There’s nothing like a little sweet revenge against someone who wants to see you fail. And if that person also turns out to be a nasty neighbor with a penchant for causing trouble? Well, we call it a double win.
By Redditor U/Monty Flash A story about their neighbor The popular r/MaliciousCompliance subreddit went viral in a flash. The author of the post explained how his nosy, annoying neighbor reported his shed to the city because it was too big.
However, things took a rather unexpected turn, and the neighbor soon got a taste of his own medicine. Scroll down for the full story, in OP’s own words, PANDAS! Let us know what you think of the story, whether you did anything differently, and if you’ve ever had to deal with similarly bad neighbors yourself.
Some neighbors just like to cause friction and trouble.
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Here’s what happened when a nosy neighbor decided to report a couple’s shed for being ‘too big’.
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The redditor’s story resonated with a large portion of the r/MaliciousCompliance crowd. His post got 21k upvotes and started a great discussion about dealing with neighbors who want to make your life a little harder because they enjoy the drama.
After two thorough inspections outside the park, the couple finally had enough and decided to turn the situation around. He reported his nasty neighbor’s property to the city. Especially an unsafe fire pit. They knocked it out of the park.
The sad reality is that not everyone in your neighborhood or building will be polite. In general, most people are just fine to get along with. But it’s naive to assume that they’ll all be polite, respect your boundaries, and have the common sense not to make trouble over anything. Learning to deal with these neighbors is all about clarifying and enforcing boundaries.
According to Professor Suzanne Daggs White from Northern Illinois University, the key to getting along with your neighbors is to strike a balance between honesty and diplomacy.
He told KristenBellTattoos.com that while honesty is usually the best policy, “sometimes a person’s efforts at honesty get a little too ‘brutal’ and hurt feelings and damage relationships, and no greater good comes of it.” ” Knowing when to hold off on a word or two (even if they’re warranted) can help you avoid additional drama down the line. Being kind and polite costs nothing.
For example, in some cases, some gentle feedback can help your neighbor become more aware of their own shortcomings. They can grow as a person. Meanwhile, being too blunt while talking to them can make them resent you. Always remember that you will spend a lot of time with these people. Do you really want to be constantly stressed?
“Another important thing is that neighbors can affect our home lives in important ways! You don’t want to have bad relationships with people you’re going to be around every day. Given the amount of stress we’re all feeling after two years, nobody needs that.” Professor Dags White told KristenBellTattoos.com.
If you find yourself surrounded by a chatty neighbor who doesn’t understand privacy and boundaries, you can make a quick excuse to get out of the conversation. You can also tell them that you’ve had a long, stressful day, and you need some peace and quiet.
At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words. If your neighbor doesn’t get your subtle and not-so-subtle hints about your need for privacy, just go about your day and don’t engage with them. Hope they get the message.
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