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    We have some neighbors who call the police for the dumbest things. Grandparents visiting from out of town in an RV were forced (by the neighbors...not the police) to move their RV to a campground because it was 2 feet over code. Another couple was forced to paint their garage door because the man, an artist like me, painted this beautiful mural on it. There are other instances too of them being the neighborhood police. I happen to know that the shop in his back yard is a working shop and not zoned for this area. I can't bring myself to do anything because it's their livelihood but he better stop crossing me.
    The police have told them to STOP calling over stuff like this and to please report it to the proper agency if they have to report it al all. But, they say they pay their taxes and they will call anytime they want.
    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • #2
    I'm sure there's a law in your area about calling the police over frivalous matters.

    Or, you could merely threaten them about the guy's workshop, before going to the police. What right do they think they have going after other people when they too are breaking the law?

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    • #3
      G'day Mitzi

      If he couldn't make a living from his shop - would he have to move????

      Think about it.

      [This message has been edited by copitsweet (edited 06-09-2001).]

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      • #4
        One of my 6 neighbors has called the police on me repeatedly for much smaller things than murals on a garage door. Mostly for construction dust and noise (how do you build a house without dust and noise?). She called when we cut down some diseased trees on OUR property. She called because she didn't like the copper vent pipe on our pool house roof. The officer who came out told me, "Next thing you know she's going to want to pick your wallpaper for you." BAH. I live in a small affluent village and her husband is on the village board, so you know why she gets away with it.

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        Thalia, mom of 10 (so far) "Women shouldn't have children after 35, thirty five children are enough."

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        • #5
          I can't STAND a nosy neighbor. Our neighbor has backed off since I mentioned his illegal shop in his back yard. He simply couldn't believe I would "mess with his livelihood and his families like that when all he is trying to do is keep our neighborhood at a certain level of respectability." I told him if he called any agency on me or my neighbors agin and he would find out just how "respectable" I am. He has no right to make my life harder and expect me to turn my head to his wrong doings. The thing that ticks me off is that, when he "reports us", we don't even know we are doing anything wrong! I mean, a sprinkler left on 10 minutes then it's supposed to be left on because my husband forgopt about it? It was turned off as soon as he remembered it.
          Grandparents who come from Atlanta in their RV and stay with their son while on vacation for a week have to MOVE their RV and pay to stay at a campground because their Rv is 2 ft over code? ggeezzzzzz!
          An artist has to repaint his garage door after spending several weeks painting a beautiful mural on it cause it looks like the "ghetto"?
          Dang right I'd report this guy for his shop!!!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Well, I must say that I'd probably object to the "beautiful" mural. Not everyone has the same taste and a garage door mural is pretty hard to ignor. I've seen some pretty awful ones.

            There's a house here in Detroit that is totally covered with junk. Junk like hubcaps and trash can lids and car bumpers, etc. Of course the media calls this "art", but the rest of us normal people call it "junk". What if I lived next door and was trying to sell my house? Of course I am gutless and would never call and complain about anything, but I think that before you paint a mural on your garage door you ought to ask your neighbors what they'd like to look at everytime they look out their window.

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            Thalia, mom of 10 (so far) "Women shouldn't have children after 35, thirty five children are enough."

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            • #7
              But, we live at the beach and this was a beach theme mural and really gorgeous!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mitzi:
                But, we live at the beach and this was a beach theme mural and really gorgeous!
                If there is a building code that specifies such thing, or your neighborhood has such stipulations, then he shouldn't have painted the thing. If, however, there was no code or rule prohibiting him from painting the mural, there was no reason for him to remove it. My parents just moved and their new neighborhood association has some pretty extreme rules. You must sign a paper agreeing to abide by them, or else you won't be granted building rights. Garages can't face the road, a house may only have a certian amount of wood showing, all mailboxes must be the same, etc. etc. I don't know how these rules can be enforced once the house has been built, but the association is already suing one builder because a house he built didn't have enough brick in it. Some people are just too hung up on meaningless stuff, I guess.

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                • #9
                  There are no rules as far as I know. Our neighbors should live in a gated community where they regulate everything. That's sure what these people try to do in our neighborhood.
                  I have a friend who lives in a gated community. NO WAY would I ever live in one. Her kids hung some ornaments on an outside tree when I was there one day. Neighbors came from everywhere and some were even screaming at the poor kids who were crying. I went outside and took the ornaments down and bought the kids inside. And these people followed me the whole way, screaming at me. They just wanted a fight cause they have such meaningless lives and they weren't going to get one from me.
                  I left an hour later and there were STILL some of them out there, yelling when they saw me, like they were standing guard to make sure no more ornaments went up. I did break one rule and told them to all get lives. they didn't like that too much! lol
                  I have too much to do in my life to worry about what my neighbors are doing unless it is blatantly against the law.

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                  • #10
                    Mitzi, I feel for you, my neighbor must really hate that i splurged for the block fence because when he hears we are out in our back yard he finds an excuse to get on his roof. I wonder what he would do if i just got a wild hair and decided to go out naked I bet i might get in trouble for indecent exposure or something but the look on his face for being nosey would be worth it though.

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                    • #11
                      I just can't STAND people who are so bored and unhappy with life, they have to make trouble for other people.
                      We recently went out with some friends. We don't go out often because, although they are nice people, they are very picky about everything.
                      She cornered me later and gave me a hard time about the fact I had said nothing to my son who wore his hat in the Italian restaurant we went to. She said that was extremely RUDE.
                      I wanted to just scream but I said, "Well, when you have a child that gets very ill, Ruth, you will find out a hat doesn't make one d*** bit of difference." She said it ALWAYS would to her. I then suggested she get the bug she has up her butt out! I don't think we are friends any longer but I also don't care. ggggeeezzzz! I only worry about what is important in life.....like the health of my family and the bills!

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