A 34-year-old woman, residing upstairs in a duplex with her two boxer/pitty mix dogs, had lived peacefully for five years until recently due to a noisy baby and disputes with neighbors. Here is what she had to say:
The woman’s downstairs neighbors, a couple in their early thirties, faced infertility challenges and shared their journey on social media, causing some discomfort for the upstairs tenant. However, the real trouble began when they had a baby, resulting in noise disturbances that escalated into a dispute.
The birth of the neighbor’s baby brought forth the sound of incessant crying from below. While not as disruptive as feared, the noise remained a consistent annoyance for the woman.
Addressing the Noisy Baby
She decided to address the issue. “I’ve gone down and knocked on their door a couple of times to tell them to keep the noise down”, the woman wrote. “Every time they apologize and blame their baby but nothing has changed.”
Complaining to the Landlord
In her pursuit of a peaceful living environment, the woman reported her neighbors’ excessive noise to the landlord.
The Neighbors’ Response
However, the neighbors countered her complaint, alleging that her dogs and her late-night music were equally disruptive to their baby’s sleep. Feeling frustrated, the woman confronted her neighbor, leading to a heated exchange.
The woman recounted her neighbor’s complaints: “She said they can hear every one of mine and my dogs’ footsteps and the dogs’ nails on the floor specifically, that my dogs bark the whole time I’m not home during the day, and that I put my music up too loud at night.”
Explaining Her Rights
The woman responded to her neighbors, explaining that she couldn’t control her dogs’ behavior when she wasn’t home, especially on hardwood floors. She also emphasized her right to have guests over and enjoy music in her own home. It seemed that the irony of the situation was lost on the woman.
Shared Space and Past Incidents
The neighbor argued that she was only asking for respect in their shared living space and brought up a previous argument between the woman and her ex-partner that was overheard. The woman downplayed the incident, stating that it was minor and that such inconveniences were inevitable once the neighbor decided to have a baby.
Seeking Resolution Through the Landlord
The conversation reached boiling point, ending with the neighbor shutting the door in the woman’s face. Frustrated and determined to find a resolution, the woman reported the entire exchange to her landlord to document her ongoing concerns. Her goal remained clear: she wanted her neighbors, including the baby, out of the duplex.
Conflicting Opinions From a Friend
Seeking perspective, the woman shared her ordeal with a friend who suggested she might be acting insensitively towards struggling new parents. This viewpoint prompted her to question whether her actions were justified or overly harsh.
Asking the Internet
The woman headed online with her story, hoping to find reassurance from others. However, this was far from what she received. “So…it’s okay for you to make noise that you find acceptable but require the neighbors to stop the noises you don’t… come on”, wrote one angry reader.
Babies Can’t Help it
All readers were completely outraged by the woman’s hypocrisy. “Hire a dog walker/invest in thunder shirts/invest in rugs and turn your damn music down”, one commenter wrote. “Unless you live someplace very old or cheaply built, if they can easily hear your music, it’s too damn loud. Oohhh a baby is doing what babies do – cry”, they continued to tease.
Commenters on the woman’s story were united with disgust and confusion for her poor attitude and sympathy for the neighbors. “So you can’t control the dogs but she should be able to control the newborn? Make it make sense!” wrote one.
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