A war-of-words erupted over a boat that has been dumped on the street of an Australian suburb for over a month now.
It all started when neighbours of Mosman, a posh suburban neighbourhood in Sydney, finally lost their calm over an almost-abandoned boat that had been resting on their precious parking area.
Frustrated neighbours complained that the parked boat was taking a lot of key parking areas on the streets of Shadforth.
The street – which holds a school and two daycares – is used frequently by a lot of parents who pick-up and drop-off kids.
One resident took a picture of the boat and posted it on the Facebook page Mosman Living.
The post read: “To the owner of this boat on Shadforth Street – asking very nicely if you could please move this elsewhere as it has been parked for almost a month here.”
“The council has been notified by a number of residents so please remove it.”
This post started a hot word-war between the locals of the area, debating if the boat should be removed or not.
One lot of people seemed to support the mysterious boat owner more than the residents of the street.
Pointing out the legalities of the case, they stated that boats can be parked in a residential street for up to 28 days.
“The owner can even move it back to the exact same spot for another 28 days if it is legally parked.” added one woman.”
Another user said: “If the parking spot is free for the public, why are the school or childcare service users more entitled to the space?”
However, not everyone was happy with the boat stranded on the street for so long.
“Rich people buy such toys to use once or twice a year, but are so stingy they park it in front of other people’s homes for free.”
Another added: “It should become a law to park boats, caravans, and trailers on owners’ property only or inside designated storage units.”
A mum of a 6-month-old who lives in the street described the parking situation as a nightmare.
“I often have to park my car on the neighbouring streets and have to walk to my apartment carrying my infant. At times I have a lot of stuff to carry too. It is getting quite difficult to manage. I would not have any problem if there was ample space to park, which is not the case here.”
“I know it’s not a law but please be a decent human and remove the boat.”
A few others urged the Mosman council to intervene
“The council should insist all boats and trailers should be parked in front of the owners’ place, or else pay for the parking space they take.”
In 2015, The government of New South Wales introduced laws that allows councils to impound any boat or trailer if parked longer than 28 days.
However, councils rarely take up such actions as they are difficult to enforce.
This is not the only case of boats being parked on the streets. The Mosman area is one of the wealthiest parts of Sydney and the 10th richest postcode in Australia.
It is quite common for people to park their boats – which on average retail around $5.3 Million – on parking spots meant for cars.