Man Watched Neighbor Expand Into Yard For Years, Now He Gets Revenge

Biding His Time

He walked outside and immediately saw that the pavers were still there. Well, he'd warned his neighbor for the very last time.

Instead of getting angry all over again, he decided to see how this would play out when karma came knocking. He knew exactly what would happen and he knew he'd win in the end. All he had to do was sit back and wait.


Miles had lived a good life, worked hard, and had been a devoted father, grandfather, and husband. Now that he had retired Miles enjoyed sitting on the porch and admiring the scenery of the nature reserve where he lived.

However, even the slightest glance at his neighbor’s yard made him get angry.

Green Eyed Monster

Being the friendly person that he was, Miles easily made friends with his neighbors, including the one in question. Even so, the sight of the large yard and the bright red sportscar the man owned was something Miles had always dreamed of.

While Miles was slightly envious, he was never greedy. However, he would soon discover what the neighbor was actually up to.

Behaving Oddly

One morning Miles noticed his neighbor pacing up and down in his yard looking unhappy. The man left and quickly returned with a wheelbarrow and some expensive pavers.

Miles watched as the man started to lay them down. Miles couldn’t help but do a double-take as he realized what was happening.


Starting from the front door, it wasn’t long before the man had managed to pave his entire backyard.

The paving covered every inch, even reaching the posts that divided their yards as well as the posts dividing his yard from the reserve itself. What his neighbor did next, however, left Miles staring in disbelief.

Making His Move

Miles couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw what his neighbor was doing. The man carefully uprooted the posts that marked the edge of his property and the reserve.

He then proceeded to move the posts back into the reserve, by a full two feet! Once there, he began hammering them back into the ground. Finally, Miles understood why the man really had such a huge yard. Something needed to be done.

Breaking The Peace

Miles decided to approach the man as he started laying more paving and decided to confront him about what he was doing. Miles, having worked at the National Park Services, assumed that he didn’t realize that what he was doing was against the rules.

He calmly and politely told the man that what he was doing was wrong and asked him to stop, but things quickly escalated.


He had barely started speaking before the neighbor interrupted him and started yelling at him. “You’re new here. I’ve been here ten years,” he shouted.

“Mind your own damn business!” Miles realized that there was no use in arguing with the man and decided there had to be another way to deal with this problem.

Changing Tactics

Miles watched as the man completed his paving, his yard now two feet larger than before. Miles realized that his neighbor must have been doing this for several years already.

Miles loved the reserve and knew that he had to do something about it. That’s when he realized that all he needed to do was wait.

Biding His Time

For a year he waited and watched what was going on. Finally, summer came around again the reserve was fairly deserted.

Many residents, including his neighbor, had decided to go elsewhere for their summer vacation. Miles had a feeling that things were going to happen soon, and he was right.


While sitting on his porch one morning, Miles noticed the county arriving and checking the reserve. It was clear that they were not pleased with his neighbor’s yard.

They paced up and down, took out various maps, took photos, and made several phone calls. It wasn’t long before the yard was swarming with people.


As Miles had suspected, his neighbor’s odd behavior had been going for several years already. Without any legal approval, the man had systematically been extending his yard further and further.

The paving had been installed to allow him to not only park his sports car but his golf cart too, in his yard while he went on vacation. The county couldn’t do anything until they were moved. So they placed a notice on his door and left.


His curiosity finally got the better of him and Miles wandered over to read the notice. According to the notice, the man had 30 days to clear his yard, remove the paving, as well as pay a fine of $11,000 dollars.

The notice also detailed all the ways in which the man was in violation of the law as the reserve was a protected habitat for various species.


According to the notice, if the man didn’t comply within 30 days, not only would his car and golf cart be towed, the paving would also be lifted and taken away at the owner’s expense.

To make matters worse, every day after the deadline would increase the fine. Miles smiled and reached a decision.

Karma Comes Knocking

The month flew by and the man still hasn’t returned from his summer home. Just a week after the deadline, Miles was in for quite a show. He sat back and watched as they unceremoniously moved the golf cart.

Then, they came back for the cherry-red sports car. After they had towed both vehicles away, they began to tear out the fencepoles one by one. He had tried to warn him but it was too late for that now. All he could do was sit back and observe karma doing its work.

Getting To Work

Then, the pavers were ripped out and hauled away, and the old rickety fenceposts and ropes were replaced with new ones. This time, they were replaced with metal posts with steel cables that were deeply embedded in the ground with concrete.

There was no way they would ever be moved now. The process took weeks, and Miles’ rude neighbor was none the wiser.

