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. 

 

The story:

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?

 

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Bring a camera with you, or post it in your car to record everything she is doing to you. If there are any further issues you can use it as evidence. Tell her that you are recording her actions to protect yourself. Doubtful in this case, but when some people see how they act in another persons perspective it is an eye opener. Keep a detailed list of your interactions on a calendar or a notebook for further reference as well. Hope this helps :)

Ok, so this is what you should do.....

Step 1: Go to the grocery store and buy a lot of peaches (2 or 3 dozen should be sufficient.)

Step 2: You and your husband eat 2-3 peaches daily, but save the pits.

Step 3: Once all the peaches are gone and you have 2-3 dozen peach pits, drive to her home in the middle of the night.

Step 4: Pile all of the peach pits on her welcome mat. (If not a welcome mat then just scatter the peach pits randomly about her yard so they have to walk every which way and pick each one up individually.)

Step 5: Come up with a cover story so when and if she calls the police, they cannot pin it on you.

Thought about it, still thinking about it :)
If arguing with a "petty neighborhood bitch" is getting to you, perhaps you should get a life. Next time you see her just smile and say "I love you".
Kind of like when Xtians say Jesus loves you. It sure gets under my skin, so why not hers. Great idea.

So, would you have thrown a banana peel into the pile of leaves?, orange peelings?.  Regardless of the other woman's outrage and perhaps idioticy,  the rule is that every one should clean up after them selves.

Maybe dig a hole for that pit next time.

Right. I mean what's to stop her from tossing a dead elephant on the ground? Or an oak tree? These are all great and necessary examples.

Right. I mean what's to stop her from tossing a dead elephant on the ground? Or an oak tree? These are all great and necessary examples.

 

@ Andrew - LOL.

I would deal with this in one of two ways:

1. Kill her with kindness.

2. Mindf*ck. 

 

I prefer a general mixture of the two.  You can be utterly, disgustingly sweet and still keep her wondering if you just said something mean or... not?  It's an art, but it keeps me eternally entertained.

 

Good luck!

 

(After all, in the end, it's just a peach pit and one woman who is probably waaaaay more miserable being in her own skin than you will ever know.  Don't lose sleep over it.)

Just ask yourself, "What would Bree do?"  (Desperate Housewives)  :D
I don't know....all this advice was great and very cathartic. Some folks do not agree with my disposing of the peach pit they way I did and perhaps it is not the best idea, I just hated to have to place it in ANOTHER plastic bag. I really don't have a problem allowing nature to do what it does best and that is to break down and reabsorb.
I do not know who Bree is I don't watch much television. I have heard of the show, however.
I guess I do need to "get a life" as one fellow suggested, I just hate to be accosted for no reason. I didn't even litter this last time, we were merely going to the courts
i think the "get a life" comment was dumb, and watching Desperate Housewives is certainly not a part of "getting a life" anyway :) I only watched it because it was something that me and my roommate at the time liked to do. IMO this person is an idiot and I can totally understand your annoyance.

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