We really like the majority of our neighbors and really most places I’ve lived (which aren’t many), we really like our neighbors. We have neighbors across the street that we absolutely adore and they are moving in less than a week and we are incredibly bummed. Our kids are great friends and it’s made living in this neighborhood fun.
Done the street from us in the cul-de-sac, there is a Russian family that is really nasty, so I’m glad we don’t live near them. The house next to ours, which we only have a house on one side, that house has had 4 different occupants since we’ve lived here, which is about 4.5 yrs.
Whomever lives there always keeps to themselves until this neighbor. Yesterday while my son was outside with an adult friend of theirs and our daughter, they were all hanging out. DB was helping our son fix his broken BB gun, which is spring loaded. He broke this not too long after he got the gun. Anyway, they got it working and were shooting around on our property like paper targets and things on our property.
The neighbor, which is a couple probably in their late 20s or early 30s had come over and accused my son of shooting out their back porch light and shooting at their dog. When my kids told me about this, I didn’t know who they were talking about as the person they described they thought was a big kid. They didn’t say it was an adult.
Later in the evening, after everything was put away and some of dinner guests had left, the neighbors next door to us, the ones that accused my kids, told us that they talked to our kids and wanted us to know. They further went on to accuse our son of shooting their dog with his BB gun and this caused the dog to be very frightened and she didn’t want to come outside to their backyard.
They said our son had shot their back porch light and broke it, as well as shot their dog. Our son is 10 yrs old and he is not allowed to play in our backyard as it’s dangerous and a hazard to him because of how my dad has the backyard. He would not want to play in the backyard anyway and hasn’t.
And the wall is 6’ tall, so way taller than him. Then, after we said that, then the neighbor said it’s possible he could have gone to the greenbelt behind our houses and shot from there. How? Climbed the pine tree which the branches are way too high to even grab hold of? The green belt isn’t level rather it slopes down. He would have had to have put a rope onto the block wall but then there’s nothing to secure it to.
Anyway, really bogus. I asked the neighbor if he saw our son do that and he said he didn’t. But, that he had a BB gun and that makes him guilty. I think he said assault rifle. Yeah, a toy gun that was duct taped up and wasn’t working until later that afternoon and it’s a spring loaded BB gun that can’t shoot far distances, much less break anything and their lights are small.
And, certainly our son wouldn’t harm an animal. He’s so gentle even with bugs (minus scorpions and roaches). He loves dogs, cats, crickets, snakes, lizards, all sorts of things. He doesn’t have a mean streak in him like that to harm animals. He’s even nice to his sister that is often mean to him.
Thee neighbors brought over the BBs that they found, which did not match the 1 type of BBs which we had, which were gray BBs. They had white, yellow, red, pink, and other colors. After they left now for the 2nd time, they came back with a few more BBs and one of them being white. They said that it matched our BBs. We showed them that ours were gray, a light gray and they insisted it was the same. We said it wasn’t and showed the large bottle that we had of all identical BBs, none of them being white.
They are fairly new to the neighborhood and I don’t think you win many friends by accusing them. The wife was quite rude when we refused to accept responsibility for the vandalism to their property and scaring their dog. Whomever is doing it probably will continue to do it, as I know it wasn’t our son.
He doesn’t play outside without adult supervision and I’m sure if the good neighbors would have seen any of the kids acting like that, they would have done anything. There are about 4 families on my street that play together and 1 is moving away.
There are I think 2-3 other families on our street with kids and some are older teenagers and they don’t play with my kids or the other 3 families. It could have been one of those families or maybe it was someone else from another street.
My husband wasn’t going to take any crap from them. If they come around, we will call the police and tell the police that they are harassing us. They are dead set on our son being the culprit and said we’d better not let our son shoot his BB gun. That’s crap. Our son, if we so choose, can shoot his BB gun when we allow him to and we know he didn’t do it.
I will greatly miss the good neighbors, though. Well, maybe they’ll be like the other tenants and move out in the next 6 months or so.