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Neighbors Steal from His Mother’s Garden, So He Records and Exposes Them, Igniting Community Tension.

When a spate of petty thefts plaguing his mother’s beloved garden pushes the original poster (OP) to create a humorous poster of the culprits, the neighborhood erupts into unexpected conflict. As the OP’s mother refuses to back down, tensions become heightened, and neighborhood relationships hang in the balance.

A Mother’s Love for Green

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OP’s mother is a passionate gardener. Unfortunately, thefts of plants, statuettes, and bulbs are a common issue, with some thieves even cutting roses from her bushes. OP’s dashcam captures these acts, providing clear images of the culprits.

A Security Camera

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OP decides to install a camera facing towards the garden to capture the vandalism and thieves. The camera captures these acts, providing clear images of the culprits.

The Garden’s Most Wanted

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In an attempt to protect his mother’s garden, OP prints out pictures of the thieves. He creates a poster with a humorous warning decorated with images of the culprits. Each thief is given a humorous, plant-themed nickname.

Laughter in Bloom

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OP finds his creation amusing, a gentle prod at the thieves accompanied by punny plant jokes. His mother, tired of the frequent thefts, approves of his method and finds it hilarious. She encourages him to hang the posters around the neighborhood.

A Thorny Complaint

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One of the neighbors takes issue with the poster, as his son, a minor, is one of the ‘featured’ thieves. He argues that his son was only trying to bring flowers to his sick girlfriend. He demands that OP take down the poster, calling it rude and disproportionate.

The Root of the Argument

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OP defends his actions, maintaining that the poster isn’t a big deal. In the heat of the conversation, he refers to the neighbor’s son as a “little birch.” This angers the neighbor further, escalating the dispute.

The Director’s Cut

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Another man comes forward, returning a plant cutting his wife had taken. His wife had intended to propagate the plant but ended up damaging it significantly. The man reveals that his wife is a town director and requests that the poster be taken down.

The Bee’s Knees

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OP’s mother answers the door when the director’s husband arrives. Upon hearing his request, she bluntly tells him to “make like a bee and buzz off.” This interaction further strains their relationship with their neighbors.

The Buzz Around Town

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The neighbor and the director’s husband know each other, which leads to more tension. Both families are now annoyed with OP and his mother. The once pleasant neighborhood is now filled with animosity.

The Petal-less Poster

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OP wonders if he was in the wrong for creating the sign. The intention was to stop the thefts, but it has instead caused an uproar in the neighborhood. OP questions if the poster was too petty.

A Blossoming Conflict

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As a result of the poster, the relationship between OP, his mother, and their neighbors is strained. The neighborhood, once quiet and peaceful, is now buzzing with tension and conflict. Yet, the garden remains a battleground for respect and ownership.

The Pollination of Discord

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The issue expands beyond the initial complaints. Rumors and discussions about the poster spread throughout the neighborhood. OP and his mother find themselves in the middle of a larger dispute and being shunned as outcasts.

A Garden in Bloom

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Despite the conflict, OP’s mother continues her gardening with even more determination. The garden, once a victim of theft, is now blooming under her careful tending. The poster, though controversial, has effectively stopped the thefts.

The Unwitting Resolve

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OP decides to stand by his actions. He believes the poster was a necessary measure to protect his mother’s garden. The strained relationships are an unfortunate side-effect, but OP feels justified, given the decrease in thefts.

Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?

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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, “Could always mark people off of the sign too, as they apologize.”

Another responder wrote: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the thyme!”

A different person states, “This sounds like a hilarious way to call people out for stealing from someone’s property.”

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 this thread.

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