A Woman’s Daughter Was Terrified of Her Neighbor’s Garden Ornament, but When They Refused to Remove it, the Woman Reported Them and The HOA Issued a Fine

During the pandemic, a woman, her husband, and their 6-year-old daughter began taking daily walks as a safe way to spend time together out of the house. However, despite the simple and harmless nature of the activity, they would soon start coming across something on their walks that would deeply upset their young daughter. 

Their Chosen Route

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The family would take the same route every day – a 2-mile stroll around their neighborhood, chosen particularly due to its low-traffic environment. They thoroughly enjoyed this route, until one day, something changed.

Unwanted Frog Statuette

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Their routine took an unexpected turn one day when they came across a disturbing garden ornament. “One of our neighbors put up a frog statuette for display outside their house”, the woman explained. “I find it really creepy and so does my husband.”

The Daughter’s Fear

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While the parents could simply stroll past the frog and pretend it wasn’t there, it was more difficult for their daughter. “She hates it”, the woman explained. “She is absolutely terrified of it, so much so that now she refuses to go on walks.”

An Attempt at Resolution

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In an effort to address the situation, the woman decided to approach the neighbor who had displayed the frog statuette. She knocked on their door, and a middle-aged man answered. She explained the distress the statuette was causing her family, hoping that the neighbor would be considerate and remove it. 

Sympathy but No Resolution

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However, things did not go their way. “He seemed sympathetic, but he said that he and his wife really liked the display, so they won’t be taking down that statuette”, the woman recounted.

Seeking HOA Intervention

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Undeterred, the woman sought the help of her next-door neighbor, who happened to be the vice president of the Homeowners Association (HOA). She inquired whether there were any HOA regulations that could compel the removal of the frog statuette.

Discovering an HOA Bylaw Violation

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The vice president of the HOA examined the situation and found that the frog statuette did indeed violate the HOA bylaws. As a result, he initiated the process of enforcing compliance, which entailed both the removal of the statuette and the imposition of fines for the violation.

A Difference in Opinions

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The woman had only hoped for the frog to be removed, so she and her husband were concerned to hear that the neighbor had received a hefty fine. Upon learning of these developments, the husband expressed the view that his wife had gone too far in pursuing the matter. 

Defending Her Actions

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However, the woman ultimately disagreed. The frog statuette not only disrupted the neighborhood’s aesthetics but also scared children. She saw her efforts as a means to ensure that their family walks could continue without the unsettling presence of the statuette.

Considering the Bigger Picture

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In her view, the broader comfort and peace of the community outweighed any potential discomfort the neighbor might feel due to the removal of the statuette. She truly had not meant for the man to be fined, but ultimately decided that it was worth the neighborhood peace that it facilitated.

Confessing What Happened

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Despite remaining resolute in her lack of guilt, the husband didn’t agree, which prompted the woman to head online and seek second opinions. To her dismay, most readers agreed with her husband. “It was just a statue”, pointed out one reader. “It was a valuable opportunity for you to explain to your child not to be afraid of inanimate objects, but you wasted it.”

Typical HOA Nonsense 

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Many readers chimed in with their frustrations, feeling bad for the man who had to remove it. “This kind of nonsense is exactly why anyone with sense doesn’t want to live in a neighborhood with an HOA”, another reader pointed out. 

The Cheek of it 

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Overall, there was a ubiquitous sentiment that the woman had acted overly entitled. “You literally had the cheek to walk up to a stranger’s house and complain that you don’t like how they decorated their property”, one commenter pointed out. “Your behavior blows my mind. I swear HOAs attract idiots, such as yourself, like flies to poop.”

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