B/G- We live in a townhouse complex. There is assigned parking, one spot per unit. There are also about 20 visitor parking spots, for 75 units. Parking is occasionally issue, as the spots aren't always obvious as the #s are marked on concrete bumpers and get covered in the Winter. The visitor parking spots are fairly clear as they are mostly separate from the regular spots, there are 1-2 regular spots and then 5-10 visitor spots in a row, spread out around the parking lot.
We have had people park in our spot/had our guests accidentally park in someone else's spot and it's always dealt with in 3 ways: 1) just leave it and temporarily park in a visitor spot (which is usually what DH does, though it irritates him), 2) leave a note so that they know next time, 3) if you have an idea of where the offending car may be visiting, go knock on the door (we've had this happen a few times when people have parked in the spot in front of our house, which is not our spot). Generally everyone is really polite about it, though obviously it is really annoying when it happens. - End B/G
We had company this past weekend and we made sure to point out the visitor parking to each of our guests and they all found spots. Except, we discovered hours later, that our friend Kevin had made a mistake and parked in the assigned spot that was next to a row of visitor parking, because the snow had obscured the #s and it was dark. He should have looked a little more carefully, but it was an easy mistake to make.
When he went to leave around midnight, there was a car blocking his car, as in actually parked behind his car, preventing him from leaving. My DH went out to investigate and realized what had happened. They went and knocked on the door but there was no answer and because it was late, DH didn't pursue it. So another friend gave Kevin a ride home and my DH left an apologetic note about what happened, giving our unit #.
The next morning the car was still there, though the car in the parking spot next to Kevin's car was no longer there as the car was positioned so it only prevented Kevin from leaving. DH went and knocked on the unit again and found out that the woman who lived there leased her spot to her neighbour as she has no car and they have two (it was there other car that was now absent). She warned DH that her neighbour had a bit of a temper and she apologized for the mess. DH then knocked on the door, very apologetic and the guy snapped at him and said that he was sick of people parking in his spot and the next time it happened, he'd leave his car there forever. He swore at DH, but did eventually agree to move the car.
DH was sympathetic, but he still thought the guy's actions were over the top and that his reaction to DH's apology was ridiculous. I'll definitely be checking to make sure no one accidentally parks in his spot again though.