The boss of a removals firm has criticised “busybody” residents for leaving threatening notes on his drivers’ vans telling them not to park outside their homes at night.
Michael Whitworth was reeling after spotting the warnings stuck to the two branded vehicles he parks on an “adjacent road” to his house in Stockport this week.
The angry poison pen letter, written in all block capitals, claims that residents are “fed up” of seeing the Marriott Removals’ van every night outside of their windows.
It goes on to tell manager Michael, 35, that “you will be responsible for any damage” to the vans if he doesn’t stop parking them on the street.
It added “be warned – patience has been exhausted – move your vans” sharply at the end of the letter.
“Annoyed” firm owner Ryan Marriott – who was called an “ugly fool” in the note – uploaded a snap of the letter to Facebook and joked “the animated man is a very good looking chap.”
The 33-year-old said: “One of our lads takes his van home and today we received this on the window screen.
“To be fair, I get what they are saying, it’s a residential street, but people take their work vans home, ours is just a bigger work van that has signs on.
“You can drive all of our vans on a normal licence making it a normal sized vehicle.”
And, Ryan added that he knew the high-sided vehicles were “bigger than usual” but that they never blocked driveways or parked on double yellows.
But, Michael admitted they had parked the vans in the same spot outside people’s homes for “at least a month” – and they use it as a meeting spot each morning.
The dad noted that the vans could be “awkward” for residents, but claims parking away from his own home is “necessary”.
Michael, from Burnage, said: "I got a WhatsApp saying that I've got a note on my van then I came out to see the same quite vicious note on my windscreen. I was like 'oh my god'.
"This person's taken all this time to print a letter off, when our number's on the side of the van and all they had to do was phone the number and we would have moved it.
"It is a bigger van than usual because it's a furniture removal van and yes the cartoon has quite a chirpy face. It's nothing offensive as such, so I think someone's just got a bee in their bonnet.”
He continued: "Due to training purposes I have to keep the vans in the general vicinity so staff are there in the morning. I've parked them there now for at least a month.
"Where one of the vans is parked, one of the gentlemen asked me if I could park there to stop the people going to the sports pitch parking there in the evening.
"I'm not blocking anyone's corners off, I'm not blocking anyone's access off, I'm not on a double-yellow line, it's not on private land.
"In hindsight it could look a little bit awkward having two vans parked outside your house, but they're never there any earlier than around 7pm at night then the lads are back in them at 6.20am.”
Michael claims he cannot park in front of his home as his wife parks there and the van would limit visibility on the corner.
Dad-of-two and Marriott Removals' owner Ryan has backed his coordinator's parking routine and sought to mock the poison pen letter's attempts to shame his firm.
Ryan, from Withington, said: "I found it funny they called me an ugly fool, but it's not nice really. I'm just a family man trying to make a living so I find it funny that people try to tarnish something like that.
"They're busybodies who are probably not happy with someone trying to move forward in life. He was just parking on his street so he can go to work in the morning.
"It's a bit worrying for us. It's not something that we want. I was annoyed at first and we're going to get some 360 cameras to put on the vans, but we shouldn't have to do that.
"I find it funny, but in a way they've said they're happy to smash the van up so I understand why Michael and his wife feel threatened.
"I'm taking no notice of it because we're parking legally, but it's not worth angering them because I'll have no wheels."
Michael is considering contacting the police.
Over 170 people have commented on the Facebook post.
One person commented: "How ridiculous. If a vehicle is taxed and insured it can be parked wherever you like."
While another added: "The fact they have taken their time to type this up nice and neat on a computer really says a lot about their life."
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