QLD Is it illegal to clean random parked cars?

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  1. Alistair Ignacio

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    Hello! I was thinking about the Friends episode where it’s revealed that Monica cleaned a bunch of dirty cars parked in the apartment parking lot. I was wondering if it’s allowed for anyone to just douse water on strangers’ cars and starting cleaning random people’s properties?
     
  2. Rod

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    Not legal.

    Trespass to property. And you'd responsible for any damage caused by the cleaning.
     
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  3. Alistair Ignacio

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    What if you didn’t damage it? And what do you mean by trespass to property? Like is touching someone else’s property the same as trespassing?
     
  4. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    Doesn't matter if you don't damage it, it's still unlawful (but possibly not worth actioning). 'Trespass to property' or 'trespass to chattels' is the legal term for interfering with someone else's personal property without consent. The word trespass is more commonly used for real property (land) for general understanding, but the principle is the came - it means you're present on/touching something when you don't have consent. It has to be deliberate - not accidental; but being deliberate can be as the result of negligence (e.g. unintentional, but reckless as to the consequences).
     
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