A colleague working in a different apartment has the exact same car as I have (same model and color and the only two of the brand at my office). The only difference is the chairs, but I understand this is not something that really makes them stand out from each other.
Now the other owner is a very rude. He will park in visitor's spots, which we're not allowed to park in, and he'll park in such a manor as to occupy two space and be completely crooked. They have even damaged other cars before. All of this while driving a particularly tiny car.
Apparently my face is much more associated with the car than his, as I've been getting all the complaints, rants and threats over his parking. Two months ago there even was an incident where two of my colleagues completely duct-taped my car because they thought it was his. (I had permission to park on the visitor spots that day because I had to carry in heavy stuff.) Leaving all my windows with sticky stains that took me hours to remove.
Should I approach this guy? Should I make changes to the appearance of my car?
What would be the best way to approach this guy? Should I talk to him myself or notify HR? According to colleagues who have talked to him, he has been asked to act normal multiple times but has never improved.
( 6 months ago )
Honestly, you should be going to HR over the other 2 colleagues duct taping your car. That is utterly unacceptable.
Now, it's clear from your question that you haven't spoken to the colleague who can't park directly yet. I think you should mention to him the incident, and explain to him that his lack of care with his car is now causing you to suffer. Possibly explain to him that the parking rules apply to everyone. I wouldn't mention his bad parking, but do mention the fact that the visitor spots are for visitors only. Most people will try to better themselves if they see what they're doing is having an adverse effect on another person.
If this doesn't work, go to HR. Specifically mention him parking in the visitor spaces. If he damages another persons car, that isn't an issue for HR. That's an issue for the insurance companies/the two parties involved.