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A Woman Sets a Trap to Crush the Credibility of Her Nightmare Neighbor Who Keeps Calling the Cops on Trivial Issues in Order to Protect Her Family.

In a clash of privacy and invasion, a woman finds themselves in a grueling tug of war with her intrusive neighbors over property trespassing. This seemingly unending dispute reached a boiling point when the OP decided to turn to community involvement and legal assistance, but would these drastic measures finally bring peace?

New Beginnings, Unwanted Encounters

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When the Original Poster’s (OP) family moved into their new home two years ago, they were met with a troublesome pair of neighbors, a middle-aged couple with a young son who has developmental disabilities. Their first conflict arose when OP wanted to install a privacy fence for their dogs, a suggestion that the neighbors vehemently opposed, leading to a three-month dispute with the Homeowners Association (HOA).

The Fence Goes Up

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Eventually, the couple is able to install the fence, but not without continuous complaints and pressure from the neighbor on height, style, color, and other details OP feels they should have no influence on. Nevertheless, neighbors continue to file complaints with HOA, making it easier for a couple to comply than to fight every detail. The cost of the fence ends up costing double the initial estimate.

An Unreasonable Complaint

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A routine Sunday morning became an alarming encounter with the police for OP’s husband, who was accused of endangering their daughter by drinking a beer on his patio after a night shift. However, the officer understood the situation and left without escalating the situation. This was only the beginning of the constant barrage of complaints from the neighbors.

War Against a Child’s Play

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The neighborly disputes continued, with the couple reporting OP’s family to the HOA and police for innocuous things like a Fisher Price playhouse and a baby swing. This led to multiple unwelcome calls from the HOA, increasing the tension between the two households.

A Driveway Blockade

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The wife of the neighboring couple began regularly blocking OP’s adjacent driveway with her minivan, causing inconvenience and often forcing OP’s husband to ask her to move her vehicle early in the morning. This audacious act only fueled the growing resentment.

Installing a Playground

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After a hard lesson learned from previous disputes, OP’s family decided to take proper precautions when they installed a playground in their backyard. They hired a landscaper and went through all the necessary steps, but it did not prevent the brewing storm.

A Violation of Privacy

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With both OP and their spouse working essential jobs, the house was vacant during the day. This vacancy seemed to be an invitation to the neighbor couple, who started trespassing in OP’s backyard to let their son play on the newly installed playground, a behavior which they maintained despite OP securing the gate.

The Fence Jumper

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Undeterred by the locked gate, the neighbor couple started using a step ladder to jump the fence, bringing their son to play in OP’s backyard. Their audacity knew no bounds, and they carried on with this act, always waiting for OP to leave for work.

Eyes on the Intruders

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In response to the blatant disregard for their property, OP decided to install a security camera to catch their neighbors in the act. The camera would serve as evidence, recording the couple’s intrusive actions on OP’s property.

A Dilemma of Exposure

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OP debated on whether to expose the neighbors by sharing the security footage on neighborhood social platforms like Nextdoor and Facebook. The neighbor’s wife, being an active participant in both forums, would certainly face the consequences of her family’s intrusive actions.

A Complaint of Insensitivity

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In an ironic twist, the neighbor’s wife complained about OP’s playground landscaping being insensitive on social media. This false accusation only added fuel to the fire and deepened the divide between the two families.

The Extreme Option

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OP pondered whether to involve the police again, fearing the impact it might have on the neighbor’s son. The decision weighed heavily on them, further highlighting the complex and tense situation.

The Best Option

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OP feels the police or posting online may be an extreme measure and likely will escalate the tension even further. She reaches out for advice to see if there is a better way to more peaceful end this feud with the neighbors.

What Should the Woman Do?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “Be the bigger person and go to your HOA first and let them know that the next step is to involve the police. You don’t want them threatening to sue you if you put the video on social media.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “If the kid gets hurt on your property, they can sue you, so go to the HOA about this and get that bigger fence. Also, go to the police to cover yourself.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “I would send them a message telling them you have security video of them trespassing multiple times and that they need to stop immediately and they are not to come on to your property again. Send it in a way that can be documented and save it along with the videos; make sure you have dates on everything.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “File a police report about trespassing in addition to sending this to the HOA and posting on FB.

Their unlawful behavior is not excused just because of their kid.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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