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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:40 PM
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Do YOU have a BOUNDARY for next-door kids kicking the ball onto your yard?!1
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 08:43 PM by UTUSN
Um, getting pissed off at neighbor-kids dumping their soccer-
football- frisbee- tennis- ball(s) over my fence?!1


Really, how often/ how many times per day or per whatever, am I supposed to go pick up the fucking ball?!1

Am ------------------- *I* ------------- the TRAINED DOG?????????!1


I've got an idea, what if I refuse to pick up the MacGUFFIN, AND call the police every time and admit THEM to my property and let THEM toss the MacGUFFIN over the fence????????????!!!!1

Yeah, yeah, I know.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:56 PM
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1. Do you have a dog, or a cat, or other mammalian pet?
Does that pet poo?

Would pet poo on said objects of play, upon their return, impact the future flights of same over fence into your domain?

:shrug:
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:00 PM
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2. Uh, here's what I got:


However, I wish I had THIS mean mammal:


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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:15 PM
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5. Cute. Their poo ought to work just fine.
Just, ewww, get some pooh on the flying objects "accidently" before returning same.

It's a subtle as I could imagine.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:22 PM
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9. HaHAH, if only my minions would COOPERATE!1 n/t
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:50 AM
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18. Oh my gosh
Your dogs are the bomb!
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:04 PM
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3. Thankfully, my neighbors aren't stupid enough to open my front gate.
They've seen the dogs. The ball/frisbee/whatever will sit until I see it and hand it back to them.

The last person that breached my yard unannounced is a Lowe's delivery fella who is probably still trying to launder his underpants from quite some time ago.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:06 PM
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4. Yes, a six-foot tall privacy fence.
Anything that lands on our side is finder's-keepers as far as I'm concerned.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:19 PM
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7. Thank you, ALL, I've got both of those (6ft fence),
but I look like the BAD neighbor.

I'm just saying that *I* am not these kids' father-role model-NOTHING, so why am I supposed to be TRAINED?!1

What I'm saying is that this 13-yr old who used the F-word on me today is going to end up being a spouse-abuser, kid-abuser, AND everything else.

I'm old and do NOT have the obligation much less the patience to RAISE this kid.


He's capable of spiking my tires and poisoning my dogs. He KICKS the front door of his "mother" 's rental property.

I really shouldn't be doing all these details. (But there are MORE.)
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:15 PM
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6. GET OFF MY LAWN! Dang kids...
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:21 PM
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8. HaHAH, yeah I *know* how ridiculous *I* come off!1 n/t
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:28 PM
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10. Well what's the harm in them coming over and getting it?
If they don't let the dogs out, if they don't mess up anything, what's the harm? Kids playing ball, frisbee, etc. seems like a fun, positive thing. If you're afraid that the dogs will bite them, then explain to them that you'd really be upset if one of them got hurt but you can't be tossing things back all the time so they'll have to wait to get them back if they lose them. Then now and then you can toss things back. Heck, you could even take an interest in them, find out a little about them, teach them about Hitchcock and what a MacGuffin is.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:42 PM
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13. HaHAH ------- no, no, and NO!1
In case my self-description was not CLEAR:

1) I'm a grouchy old man.

2) I didn't sign on to be a father, role model, mentor, or any OTHER thing for them OR anybody!1

3) I have NO desire, inclination, or anything to INTERACT.

4) My dogs (like ALL dogs) are sychophants and traitors and would probably abandon me for them at the drop of a (whatever).

5) I have NO inclination to mentor/father/teach/model NOTHING.

6) Repeating, the teen dude used the F-word and will soon develop into a wife-child-abuser. Criminal mischief, like spiking your tires.


HooKAY, I'll let this go for tonight, but UNDERSTAND me, you (fellow) Liberal Bleeding HEART!1
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:49 PM
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14. Now I remember why you are on my Buddy List
You are my kind of man! :pals: :*

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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:43 AM
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17. Whoa!1 You TEMPTRESS!1 Let me check with Catwoman and blm!1 n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 10:06 AM
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21. Hmmmm.....cheatin' on me....again....OK....one more should be fine....
but, really, UT, dial down some of that blazing charm, will ya?

