As the saying goes “love thy neighbor” but what if they are partying college kids who constantly park in your driveway and pull drunken pranks? Well, this is what Melissa Scruggs dealt with. Instead of getting mad, she got even, and it was glorious!
Melissa, a plucky young volcanologist, lives in a quiet suburb in California where she spends her time working, studying, and writing her Ph.D. thesis.
Let’s be honest, completing a Ph.D. in volcanology can’t be easy, and the last thing she wanted to have to deal with was drunken shenanigans from her college neighbors. It so happened that a group of young undergrad college guys decided to move in right next door to Melissa.
Neighbours Gone Wild
Now, at first Melissa’s neighbors appeared to be considerate as she explained, “[I] was a little concerned at first because I assumed that they would throw big parties but they had generally been pretty considerate with noise and keeping people out of our yard.” But as her new neighbors got more comfortable, their parties got louder and bigger.
For a group of young guys living without adult supervision for the first time, they were finally free to run amuck. They could do whatever they wanted, but sadly they didn’t consider how their neighbors would feel about this. Eventually, Melissa was living in party-central, and for someone as busy as Melissa, it quickly turned into a nightmare.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if Melissa and her neighbors didn’t have to share the driveway that leads to both houses. You see, ordinarily, the driveway has enough room for everyone to park their cars, but here each neighbor has to be considerate of the other. If one neighbor were to be selfish and take up more space, the other neighbor would have nowhere to park or be blocked by the cars that filled in from behind.
So, because of this, as her neighbor’s college parties got larger, parking would be in short supply, and the guests would often park right behind Melissa’s car. On “party night.” cars would fill every available spot and Melissa’s car would be blocked in until all the partygoers and guests left. To make matters worse, her neighbors would park badly and take up even more room than was necessary.
Now, being parked-in once in a while is no big deal as usually, you can ask the person to move. But being parked-in regularly by multiple drivers that are at times too impaired to move their cars can be overwhelming. To top it all off, poor Melissa had to be at work early each morning.
Can you imagine trying to leave for work in a hurry only to find out some anonymous person next door has parked you in at 7 am? Now imagine this is what happens every time you want to leave the house. It’s enough to drive you insane! Melissa’s neighbors had quickly become her least favorite people, and all of the drama was completely affecting her life.