On September 24, 2017, in a small town just north of London in England, a parking feud that had been simmering for weeks came to the boil. And, as it turned out, one of the individuals involved had totally had enough of the situation. So, she called in some back-up to help resolve the matter. And what happened after that would leave her neighbors stunned.
That disgruntled woman was Luton resident Abi Mustafa, and she had been involved in a row with the people living opposite her home. That disagreement had all started, moreover, when Mustafa had parked her car in front of her neighbors’ house. And she believed that she was well within her rights to leave her vehicle there: no driveway was being blocked, after all, and the move was totally legal. However, her territorial neighbors felt rather differently…
In fact, the people from across the way were definitely not happy about Mustafa’s choice of parking spot. And the ensuing war of words finally culminated with her neighbors taking their revenge. In a tit-for-tat move, they parked their Vauxhall Corsa in front of Mustafa’s house. But, unlike her neighbors’ home, Mustafa’s address has a driveway. So, when her neighbors parked outside her residence, they had effectively boxed Mustafa’s car in.
Mustafa, however, was able to make a move of another kind. Specifically, she made a call to her 23-year-old nephew, Hakan Acar, who lives nearby. And the aunt and her nephew are close, as Acar would explain to The Daily Mirror in October 2017. “My auntie and I see each other every day,” he said. He added to the newspaper, “That day, I got a call from her. She said that the people opposite had parked in front of her drive – blocking her in.”
So, being a good nephew, Acar took control of the situation. Specifically, he headed to the neighbors’ house in an attempt to resolve the argument and get the offending Corsa moved. But while the woman living there was reportedly quite calm, according to Acar, it was a different story for the man of the house. Acar later stated, “Her boyfriend started swearing and cursing and saying, ‘Well, I’m not going to move my car until you move yours.’”
Acar was implacable, however, only replying, “Either you’re going to move the car, or I’m going to move the car.” Unfortunately, though, this statement seemed to make matters worse: the neighbor only got angrier and even threatened to call the police. However, Acar wasn’t worried about a visit from the law. He explained to The Daily Mirror, “I knew blocking somebody’s driveway is just not the right thing to do.”
Eventually, though, Acar understood how he could unblock the situation and get things moving again. So, he decided to take moving the neighbor’s Corsa into his own hands – literally. He later revealed, “To be honest, I didn’t go over with the intention of actually pushing the car in the first place. I just wanted to see how heavy it was, but then I realized I could move it.”
And if pushing the vehicle from its spot seems as if it would have been a tall task, Acar was more than up to the challenge. After all, he’s a strongman and bodybuilder who has even acquired the nickname of “the Tulk” – short for the Turkish Hulk. In fact, judging by the weights he was used to, it would be a surprisingly easy workout for Acar. He explained, “I’ve pulled eight-and-a-half-ton trucks before, so a one-ton [Vauxhall] Corsa wasn’t going to be a problem.”
Nevertheless, despite his massive strength, Acar was hesitant about the task at hand – at first, that is. He later told The Daily Mirror, “I was worried that the handbrake might have been on – and I was trying to work out whether it was front or rear-wheel drive. Then it just started moving.”
Acar added that his cousin, who was also present, had seen the strongman’s intentions. And although the smaller man had headed over to help his massive relative with his unorthodox valet parking, he really needn’t have bothered. Acar said, “As I lifted it, it just started moving, and I knew I’d got it going. It turned out I’d moved it before my cousin could even make it over.”
Meanwhile, a video taken as the scene unraveled shows Acar’s vehicle-moving technique. In it, he is pictured casually lifting the front of the car and pushing it along. Indeed, the clip shows just how easy it was for the incredible Tulk to clear access to his auntie’s drive. He can even be seen kicking off his shoes, apparently in order to gain a better grip on the ground.
However, Acar wanted to make it clear to The Daily Mirror that, despite his nickname, he only resembles the Marvel character in strength rather than temperament. The strongman claimed, “I’m quite a calm person – I’m not an angry person at all, but hearing the way that [the neighbor] spoke to my auntie just upset me a bit.”
Acar also explained to the newspaper that he had hoped that his show of strength would have exposed the weakness of his auntie’s neighbors’ argument and so finally end the parking row. He said, “I hoped it was all resolved now. We don’t want any trouble, and my auntie never wanted to cause anyone any problems in the first place.”
Unfortunately for Acar, though, Abi Mustafa’s neighbors did not see the funny side of the Tulk’s intervention in the disagreement. After Acar had moved their vehicle, they suggested that his strong-armed action had in fact caused damage to their Corsa. As a consequence, the neighbors immediately called local law enforcement – and now the police are caught up in the parking feud, too.
A press statement from a Bedfordshire Police spokesman has confirmed its involvement in an investigation regarding the disagreement. The statement read, “We were called at 4:42 p.m. on Sunday, September 24 to reports of a dispute over parking in Luton. Two [Police Community Support Officers] attended and spoke to residents to give advice about considerate and safe parking.”
The police communique added, “Officers are now investigating a report of criminal damage to a vehicle at the location.” And it continued, “[Police Community Support Officers] will continue to engage with both parties to work towards a resolution.”
When the neighbors involved the police, however, Acar was adamant in his belief that he had done nothing wrong. Indeed, the young man claimed that he was at a loss as to why the authorities were investigating the incident. He suggested to The Daily Mirror, “All I can think is that they have accused me of damaging their car when I moved it.”
However, Acar was later to discover exactly why the police were getting themselves involved. And he was nonplussed to learn that he was being accused by the neighbors of causing criminal damage. The young man stated, “I know the car is not damaged. I moved it out of the way, but it is fine, so this just feels childish.”
The saddened strongman added, “It’s a shame [the neighbors] are doing this. I hoped we had resolved it the other day, as we have not heard anything since. However, if they are claiming this, they will be carrying [the dispute] on.”
So, unfortunately, it sounds as if the Luton parking feud hasn’t ended just yet. We’re just hoping, then, that next time Acar, his auntie and other residents in her street follow police advice: that is, that disputes of this nature between neighbors should be resolved with the local council. And Bedfordshire Police would explain as much in its statement, saying, “[We] don’t enforce parking restrictions, this is the responsibility of the local authority.”