Her Elderly Neighbors Acted Creepily, Constantly Staring at Her and Surveilling Her Activities – Was Filing a Harassment Complaint the Right Move?

A 27-year-old woman had recently moved into a quiet neighborhood. Her neighbors, a couple in their late 70s, greeted her not with warmth but with scowls. This didn’t initially bother her too much, and she could certainly never imagined that she would soon be filing a harassment complaint against them.

Working from Home

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With the onset of the pandemic, the woman transitioned to working from home, relying on her skills as a statistician to minimize her office visits. Outside of work, her daily routine revolved around grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and occasional coffee runs.

The Pervasive Stares

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From the day she moved in, the woman noticed an unsettling habit her neighbors had developed – staring. “When I’m washing dishes or making coffee, they will stand in their backyard and stare at me through the side door, or sit in their kitchen window and stare at me into my kitchen window”, she explained. “It makes me feel so uncomfortable!”

An Intrusive Encounter

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The woman’s unease escalated when she observed her neighbors taking a keen interest in her new SUV. Several times, they approached her vehicle, photographing its license plate, jotting down details, and even inspecting the interior. She dismissed it as senility and paranoia.

Privacy Invasion

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The invasion of the woman’s privacy didn’t stop at her car. The couple had recently begun to lurk next to her front window, watching her, especially when she ordered food. “The weirdest one was last week when I came home from grocery shopping one evening and I caught the husband taking pictures of packages on my front porch”, she recounted.

Confronting the Weirdness

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The woman decided she couldn’t just sit there and accept this bizarre behavior. “I rolled down the window of my car and loudly asked him, ‘Is there a problem, sir?’ He turned around, scowled at me, and walked briskly back to his house.”

A Visit from the Police

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Things really got out of hand when one day, the woman was rattled by an unexpected visit from a police officer. Her neighbors had called the police about a noise complaint and alleged she had a ‘junk car with expired tags’ in her driveway. Perplexed by the noise complaint and certain she had renewed her car registration, she explained her situation to the officer.

Reporting Harassment

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The sympathetic police officer suggested the woman file a harassment complaint due to her neighbors’ intrusive behavior. Seeing it as an opportunity to resolve the matter, she complied, hoping the police intervention would bring relief.

A Hostile Message

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The following morning, a note awaited her on her car’s windshield. It read: “How nice of you to file a harassment complaint against your elderly neighbors. Go back to where you came from if that’s how you want to treat us”.

The Dilemma

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Now faced with this hostile message, the woman questioned her actions. She wondered whether she had been too hasty to file harassment against her elderly neighbors. However, their behavior had been persistently creepy, intrusive, and concerning, so she felt that she was well within her right to take a stand.

Seeking Perspective

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The woman logged on to an online message board, recounting her story to some online friends. She asked them if she had acted like a jerk, or if they would do the same if they were in her shoes. Thankfully, the community voted for the latter: “You’ve done nothing wrong”, one commenter stated. “Make sure that note gets added to the original complaint.”

Get Secured

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Many commenters expressed their suggestion that the lady took preventive action. “Get full security cameras, and if you can afford it, put up a pretty white picket fence…and a chest-high gate that you have to “buzz” people in with”, one commenter suggested.

Have Some Fun

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However, not all advice from commenters was so serious; some also suggested some ways to prank the creepy neighbors. “Have a little fun with this… take pictures of yourself standing up, and GET LIFE SIZE CARDBOARD CUT OUTS OF YOURSELF!”, one prankster laughed.

A Scary Update

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However, this humorous mood quickly fizzled out when the woman posted a terrifying update. “Woke up this morning to find nails in my tires”, she recounted bluntly.

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