This is a story about Dr. John, a dermatologist who moves into a new neighborhood with his two dogs and faces backlash from his neighbors after refusing to keep his dogs inside when he is not home.
A New Start for the Doctor
Meet Dr. John, a dermatologist in his early thirties who recently moved into a new house with a large lawn for his two dogs to enjoy. He spends most of his time at his private practice, leaving his dogs alone for long periods of time, so the extra space is a welcome addition to their lives.
A Strange Request
The new neighborhood seemed calm and friendly, until Dr. John received an unexpected visit from one of the neighbors, a woman who was part of the neighborhood association. She welcomed him to the neighborhood but then proceeded to make a request that left Dr. John feeling confused and frustrated.
The Lawn Was Not Public Property
She asked him to keep his dogs inside the house when he was not home, as the kids in the neighborhood liked to play on the lawns and were afraid of the dogs. Dr. John was taken aback by the request and refused, stating that the lawn was for his dogs and that the kids had no business on his property.
The Neighbor Was Mad
The neighbor did not take kindly to his refusal and threatened to contact the association. Dr. John stood his ground, but little did he know that his response would cause a rift in the neighborhood.
The Neighbor Spread rumors
Over the weekend, the neighbor began spreading rumors about Dr. John to the other neighbors, painting him as an unreasonable and selfish person. People who had previously been friendly with him began to avoid him, and he started to wonder if he had made a mistake by refusing the neighbor’s request.
He Turned to the Internet
Feeling frustrated and unsure of what to do, Dr. John turned to Reddit for advice. He asked if he was in the wrong for refusing to let the kids play on his lawn and if he should have just let them do what they wanted.
Most Were Supportive
The response was mixed, with some people agreeing with Dr. John’s stance, other argued that he should have been more accommodating to the kids in the neighborhood. However, the overwhelming majority of responses were supportive of Dr. John, with people telling him that he had every right to use his property as he saw fit and that the neighbor was being unreasonable.
He Stood His Ground
Buoyed by the support of the Reddit community, Dr. John decided to stand his ground and not give in to the pressure from the neighbor and the other residents. He continued to let his dogs play on the lawn and refused to be intimidated by the rumors and hostility directed towards him.
The Internet Responded
One person commented this opinion, “The entitlement of certain parents never ceases to amaze me. It’s your property. Even if you didn’t have dogs, you might just want peace and quiet. This is before we even get to possible legal issues about being aware others are using your property as a red centre for their kids. How to avoid pariah status in the neighbourhood is another matter, but this neighbor is a toxic jerk.”
More Internet Responses
Another commenter posted, “Putting it on Next Door might help, too. You don’t know what your neighbor said, but I’ll willing to bet that it doesn’t much resemble what really happened. If she described the conversation as it really happened, the only people who will be upset are other people who also feel entitled to use your yard as a park for their kids.”
A Final Comment
This last person posted, “A neighborhood like this sounds like they would have a Facebook page. It might be drama mongering to out the whole story but OP has no idea what she is going around and telling neighbors. For all he knows she could be telling everyone he does inappropriate things to kids. And with him being a doctor that needs to be nipped in the bud.”
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