Two neighbours ended up getting embroiled in a heated dispute over a noisy car that was allegedly 'waking the whole street'.
Martin Evans, from Chorley, Lancashire, was confronted by furious messages from his neighbour at 6.30am on Wednesday (20 October), demanding he 'get rid of that f*****g car' as it's 'waking the whole street every morning'.
The chef replied saying he would fix his Subaru's 'high-pitched squeal' after work, but he quickly posted about their exchange in a Facebook group for car fans with 26,000 members, urging 'every last member to message' the neighbour.
His post prompted a pile on, with dozens messaging the neighbour, threatening to drive by his house and calling him a 'kiddy fiddler'.
Mark Asling is one such member who messaged the neighbour, justifying his behaviour by claiming car enthusiasts belong to one big family.
He said: "The car community will always stick together no matter if you are right or wrong. It's about standing together and not being pushed around.
"We pay money to keep our cars looking the best they can and we have pride in what we do so when someone threatens one of us they threaten us all without realising.
"The car community is more of a family, and ask yourself what you would do if someone threatens your family."
Martin said he and the neighbour ended up discussing the disagreement on the phone for almost two hours, and he subsequently deleted his initial post in light of the abuse his neighbour had received.
In a new post, he said: "So, in the best interests of my neighbour and myself, I decided to remove the post.
"It was never my intention for him to get such nasty comments via Messenger and had I thought it through properly I should have blanked out his name and not antagonised the situation.
"The offensive messages led to a 1hr 47m phone call between me and my neighbour. He's been quite aggressive himself and his attitude toward me has been just as bad as those posting nasty comments.
"All through the conversation I was apologetic and told him I'd do everything I could to quieten the car, so much so I've ordered an exhaust bung."
He continued: "He's had plenty of time over almost two years of me having the car to approach me about it waking him up, instead he's messaged me in the rude manner he has.
"During the call he said he still wanted to come round so he could look in my eyes to see if I was being as sincere as I sounded, pretty psycho in my opinion (he's just left).
"He stormed around to my house this morning knowing full well I was out hoping my Mrs would be in so he could have a word with her. Not cool.
"Gary has just left my front door after a brief discussion, not sure he realised I'm almost 6ft 1in and 16st and don't take politely to angry little men wanting to have a pop at my mrs.
"He's apologised, I've apologised, and it was left with a handshake which was very reluctant on his part. I'm picking up a temporary bung tomorrow to keep the wee man happy.
"Thanks for the support, all. I know you've all found it entertaining but it's all done now."
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