Their Neighbor Constantly Screamed At Her Children, So They Told Her Welfare Checker – Was This A Smart Way To Deal With The Problem?

A person lived with their partner in a block of flats that had paper-thin walls. The couple heard everything that was happening around them in the block, and this noise spillage would soon make them aware of some serious neighborly concerns. 

Supporting Refugees

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The couple had noticed a growing number of families in the building due to a refugee program. They were happy that their building was accommodating this much-needed aid. 

No Peace And Quiet

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However, the growing refugee population in the flats has led to high noise levels. The couple’s noisy surroundings began to affect their daily life.

The Neighbors Next Door

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Two families, each consisting of a mother and a seven-year-old daughter, moved in across and next to the couple’s flat. Initially, the occasional kid’s scream didn’t bother them much, but soon, it evolved into something more disruptive.

Daily Morning Disturbance

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After a while, screams were a much more common occurrence. “Every morning like clockwork, the woman opposite us screams at her kid and continues it into the hallway at 9 am every day”, one half of the couple explained. “I work from home, and my partner can’t get a lie in on the weekends, so it’s been difficult working with it.”

Addressing The Issue

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Frustrated by the constant noise, the couple decided to take action. They approached the neighbor one night, politely asking her to lower her voice, hoping she’d understand how much sound traveled through the thin walls.

Unsuccessful Attempt

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Unfortunately, the neighbor’s behavior didn’t change. Just two days later, the couple were once again woken up at an early hour by the mother’s shouting. When they tried to talk to her, she rudely shut the door in their face.

A Final Plea

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The couple’s patience was running thin, so they decided to confront the neighbor one last time. In the morning, when the noise was unbearable, they opened their door and firmly asked her to stop screaming at her child.

A Heated Exchange

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Later, the confrontation took an unexpected turn when the couple overheard their neighbor talking to their welfare checker. They planned to report the couple for being aggressive and complaining about the noise. The welfare lady she was speaking to seemed to agree, emphasizing the challenges of motherhood.

Standing Up For Their Concerns

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Frustrated and concerned by the overheard conversation, the couple reacted. “After this, I opened my door and said ‘We have explained time and time again that we forgive you for having a child but not the way you scream at her’”, explained one half of the couple. “I said ‘It’s horrible to listen to, and I believe you treat that child terribly’ and closed my door.”

Reflecting On Their Actions

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The couple was distressed by this final confrontation. They felt that it was important to defend themselves against the neighbor’s accusations. However, they also recognized that they had interrupted the woman’s welfare check, which could have negative implications for her future in the block of flats. They wondered if they should have approached the situation more privately. 

Asking The Internet 

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The couple headed online to recount their story, hoping to gain a second perspective from internet strangers. “From your explanation, it sounds like you did nothing wrong, and are too polite”, one person reassured them. “If I had been through what you and your partner had, I would’ve told the welfare checker that she was being verbally abusive to her child daily”.

Should Have Spoke Privately

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Everyone agreed that the couple did what they had to do, but some people agreed that could have been handled better. “It would have been better to speak to the social worker in private and explain all the details the way you explained to us”, one commenter suggested. “The social worker needs a considered explanation from you, not a one-line accusation.”

Child Safety Comes First

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Overall, there was unanimous sentiment within the thread that the couple took essential action. “I know people deserve privacy and neighbors who stay out of their business, but kids deserve protection”, stated one reader. “Frankly, you deserve to work in relative peace too. What you did was good and right for the kid’s sake.”

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