I used to occasionally (twice a week) park on a residential street near the building where I work. I would park there for the full work day where parking is completely legal and the street is wide and not busy. Free, all-day parking is scarce in our town and this is one of the few spots that I’ve found.
Recently, I received an angry note on my windshield stating that I was causing distress to residents and workers (e.g. mailman and landscaping personnel) by parking on the street during the day, and I’ve been hesitant to park there ever since. While I understand the resident’s annoyance at having cars parked in front of their home all day long, I believe they’ve greatly exaggerated the “distress” that my behavior has caused. As I’ve mentioned, the street is wide and never busy, and all of the homes have their own driveways, so I'm not taking away parking spaces from the residents. Moreover, I’ve never seen the street completely filled with parked cars— there are usually quite a few empty spots.
Legally, there is nothing wrong with what I did, but do you think I was overstepping acceptable behavior?