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Barely Civil

Last Fall, my husband and I were walking our leashed dog on a public path when a neighbor’s two dogs (no collars) charged at us, growling and with teeth bared, from out of their unfenced yard. (Neighbors have had similar problems with these dogs before and after.) A young girl (daughter) had been playing with the dogs in the yard and we asked her several times to get control of the dogs, but she just laughed. . Now, several months later, the mother & father of the girl are walking by our house & trying to pick fights with us. I should ask them if they are still in junior high school, because this is the kind of behavior I would expect from children, not a middle-aged couple.

Not Fair but Fowl

We have one rental in our subdivision. He takes on animals and can’t care for them. Now he has chickens. The yard is a mess!! Household trash, satellite dish, broken ac unit clutter up the back steps. He has trash all over the yard and just leaves stuff. Siding is coming off the side of the trailer and you can see the insulation and wiring. Half the siding on one end is gone and the roof rafters are hanging from rot.

Stewart Dent

I currently live in some new, very nice condo/apartments. The majority of the tenants work at a local military base however there are other tenants that attend the local university.

These students think they own the place with range rovers, Cadillacs, other expensive cars and trucks.

they constantly make loud noises t night with car engines, drive through the parking lot at very high rates of speed, they throw their trash in the parking lot and wait for maintenance to pick it up. They have been fined several times.

Not to mention several of them rotate apts throughout the day and take up all the parking spaces.

Woolly Bully

First let me say that I have rented and owned houses before. Everything used to be normal. So I got a job and moved to this city, bought a house. I’m a single woman homeowner. Behind my back yard is a golf course – nice. I take my small dogs out in the back a few times a day for a few minutes. After about two years I began to notice the couple next door seem to come and go a lot while I’m out. Soon my little foofoo dogs are running over to the fence every time and they bark. I started taking notes because I couldn’t believe people would intentionally provoke like this. It kept getting worse, they would wait until I got out to the middle of the yard and just as I would pick up poop, they would make noise, slam a door, always do something. I would go get my dogs and take them inside. It kept worsening where either the husband or wife or both would run out to shake a mat, or turn on a yard tool, like the (new) leaf blower or (new) pressure washer. Once the wife had the leaf blower on the dogs, then right in my face. It kept getting more and more unbelievable. They conditioned my dogs! This guy started revving his truck, “fixing” and revving boat motors, suddenly had every kind of power tool running. This is a guy who’s daughter had to cut the grass. Now? Three long hours. Then one day I look over and this creep is in the window with a camera! From then on he kept taking pictures of me, until one day I had a friend over and he saw this guy run out with the camera. Now he is more subtle but still making the dogs run over and getting really creepy. He’s on the one harassment per day plan which is much better than before. And there’s more.

So the neighbor across the street, has a family, and a nicely kept home, and is home a lot. It seems he’s jumping on the bully bandwagon now. If I’m outside, he comes out of his house and does some yard work, could be 7 am or 10 pm. He is synchronizing my every coming and going, by driving in or out, moving his Jeep, standing on the sidewalk as I back out. He’ll go under the telephone pole and just stand still. He brights his headlights on me when I’m outside! He goes for the startle response. I think his wife must be at work a lot.

Meanwhile, my now separated female neighbor on the other side of me has jumped in for some amusement. She starts slamming those car doors so hard the house shakes, and it shocks the ears. She is also synchronizing with me. If I go into the back – large yard by the way – she opens the window and runs the microwave beeps, blender, mixer, or just hits a mug with a spoon a few times. This is so strange. If I walk out she walks out. When my trash goes out she takes her trash out exactly the same time. If she thinks I’m looking she’ll bend over to “pick a weed”. Lately she has a bare light bulb lamp that is suddenly turned on when I’m coming up my stairs. For some strange reason she does this silhouette thing in the window that faces my side window. Enough to give you the creeps. It goes on and on. At least she talks to me, but comes out with some odd comments. Mind games I guess…Seriously – how does this happen?

American Idle

This married couple with kids moved next door to me. The first official interaction with them was when the husband came over to my yard and complained about my car idling because it shakes his windows and the fumes. I had the car running for 5 minutes prior to him appearing. After that initial meeting all went down hill pretty much. His wife complained when I had my air compressor in my garage running for 5 minutes around 11 am during business hours.

