A young 28-year-old woman moved into a new neighborhood, where she had mostly pleasant interactions with her neighbors until a creepy neighbor started watching her with binoculars. Here is what she had to say:
However, one day a peculiar situation involving her next-door neighbor spoiled these pleasant interactions, leaving her feeling uncomfortable and unsure of how to proceed.
The woman couldn’t help but notice that her next-door neighbor, a married man with two children, seemed to have taken a keen interest in her activities. On two separate occasions, she observed him using binoculars to peer in the direction of her living room. This behavior raised her concerns.
The situation took an unsettling turn when the neighbor’s binoculars fell into the woman’s backyard while she was sitting there. The man was present, and the woman suspected he had been watching her again.
Retrieving the Binoculars
Startled by this incident, she made eye contact with him but he quickly retreated. Acting out of discomfort, she decided to retrieve the fallen binoculars and bring them inside her home.
Later that day, the neighbor knocked on her door, making casual inquiries about her well-being. Despite her discomfort, she maintained a polite demeanor. The neighbor then broached the subject of the binoculars. The woman explained, “He said something about his kids probably messing with them and asked if I could go get them for him.”
A Demand for Wife Involvement
The woman continued: “I said I have them but I won’t give them to him unless his wife comes and gets them herself. He looked at me shocked and angry and said that these binoculars were his, and they were special because he had them from when he was in the military. He said that his wife has nothing to do with this.”
Setting a Boundary
The woman remained firm in her stance, stating that she would only return the binoculars if the neighbor’s wife came to collect them personally. This stipulation seemed to agitate him, and he argued that involving his wife would lead to unnecessary drama.
Despite their disagreement, the woman held her ground. She believed that involving the neighbor’s wife would clear any misconceptions and validate her claim about the binoculars. The argument became heated, although the neighbor kept his voice down, before he left her residence, visibly upset.
A Complaint and Ongoing Tension
Following the argument, the neighbor complained about the woman’s actions, accusing her of trying to create drama. He persistently demanded the return of his binoculars and urged her to exclude his wife from the situation.
The woman became conflicted. On one side, she was certain that the man had been spying on her with his binoculars, which needed to be addressed. On the other hand, she also wondered whether she was being presumptuous and was perhaps inciting unnecessary neighborhood drama.
The woman headed to her favorite social network to share her story and seek the opinions of others. “Honestly, good for you for standing your ground on it, the whole situation is creepy”, sympathized one reader.
Wait Until the Man Leaves
The same commenter had a suggestion that would help the woman fix the dilemma. “To avoid (potentially) the police getting involved, you could wait ’til he’s not home and take them to the wife yourself.”
Other readers believed that the woman should take practical action in case the binoculars returned. “Get some cameras and close the curtains facing their house”, one person suggested. “If he’s watching you in the yard again, snap a photo and call the cops.”
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