Their Neighbor’s Dog Pooped on Their Yard and It Wasn’t Cleaned Up, so They Posted About It Online – Was the Neighbor’s Reaction Justified?

An individual lived in a quiet suburban neighborhood, which was generally trouble-free. However, this changed one day, when they spotted something unexpected on their security camera. Here is what they had to say:

An Unexpected Delivery

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The individual was checking their security footage one day when they noticed a young girl walking her dog, which nonchalantly pooped on their front lawn. The young girl made no effort to clean it up and continued walking.

Seeking a Discreet Resolution

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Faced with this unexpected situation, the homeowner decided to address the matter discreetly. They chose to remain anonymous by posting on their local online community group, with the sole intention of getting the dog owner’s attention and discussing the issue privately. 

A Public Announcement

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“In the post, I said that the owner didn’t pick up their dog’s poop and we’ll be sending a private message to who we think owns the dog since we are not sure”, the person explained. “I posted it in case they miss the private message.”

The Kid’s Mother Responds

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To the homeowner’s surprise, the child’s mother publicly replied to the online post, essentially revealing that it was her daughter and their dog in the security footage. Her name was now visible to everyone in the online group.

Presenting the Evidence

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The individual sent a private message to the child’s father, attaching the incriminating video. The footage even captured the child stating, “Gonna get out of the camera’s way so they don’t know it’s us.” There was no indication in the video that the child had bags for cleaning up after the dog.

An Apologetic Response

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The father responded with a sincere apology, explaining that his daughter had gone home to get a bag to clean up the mess. He assured the homeowner that if the feces were still present, they would come and rectify the situation. The homeowner expressed their satisfaction with this response and thanked him for his understanding.

Resolution Achieved

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After some time, the homeowner received a notification that the dog’s waste had indeed been picked up. Upon verification, the lawn was clean, prompting the homeowner to inform the father that all was well.

The Mother’s Perspective

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However, the story took an unnecessary escalation when the child’s mother sent a lengthy message to the homeowner. “She said she felt like I attempted to publicly humiliate my neighbors and that I handled the situation pettily, asking me to not share any photos or videos of her daughter or dog again”, the person recounted.

No Need for Further Engagement

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Although the mother’s message was detailed and somewhat critical of the homeowner’s actions, the homeowner chose not to respond. Their primary objective had been to draw attention to the situation and ensure the prompt removal of the waste. They wished to avoid any potential escalation or conflict.

Anonymity for Consideration

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In defense of their initial anonymous post, the homeowner clarified that it was meant to prevent public embarrassment for anyone involved. They had intentionally avoided using any identifying language in their post and refrained from sharing videos in the public group to protect the child’s privacy. Despite this, it had clearly caused upset, so they began to question their actions. 

More Online Posting 

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The individual once again headed online, seeking other perspectives to defend their decision. They were happy to see that most people would take their side. “You made it anonymous, you shared the video to the dad to show it was his kid, dad apologized, kid went and picked it up”, described one reader. “Done and done. There was no reason for mom to step in with excuses.”

Handled it Well

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Everyone agreed that the individual had handled the situation well. “You handled it fine”, wrote one commenter. “‘The mom outed herself which led to the “public humiliation”. Thankfully the Dad seemed pretty reasonable.’

Easily Avoidable

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One commenter chimed in with their advice for other dog owners. “Who doesn’t have poop bags attached to a dog’s leash? This way, you don’t have to go back and clean it later. If the family was smart, they would have put in measures like that before the mother exposed the family and got upset.”

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