When Renee Rasinksi arrived at West 2nd and Dorchester in South Boston Tuesday, she was greeted by a colorful surprise.
All the dog walker was trying to do was park her minivan when bright paint suddenly started spewing everywhere.
"I didn't seen a paint sitting on the ground and I hit it, heard a big noise, looked over and saw red all over the snowbank," said Rasinksi.
A reminder: as 48 hours have passed since Boston's snow emergency was lifted, remember space savers are now considered trash if left out. Please be a good neighbor, and abide by Boston's space saver rules. For questions or concerns, contact @BOS311.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) January 9, 2018
Turns out someone was still wrongfully using a can of magenta paint as a space saver, more than 48 hours after the city's snow emergency had expired.
"It went all over the street, the snowbank and my car," said Rasinksi.
From busted windows, to slashed tires, the annual winter parking tradition has been getting out of hand this season, with Southie seeings its fair share of neighborhood conflict.
"On social media, they've made it a war of the yuppies vs. old school Southie people," said resident Johnna Barry.
In a tweet Thursday, Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is disappointed in recent behavior and asks neighbors to be respectful, but people Boston 25 News spoke with say a scolding from city hall might not be enough to end the parking wars.
While we don't plan any changes to the space saver program, we're disappointed by threatening messages and notes residents are leaving on each other's cars. Please be respectful of your neighbors--we all share these streets and our City. No threats will be tolerated.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) January 11, 2018
"They have to get rid of it and the city has to plow out all the spaces during the day," said Barry.
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