There are certain people we will encounter in our lives who will just get at our core anger.
I really need help here because I want so badly to make her life miserable and I know that this would only make me look bad. I feel I have already made a fool of myself and frankly I do not want to think about it anymore. I just want to forget about this person and go on.
Last summer my husband and I were going to our neighborhood tennis courts, while driving there I was eating a lovely freestone peach. It was extraordinarily yummy, however at the end there is this pit right and as I exited the car I tossed the pit into a pile of leaves at the edge of a fence. I do not agree with disposing of all biodegradable materials in plastic bags that will fill up land fills. The pit would be properly cleaned by ants and if we are lucky perhaps a tree will grow. But no, across the way there was a woman who decided it was her neighborly duty to point out that I was littering. She yelled "That is not very nice." and I said, "No worries it is only a peach pit." At which point she said "It doesn't matter you are still littering." I explained that a peach pit is biodegradable and that she should not worry herself over this, was not her business anyway. Well she decided to get even more unpleasant and I decided to get in her face and try and explain what biodegradable means and then I suggested she take more walks. I was not very nice at this time and frankly I am not proud of myself. She told me she was going to call the police and I asked her what her complaint would be if she did call them. She then said that she was going to report me for littering. I then handed her my cell phone and told her to go ahead. She took the phone and then handed it back to me and stalked off. Thinking this would be the end of it my husband and I had a hearty conversation about the obvious ignorance of some people and started playing tennis.
About ten minutes later two patrol cars roll up with four officers and they approached the fence. The lady never returned to the scene to meet with the police and when they showed up they asked what the problem was and I confessed that I had thrown a peach pit into a pile of leaves. They looked disgusted and asked where the person who made the call was and I shrugged my shoulders and suggested that she was hiding at home. They left and we continued with our game. I was a bit miffed at this point because she was surely abusing 911 for such a silly thing.
Okay so today we show up at the tennis courts and there she is again. My husband got out of the car and she asked him if he was a resident and my husband then replied yes and then I got out of the car and asked her the same thing and she went off like a bomb and shouted. "I am the president of the Home Owners Association!" I said, "Oh yeah, you are that, whats her name?" I was not being nice here because she is just into making a scene. I think she enjoys this kind of thing. Power tripping and all. Okay so I got in her face and told her a few choice things and she told me she was going to have me banned from the common areas. I told her that she was welcome to do so, I can handle it.
Frankly I can't handle it. She is a confrontational moron and she has a reputation for being a bitch and how she got elected HOA president is beyond me. Her husband or someone living at her house owns a lawn care business and displays his signs very prominently in her yard for advertisement which is in violation of the covenant. I do not really care about this I would normally allow them enough time to hang themselves with their own ropes and that is what I would like to do in this case. So I need some moral support here please.
I have mentioned this to two other people who live in the neighborhood and they just smile and say..'Oh that is just the way she is." You can't change her. Well I don't want to change her I just don't want to be accosted when I go to the tennis courts.
I do not feel like being nice to this person, I am a generally good person. I do not work,so I volunteer at the school and the animal shelter and I pretty much keep a low profile and mind my own business. I hate to be dragged into a petty neighborhood bitch fest but this woman has gotten under my skin. Any advice?
Take a few pictures of the sign from different angles. Send concerned anonymous letters once a week. She's probably doing other things against the rules too. Read up on the bylaws. Find out what else you can get her on. Get a restraining order, like a few people suggested. Find the cops who responded to the initial call and buy them a box of donuts and relay the information, and mention that she accosted you again, and that's how you were able to come by it.
Finally, run against her. If you don't want to go all the way, don't step onto the battlefield.
Aimee, sorry to hear about your unneccesary and foolish drama. I have no authority, moral or otherwise, to advise you, but you asked. In my personal experience this type of person is one of the most impossible people to deal with. You're friends are right, she will never change. Also, you will never win a long drawn out conflict with this sociopath. She has deep seeded problems that have nothing to do with you that give her unlimited amounts of misguided self-rightousness and vitriol. If you put that much energy into making her life miserable, which is probably impossible (she already is), you will only feel bad about yourself and you will look like an ass to others, not be celebrated as the neighborhood badass who melted the wicked witch. I usually just try to kill these people with kindness, but making sure not to come off completely sincere, just enough to keep them wondering. One more thing, if you apologize for the nasty things you said you will surely have taken the high road, you might just have to agree to disagree about the peach pit. I hope this situation hasn't ruined your taste for peaches!
You are apparently a robot that wouldn't argue back if confronted with such idiocy. FFS