;)
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 08:51 AM
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19. I'd be afraid that the kid might mess with my dogs.
Try to be a bit nice....just try. :-)
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smalll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:29 PM
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11. Why are those kids PLAYING OUTSIDE? -- Should be glued to video games and hopped up on Ritalin!
You need to report those parents to child welfare. Who lets their kids outdoors in THIS millenium? It's criminal, I tell ya!

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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:39 PM
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12. YOU DAMN KIDS........
.

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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:41 PM
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15. Mr Wilson is that you?

Sorry I'm on the kids side. You're an old grouch.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:47 PM
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16. I use it as an opportunity to practice my skeet shooting.
That 12 gauge going off really makes 'em jump!

mark
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 09:00 AM
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20. Get a sign that says No Trespassing
Edited on Mon Jan-18-10 09:02 AM by lunatica


And just throw his balls and frisbees into a pile and ignore it until he comes by to ask nicely for them. Give them to him and tell him it's the last time and that you're quite willing to call the police.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 10:27 AM
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22. O.K., the conditions you cite have all been met already, so we are at your last
point (police). I *have* been returning the balls all this time, either when they ask (ONCE, each time) or when I find the balls on my own, and I have told them I don't want this to continue.

At the risk of trashing the enemy (the adolescent):

Some omitted details:

1) It's a single woman with these kids renting.

2) The entire 4 blocks of street is resident owned. The rest of this street is QUIET. I happen to be at the tail end of it, next door to these two rental properties. I only want what the rest of this street has: Peace and quiet. When I moved here, those two properties were also owned, not rented. The owners died and their family sold the places.

3) The adolescent has been trouble to his mother long before they came here. Sometimes she locks him out and won't answer the door at 11 P.M., when he's banging on it. Then he KICKS the door.

4) Yes, I am supposedly the "adult" here, and I escalated things by not "cooperating" but this adolescent is going to go his (wrong) way and the escalation puts it all in the open. Why kick the can down the road. He will eventually be beating a wife and a child. Did I mention he used the F word on me and yelled, "WHAT THE F MAN?! YOU WANNA GO A-ROUND?!" He needs to be fast-forwarded to where he is face to face with HIS behavior and consequences. Cut to the chase. Nip it in the bud.

So: If I'm overreacting, well, will the police think it's ridiculous for me to call them for THEM TO PICK UP THE BALLS each time? If THEY don't want to do it, why should I?

So, yes, there is potential for the adolescent to perform criminal mischief--to the vehicle or the dogs. So, yes, we are at the police stage of your post already.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 11:28 AM
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24. You actually don't have any real choice now
He's a bully. I understand your situation. He isn't going to improve and will most likely get worse. His method seems to be intimidation that's escalating. Which means that even if you do nothing differently he's likely to get worse, especially if he feels it's giving him power over you and the neighbors.

At this point he's probably more dangerous than he would be if the police are called (even if you have to do it more than once). He's learning that he can get away with verbally abusing the neighbors or threatening the animals. As a teenager he'll keep getting worse.

I don't want to suggest something I wouldn't do myself. This is a dilemma which is being forced onto you but it requires that you take the next step since you've already taken the previous ones. Not doing so will make things stay the same or get worse. I would refuse to return anything because he won't call the police on you because he knows he'll be questioned too. Keep your dogs in sight if you let them out so he can't do anything to them. and call the police (not to pick up after him, but you can show them the pile of balls he constantly throws over the fence). You can even throw them back while they watch you so the next time they come they'll see the pile back in your yard which will corroborate your story.

If he kicks his mother's door call the police. If he acts aggressive towards her or towards you call the police. They'll get a file going on him and sooner or later he'll break one law too many.

I wish you luck on whatever course you take. Just don't break the law yourself.

Peace

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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 11:18 AM
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23. Our dogs welcome new toys and new friends...
Any object or person that comes over the fence is going to get dog slobbered.

If it's a really good dog toy it may get a few teeth marks in it too.

When our boss dog was younger and less interested in sleeping in the sun all day soccer balls had a lifetime of about two or three minutes. A punctured soccer ball makes a great dog toy, better than an inflated one, because it can be thrown around like a dead squirrel.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 11:50 AM
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25. Start filling a box with their wayward projectiles
Wrap them in November and give as Christmas presents.

Imagine getting 14 gifts from your neighbor as a kid. That would be awesome!

:)
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 02:59 PM
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26. Locking
Locking at Opers request.

Thanks,
petersond
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