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Old 01-18-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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This is a carryover from a post on the Ethics thread. I posted about an issue with my crazy neighbor. I figured that this is probably a common problem because I know there are a lot of bad neighbors out there.

In every neighborhood you have your collection of psychos, hoarders, nasty old people, yard Nazis, and my favorite trailer trash. I'd love to hear some outrageous stories about your experiences.

Hey - maybe you are a bad neighbor. I'd love to hear your side as well.

Obviously we should keep real names out of the picture to protect the guilty.

I'll start:
I have really, really bad neighbors. They've lived next to me for 10 years. They're finally in the process of moving. The entire block is seriously considering a party after they leave. They owe everyone money, the house looks and smells like a dump, and the police show up about twice a week.

They are leaving because they've lost their home. No one lost their job. They just don't believe in paying stuff like a mortgage, bills, or utilities. The house has been in foreclosure for over 3 years, but the bank can't officially foreclose because they pay just enough of the mortgage to stay in the house. Mean time they drive a 40K truck.

At least one utility per month gets shut off. One time their water got shut off. They asked if I could run a hose over the fence so they could have some water to fill some pots and pans until they got it turned back on. They have kids, so I agreed. They took my hose and attached it to their water spigot so that my water was running over the fence and powering their entire house. They were cookng, cleaning, washing laundry, and showering for over a week before I noticed it and finally pulled the plug.

Before leaving the house they completely stripped it. They took the light fixtures. They took the doors. They punched holes in the walls. The coup de gras was leaving 3 cats inside the home for several months without any litter boxes. I can smell the house from my back yard.

There was a huge 12x12 shed in the back yard that was up on skids. When I left for work on Tuesday I noticed that their fence was knocked down. I could see the front-end of a white Buick sticking out of the fence. They put chains around the shed and were dragging it out of their back yard to take to their new home. They actually dragged it out of the yard and down the street at about 5AM. I really hope the cops intercepted the shed, but I have no idea.

I could go on and on, but at least they will be 'officially' gone soon.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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Damn. Worst I got was I thought my neighbors were fighting outside and I could hear stuff being broken so I went out to make sure no one was being assualted. Turns out they were drunk yelling at his dog trying to get it out if his car.

 
Old 01-18-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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You got it way worse than I have.

Except for a few instances.... the cat wizz incident, the unknown reason for the "trashed" lobby, and the guy across the street who screams and throws his pants out the window... I've had it pretty good so far.

Did have something happen that pissed me off pretty good though.

Sometimes we leave the apartment door unlocked. We shouldnt, but we do. Yesterday evening we get a knock on the door... upstairs neighbor is asking to turn down the thermostat (the one in our apt. runs the whole house). "Shucks, Bob" I say "the thermostat hasnt worked in days..." "Oh, its fine now, I changed the batteries."

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"You came into the apartment when we werent home?"

"Yes, the heat wasnt on... I rang your bell but you werent home to let me in..."

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SWMBO is saying soothing things because she knows I am livid. I walked out of the room to calm myself down and to get a piece of paper and a pen. I wrote my phone number on one half, tore it, and handed it all to him. "I want you to call me the next time this happens. I do not like anyone in the house when we are not here. Please put your number on the other piece of paper."

He was very apologetic, and did as I asked. Thats when I pushed it maybe a little too far. "I dont ever want to have this conversation again"

He said he understood. My wife wished him a good night but I stayed silent.

We have had 0 other problems with these people in 5 years. He has elderly parents upstairs with him, and the house was freezing cold apparently, so I dont know if I would have done anything differently than he did.... but man was I ever pissed off.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Dang man that is just awful. I do not have any neighbors so no worries for and from me.

 
Old 01-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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That's a weird situation that your thermostat controls the whole building. Is this a house that's been sectioned off into apartments?

And if it were freezing cold, the heat wasn't on and the guy who has the thermostat let the batteries be dead for days, not only would I have come down there and let myself in, I'd have still been there when he got home.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
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Its a bit longer a story than that. Not sure why the one thermostat controlls the one house, but we had been told that a new thermostat was being installed in the basement, which would turn ours off. When the thermostat went off in our apartment we figured that that was what happened. At no time when we were home did we notice a lack of heat (he had already replaced the batteries while we were at work, and we didnt bother to look at it.)

I like you, Zul, but I tell you right now, if had done as you said you would do, you'd be speaking to the NYPD inside an hour.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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Here's some neighborly pics: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjkiebus/won...neighbors-6ygq
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I think if we came home to a sticky note on the door saying he changed the batteries I would have been ok. It was finding out days later that pissed me off.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #9
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My friend the pastry chef had a hoarder who lived in his building. The roaches used to run from under the door into the hall... pretty disgusting. It used to sound as if an apartment was constantly getting robbed, because to get in she would have to ram the door with her shoulder.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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Its a bit longer a story than that. Not sure why the one thermostat controlls the one house, but we had been told that a new thermostat was being installed in the basement, which would turn ours off. When the thermostat went off in our apartment we figured that that was what happened. At no time when we were home did we notice a lack of heat (he had already replaced the batteries while we were at work, and we didnt bother to look at it.)

I like you, Zul, but I tell you right now, if had done as you said you would do, you'd be speaking to the NYPD inside an hour.
Then we'd all have a nice chat

Now if neighborino knew the downstairs thermostat was supposed to be working and he still went to your apartment, that is a different story.

We had some bad neighbors in apartments. As a kid, my folks managed the units we lived in. We went to clean out one after the tenants moved and it was trashed. TRASHED! The stove top looked like they had been cooking on it without pots. Holes in walls behind the doors where door knobs had been bashed into them. The tan linoleum in the kitchen was gray with black trails where they walked the most. The toilet... we just replaced it.

Then we had the kung-fu masters. These guys got into a huge knock down drag out fight one day. I swear, it was like watching kung-fu theater. The old man there could whip some ass too.

And the noise. Look, I know it's just walls between us, but damn. We lived in some after getting married and it sounded like a kid jumping on a pogo stick in the kitchen. I went up to politely ask for them to tone it the %^&$ down, and sure enough, it really was a kid jumping on a pogo stick in the kitchen. We found out later they were related to the owners, just like the other new neighbors, and there was a plan to get everyone out so they could just rent to family.

Then there was Mr party all night in Texas. Dude would vibrate the whole building all night into the early morning. Me and the guy downstairs from him complained to him and management. The management were total wet noodles. No help. Once he started beating the crap out of his new girlfriend though, it became a matter for someone else to deal with. I don't know if he made so much noise in his new apartment or how those tenants dealt with it.

Here now we just have Bill's used cars across the street. These people have more cars than, than I don't know what. Something with a lot of cars. It's only really a bother when we have to take our garbage down the street so the truck can get it. Mostly though, folks here live and let live.
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