I mostly need to rant about something, but I guess I have a few questions at the end.
I own a new Jeep that is my primary transportation, but I also own an old Ford F250 pickup that I’ve been slowly working on that I drive occasionally. The truck has a 460 V8 and is modified a bit, so it only gets about 5 mpg. Needless to say I don’t put a whole lot of miles on the truck. The problem is where I park the truck. I have a single garage in the duplex I live in, but the garage door is too low (only about 6’6" and the truck is about 6’10"), so I can’t park it in the garage. I could park the truck behind my Jeep, but then I would have to back the truck out every day to get my Jeep out. I’d prefer not to do this because it is inconvenient, and also multiple cold starts per day without significant driving seems like it wouldn’t be great for the engine. So I park it in the street next to my driveway.
A little info about the street- I live on the corner of a busy street and a quiet neighborhood street. My driveway is off the quiet street, and I park on the quiet street. I can’t park on the busy street in front of my house because there is a bus stop in front of my house. The quiet street is normal width, and parking is allowed on both sides, with the exception of the first 15 feet off the busy street (sign says "no parking here to corner:). There are only 4 driveways on my block (street is about 200 yards long). I park along the side of my house and next to my driveway. I drive the truck once or twice per week, usually to work and back.
So today a police officer comes to my door and says that someone has complained about where my truck is parked. Apparently the person is a friend of the chief of police and quite wealthy. The police officer acknowledged that I am parked legally, and accepted my word that I move the car at least once per week (vehicles must be moved once per week per city law). However, he said that the “no parking here to corner” sign could be interpreted (incorrectly, per his admission) to mean “no parking from here to the corner 200 yards away rather than the corner 15 feet away”. Thus, by that interpretation, I could hypothetically park in the 15 feet between the sign and the curb if I had a smart car or a scion iQ, but the rest of the block is off limits.
So long story short, he said that I was parked legally, but he still asked me to move the truck anyway because one rich old lady apparently objected to me parking there. The thing that really annoys me is that I feel my truck is being singled out because it is an old truck. I feel like if it were a new Audi rather than an old pickup this would be a non-issue. Basically, the old rich person doesn’t want to see my truck because pickups are for hicks and not for upstanding well-heeled suburbanites. I keep the truck looking presentable and my property is well-kept. I’m not exactly the criminal type (I’m a resident physician at a local hospital and I work about 70 hours per week so I’m not having loud parties or otherwise being a bad neighbor). I know the truck looks somewhat out of place in a suburban neighborhood, but I’ve had a few neighbors compliment the truck so it isn’t a complete eyesore. I just feel like my vehicle is being singled out not because it is parked illegally or inconveniencing anyone, but simply because it is an old hillbillymobile and that is unacceptable per se. I genuinely feel that the issue is class and money rather than a parking problem.
So here (finally) are the questions-
am I wrong (morally, ethically, or whatever) to park an old, admittedly somewhat ugly, truck on the street where it is not blocking anything and parking for others is ample? A few considerations- parking is ample on the street; I don’t actually need the truck and I keep it only for my enjoyment; I could hypothetically park in my driveway although it would be very inconvenient for me and my neighbor who shares the driveway.
what the heck do I do? Should I just keep parking there? I’m just a bit confused since the cop said I was parked legally and appeared to be obeying the laws. However, he seemed to indicate that my vehicle sort of maybe could possibly be interpreted as parked illegally, so I doubt this is the end of it. So far I plan to just park it on opposite sides of the street (maybe one side Friday through Monday and the other Tuesday to Thursday, or something like that). I also have considered just selling it, although I’d prefer to keep it. Another option would be to move, and that is an option I’ve been considering anyway for other reasons, but that would be a pain. Any ideas?