I can not even believe what went down this past Saturday when our neighbors started to emerge from their houses after winter storm Nemo.
You know I am originally from Rhode Island, right? Well, even in the smallest state where people can walk around with the biggest chip on their shoulder, when a storm like a blizzard hits neighbors are quite helpful. Believe me, I have met some dandy’s in my life, but this past weekend I may have seen an all time low in the human race. “Sub-human” as my brother in law would say.
Here is how it all played out.
T.J. had just brought G upstairs to get her ready for a nap. Time was about 12:30pm and we were just finishing up lunch and already reminiscing about the fun we had outside in the snow earlier in the morning. Since I eat pretty slow I was last to finish up eating and was sitting alone at the dining room table. I heard a knock at the door, but didn’t get up because we weren’t expecting company. I continued to finish up my lunch when the knocking turned into pounding on the door. Okay, so now this person obviously has my attention. Let me say that we took the batteries out of the doorbell when we first moved here because I didn’t want anyone ringing it and waking up G from her afternoon nap. So, knocking is the only way to get our attention.
I started up the stairs to the second floor because the knocking wasn’t friendly by any means, my heart was racing and I wanted to get T.J. and see how he wanted to handle this. He couldn’t hear anything upstairs with the washing machine going in the room next to him and G babbling about in his ear.
The pounding on the door continued as T.J. made his way to the door. We have a peep hole so he looked through and saw two of our neighbors standing outside. He opened the door to find our glass storm door falling to pieces onto him. What? He then carefully opens the storm door only to have a woman barking orders at him to move one of our cars. Again…what? Like, is this really happening right now? No, “hi, how are you, we’ve never met and my name is blah, can you please move your car”. Nope! Profanity, yelling, and threats is what went on over the next few minutes. I was sitting on the stairs holding G who was visibly frightened by the pounding on the door. No where does it say we are obligated to move our cars for snow removal. That is simply a courtesy. Don’t people know that a little kindness can get you a long way? This woman has to be in her late 50s, but clearly has zero manners.
This woman is a board member for the condo community we live in. We knew who she was from other residents. This woman owns two violent dogs. One attacked another resident and his German Shepard just this past Fall. Her pit-bull sent a grown man to the hospital needing surgery. A memo was sent out to the residents, but was very vague and only told us that there had been a dog attack and all dogs were to be leashed. People started talking and it was only a matter of time before everyone living here figured out what dog had attacked. The dog is still in this woman’s custody and continues to be a problem in this community. I’m not sure how the attack is being handled at this time.
This woman was standing at our front door with another board member who lives directly across from us. He is a whole other story for another time. She told T.J. that if he didn’t move the car she would order the plow service to plow us in, she would write us up for being non-compliant, and finally threatened us with a dog attack. Yep, she went there. “I will sick my dog on you”. As if she approves this untrained animals violent behavior.
Can you even imagine. T.J. was beyond livid, seeing all shades of red, yelling back at her nonsense. Our families taught us to defend ourselves in times like this and Italian tempers are nothing to mess with. This lady just poked the wrong bear. I imagine she thought she could throw her weight around and we would cower. Wrong.
T.J. called the state police and had a report filed so that there would be a record of the threat. Obviously we are both very concerned that she would not think twice about having her dog attack anyone.
Our next steps will happen today. We have several calls to make on how to proceed. We aren’t going to be bullied by this woman and she needs to know that this behavior is unexceptable. She may think she can get away with it because we are tenants and not owners, but this is not the end of it. Not to mention telling our landlord that she broke his property. I’m sure he will be thrilled to hear about his busted door.
Do you have a nasty neighbor?