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Being a Good Neighbor is too Expensive

June 4th, 2006 at 11:59 pm

Well, I was right about never seeing that $5 from the neighbor again. And I probably never will.

Yesterday my DH let him use our lawn mower, despite the fact that it was the first sunny day in over a week and our own lawn was way too long and the forecast said it would rain today (which it did). And of course, the idiot neighbor promptly plowed it into a rock that bent the blade at a 90 degree angle from its previous direction.

Did he come tell us right away? Oh, no. He tried to "fix" it himself. With a sledge hammer. When he couldn't fix it, then he finally came over and told DH. DH tried to fix it, but because of the sledge hammer, there was no fixing it.

The neighbor did some hemming and hawing and said "Guess it looks like you need a new one." DH goes "Yep." Neighbor goes, "I guess I should buy it." DH goes "Yep." Neighbor says, "Well, I can't buy it until Tuesday, why don't you go buy it and I'll pay you back." Right. Like he paid back the $5. I don't think so.

We had the kids's recital last night so we took off shortly after and didn't get home until really late. First thing we see when we pull in is that the neighbor has left both our gas mower and our old fashioned push mower on his front lawn instead of bringing them back or locking them up in his garage.

So DH went and got them. He left a note saying he had so they wouldn't think they were stolen, though I was tempted to just let him think they were stolen and see if he came over to even tell us. But DH said no, and added to the note that we were sleeping in and not to come over in the morning. We were exhausted from the recital.

Anyway, the guy had the nerve to come over this afternoon and ask if he could borrow the mower once we got the part fixed. DH said no and that he couldn't borrow it anymore at all. Neighbor wasn't happy and DH was even less happy. The guy has been there 2 months. Its about time he bought his own lawnmower or asked for one on freecycle.

FIL came out tonight with the replacement part and it is at least working again. It only cost $17.55, but that is $17.55 that could have been used for something else.

Oh, well. We are done being good neighbors. Now we will just be indifferent neighbors. I like it better that way anyway. And besides that, the guy was starting to give me the creeps.

5 Responses to “Being a Good Neighbor is too Expensive”

  1. armywife Says:

    I had a similar grass related experience this past weekend with my neighbor. Her front yard looked like a mini forest because apparently she fough with the neighbor on the other side (who apparently cut her grass for 8 yrs. FREE of charge) Recently DH bought a grass cutter and she kept suggesting that ,as a favor, of course, DH should cut it down for her. I told him not to do it because doing it once will give us the honorary title of "free landscaper". Hmmph! The nerve of some people!

  2. campfrugal Says:

    We have some free loading neighbors also. I can feel your pain, but we do the same and say no also. You can only help someone out for so long.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Does not sound like the type of neighbor you want to be overly friendly with...especially if he is triggering your intuitions.

    We, too, have learned the hard way about 'loaning' tools and equipment and are reluctant to do so anymore. Fortunately, our neighbors are all at least two acres away and seem to be pretty self sufficient. (However, we do have neighbors who will see DH riding the mower...and will show up to ride theirs along and help out....and vise versa... Smile

  4. LittleGopher Says:

    Sorry about your bad experience. You made great effort in being a nice neighbor - it sounds like he didn't appreciate how good he had it, and surely didn't reciprocate anything nice back to you. Best wishes in your neighborly dealings!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, everyone. That was really just a rant. I wasn't expecting any comments, but surely do appreciate them. Helps me feel like I'm not alone in the universe. LOL

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