Is it wrong to be annoyed? Here is the situation:
My husband and I use our bicycles right now for our sole transportation. I sent an email to the office asking for permission to use the space in our breezeway to park our bikes. This way come wintertime they would be protected from the elements and not covered in snow or frozen to the other bikes locked up out there. There are plenty of bicycle racks provided, however. The two racks outside our building see very little use- only 3 bikes divided between them at a given time while some others in the complex have bikes literally piled on top of each other.
There is a small boy with a cute Jeep bicycle with training wheels who locked the small bike up to the railing one day about a month after our bikes had their new home. My husband happened to be out to work and the small bike was in the way. I was annoyed. It didn't take long for me to find out that it belongs to the family right above us. I asked nicely one day and they agreed to lock it up to the top rail rather than the corner where it was blocking my husband's bike. On the top rail, the bike can be slid out of the way. I suppose I was happy with that.
The bike very rarely moves at all- the boy almost never rides it. I had my trailer folded up and under the first few steps where is the least vertical room. Today I got it out, dusted it off and added a floor to it. I found out the flaw in my design because it no longer folds flat. So, I slid the boy's bike close under the stairs and took the wheels off the trailer to scoot it under the railing, replaced the wheels and the trailer was now parked closest within the railing space to our bicycles, with the boy's bike still easily accessible.
Well, I came back from walking the dogs and my trailer had been shoved closer to the stairs with the top of it nearly rubbing the concrete, and the boy's bike was back closest to our bicycles. There is plenty of room, so this really annoys me. Not only did they move my stuff (which I had done, I understand) but they could have damaged the trailer. That fabric is very easily ripped and the thing is practically new. I was very careful moving the little boys bike even though he obviously bangs it around plenty. I don't want to have to move his bike every time I need the trailer.
Should I be annoyed that the kid is locking his bike up to a place I specifically requested for our use? In our previous apartments the office did not allow bikes parked there and claimed it a fire hazard, but we are extremely careful not to have anything sticking out in a walkway to trip anyone. Being that there are plenty of other places to park, I feel the boy's bike shouldn't be locked up there, or the thing is light enough to carry it upstairs. He barely uses it at all, and my bike is used every single weekday. I feel that I am entitled to the space because I asked very nicely for it. I'm worried that if I say anything to the office, they might say that no one can park there anymore, though. I'm also nearly certain that if I say anything to the boy's dad, that he will get antagonistic about it.
What should I do? Move the trailer back and use the corner to lock it, so that it cannot be slid back under those lowest steps? Speak nicely to the office and explain exactly what I've written here?
The blue and green bikes represent my husband's and mine. The light green is obviously my trailer, and the red bike is the little boy's. That's how I had it arranged this morning since I could no longer fold the trailer down flat. I hope to fix that eventually, but at the same time, I'll be trying to use it more to take my dogs to the park, so I don't want it hard to get to. As it was, I had to move the boy's bike just to have space to maneuver the trailer out this morning without running it over. The black section is representative of the space under the stair which has a railing around it, while the gray shows how the tallest steps are above us.