In the past, when I lived in an apartment, I’d always be sure to ask the landlord or whoever was showing me around the place what the neighbors were like before I put down a deposit and rented the place.
You gotta do your homework or you might end up living next to a total psychopath…and it happens all the time.
And you also might get some wacky folks living next to you or on your street if you live in a house, so I guess none of us are really safe…
AskReddit users shared stories about their crazy neighbors.
Let’s take a look.
1. Border wars.
“Threatened to put giant signs across the wooded border between our properties if my OTHER neighbor got into another border dispute with him.
This was after stopping my excavator from doing his job (finished grading the lot so we could plant grass) and threatening him if he got over the property line (he was 50 feet away from it and not taking down any trees).
He finished his rant and left without ever introducing himself. When he’s not complaining to the cops about my neighbor, he’s doing everything legally possible to annoy the cops themselves.”
“He was hopping my fence during the day when I was gone at work to use my backyard pool.
When confronted (thanks to a snitch neighbor) he claimed he had an agreement with the previous tenant that he could use the pool whenever he wanted.
Guess what? I’m not that tenant. I have a bunch of security cameras now.”
3. Don’t get the driveway dirty!
“Had a neighbor who wouldn’t let anyone use his driveway because he didn’t want it to get dirty. Anyone including himself. He parked on the street outside.
If he thought you were having a party he would drag a bunch of plastic bags full of god knows what to the end of his driveway so no one could turn around it.
One time I came home and he was outside hosing it down in the rain.”
4. Hearing noises.
“My neighbor sits in his yard, hides behind his plants and meows at people who pass by. He is not dangerous at all but he is not right in the head either.
His caretakers are his parents and they seem to be very nice people. His dad once told me “he just likes to be a cat” and left it at that. I didn’t ask any more questions.”
“She has a penchant for going around sticking nails in people’s tires at night.
This has happened dozens of times to nearly everyone on the street, though she’s slowed down since more people started installing video cams and motion-sensor lights in their driveways.”
“He eats my flowers.
In his defense, he told us that he has been doing it for years when he introduced himself after we bought the house. He also brought over frozen cookies in a plastic bag, as a housewarming gift, but wasn’t sure what was in them. We share a side yard and as he was talking to us, I noticed his all brick house, was actually roofing shingles, layered to look like brick. It started to register that he may be a little out there.
He’s a great neighbor. Just an older, eccentric stoner who keeps to himself and eats my flowers. No shame. Comes over to my yard, and eats my lillie’s raw, or brings scissors and clips the heads to ‘boil and make jam’. It’s crazy to me, but we have embraced it. I planted a couple raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry bushes 3 years ago, when we first moved in, on the side yard we share.
As well as a few knock out rose bushes. I told him to help himself to berries/roses anytime, especially before the birds do. The bushes have all gone insane and the entire side of my house is now a yearly buffet for my neighbor. Having a decent relationship with a crazy guy I share a property line with, is worth some deadheaded flowers.”
7. Interesting times.
“We had one a while back that had a m**h lab in the home.
Crazy fights, yelling at all hours of the night,, dude would wander around the hood tweaked out crazy, and once he threw a Molotov cocktail out of the 2nd floor window at another dude who was smashing up his car, screaming, “I’ll f**king k**l you, motherf**ker!”
Those were interesting times.”
8. That’s weird.
“She dug up my fancy flowers and replanted them in her own yard…15 feet away.”
9. You can get into trouble for that.
“Pulled us over pretending to be a police officer, saying that we had somehow broken the law whilst pulling out of our driveway and that she was “going to call it in.”
She isn’t a cop.”
10. Mentally ill.
“Well, I used to have a neighbor who was legitimately mentally ill, although I don’t know his actual diagnosis. His truck wouldn’t start one day ( d**d battery) and he told everyone on the street that another neighbor was stealing the electricity.
He knew this because of the way this guy parked his vehicle – obviously it was sucking electricity from the ground for his battery, which drained the car batteries near him. Many times he would run down the street and warn everyone to hide their valuables because Japan was invading the country. He wasn’t on drugs, but he did take medication for his mental illness and everyone on our street could tell when he stopped taking it.
Whenever he would start saying completely irrational things, we would remind him to take his medication, and he would thank us and go home, presumably to take it. He lived alone, and he was getting older, so I think he had a hard time remembering to take it. There were many, many more incidents.”
“One time in 2004, my mom participated in a TV show where a singer would visit your house and a professional chef made food for you and the singer.
She constantly yelled at the camera crew and tried to hit their equipment with a broom.”
12. You do you.
“Our neighbour would leaf blow during a windstorm.
It wasn’t autumn so there weren’t any leaves on the ground, just some other debris.”
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