Man lets neighborhood kids play in his pool until they tear it up, but their parents come and complain how hurt their kids’ feelings are

Sometimes you want to do something nice for other people just out of the goodness of your heart, and at first they may be very grateful for the occasional generosity, but after a while they can get too used to it and begin to expect free services from you. or even demand them from you.

The person on Reddit who preferred to be called Legitimate influence253 on the platform wonders if he should continue to be the generous and kind neighbor everyone tells him to be after the favor he did for them caused him more anxiety than joy.

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The man was not very happy when he saw that his pool was broken, so he closed it to the neighborhood children, but everyone felt that he was a jerk.

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The original poster (OP) shows a 37-year-old man who has moved to a small area with his fiancée and the couple is expecting a baby. Their child will have many older friends as their neighborhood is full of kids aged 9 or 10.

When the future spouses found out that they would have a child, they thought it would be nice to install a pool in their yard. They built an above ground pool last year and it was the kids of the neighbors who were most excited about it as the OP let them play in it on the condition that they didn’t bring their dogs with them.

The OP explained that the lining in the pool was fragile so he thought the dogs were more likely to break it. But last year, nothing happened, so when warm days came this spring, the man opened the pool again.

It looks like the kids were using it as both the homeowners were away and when the OP came back wanting to fill with water he noticed a big hole that he needed to fix.

When OP moved in, he and his fiancée wanted a pool and put an above ground one in the yard.

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Seeing that the children were not taking care of other people’s property enough, the OP decided that he would no longer allow them to use his pool, especially since the day after the gap was fixed, the children came with a dog, which he forbade them. bring.

Naturally, the kids told their parents, who for some reason got really angry and felt it was unfair for the OP to close the pool. He came to his fiancee’s house, arguing with several parents, accusing the pool owners of hurting their children’s feelings.

They allowed the neighborhood kids to play in it and the only rule was that no dogs are allowed.

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The OP explained that he found a tear in the pool, which was clearly the result of their children playing in it. We could imagine that the OP didn’t trust the kids anymore as they broke something and didn’t even bother to tell him, what’s more, he had to invest his own money to fix it.

The parents didn’t seem to care, and some of them laughed at his reasoning, still demanding that he open the pool again. Even his own fiancee asked him to apologize to the neighbors.

Until the OP noticed there was a tear in the pool and after that he didn’t want the kids to come anymore.

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People in the comments were completely confused about the rights of those neighbors. As far as we can tell from this story, the OP bought the pool himself, put it on his property, and was kind enough to let the neighborhood kids play in it, as it was a small community and that usually means people have a friendly relationship. .

But he no longer wants the children to come, and since it was his money and his property, he had every right to do so, no matter how many children’s hearts would be broken because of this.

This angered the children’s parents because it hurt their feelings and demanded that he reopen the pool. Even his fiancee was on their side.

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More importantly, children are constantly getting into trouble, and if they get hurt or, in the most tragic case, drown in that pool, the OP will be held responsible.

Many people were concerned that adults were looking after the children, and in response to Legitimate-Impact253’s comment, he said: “My fiancée works from home. She will look after them if one of the parents cannot. Children usually swim in the afternoon/evening when we are both at home. I also have cameras in the front and back of the house.”

We can assume the redditors didn’t think this was enough because this answer now has 167 downvotes, which is understandable. Young children need careful supervision because as fun as water is, it is also dangerous.

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It’s hard to see how neighbors can claim what belongs to another person, but it actually happens more often than you might think. there is another article that talks about a neighbor who demanded that the OP get rid of his dogs because her kids were coming home with poop on their hands.

Where do you think this good neighborly right comes from? Why might another person think they have the right to use someone else’s property or things they own, even if the owner doesn’t want to share it? Leave us your thoughts in the comments!

But redditors support OP because not only can he decide whatever he wants, but having kids play on his property is an obligation.

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