Finishing Up

When the contractors finished their work, the reserve was secured behind steel. Solar-powered cameras were even installed to monitor the wildlife remotely.

And the notices on the neighbor’s door grew with each week. Miles waited with a mixture of glee and anxiety for his neighbor to arrive back home. He was definitely in for a surprise.

He Arrives

It was November when the man finally came back. Miles was in for another show. He watched him pull into the drive and walk up to the front door, which was now festooned with notices.

The man read them one by one with a look of incredulity before digging out the first notice. Then, he ran out to his backyard and began to scream.


The man rushed back to his car to fetch his cell phone and then proceeded to call the county to find out where his sports car and golf cart were, unleashing a torrent of curses in his blind rage.

Miles watched quietly from the window, smiling to himself. But the poetic justice of it all was still to come.

Poetic Justice

Three days later, the man confronted Miles, demanding to know if he was there when the county “stole his car and destroyed his backyard.” Miles replied that yes, he saw it all. “Well, why didn’t you call me when you saw them putting notices on my door?!

You had my number up North!” Miles paused before replying. He said that he had thought about calling, but figured that it would be best if he “minded his own damn business.” But Miles’ revenge paled in comparison to the sweet justice that a farmer named Joe dished out when he found out that some rude neighbors were illegally dumping their trash on his land…

A Farmer’s Plight

He woke up at the crack of dawn to tend to his farm and what he saw next made him see red.

He would have the last say, he would make sure of that. Looking closer at what he now held in his hands would make it all that much easier.

Insult to Injury

Joe had worked his farm since he was barely out of diapers. He came from a long line of farmers and his father had taught him everything he knew.

But the farm life everyone has so glamorized is far from the truth of raising your own animals and crops to survive, and sadly that’s not where the hardship stops.


Joe lives in the UK and has recently become a target of what is called ‘fly-tipping’.

Basically, jerks come in the middle of the night to dump their unwanted rubbish on any open piece of land, be it a field or the middle of the road, without the farmer’s knowledge or consent. So what could he do?

On His Own Dime

The part that Joe found hard to swallow is the fact that he is legally accountable for cleaning up the mess even though he didn’t create it.

All he wanted was to not have an extra burden laid upon him on top of supplying amazing crops for everyone to eat. Farming is a thankless job, but not this thankless.

A Promise

Waking up early on the farm as he was accustomed to doing, Joe came across a new truck full of filth, squarely dumped next to of one of is most productive fields.

How had someone gotten so close to being able to dump a lot of rubbish without him knowing? Joe vowed to somehow find the culprit, come hell or high water.

The Cheek of Some People

While driving along the dirt track next to his best field Joe came to a dead stop. Lying right in the middle of the road was a huge pile of rubbish.

Not just any old junk though, all along the road, lay piles upon piles of scattered garbage. Joe had just about had all he could take. He dismounted the tractor and went looking for details.

A Clue

Sifting through the debris, Joe stumbled across some incriminating evidence. Amongst the rubble and broken odds and ends, Joe found exactly what he was searching for. Post! He couldn’t have received a better break.

Upon the envelopes, clear as day, was written the name of the jerk that dumped all the building and household rubbish on Joe’s farm for him to sort out.

A Plan is Formed

He had just about had enough of this nonsense, it was costing him an arm and a leg to remove the rubbish that he was legally inclined to and he wasn’t going to stand for it any longer.

Hitching a trailer to his car and plotting a map, Joe had a way forward at last.

Getting Even

In an average part of town, not very far away was the address that was on all the letters Joe had found.

He had plotted his GPS course to take him right outside the dumping culprit’s house. Revenge glistened in his eyes as he began the journey to getting even.


In the middle of the night, just as the dumper had done to him, Joe threw every single last piece of trash collected from his farm onto the pavement of the oblivious dumper.

He smiled as he thought about the owner of the junk waking up to a filthy curb, but that’s not to say that he didn’t feel a twinge of guilt doing the deed. What happened days later would leave him in shock.

A Strange Reaction

The dumper was not happy at all at the sight of his curb being polluted by his own rubbish and he immediately set about confronting Joe. After all, he knew exactly where his junk had returned from.

The audacity of this man was unbelievable. Joe could hardly believe what he was hearing as the angry citizen lambasted him for his retaliation. Joe, however, was not to be deterred.

Stop the Blot

For a long time now, farms have been fighting the law because “The legal burden on farmers to deal with rubbish dumped illegally on their lands is grossly unfair.” Joe claimed.

And he was not alone in the consensus. In Joe’s mind, something more needed to be done to protect farmers. But what?

