The most common irritating habits that neighbors commit.
#1 Fido rules the roost. Let your dog run wild up and down the street tormenting your neighbors and possibly risking its life by cars or having Animal Control called and your pet impounded to the shelter. Allow the pet to urinate and defecate on your neighbor’s lawns. Worst case: Be sued by your neighbor after your dog bites a child.
#2 Party hard. Have parties with extremely loud music that does not get turned down after a decent hour. Keep your neighbors and their small children awake all night causing resentment and a general intolerance for entertaining in your neighborhood. Worst case: Your neighbors call the police and you are forced to shut it down and possibly get ticketed for disturbing the peace.
#3 Your home is your castle. Do not maintain your home. Let garbage and debris pile up. Let bricks crumble and paint peel. Park rusted, non-running cars in your driveway and street for your neighbors to look at. Worst case: Lower the property values in your neighborhood.
#4 Pay attention. Allow your toddler children to run up and down the street unattended after dark. Not only is this child neglect it creates anxiety for your neighbors who must ensure that the child is okay or watch as the child gets hurt. The child may wonder into the street, get bitten by a dog or become a target for a child predator. Worst case: Your neighbors report you to the authorities and your child is taken from you.
#5 Air your dirty laundry. Allow your personal marital problems to be seen and heard in the neighborhood. Yell, swear and argue in a manner that involves and disturbs your neighbors. Throw things at each other and even succumb to physical violence. Worst case: The police are called and one or both of you is charged with domestic violence.
#6 Personal shopping. Constantly bother your neighbors to borrow items such as tools or the ever- needed cup of sugar. Do not return the favor and take an extremely long time to return the borrowed items or return them damaged or broken. Give no apologies or offers of money to replace. You are labeled as a deadbeat and your neighbors stop being so neighborly. Worst case: Your neighbor sues you for un-returned or damaged property.
#7 Feel the Love. Knock on your neighbor’s door almost daily for miniscule reasons. Invite yourself to their parties. Chitchat over the fence even when your neighbor is clearly busy. Accept offers of a beer or other hospitality and never return the favor. Allow your children to pester your neighbor for snacks or a swim in their pool. Worst case: Your neighbor sues you for harassment or trespassing.
#8 Rev your engines! Drive down the street as fast as you want. Do not use turn indicators or breaks when pulling into a residential area. Risk the lives of children and pets without regard. Squeal your tires to show how baddass you are. Let your children sit in your car unattended and honk the horn repeatedly. Worst case: You hit a child or animal with your speeding bullet.
#9 Live the American Dream. Do not take care of yard. Do not trim trees growing into your neighbor’s yards. Let weeds grow four feet tall. Do not mow the lawn. Let fences rot and fall down. Worst Case: Your child gets into neighbor’s pool and drowns or your dog goes into neighbor’s yard and bites someone.
#10 Neighbors gone wild. Swear loudly. Play loud music. Drive your loud dune buggy up and down the street. Abuse alcohol and wander the street. Go outside half naked. Scream at your children. Scream at your spouse. Have constant traffic at your home. Urinate outdoors in daylight. Chase after your kids and physically abuse them. Worst Case: Lower property values, lose your children, get sued for vehicular homicide, indecent exposure, and disturbing the peace.
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