Countless adages advise people to care about their fellow man. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ‘Let bygones be bygones.’ ‘Turn the other cheek.’ There’s also the other side of that advice: ‘Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.’ Case in point, two 40-year-old residents of an apartment building in the city of Xi’an. The two neighbors had an argument over excessive noise and the disagreement turned violent. After exchanging blows on two separate occasions, the unnamed owner of the Porsche decided to land a non-physical uppercut punch. Seeing that his loud neighbor had parked his BMW 5 Series up against a wall, the Porsche owner parked perpendicular, trapping the BMW against the wall.
That creative parking maneuver was in April 2015. Neither car has moved since. For over a year, the two luxury cars have sat in perpetual gridlock. They are now covered with dust, leaves, and random doodles people have written in the dust. For those keeping track at home, the Porsche is $93,000, while the BMW is $120,000. During the year, neither owner has bothered to check on his car once. Instead, each drives a second vehicle to and from work. Police in the Shaanxi Province have tried to intervene, but they have not been able to do anything as, technically, neither car is illegally parked.
As in most hostage situations, an innocent bystander has suffered the most. Due to the placement of the two cars, a door to the local branch of the ICBC Bank is inaccessible. As a result, the bank was forced to rent a location one building over. This whole time ICBC has been paying rent on two buildings because the new location does not have a vault. This bizarre auto feud shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Chinese motorists have taken vehicular antagonism to new heights recently, including one man who used a forklift to put illegally parked cars on the roof.