Waste Offenses

A spokesperson for Rotherham Council said: “We are investigating fly-tipping and other waste offenses in this area and we are progressing potential legal proceedings.

Therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further till this has concluded.”

Against the Law

Some advice that Joe received stuck in his mind, and he only hoped the original dumper didn’t know the law as he did. Keep full details of your clearance and disposal costs.

Successful prosecution can mean that your costs incurred for the removal of the waste can also be recovered. There was a conundrum here.

We Will Catch You

If this man insisted on playing hardball he would have to admit to illegally dumping the original waste in the first place, leaving him open to a hefty fine as much as Joe was.

If caught or proven to have been fly-tipping you could be held responsible and face an unlimited fine. This could get messy.

Lucky Joe

Luckily the dumper didn’t seem aware of this and Joe was able to take a firmer stand and with bolstered courage told the man in no uncertain terms that if one more load of garbage was left on his farm for him to clean up.

He would be sure to know exactly where it belonged, “Tell your friends.” Joe threatened as he left the bewildered man outside his farm.

Taxpayers’ Money

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It’s a crime that damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up.

Items most commonly dumped are things such as furniture, ovens, fridges. It is illegal to fly-tip with a potential of up to £50,000 ($63170) in fines in addition to a maximum prison sentence of five years and more.


Joe had a feeling that this wouldn’t be the end of his dumping plight and rigged CCTV cameras in areas where the dumping happened most often. Soon, his investment paid off.

Now he had proof and the results were even more satisfying than returning the initial load of rubbish on his nemesis’ pavement.

Smile, You’re On Camera

With gleeful intent, he handed over all the footage to the local waste enforcement unit.

A pat on the back and he went home to await justice. The angry dumper was about to get his just desserts, he just didn’t know it yet.

Out of Sight

Joe made sure to be there when the local waste enforcement unit arrived at the fly tippers residence, though he stayed out of sight.

He just could resist watching justice being served on this person that felt entitled to lay waste to his farmland. After questioning and formalities, the show began.

Bye Bye, BMW

Pulling a lovely black BMW up onto the tow bed, the officers made it clear that the vehicle had been identified as the car doing the dumping.

It would make it’s way to the impound lot and whoever came to claim it would have some explaining to do.

Local Authority

The Environment Agency generally deal with larger deposits (more than a single tipper load), or more hazardous deposits, or where there is evidence of organized criminality to the deposit.

Where there is a greater harm to the environment or human health, the Environment Agency is more likely to get involved rather than the Local Authority. They will do so whether this takes place on public or private land, depending on whether they can be encouraged to investigate.

Extra Precautions

That in itself can prove difficult and is no guarantee that they will shoulder the clean-up costs. That said, a successful prosecution by the Environment Agency also allows an order to be sought to reimburse the landowner for their clean-up costs. In the future, Joe maintains that he will do more to safeguard his lands such as adding more gates and locking up areas to his farm as well as adding lights and cameras.

With the fees becoming larger and larger to legally dump, Joe is sure this is not the last time he will encounter fly-tipping. But Joe is not the only one who has resorted to drastic measures when it comes to someone else’s trash. When this landlord saw what a state his nightmare tenants had left the apartment in, he knew just what to do.


He woke and up checked his bank account, but still nothing. It had been over a year since these tenants had moved in, and he had not received a single rental payment.

Promise after idle promise had been made, and this was the last straw. Little did he know, he was about to walk into a landlord’s worst nightmare. And he was going to make them pay.

Thomas Ravaux

Thomas Ravaux was an optimistic man, and when he met the couple with three well-mannered children who had inquired about renting an apartment from him, they had seemed nice enough.

After filling out the requisite paperwork they had passed all the financial and security checks with flying colors. There were no red flags and Thomas was confident that he had made the right decision.

Immaculate Apartment

Thomas spent a week making sure the French apartment was ready for his new tenants.

He repainted the home from top to bottom with a new coat of white paint, checked the fittings, cornices, door handles and plumbing to make sure all was in working order. He hired a wood polishing machine and buffed the hardwood floors until they gleamed.

Perfect Family

With everything in order, the seemingly-perfect family began to move in, bringing with them boxes of their belongings, which they stacked neatly in the hallway. Thomas presented them with the keys and went on his merry way.

Two months flew by, and then four, but he had still not received his first rental payment. At first, he thought nothing of it and chalked it down to a banking error. Surely there had been some kind of mistake?

A Mistake?

Thomas made a call to his bank. Perhaps the payments were not reflecting in his bank account for some reason. With a family of his own, he was starting to feel the pinch without this steady stream of income.

But what the woman on the customer care line said made him see red.

