Purchasing a home provides a sense of accomplishment since you now have your own space on the planet. The pleasure of living in your own home is greatly enhanced if the folks who reside nearby are kind and welcome you with a smile when you pass by. However, if you don’t get along with them, all of the wonderful sentiments that come with having a property may become less enjoyable. Read the story to know what happened between a young girl and her rude neighbour.
I[20f] was fortunate enough to buy a house. For only being 15k, I have to say its quite nice. It didn’t really need much work besides a new roof and the cabinets needed to be replaced but my dad is a carpenter so that didn’t really matter much. The previous owner was an older man who unfortunately passed away after living in the house since before I was even thought of. I finally got to move in 2 months ago. It’s been fun making it my own but it’s taken some time to get used to living alone.
3 weeks after moving in, I was outside starting some work clearing out a few places to plant a garden and flowers in the spring. I live in the Midwest so I wanted to get this done before the ground freezes. My next door neighbor, I’ll call her Jane(50s?), came out and introduced herself. I explained that I just moved in and was preparing my yard for spring. She said it was nice that someone was doing some work for the old man and gave me a spiel about how it’s a quiet neighborhood and I shouldn’t have parties. I told her I Don’t throw parties but was planning on hosting a housewarming and Thanksgiving soon. She said it’s weird to throw a housewarming when I was renting. I told her I own the house. She didn’t believe me but went home.
Last week, I was out painting my front door. She stormed over yelling that I better have permission to paint someone else’s house. I again told her I own the home. She started yelling that I was too young to buy a house and she was contacting my landlord. I told her to stop being a busy body and leave me alone. She started demanding proof. I told her it was none of her business and to get off my property. She walked to the edge of her yard and called the police saying I was a squatter. When they showed up, I showed them my paperwork and asked to trespass her from my home. Jane is still angry.
I was talking to my dad the next day asking what I should do. He said I was an a** for making enemies with my neighbors and said I should have just shown her to put her mind to rest. I don’t feel like I was in the wrong but my dad thinks I was. Am I A Jerk?
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