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[Jan. 5th, 2012|09:34 pm]
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Need to vent. 


The bin bags are collected from outside mine and my neighbours house. Quite often, they're so in the way that we can't reverse onto our driveway, meaning that in the morning we have to reverse onto a busy road. Today, Mum decided to move them so that she could reverse properly. Conveniently, a guy from up the street (no idea where, never met him before in my life) was coming down and helped us to move them. Mum got back in the car and start to manoeuvre. 

Our neighbour comes out (old guy, quite short, lives on his own) and starts complaining at the guy (can't hear what because I'm in the car, but he looks pissed). The guy points him towards us, in the car, and our neighbour comes up to Mum's window, yelling all the way. Apparently we 'want all the road'. Mum says she'll talk, to him after we've parked. She parks, gets out and he's already moving all the bags in front of our driveway, including blocking part of the dropped kerb. Mum goes out to give him a piece of her mind and gets told that we're supposed to have half in front of ours and half in front of his. Fine, we say, but we had to move them to park. Apparently, we should be able to reverse on to our drive way, from a busy main road, ON THE WRONG SIDE. We asked him when was the last time he'd reversed like that and he started to say we wanted all the public road. No, we wanted to get on to our drive. Then he started to be abusive so I asked him what his problem was, he started abusing me, then my dad who was worried about what the shouting was about. 

After we'd gone inside, he decided that he wasn't having ANY of the bags in front of his property any more. At this point, I'd had enough and called the non-emergency Police number. I described the situation, and they told me that I would be within my rights to request a police officer. I told him I thought that would just make things worse, and explained the whole situation. He suggested we ask environmental health to relocate the rubbish collection site. I've emailed environmental health about that, and will call them tomorrow to chase it up. 

I'm hoping that this will sort things out. This is the same neighbour that reported us to environmental health for having some old handrails on our property (to the side, out of the way and behind a car). He also came back out to complain about our plumbing. The upstairs toilet knocks when you flush it, and apparently he can hear this. Through two brick walls and my bedroom. I think he's moaning for the sake of it, and I hope he's done venting but I doubt it. 

If he tries anything, however, I wanted to have a record of my side of the story. I have the police log of my call, the emails to environmental health and the telephone call I'm going to make tomorrow morning. What's more, I'm trying to RESOLVE the situation, not just whining about it. I'm hoping this will halt any problems before they start. Either way, at least I know what he's like  now and I'm glad I'm moving soon. I don't want to have to be careful of a crotchety man every time I do something around my house. 
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[User Picture]From: karaokegal
2012-01-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
Good lord! That just sounds like someone has WAY too much time on their hands and a world of unresolved grudges that he's taking out on anyone he can.
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-05 10:45 pm (UTC)
This is what Mum thinks. He's lonely and frustrated, so he's become curmudgeonly. It just might have been nice if he'd spoken to us, instead of yelling at us.
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[User Picture]From: hotclaws
2012-01-06 03:51 am (UTC)
You won't be able to please him no matter what you do.I hope official organisations can take the pressure off you.
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-06 04:39 pm (UTC)
Me too. I'm pretty sure you're right. I just wish he'd spoken to me. If we'd talked, I'd have apologised, explained and tried to sort things out. But he chose the low road and I'm not going to sink to that level again.
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[User Picture]From: 7tree_hugger
2012-01-06 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your neighbour is being such a bastard about this. I expect you Mum's right though, and the chap is just lonely. But I wish folks would work out how to deal with being old and lonely without turning into curmudgenly old gits. There must be another way, right?

Seems like you're dealing with it in a decently mature manner. I'd probably just scrawl obscenities on his bins.
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-06 04:42 pm (UTC)
You'd think so, wouldn't you. I mean, how hard is talking to people? Hell, he could have even written a letter if he couldn't bear seeing us. But no, he chose to scream at us, thus ruining any potential neighbourly relationship.

Oh the temptation is there, but I don't want to escalate things. I've seen too many Neighbours From Hell shows to risk this turning even uglier.
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[User Picture]From: ionicaq
2012-01-06 01:54 pm (UTC)
Wait, you're moving? Huh?

And damn I would have given that man a piece of my mind, you're being much more adult about this!
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-06 04:46 pm (UTC)
When I start my new job, I'll have to be based somewhere other than the Midlands, so I'll almost certainly have to move. If I'm in the South, it'll be ridiculously expensive, but I'll have friends and family nearby. If it's the North, it'll be much cheaper, but there won't be so many people I know around. I think I'd rather go North, at the mo, but I'm not sure.

I'm rather surprised myself. All I did was confront him then walk away.
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[User Picture]From: mad_jaks
2012-01-06 04:49 pm (UTC)
What everyone else said. Silly old man!
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-06 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, mate. I'm going to try not to waste any more of my time thinking about it. Besides, I have a busy weekend ahead! eBay, garden clearances and baking will keep me quite busy.
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[User Picture]From: mad_jaks
2012-01-06 04:56 pm (UTC)
mmmm baking....
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[User Picture]From: secondsilk
2012-01-09 11:02 pm (UTC)
Rubbish collection in Birmingham is stupid, I just have to say.
But petty neighbours, urgh! Glad there are options to sort it out.
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[User Picture]From: drunken_hedghog
2012-01-11 07:00 pm (UTC)
Stupid how? Not criticising, just curious.
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[User Picture]From: secondsilk
2012-01-11 08:58 pm (UTC)
Maybe not wher you are, but where I was it involved leaving black bags full of garbage sitting on the sidewalk. Sometimes from the afternoon before collection day, sometimes for hours in the son. Sometimes (okay once) while crows broke into them and scattered rubbish, including a dirty nappy across the street where people have to walk past to get to work!

It offended my sense of order, and sense of smell.
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