I got home from work tonight to find a car parked along the building. It was barely in front of my spot – just enough to make it difficult to get into my space. A little annoying, but not a huge deal. I maneuvered myself in.

As I was getting out of the car and collecting my groceries, the owner of the car ran out apologizing for being in the way. “No problem,” I said with a smile. Just then, a woman from my building ran up to the man. “Move your car! You’re parked illegally and blocking the driveway! This isn’t the first time. I know you’re here to see Joanna. If this happens again, she’ll be fined!”

Again, the man apologized, but the woman didn’t let up. “You need to move your car now! Next time park up there,” she hollered.

I averted my eyes and went inside. I felt bad for the man, but at the same time, the other woman clearly knew more about the situation than I did. I had never seen the car there before. Still, I think she could have addressed the situation politely. “Hey, can you park up there, please? We’ve gotten complaints about cars blocking the driveway and the door.” Or she could have brought it up with this Joanna woman.

Admittedly, I avoid confrontation. But I really think the whole situation could have been handled more respectfully. What do you think? Are you a confronter?

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