Man Writes Note to Stranger Who Stole His Paid Parking Spot—but He Didn’t Expect This Response

May 19, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019

After a hard day’s work, a guy was about to return home late after grabbing a bite to eat but found his paid parking spot occupied by a total stranger. In this case, what were his options? He chose to park on the street—but that was just the beginning of his troubles.

One guy, whose name is unknown, arrived home late, feeling tired from a long day, but found a stranger parked in his designated and paid-for parking spot. So, he parked on the street, went home, and crawled into bed, not feeling too happy with life.

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The next morning—much to his dismay, he discovered he had been fined for parking on the roadside, so he decided that rather than vent his anger by calling the tow truck company to tow the illegally parked car away, he would write the car owner a note:

“Hey stranger. Because you were parked in my spot last night (and still are??), I got a ticket for street parking overnight without a permit. I’m broke. These are privately owned spots, and I could have you ticketed and towed. I won’t, but please don’t park in my spot again.”

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Thinking that would be the end of the matter, he was surprised to find he got a reply: “First I would like to apologize for parking in your spot. It was irresponsible on my part and I would like to give this to you to pay for the ticket and whatever else you need. I [sic] can be tough around this time of year. Merry Christmas.”

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The guy also included $100 for any trouble he had caused, turning a bad situation into a good one. It probably gave him an opportunity to reflect on his actions and realize the trouble he brought to the other person. Perhaps he learned a lesson on consideration … we can only hope so.

The interaction via notes was posted on Imgur, and garnered some attention.

One user wrote, “Faith in humanity, temporarily restored.”

Whilst another wrote, “That’s a lot more than a ticket where I’m from. Good for him.”

“THAT was the right thing to do,” agreed another. “Way to be awesome.”

It’s nice to see people take the high road instead of resorting to retaliation. It’s also nice when people appreciate such considerate gestures and respond in kind.