A person had moved to a new property, and had been dealing with living next door to a ‘Karen’. The neighbor had not paid much attention to the person ever since they moved in, leaving them frustrated when they started to receive passive-aggressive letters.
Cold Neighborly Relations
Despite living in the new property for a year, the person’s neighbor never exchanged pleasantries once. “She has never wished me good morning or even said hello when we cross paths”, the person wrote. “She didn’t even introduce herself when I moved in.”
Despite not being willing to exchange basic social interactions, the neighbor did not hold back from complaining. However, instead of directly dealing with problems face-to-face, she chose to send passive-aggressive notes.
The Crisp Packet Note
The first sign of tension came in the form of a passive-aggressive note left on the person’s doorstep, detailing crisp packets and sweet wrappers that had been left in their front garden. “This was actually my other neighbor’s disabled son, who doesn’t know any better”, explained the person.
The Banging Gate Note
The second passive-aggressive note addressed a perceived issue with the side gate. “Hi, just to let you know your side gate isn’t bolted and bangs during the night”, the note read. However, the person inspected the gate and found no issue.
Early Morning Wake-Up Call
The tides soon turned when the person was rudely awoken one morning due to the neighbor. “She had a builder commence building her a new shed at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning, crashing wood around and using a loud saw and hammer”, the individual recounted. “This woke me up, and I just KNOW I would have got another note for this.”
Far Worse Disturbance
The person was particularly frustrated by this situation as the disturbance was far worse than anything written about in the notes. They knew that if they had done the same, the neighbor would not have let them hear the end of it.
Leaving Their Own Note
Frustrated by the morning events and the neighbor’s hypocrisy, the person left their passive-aggressive note. “Hi, just to let you know that a builder was sawing wood in your garden at 7:30 this morning”, the note started. “You may now stop posting passive-aggressive notes through my door.”
Giving Karen Perspective
The person felt that this passive-aggressive note was a perfect way to stop their neighbor’s complaints. It outlined her hypocrisy, and they hoped that it would help give her some perspective on the pettiness of her complaints up to this point.
Justified or Petty?
However, the person also recognized that their actions were somewhat petty. While it did feel justified, they also recognized that the passive-aggressive note was more likely to escalate the neighbor’s complaints as opposed to eradicating them.
Seeking Advice on Socials
The person headed onto their favorite social media platform to ask for a verdict – had they been petty, or was their action justified? “Nah, your note was fair, because 7:30 am… WHY!?”, questionined one reader. “That’s just inconsiderate.”
Taste of Her Own Medicine
“Sure, your note was petty, but she deserved a taste of her own medicine”, chimed in another reader. “With people like that, it probably won’t do much good, but at least you tried.”
However, not everyone took the person’s side, with some readers feeling that they were acting equally ridiculously. “Her complaints were fair, she was just mistaken about the causes/locations (or your gate is loose, and you don’t realize it)”, pointed out one commenter. “Also, you complain she hasn’t said hello to you, but have YOU said hello to HER? It’s a two-way street.”
They Were in the Wrong
To the person’s dismay, one commenter even claimed they were the only wrong person in this situation. “Your neighbor isn’t obligated to say hello or good morning to you at all and the fact that you expect it from her is honestly strange and mind-boggling to me”, they wrote. “I mean, yeah it’d be nice and neighborly, but to expect it!?”
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