Friday 18 May 2012 3.11pm
It was obvious that you were royally p***ed off at this cretin's action Mr. Pepper, no one could blame you for that.
But do you feel now, so many years later, that you may have over-reacted?
Let me be perfectly clear on this, I'm not saying for one minute that you DID over- react, the selfish oaf definitely deserved some retribution, but the fact that you felt it necessary to go out with a weapon for presumably possible self protection indicates that you may have felt that you'd pushed him a bit far.
I think your closing sentence sums it up though, he'll be unlikely to chance it again if he comes back to see the flotilla.
It was a long time ago DJ, and I have calmed down considerably since then.
To fill in a blank in my original post, my first thought at the time was to call the police, although I knew that they would be unable to make much difference to the situation, and that the prat who'd parked on my drive had already "won" by default.
They duly arrived, quite quickly as I recall.
They explained that they had traced the registered keeper's address en-route, from the plate number I had given them over the phone, and it was an address somewhere between Nottingham and Leicester.
To send a local copper to the address, ascertain a mobile number for the driver, then try to call him was asking a bit much they quietly explained, although they sympathised with my anger.
They said that as much as it went against the grain, I would be better off waiting for him to return and take it away.
I suggested having it towed away, they said that they could not arrange that, and that if I got someone else to do it and the offending vehicle was damaged then in the eyes of the law I would be held responsible.
So ultimately the action that I took was the only legal thing that I could do that would inconvenience him, and make him suffer.
Feeling that he might in frustration damage the old Land Rover, (if that were possible), I had made sure that he saw the bat inside my hallway and advised him, (NOT THREATENED), to think twice before doing anything rash.
Just to be safe I had the bat with me when I finally let him out.
In retrospect, my over-riding emotion on that occasion was of impotence, not fury or anger, okay, anger too.