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A dad-of-seven went to bizarre lengths to teach a neighbour a lesson, after they blocked his driveway with their car.

Tobe Bailey, from Margate , wrapped the vehicle in black cellophane after it was left in front of his house for a day and a half.

The Vaxhaull Corsa wrapped in cellophane
The Vaxhaull Corsa wrapped in cellophane

The blue Vauxhall Corsa was blocking his daughter’s car from being able to get out and was parked there despite two clear signs instructing neighbours not to.

The 49-year-old said: "I live in a street with 26 houses and 24 parking spaces.

"Me and the Mrs spent about £2,000 putting a dropped curb in last year and on clear signs telling people not to park there but people still do all the time.

"At least two or three times a week, we get some idiot blocking us in."

It was the last straw for Tobe when he came home from work one evening and saw yet another car parked there, so he decided to make an example of the owner.

Tobe went to strange lengths after getting fed up with people parking in front of his driveway
Tobe went to strange lengths after getting fed up with people parking in front of his driveway

The bricklayer and handyman said: "I wrote a note and stuck it on the windscreen, telling the owner to move it.

"I opened a can of beer and sat on the balcony and waited.

"Nothing happened. I went and had dinner and still it was there after.

"It was still there the next day and my daughter was complaining she couldn’t get out.

"I’d just had a load of pallet wrap delivered and I thought” ‘right’ and wrapped it across the car."

Nuisance drivers were constantly parking in front of Tobe's driveway
Nuisance drivers were constantly parking in front of Tobe's driveway

Soon after the stunt the owner appeared - a young woman who had just moved in next door.

According to Tobe, she was very apologetic and found the prank funny.

He said: "I’m not a nasty person, I just like to get my point across in a funny and harmless way."

Tobe said his wife Amanda and his four children found the stunt hilarious too.

And it's not the first time Tobe has had to find creative ways of warding off nuisance parkers.

"I’m not a nasty person, I just like to get my point across in a funny and harmless way..."

He said: "Another time, a man parked a car across my driveway and when I told him he couldn’t park there, he told me he was a child of God and could park where he likes.

"I told him I am also a child of God and had the right not to have my driveway blocked.

"He didn’t listen and just walked away, so I used a car jack to hoist it up."

When the driver returned, he had to knock on Tobe's door and apologise so he could move his car.

Tobe added: "He never parked there again."

Tobe's Facebook friends could not believe his antics
Tobe's Facebook friends could not believe his antics

He posted a picture of the car on his Facebook and had over 100 comments from friends who found it hysterical.

One wrote: "Love to see their face when they turn up…priceless!"

Another commented: "This is too funny, I can’t think of anyone else who would do this."

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