Post # 1
We’ve all had them: neighbours who drive us absolutely crazy. How are your neighbors? What do they do that bothers you? Where do you draw the line with common issues such as noise? What are the worst/weirdest things your neighbors have done, and how did you deal with it?
I’ll start!! In the first apartment I lived in with my SO, we had a crazy downstairs neighbor who was silent all day, but at played bass thumping music and yelled (talking on the phone?) ALL NIGHT! His studio was directly under our bedroom, so sometimes we had to sleep in the living room just to get a little farther away from the noise! We had a property manager who lived down the hall, and he told us to call his cell if we ever had a complaint, anytime, even in the middle of the night. But I never called him because I felt guilty waking him up. One night I got so frustrated that, half asleep, I stomped up and down on the ground, maybe four times. Well, that made our neighbor SUPER MAD! He banged on his ceiling (our floor), threw things at the ceiling, and shouted obscenities for almost an hour! It was kind of terrifying!! I just layed in bed thankful that SO was sleeping, but wishing he would wake up to bear witness (turns out he was awake the whole, and was totally freaked out!). After that I was too afraid to do call the manager. We’ve had other neighbors who played loud music all day and night, smoked right under our windows, double parked our car all the time….Ugh. I hate to say it, but I feel like our most inconsiderate neighbors have been in my own age group. They are just so entitled, and have no common courtesy. Sometimes I joke about putting on old age makeup and applying for a rental in a retirement community!! I’ve never called the police, or management about neighbors (though once I did move out of a place as soon as my lease was up!), but I wish I had had the guts to do it!
Post # 3
Luckily they moved but when I first moved into my rental house (before Darling Husband moved in) my neighbors had loud drunken parties on their patio, which was about 10 feet from my bedroom window, and with NO insulation in the house, I could hear their every word… in their loud profane glory. Seriously, these people swore like sailors all night sometimes and then decided once a fire was a GRAND plan. On their covered patio. On the ground. In a burn ban. It was wonferful when they moved!
Post # 4
My upstairs neighbors at my old apartment were awful! They would have screaming/stomping/door slamming fights all the time. We never heard the guy, but the girl….she would go absolutely nuts! Once, she even locked him out of the apartment and they screamed at each other through the door. We didn’t have a tv, so our apartment was always extra quiet, but it was ridiculous. I said if the police ever came to the door and asked us if we were aware there was a murder in the apartment above us the night before, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Luckily the woman moved out before my daughter was born. If she had woken up my newborn, there would have been hell to pay.
Post # 5
My parents current neighbor didn’t like the fencing my dad put up ( so we wouldn’t see them!) so she started salting our yard. Literally tossing handfuls of salt over the fence. Did I mention that if salt is put onto soil it makes it IMPOSSIBLE to grow anything there for years?! Not only that but she sent us a note admitting to it. We are not on speaking terms.
Post # 6
@MsNarwhal: that salt things pretty horrible… though that has to be one of the most intresting bad neighbor things I’ve heard of. At least she gets points for originality?
My neighbors across the street are just the generally loud obnoxious occasionally violent scary people that you never want to make eye contact with for fear of getting something thrown at you. But I’ll never forget the first time I noticed there would be a problem…
It was about 11:30 at night on the 4th of July. There were, and pretty understandably I would say, some fire works going off in the street. We’re not talking huge displays, or rowdy parties, just kids and some bottle rockets. Fiance and I were just relaxing in front of the TV, when we heard screaming outside. We turn the TV down, and hear a woman absolutely SCREAMING at whoever it was with the firecrackers. “MY CHILDREN ARE TRYING TO SLEEP! DONT YOU HAVE ANY RESPECT? IM GOING TO CALL THE COPS! THIS IS ILLEGAL! YOU CANT DO THIS HERE!” And cussing, cussing, cussing. And 15 minutes later, still cussing. And 30 minutes later, still screaming. Never once did I even hear the “guilty party”. You know what I do have to hear though? Three years straight of HER screaming at everyone, right outside my window. Talk about respect!
btw, the cops do spend an awful lot of time across the street, but usually its because someone called them on her.
Post # 7
@chasesgirl: Holy crap! Who just lights a fire on the ground?!
@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie: One time a couple had a loud and prolonged fight right under our apartment’s living room window, I caught SO peeking through the blinds and listening. I asked him to come and help me unpack something, and he was like, “Shhhh!” I said, “Seriously? You’re just going to listen the them fight?” He very seriously replied, “We don’t have television, brittarlene!” Lol.
@MsNarwhal: I’m totally imagining your neighbor as a witch from the old country or something. Cursing you with each handful of salt! That is pretty wacky, but as others have said, creative?
Everyone in my current complex is pretty quiet, but the house next us has an awful family that yells all the time, usually within normal waking hours. They parents have really loud fights (“YOU’RE A DRUNK!!!” “YOU’RE A BAD MOTHER!!”), often yelling in the front yard while their kid tries to get them to stop fighting. The thing is, they yell so much, it takes me a bit to realize that they are fighting, and then I wait a bit to see if I have to call the cops, then I wonder if it’s appropriate to call 911 or not, then I listen in again to make sure they are still fighting, and by then they are usually done. I feel sorry for their kid (kids? people come and go so much in that hosue I can’t tell who is or isn’t a permanant resident).
Post # 8
That would be sad to watch kids try to stop the fighting.
Sad in another way is when the kids take part in the fighting, by joining their (grandmother?) in helping her to cuss out the neighbors.
Another thing I’ve seen, as I, too, tend to peek out of the blinds.