A woman was working in her home-office one afternoon when her day took an unexpected turn. She was disturbed by loud noises coming from her neighbor’s yard, so she took action, but this would soon lead to neighborly tensions that she hadn’t anticipated.
The Loud Noises
“I was working in my office yesterday when I heard loud bangs and splashes in my backyard, followed by laughing”, the woman explained. Her work had been disturbed, so she looked out the window to see what was going on.
Surprise Fruit Frenzy
Nothing could have prepared the woman for what she would see. “My neighbor’s kids were on their trampoline, throwing fruit from their trees into my backyard and trying to make shots in my pool basketball net”, she explained. “My pool had at least 20 pieces of fruit in it and it was all on the cement.”
A Desperate Plea
Reacting to the unexpected intrusion, the woman rushed outside and, fueled by frustration and concern, bellowed at the top of her lungs, “STOP THAT RIGHT NOW! GET DOWN FROM THERE!!”
The woman’s shouting startled the kids, who had been unaware of her presence. One child burst into tears, while the other threatened to report her actions to their mother before scurrying indoors.
The Neighbor’s Perspective
As the woman began the laborious task of cleaning fruit from her pool, the neighbor emerged, curious about the commotion. The neighbor, with whom the woman hadn’t interacted much before, inquired about why she had yelled at her children.
Explaining the Dangers
Patiently, the woman recounted the incident and the potential dangers it posed. “I explained what had happened, and how it was lucky that my dog wasn’t out there, because she would have eaten it all and become sick”, she recounted.
However, her neighbor did not accept this explanation. “She told me that ‘the kids were just looking for things to do and they were just having fun’, and that ‘it’s my job to discipline them, not yours’”, the woman continued.
Considering the Pool
The woman did not accept this explanation either. “I elaborated to explain that it ‘wasn’t just harmless fun’ because of the implications it could have on my dog”, she remembered. “I also pointed out that the kids were destroying my pool, which I’d now have to drain. They also could have broken a window or hurt someone if any of my family were out there.”
Questioning Her Actions
The conflict was left unresolved, and over time, the woman started to question her actions. She firmly believed that the children’s actions were not harmless and that her reaction was justified. However, she also noted that she had rarely interacted with her neighbors before this event, and was concerned that ‘disciplining their children’ was a tense way to start their relationship.
Social Media’s Verdict
The woman decided to recount the event on social media, asking readers to chime in with their opinions. “If I were you, they’d have a big pile of smashed fruit on their front porch the next morning”, laughed one reader.
One reader expressed frustration with parents. “I don’t understand this ‘don’t discipline MY kids’ attitude, if your kid is being awful and you’re not doing anything about it then I’m sure going to tell them. I stopped a kid when they were picking a little puppy up by its tail because their mom was taking no notice.”
Many readers chimed in to comment on the neighbor’s clear lack of supervision over their kids. “Ugh, sounds like you have one of THOSE neighbors”, one commenter sympathized. “Of course, it’s her job to discipline her kids, but when she’s not doing it and the kids are being destructive it was completely appropriate for you to yell at them to stop.”
Give Her the Bill
Some commenters suggested that financial action was the best way to prevent a repeat incident. “Hire a pool service to evaluate the pool and what needs to be done, then present her with the bill”, someone suggested. “Pretty sure this qualifies as vandalism.”
She Was Overreacting
However, not everyone took the woman’s side. “I’m not saying they should have been doing that, but why did you yell so loud over the kids throwing fruit in your pool’s basketball net?” questioned one reader. “Couldn’t you have just politely asked them to stop? You made one of them cry, and you certainly don’t have to drain your entire pool to get pieces of fruit out.”
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