A. Loof

Okay, this just takes the cake in terms of rudeness and bizarreness. We move into our little townhome/cottage about 3 months ago and on the first day we move in, a nice, ‘friendly’ seeming guy welcomes us to the complex and introduces himself. He ‘seemed’ nice and we had a positive first impression. Then we don’t see him for another month, and the next time we see him, we were getting some wood dropped off for us–literally in the street. My husband was at work, and I was alone, feeling frantic because I had to move the wood fast and didn’t want any of it to get swollen. Said tenant offers to help me stack the wood. “What a nice guy,” I think to myself, and as we stack the wood together, we have what seems to be a nice conversation and he tells me about his travels, and some other details about his life (totally voluntary and unsolicited). I was very appreciative and even offered to give him some of our wood–he politely declines and said it was a ‘pleasure to help me.’ Great, right? Nope!

We continue to see him here and there, and mostly it seems normal–waving hello and things like that, but then gradually I start noticing some really odd behavior from him while seeing him in the neighborhood walking his dog (and me, while walking my own dog). He starts turning his back to me when we happen to run into each other walking our dogs in the same areas, and this was when I thought, “Okay, this isn’t normal.” Well, then this burgeoning odd behavior is again punctuated by what seems to be ‘friendly’ behavior: our dogs start to become friends and play with each other in the courtyard, and then our dog runs inside his house (this happened three times) and he seems to happy and thrilled to see her. THEN, and this was about THE last straw for me with this dude, I run into him again yesterday while walking back from a spot where I had taken my dog, and he sees me and makes a quick (and noticeable) sidestep to the right of him and walks over into this field right away. Bizarre? YES. Unbelievably rude? YES. Husband and I have decided the dude either has a chemical imbalance in his brain or something is seriously wrong, has NOTHING to do with us. We couldn’t believe it! Now not only will our dog not be playing with his any longer, but we will not acknowledge this person anymore, and we can only hope that he’ll be moving soon (we believe his one year lease is up in a few months anyway). Is too much to ask that we live near NICE, NORMAL NEIGHBORS

Boris Knott replies-Strange behavior indeed. Write him a letter asking what the problem is-nicely of course.

Cold and Hot Barking Dogs

Nothing says inconsiderate like leaving your 6 dogs outside all day and night to bark and keep any neighbor awake. These rude neighbors should also take prize as Devin pet owners, I’m sure dogs love triple digit temps or staying out when it’s freezing.

Chicken Delight

I’ve lived in my home for 15 years, but I’ve just about had it with the idiots who live in this neighborhood.

We’re in a zoned rural residential area, but these people think it should look like a Real Housewives of New Jersey neighborhood. This didn’t lead to any conflicts with them until two years ago.

My husband promised my kids chickens, so two years ago, we got them.

Our yard is an acre, so the chickens are well in the back of our property.

Some snotty woman, who’s hardly said a word to us in the whole 15 years, decided that we’re the Beverly Hillbillies who are hell-bent on ruining her lifestyle. We can’t see her house from ours, and I know that she can’t hear the roosters crow in the morning (*I* can’t).

Last fall, my daughter caught this woman taking pictures of our backyard. Not even a week later (which neither my husband or I knew long after it happened; no one was home at the time), Code enforcement showed up. We found out from one of our other neighbors, who we’re friendly with, and who actually likes the chickens.

Since rural residential in our area means you *can* have livestock on an acre or more, this woman was SOL.

Sometimes I wish these people would pack up and move to that perfect Real Housewives neighborhood, with invented problems. Then they can all curse each other out and leave me alone.

Rude Noises

My neighbor is very loud early in the morning and very late at night. My bathroom window is right next to their house so it scares me at very inopportune moments.

It Takes a Village

I don’t have one, but a VILLAGE of rude neighbors. I live in a complex that has the nerve to call itself a “luxury apartment community.” Apparently, after paying for underground utilities and cenic landscaping, the developer ran out of money to better insulate the walls. I can hear the neighbors both downstairs and across the hall.

A couple in their late 60s lives in the downstairs apartment. They frequently play music so loud, I can feel the bass vibrating in the walls. When I complained to the rental office, the guy got ticked and tried to argue with me and said I couldn’t possibly hear his music. Come to find out he had sub-woofer against the wall.

Then there is the across-the hall douchey college guy. He decided he would stack bags of trash outside his door. I counted no less than 6, drawing flies. I took pics and emailed them to the rental office. He has different friends and females coming over, and they all run up and down the stairs like a herd of elephants. Visitors are here every few days, taking up even more spaces than he does.

Douchey guy alone takes up one to two parking spaces with his ginormous truck, depending on how crappy his parking skills are on any given day. He also has a motorcycle collecting dust in another spot. Every now and then, usually at night, he goes down to the parking lot and revs it up.

My Facebook friends have derived a great deal of entertainment out of my near daily bad neighbor rants. As Mr. Rogers used to say, “Who are the people in your neighborhood?” Sometimes, I just don’t want to know!

Boris Knott replies: Sounds like a block party might be in order here. Get to know your neighbors better.