant had by-laws drafted, stating that if residents let visitors into the private car park instead of using the visitor parking, their access would be “reassessed.”
They Would Restrict Access
This meant that their access to FOBs (keys) would be disabled until the residents confirmed and accepted the by-laws.
The offending residents, who were renters, were constantly calling their landlord and complaining, as Ant’s committee disabled their FOBs every time they caught them using them to let visitors in.
Of course, it took 24 hours and an administrative fee to reactivate the FOBs.
He’s Still in the Know
Eventually, Ant got the car park upgraded and the car park key FOB system removed and replaced with number plate identification instead.
He has since moved out, but as he still owns the property and is still on the strata committee, he is still well-informed. He is happy to report that there are no more parking issues!
They Should Have Been More Respectful
Ant’s petty revenge may have caused some headaches for his neighbors, but it was a necessary step in putting an end to their inconsiderate behavior.
With his persistence and cunning, Ant proved that sometimes the best way to deal with a difficult situation is to take matters into your own hands.
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