This homeowner on Nextdoor’s app is so fed up with people using her circular driveway, she’s bringing out the spike strips.
Here’s a first world problem if there ever was one. According to a popular Twitter thread on @TheBestOfNextDoor that’s re-emerged towards the year’s end, this circular driveway owner decided that some spikey revenge is the best way to deal with cars using her driveway as a U-Turn.
Check out the spicey tweet below.
Vicki was sick of people using her circular driveway to turn around so she ordered…— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) November 27, 2019
Spike strips 🤔 pic.twitter.com/xbdgnXGE9a
While anyone with enough money and will can install a circular driveway in front of their house, they’re usually reserved for homeowners with lots of front real estate. The advantage of a circular driveway is, if you park your car in front of your house, you never have to reverse in or out of your driveway.
If you don’t have a gate in front of your house, like this person ID’d as Vicki, people can and will use it to make a quick U-turn instead of going through the effort of a three-point one.
As mentioned, even though Vicki has a sign saying, “Keep Out,” people disregard that sign just like you do with your annual dental check up postcard.
To be fair, it is rude to use someone’s driveway to make quick work of a full 180-degree about face. You are driving on private property.
Then again, the lengths Vicki is willing to go through to protect her precious pavement is downright hostile and probably illegal. I’m fairly certain there’s a duty of care property owners must abide by, even if they want to or not. You can’t cause harm on this level.
I think this is all a ruse to get the word out there on Nextdoor’s app that, “No one should even consider driving on my circular driveway.”
When polled, while more than half of @BestOfNextDoor’s followers thought spike strips was excessive, a large chunk are siding with Vicki.
This better not happen again… pic.twitter.com/a38ogPBOM9— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) November 27, 2019
Some Twitter users have come up with some good alternatives. This is the best one so far.
Spike strips: super unfriendly, possibly illegal, you will pop your own tire Vicky.— Andee (@SrirachaCupcake) November 27, 2019
Velvet rope: classy, no legal issues, makes your driveway into a VIP lounge.
And, curious to see if I can really order up spike strips, you can. They’re less than $20 for a set. How you use that information is up to you.
Personally, spike strips is going too far. Even if you used spike strips, you’d have more than one stuck car in your driveway to deal with, not to mention the hassle of putting the strips out and taking them off if you need to drive out yourself.
If you have a circular driveway, you can probably afford a gate. Amazon has solar powered automatic mechanisms for a couple hundred bucks, a small price to pay for sanity.
Whose side are you on? Team Vicki or Team Everyone else?