Man wraps car in clingfilm as payback for stranger parking outside his house
There's an age-old saying that goes thus: "No man is an island". We live in a society and have to make allowances for others we share public space with, even when they rub us the wrong way. Unfortunately, people can be experts at rubbing you the wrong way, especially when they live on the same street as you do.
Yes, neighbours can be tricky to deal with - not just because of their proximity to our homes but because the natural instinct fro revenge can be difficult to fully execute. Sure, you want to get them back for playing their music too loud or parking in your spot, but does that make things awkward?
What happens when you run into them? Do you just hibernate for the rest of your life? And how do you address the fact that they can't walk around their flat without it feeling like a marching band is making its way through your building?
Well, one guy seemed to figure out an ideal way to teach his neighbour a lesson - albeit in a harsh manner. Twitter user Blake Messick who tweets using the handle @blakemessick shared a viral story which soon caught the attention of many on social media.
Having noticed that his neighbour had installed an unsecured wireless printer, he decided to play a little prank which then escalated very quickly. From suggesting that this poor neighbour's home was about to be the site of a real-life re-enactment of the Terminator films, he seemed to have scored a brand new printer for free after the spooked neighbour appeared to ditch the seemingly sentient device.
However, a few user pointed out that Blake's story didn't quite add up as the font on the printer he supposedly acquired did not match up with the blurry writing on the printer that appeared to have been left outside the neighbour's house. Also, the whole thing seemed a little too good to be true.
It seemed Blake was a little creative with some pictures and tweets as he later tweeted this on 3 January 2017: "When they thought you scammed your way into a printer but you really scammed your way into fame. The 'pyramid scam'". Could this be an admission that the whole story was made up?
The alternative - taking someone's printer for failing to secure their wireless access - is pretty harsh, and this wouldn't be the first time a hoax has garnered attention online. However, one man appears to have really pulled a fast one on his neighbour, and the results are hilarious.
36-year-old Nick Junglas from Hunts Cross - a suburb of Liverpool, England - had enough of inconsiderate neighbours blocking the front entrance to his home. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Nick explained that he was making dinner for his daughter when he noticed a couple park their car, retrieve some suitcases from it and leave the vehicle behind.
Following this, the vehicle stayed parked outside his home, barring him from parking outside his own house. Nick contacted the authorities who unfortunately could not intervene as the car was not illegally parked. This frustrated dad then decided to take matters into his own hands.
“They were clearly leaving their car there and just getting a taxi to the airport. Obviously they just wanted some free parking. Next door have a couple of cars as well so there isn’t really room for other cars to park on the road.
“I thought it was cheeky leaving the car there so thought I’d leave them a nice surprise for when they got back. I work at Costco so I went and bought a big roll of cling-film from there.”
You guessed it - Nick wrapped the entire car with the huge roll of clingfilm, which is likely to be quite a shock for the owners when they return to pick it up. If this isn't dedication to the cause of teaching someone a lesson, I don't know what is.
The car has not yet been picked up, so the car owners' reaction remains unknown. It's not clear whether they live nearby or were simply seeking parking space in the area. Either way, it's unlikely that they'll ever park in front of this avid Costco shopper's home again.