Gary Corbett was sent an angry, anonymous, note from a neighbour claiming to be a police officer who said that he had blocked their driveway.
The note began: “ I am a police officer and I will give you a ticket!”
Not to be outdone project manager Gary, 28, fired back his own message in which he claimed to be a driving instructor and pointed out that there was no law against blocking a driveway, only an advisory.
He went on to cheekily offer the complainant driving lessons if they couldn’t manoevre their car through the 10ft gap he had left.
He wrote: “I am a driving instructor and I will give you lessons if you cannot park a car.
Gary, from Bournemouth, said: “I don’t know for a fact she’s not a police officer, I’m just making an educated guess.
“But if this has been left by a genuine cop then they’re not a very good one, plus they don’t normally let you know when you’re about to get a parking ticket – they just issue one.
“I think the person who left the note is a woman who’s been a bit of a nuisance neighbour.
“On one previous occasion I was in the shower and she let herself into the flat.
“She came in through the main external door that had been left open by an upstairs neighbour and then walked into our living room demanding my partner move the car.”
“On one previous occasion I was in the shower and she let herself into the flat.”
Gary continued: “This time rather than knock on the door and have a row I decided to leave a little cheeky note back – I haven’t heard anything since.”
Gary and his girlfriend, auxillary nurse Yanee Janlaor, live close to Bournemouth University in an area with a huge student population meaning spaces can be scarce.
Gary said he could understand if the driver was being unlawfully denied access to her property, however believed that the huge gap provided sufficient space to access the driveway.
On one previous occasion I was in the shower and she let herself into the flat.
He said: “We’ve been blocked in before and it’s horrible, you’re helpless, and I would understand how she feels if she were blocked in but in this case there’s no real issue.
The letter didn’t bother Gary, however he said girlfriend Yanee was upset by it.
Gary said: “My girlfriend was upset because parking is quite tight around there and she hadn’t seen anyone else’s car with a note on – just ours. She felt a bit bullied.
“I responded as a ‘driving instructor’ as she tried to make us look silly or foolish and maybe thinks we would intimidated by the threat of a ticket.