Nothing to See Here - Trash day resource conflict

Oct. 23rd, 2008

09:09 pm - Trash day resource conflict

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I just got back inside after having to rush outside to ask the person parking in front of our house (there was a different car parked there an hour ago) to park elsewhere since that's where our trash cans have to go out tonight. This seems like a frustrating problem.

Anybody have any good ideas on how to deal with this?

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From:lyssabits
Date:October 24th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
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Welcome to the joys of home ownership. There was a year where our across the way neighbors routinely parked cars in front of their garage, practically blocking ours. We can all the HoA when they stay out there too long, your only recourse is to confront people. I'd prolly park my car in that spot consistently and then move it the night before trash day.
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From:urox
Date:October 24th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
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These across the street neighbors have SO many cars (and their garage is full of boxes) that they not only fill their driveway with two cars, but park two in front of their house AND one in front of their driveway. It's ridiculous. Our next door neighbors also have 5 cars, but they at least try to park on their side and fill that up first before they have to park in front of our place. And they weren't the ones parking in front of our place tonight.
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From:lyssabits
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
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Yeah most of our neighbors are like that. The across the way neighbors I mentioned have many cars as well. Jonathan spends a non-trivial amount of time trying to figure out who they all belong to. Their garage is filled with crap and a Lotus Elise.. they have at least 1 one other car, possibly two, and the MIL is over there all the time taking care of the baby. That year I think was particularly hectic because they have an older kid also, and the wife was pregnant, they'd moved in maybe 6 months before.. there were a lot of parties and visitors. They haven't blocked us in awhile. Either they figured out they were pissing us off or the traffic to their house settled down. Either way, I know they weren't doing it on purpose to annoy us, they were just too lazy to park on the street. Nearly everyone fills their garage with crap and parks their extra car in guest parking. What can you do? Most people are cluelessly inconsiderate.
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From:urox
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure that the across the street guys are the ones that also left the trash/plate with partially eaten breakfast by the side of our curb.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
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I don't think we have any strong evidence for that. That was gross, but it's been a once-off and I don't think we need to blame anybody without due cause.
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From:urox
Date:October 24th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
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It was left on the passenger side of the white suv. The white suv is owned by the peeps across the street. NO ONE parked there after it was left. The peeps across the street are the only ones that have both someone young enough to not drive AND seem to have more than one passenger occasionally whereas the guys next door all drive themselves.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 25th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
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I don't believe those are the only two possibilities, but I also don't think it matters a great deal if it doesn't start happening regularly.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
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We have a nice 2-car garage (not to mention a 2-car driveway), so it would be kind of lame (and annoying for us) to park on the street all the time.
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From:lyssabits
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
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Well, there's not much else you can do than ask every time someone parks there. If it becomes a habit I'd park my car out there on trash day, but that doesn't prevent people who get there before you do. Do you know they won't pick up the trash if people are parked there? I don't see how the trash company can possibly demand you keep parts of the street clear.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 24th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
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Yeah, if I arrive home and there's a car parked there on Thursday evening again, I'll probably have to go over and knock on their door (and if it's not them, knock on our next door neighbours' door), since ... yeah, it would be a good behaviour to nip in the bud if possible. Even on non-trash-days I'd rather they park in empty space around the corner (the side of our corner lot) than right in front, ideally, but I'm not going to complain about that since, hey, it is the street.
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From:lessachu
Date:October 24th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
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I don't think I get the problem. Do your trash cans go in the street?

Because if the car is just parked in front of the curb where the trash cans go, isn't that fine? That happens all the time here in the city and the garbagemen (or women!) still take the trash; although I personally prefer not to park in front of people's trash cans simply because it's unpleasant to unload your passengers directly into a trash can.

Edited at 2008-10-24 08:28 am (UTC)
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From:mavjop
Date:October 25th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
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Our trash cans are required to be placed in the street.

They must be put out by 06:00 on trash day, each can facing outwards, wheels back against the curb, at least 18" apart.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 25th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
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Details here: http://www.alliedwasteac.com/single-fam-fremont.php
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From:frysco
Date:October 24th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Put a big piece of paper on their windshield that reads "TRASH/BASURA"

Maybe the garbage service will read it and take it away for you when they do their rounds.
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From:mavjop
Date:October 25th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
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Heh! Amusing.

Vaguely similar to this answer to my tweet about this LJ post:
    VladeKladivo @mavjop I suggest you put trash on car. They no park there no more. Really do this if car is Russian piece of shit.
    VladeKladivo @mavjop they might not, but if car is piece of shit then they take it too
(These answers are, ur, from someone tweeting in character as a Czech character from a Seth Harwood novel, thus the weird Russian stuff).
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From:brianwilliams
Date:October 29th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
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I have several good suggestions which will cost you no royalties to implement.

Step 1: Move trash cans to desired spot on street
Step 2: Anchor to the ground with asphalt piercing bolt gun
Step 3: Fill trash cans with concrete
Step 4: Attach reactive armor to concrete filled trash cans
Step 5: Obtain can of "succotash" from grocery store
Step 6: Apply succotash / gorilla glue mixture to windshield of car nearby
Step 7: Create chalk body outline on street
Step 8: Set up webcam
Step 9: Film ensuing hilarity
Step 10: Profit
Step 11: Jail
Step 12: Tell-all book
Step 13: Profit
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From:mavjop
Date:October 29th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
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I see you've had this issue yourself!
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