Suspicions Grow

There had been no rental payments from his new tenants at all. He angrily dialed their number, but there was no answer. He called again and again, reasoning that the father of three must be busy.

Suddenly, his call was dropped and he began to suspect the worst. They were avoiding him. This continued for an entire fourteen months. Thomas was a patient man, but enough was enough.

Paying Them A Visit

Thomas pulled up to the pristine apartment block and walked down the drive. He knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Thomas had suspected as much, so he whipped out his spare key.

He was going to give these tenants a piece of his mind. When he creaked the unoiled door open, the sight in the hallway left him reeling.


The entire apartment was stacked from floor to ceiling with trash. Broken furniture lay in heaps of splintered wood, children’s toys littered the once immaculate hardwood floor.

Dishes piled up high on every surface, and the stench was unbearable, and the smell of rotten food hung in the air like a thick fog.

Damage And Disarray

Thomas held his head in disbelief. How could anybody live in such filth? His eyes took it all in as he stood with his mouth turned up in disgust.

There were holes punched in the drywall, and there was evidence that there had been dogs living here, too. He took a minute to calm himself, and then he started to hatch a plan.


There was such a wanton disregard for his property that Thomas almost cried. This apartment had belonged to his grandfather, and when he had passed Thomas had inherited it, making the tough decision to rent it out.

He needed the money–and with a family of his own to feed it had been a Godsend. And now this. Ruined. Well, he would show them.

Seeing Red

Thomas pulled out his phone and called his lawyer, who gave him the go-ahead. Then, Thomas knocked on his neighbor’s door. He asked the neighbor if his tenants had been at the apartment recently, but he said it had been empty for weeks.

Furious, Thomas made another call. These rude tenants were going to pay.

Plans For Revenge

Luckily, his tenants were listed. He quickly searched a directory and found their new address. He was incredulous as he walked from room to room, inspecting the damages.

They had left a mountain of trash for him to clean up and had moved on without a word. His hands fisted into balls and sweat dripped from his forehead. Something inside mild-mannered Thomas had finally snapped.


The truck pulled up to the drive noisily, and men started to stream into the building. They too were aghast at what was inside and immediately got to work loading the entire foul mess onto the dump truck.

When they heard Thomas’ plan, they applauded him. Everyone wanted to see these people get their comeuppance. They were going to give them a taste of their own medicine.

Loading It All Up

Broken furniture, garbage, paper, dog feces, rotten food, and dirty dishes, it was all piled onto the truck in a stinking heap. Thomas had never seen so much filth.

Finally, the apartment was cleared of trash, and Thomas followed the truck to its destination–outside the tenants’ newly rented apartment, just a few blocks away.

Special Delivery

The truck backed up with a beep-beep and tipped the heap of trash right onto the rude tenants’ driveway. Onlookers gathered and couldn’t help but gawk at such a ghastly delivery.

But Thomas smiled when he thought of the rude people’s reaction when they saw what surprise he had left for them.

Drastic Measures

Thomas uploaded the video of his revenge onto Facebook and Youtube, and it quickly gained traction around the world. Local news stations picked up the story, and the original video has garnered over a million views. 

Most commenters praised Thomas for teaching his nightmare tenants a lesson in common decency. One commenter wrote: “Love it!! This needs to be done in the United States! I’ve seen some disgusting tenants in my neighborhood!” But not all who saw Thomas’ revenge video have praised him.

Mixed Reactions

Some viewers have voiced their concerns: “Not a bad idea but if these tenants can’t pay rent moved to new place which is not their place you just made a big mess for a new landlord who now can sue you for jumping on his property.

Think man. I know you’re upset but you put a new landlord in the middle and he did nothing to you.” But Thomas stands firmly by his decision.

The Law On His Side

“It was carnage inside. Everything was totally destroyed. The carpet is messed up, there are holes in the walls, all the paintwork needs re-doing, and we will need to disinfect it all. The smell is unbearable.

I had a legal representative witness the damage before we emptied the place,” Thomas says in his defense. And he has a message for his tenants.

“Shame On You!”

“This is how this flat was returned to me. Living like that with three kids, bravo. Not to mention the food that has gone bad in the fridge. Food offered to you by restaurant owners from their heart! Shame on you. Good luck to your new landlord.”

Thomas also had to pay for all the damages to his once immaculate property.

Learning The Hard Way

He added: “…I loaded everything into a dumpster and brought them back home…I met the authorities and we talked… For now, I’m not worried… The old tenants had to clear the sidewalk and bring everything to the dump Tuesday night. Everything is cleaned.”

But do you think the unbelievably inconsiderate tenants learned their lesson?