Following I wish to end my neighbours Page 64

  • Graxlar_v3 10 Jul 2018 11:31:34 4,593 posts
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    Molotov cocktail...

    Then blame kids
  • Psiloc 10 Jul 2018 11:33:35 4,888 posts
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    Also at our previous house, we had a tiny courtyard garden and no private parking. The courtyard used to be a drive, but a previous owner converted it so he had at least some outdoor space to enjoy. So we were parking in the road; in nobody's way and disrupting nothing.

    A few doors down lived an old couple (dun dun duunn). They had two cars, a drive with space for both, and two garages for good measure. But of course they didn't fucking use them, they parked one car on the road, right where we would logically park. Not only that but they literally never, ever used it, just in case we dared to park there when they were out. They only went out in the car that they parked on the drive. The other car, a brand new Citroen DS3 they got on disability, existed solely to make life awkward for us.

    So me and the wife were there parking one behind the other and swapping our cars around at least once a day for precisely no reason. Having spoken to cranky arse about it, it was clear that this arrangement was punishment for the previous owner daring to park on the road, so by God, that's what they were going to do too. Argue with that.

    Yeah old people can be the worst
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 10 Jul 2018 11:34:24 4,678 posts
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    I thought recreational caravaners were almost extinct?

    If they're not, is there something we can do about it?
  • discostink 10 Jul 2018 11:37:32 12 posts
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    I live in a street that's full of retired folk and they definitely have nothing to do, so the small things in life matter.

    When we viewed the house we now live in, the estate agent parked on the kerb outside of his house (you basically have to park on the kerb as the street is narrow) and he was out right away demanding she moved it.

    If anyone parks outside of his house then he kicks off. My wife has been toe to toe with in the past trying to explain the law and he wasn't having it.

    I don't care about things so small and silly and i've told him this, to the point where I told him that if he didn't shut up about it, that I was going to knock his head off his shoulders. I basically got bored of saying, "I don't care".

    About 3 weeks ago, I watched him out in a thunderstorm doing his gardening. He had full waterproofs on and his wife was stood next to him holding an umbrella for him and another for herself. Next day was monday, where they didn't have to go to work...

    Edited by discostink at 11:38:42 10-07-2018
  • Psiloc 10 Jul 2018 11:38:29 4,888 posts
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    And also when we moved in, their cars were specifically a year or so newer than the old owners. Our cars were brand new, so they immediately bought two new cars. Twice I upgraded my car while I lived there, and twice they instantly come home with two new cars. One of which, again, would never be used.

    I can absolutely recommend putting it out of your mind and not giving a shit. You will NOT beat a person who has got this much time on his hands. I simply didn't rise to it and acted like I didn't care, and I can promise you nothing irritated them more than the thought that "it isn't working"

    Edited by Psiloc at 11:39:19 10-07-2018
  • discostink 10 Jul 2018 11:41:59 12 posts
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    ....and there's another thing to remember...

    Old people are really lonely and don't get that interaction they had when they were younger with their family and work, so I'm convinced that old folk like an argument just to socialise in some weird way.

    I see it at the pub. It's always the old lonely bloke kicking off - he's basically sat at home for too long not talking to anyone. He gets out and wants to vent.
  • Psiloc 10 Jul 2018 11:45:51 4,888 posts
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    Yeah. I think they just lose all perspective
  • DarmokJalad 11 Jul 2018 14:28:55 63,616 posts
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    We all do eventually
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 11 Jul 2018 14:35:35 4,678 posts
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    Old people as neighbours are both a curse and a blessing. I'd agree with all the points above about them having too much time on their hands, blowing stuff out of all proportion and needlessly nursing grudges over real and imagined slights for years. That said, the flip side is that they do actually tend to keep an eye on the street, report genuinely dodgy activity to the police and pester the council about all kinds of shit over bin collections and the like that you'd never bother to do yourself (but should be grateful somebody does on your behalf).

