Man refuses to cut down apple tree planted by his grandfather, neighbors threaten to sue

Annoying neighbors are a very common phenomenon throughout the world and in all eras. It is quite possible that when ancient people still lived in caves, there were already ridiculous characters who were indignant that the neighboring mammoth tusk was blocking the sun for them.

Particularly “wonderful” are people who have just moved to a new place and immediately begin to try to put things in order, not paying attention to the fact that some things and traditions have been close to their neighbors for years. However, who cares about these neighbors when we urgently want to put a hot tub in our yard?

This story is actually about those naughty and “entitled” neighbors. The original post in the AITA Reddit community right now has exactly 12.0 thousand votes and almost 2.2 thousand different comments and counts.

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The original poster lives in the house of his late grandparents, gradually modernizing it.

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It all started, like many legendary stories in the history of mankind, with an apple. The Original Poster moved into their late grandparents’ home a few years ago and have since gradually modernized it to fit their own style. However, there is one thing in the garden that OP will never touch, and that is an old apple tree.

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In the back garden, there is an old apple tree planted by OP’s grandfather many years ago.

The tree was planted by OP’s grandfather on the same day his family moved into the house, and the seedling itself was taken from his family garden – thus part of the family moved to a new location.

This tree has fond memories from OP’s childhood – they climbed it, picked delicious apples … and now the tree is in danger. The fact is that recently a family moved to a neighboring house, immediately demanding that the OP cut down a tree.

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The new neighbors demanded that the OP cut down the tree that allegedly cast a shadow over their garden.

It turns out that the old apple tree allegedly cast a shadow on the neighbor’s garden, where they planned to arrange a jacuzzi. The OP tried to politely explain to his neighbors that the tree has sentimental value to them as a memory of their grandparents – they didn’t care. “It’s just a tree!”

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Neighbors began to threaten OP with legal action and even promised to invade their garden themselves to cut down the tree.

The OP decided to smooth things over by treating the neighbors with fresh delicious apples, but immediately killed all the good attitude towards them, threatening to sue the OP or even promising to immediately force them to comply with this requirement.

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The OP finally lost his temper, stated that the tree was under constant video surveillance (because the neighbor’s children tried to steal apples from it), and that in case of the slightest hint of an invasion of their garden, they would call the police. After that, like any good person, the OP began to wonder if they had done the right thing.

The people in the comments unanimously decided that the OP is absolutely right and their neighbors are just “eligible” jerks.

However, commentators immediately dispelled their doubts. The OP was reminded that any unauthorized attempt by the neighbors to do something bad to the tree would be an extremely costly mistake for the neighbors, and that the couple themselves looked like self-righteous jerks who didn’t give a damn about other people’s sentimental values.

Some of the redditors in the comments even offered to help the OP with a legal point of view, as well as in terms of properly installing cameras in their garden. In any case, everyone unanimously agreed that a tree, especially with such a wonderful history and memory, is much more important than any neighbor’s hot tub.

As we said, all good stories start with an apple long ago, but they must end with your comments, and if you have another similar story, be sure to tell it here. Even if it doesn’t start with an apple…

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