A Man’s Son Was Terrified of His Neighbor’s Garden Gnome, when The Neighbor Refused to Move It the Man Hid It, but The Neighbor Threatened Police Involvement

A concerned father had a good relationship with his neighbor, Cindy, who was passionate about decorating her large front garden. This had been a welcoming prospect for the man, but little did he know, the woman would soon introduce a garden ornament that would deeply disturb his son.

The Neighbor’s Garden

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Cindy had always been kind to the man and his son. Known for her impressive front garden adorned with flowers and a vegetable patch, she often shared her garden’s bounty with her neighbors, a gesture appreciated deeply.

The Peculiar Gnome

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However, a recent addition to Cindy’s garden, a seemingly innocuous garden gnome with a hoe and a basket of flowers, triggered an unusual reaction from the man’s son. “I’m not sure why, and I asked him”, the man explained. “I’m sure he’s seen something scary on the internet or something that the gnome reminds him of.”

The Request to Relocate

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The gnome was disrupting the son’s day-to-day well-being, so one day, the man approached Cindy. He explained the situation and kindly asked if she would consider moving the gnome to a different location, either in her backyard or behind some bushes on her patio.

Cindy’s Refusal

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Despite the polite request, Cindy declined. The man persisted, explaining that he wasn’t asking for much, but Cindy remained steadfast in her decision to keep the gnome where it was.

A Ball’s Fate

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A few days later, the situation escalated when the father’s son was playing outside, and his ball rolled into Cindy’s yard. Overcome by fear, the child refused to retrieve it, instead, tearfully begging his father to retrieve the ball for him.

A Temporary Solution

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This situation gave the man an idea. “I got the ball and moved the gnome behind some flower bushes”, he recounted. “My plan was to move it back once my son stopped playing.”

Cindy’s Reaction

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However, when Cindy noticed the gnome’s absence during her garden watering routine, she became agitated and inquired about its whereabouts. “She even threatened to call the police on me… over a gnome!”, the man exclaimed. 

Resolution or Estrangement?

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Reluctantly, the father returned the gnome to its original place. Following this incident, Cindy sternly warned him against entering her property again. The father was left in a quandary and sought his wife’s opinion.

The Wife’s Perspective

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Upon sharing the incident with his wife, she acknowledged that Cindy’s reaction may have been an overreaction. Nevertheless, she suggested that their son might overcome his fear with time or, alternatively, encouraged him to play in their backyard to avoid the gnome.

A Father’s Dilemma

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The man was torn between two perspectives. On one hand, he agreed with his wife that it might be good character-building for his son to work on getting over his fear of gnomes. On the other hand, he hated seeing his son uncomfortable in his own front yard and felt like his request to Cindy truly had been a small ask. 

Asking the Web

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To help him decide the best course of action, the man headed online, asking for the opinions of internet strangers. However, he was surprised to find that many people felt that Cindy was in the right to decline. “You have a responsibility as a parent to explain irrational fears to your child”, one reader pointed out. “You’re in the wrong here, sorry.”

An Entitled Attitude

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Overentitlement was a common theme discussed by readers of the thread. “I can smell your entitlement from here”, stated another reader. “You don’t touch things that don’t belong to you. All you had to do was go and get the ball and be on your merry way.”

A Wasted Lesson

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Many readers accused the man of wasting a valuable learning opportunity for his son. “Instead of having a teachable moment with your son, you chose to steal a neighbor’s gnome”, one commenter accused. “Be a better father.”

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