State: California, Bay Area
Yesterday, I was walking out of Trader Joe's parking lot and noticed a car parked very close to mine. Upon further inspection I discovered that he had opened his car door into mine. I took some pictures of the area with my cellphone camera, and got a snapshot of his license plate. I also took some somewhat blurry pictures of my silver paint on his blue car door.
I waited around for a while until he came out of the store. I then told him of the incident and asked him for his information. He outright refused to give it to me, and said that it was my fault for "not parking in the parking space." In addition, he said "how am I supposed to get out when you're not parking in your space?" But the space was very small, and my car was on the line, not protruding out of the space. In addition, there was only about 2 inches clearance until the line on the other side of the space. Finally, I told him that if he didn't give me his information that I would have to call the police. He told me to go ahead and so I did.
While waiting for the police to arrive, he finally gave me his drivers license. I copied down everything. Meanwhile, he went to buy a camera. Turns out, he removed the paint from his car (I took pictures of it before he did, though) and tried wiping the scratch off mine. When the officer arrived, he told me that he couldn't do anything and was there to just "keep the peace." He then told both of us that should I decide to sue him, that it would be my burden to prove that he did it. The officer then pointed out that the information on his DL had to be recent, and he puckered up and wrote a more recent address for me. Finally, the culprit told me to get a few estimates around town, but still refused to give me his cell phone number.
I'm going to get some estimates around town and pay him a visit to his residence. But should this get out of hand, what should I do? Pictures can be found below.
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