    I've had a few irritating elderly neighbours, but they're by no means top of my list of nightmare-neighbours.
  • mrpon 11 Jul 2018 14:38:52 34,847 posts
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    Pity when they die though and you have to tape up your windows.
  • Load_2.0 11 Jul 2018 15:04:45 28,293 posts
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    Or tape up theirs.
  • Load_2.0 11 Jul 2018 15:04:59 28,293 posts
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    While they're still alive.
  • Load_2.0 11 Jul 2018 15:05:07 28,293 posts
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    In Summer.
  • SnackPlissken 11 Jul 2018 15:07:18 457 posts
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    Elderly neighbours are the worst. My last house I had one guy who would have his TV turned all the way up, so you could pretty much hear every single word of what he was watching. I didn't have the heart to go round and tell him to turn it down, as he lived by himself, and I guess the TV was his only friend. Still was one of a few reasons I decided to sell up and move.
  • Alastair 11 Jul 2018 15:23:40 22,844 posts
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    As years go by I've noticed that my Mum has the TV progressively louder...
  • Alastair 11 Jul 2018 15:24:55 22,844 posts
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    My granny had a thing that connected to her hearing aid, so that she placed a mic by the TV speaker and then could hear it at normal volume.
    Go tech!!
    (Why doesn't my Mum have something similar???)
  • DUFFMAN5 11 Jul 2018 16:18:48 23,785 posts
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    @Psiloc

    On the plus side they will (generally) be dead before you...Younger for the win ;)
  • Dougs 11 Jul 2018 17:32:46 87,394 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    My granny had a thing that connected to her hearing aid, so that she placed a mic by the TV speaker and then could hear it at normal volume.
    Go tech!!
    (Why doesn't my Mum have something similar???)
    My mum also her telly very loud. And generally can't hear shit. Finally gave into my badgering and went for a hearing test. Hearing aids needed. Got referred on and saw the specialist... Who told her that she doesn't need them after all, and not to listen (ahem) to her kids. She must have made some bloody good guesses imo, she's proper deaf.
  • THFourteen 11 Jul 2018 17:42:50 50,237 posts
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    Get them a pair of Bluetooth headphones :-)
  • elstoof 11 Jul 2018 22:10:09 21,955 posts
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    We had an elderly neighbour when I was a kid, she would turn the tv volume all the way up to hear it because she didnít want to use up the battery in her hearing aid so kept it switched off
  • Fake_Blood 12 Jul 2018 01:08:17 9,105 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Get them a pair of Bluetooth headphones :-)
    Saw this sony wireless speaker that is made for the elderly that seems alright.

    https://youtu.be/bn3hKbl9f-U
  • Rhaegyr 12 Jul 2018 12:45:16 4,643 posts
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    The new neighbours my parents have got are ridiculously bad.

    A Romanian family (think there's roughly 10 people in a 2 bedroom house); kids younger than five swearing and flagging people off in the street (while the parents laugh), unreal noise levels from music they play, revving the car at stupid hours for seemingly no reason and arguments between the adults during the evening.

    Tried talking politely to one of the older adults but he barely understood what I was saying and all the issues continue unabated. Not sure what to do next.
  • fontgeeksogood 12 Jul 2018 12:46:32 3,747 posts
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    Well, presumably you already voted Brexit so just wait until March?
  • the_milkybar_kid 12 Jul 2018 12:47:50 7,742 posts
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    Is their house rented?
  • Rivuzu 12 Jul 2018 12:50:06 17,600 posts
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    When is the answer not shitting through the letterbox and razer wire down the driveway?
  • robthehermit 12 Jul 2018 12:51:45 7,022 posts
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    Wait until they're all asleep, pour petrol through their letterbox, around their backdoor and all the downstairs windows and torch them.

    Or complain to the relevant authority about anti social behaviour and noise pollution.
  • Rhaegyr 12 Jul 2018 13:00:44 4,643 posts
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    Aye, it's a rented house.

    They've had to go through this process a few times (we've had some real nightmare neighbours) and it's just depressingly long before anything can be actioned (though probably for good reason). I've tried convincing them to move as the area's just getting worse but they'd be lucky to get £50k for it as the area's turned to shit over the last ten years.

    The landlord owns half the street and he generally doesn't give a shit who he's renting to as long as the rent's paid.

    And no, voted remain, still praying Brexit will be cancelled :|
  • robthehermit 12 Jul 2018 13:05:49 7,022 posts
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    Rhaegyr wrote:
    ... they'd be lucky to get £50k for it as the area's turned to shit over the last ten years.

    The landlord owns half the street and he generally doesn't give a shit who he's renting to as long as the rent's paid.

    So what you're saying is, is that the landlord has filled half the street with shit tenants, lowered the property values so he can buy up the rest of the street, evict all the arseholes, raise the property prices and make a killing?
  • challenge_hanukkah 12 Jul 2018 13:10:42 8,837 posts
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    Capitalism.
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