The tears streaming down his daughter’s face immediately struck a nerve. He began to feel the blood pumping in his temples as his blood pressure began to rise.
Looking over the fence at his neighbors’ smug faces only made things worse. He clenched and unclenched his fists.
They had ruined everything. Now, he’d ruin them.
He could have just let what had happened go, but Scott Hunter wasn’t that kind of man. In fact, his colleagues at the insurance firm had a nickname for him: “The Pitbull.”
Once Scott got his teeth into something, he’d never let go.
So when he saw his eight-year-old princess in tears on her own birthday, he knew he had to do everything in his power to make things right… and God help the people who had crossed him.
All Scott and his wife had wanted to do was throw their young daughter a small party. When Nina decorated their yard cheerfully with balloons and inflated the bounce house, she never anticipated that there would be a problem.
The day in question turned out to be the worst of young Evie’s life.
Her parents had worked hard to make sure she had a memorable birthday, but Evie would remember it for all the wrong reasons.
Scott and Nina had been living in their home in the suburbs for four years. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do about the nasty elderly couple living next door.
They had squabbles about the “noise” their daughter made when she played with friends in the yard, the smoke that wafted over their fence from their BBQ, and any other petty reason the neighbors could find to complain about.
For months, Scott and Nina had tried to keep the peace. But the neighbors were about to cross a line.
The Big Day
The day of Evie’s eighth birthday started on the right note. The weather was perfect, the little girl was excited about her party, and Scott was in good spirits.
He mowed the lawn, inflated the kiddy pool, and set up the bounce house.
The kids and their parents began to show up. Scott fired up the BBQ while Nina set out the snacks. Nobody noticed two pairs of angry eyes peering over the back fence.
“Hey, Scott!” the miserable old man bellowed, “We are trying to enjoy our porch, so tell your sprogs to shut up!”
“They are children, Bernard, it’s a party,” Scott said, clenching his jaw and turning around.
He continued to work the grill as the children splashed happily in the pool, but he should have known that his rude neighbor wouldn’t leave it at that.
The Best Gift
Evie’s eyes sparkled when she opened her gifts. For some reason, her favorite present was the large inflatable ball that her grandma had bought her.
All the kids clamored to play with it, bouncing it to each other and kicking it against the fence.
When someone accidentally kicked it too high and it bounced into the neighbor’s yard, nobody could have anticipated what would happen next.
Bernard’s wife went over and scooped it up. She held the ball in her hands for a few seconds while the kids waited… Everyone expected her to simply toss it back. “Please throw it over,” Evie pleaded.
Instead, she handed it to her husband.
He made sure everyone was looking while he fetched a screwdriver from the garden shed.
Bernard kept unbroken eye contact with Scott. Then, a satisfied expression came over his face as he slowly and deliberately stabbed the ball.
Then, the malicious man clumsily squashed it up with his hands and throttled all the air out of it. Scott was incredulous. Evie screeched.
The old man seemed to get so much pleasure out of causing the little girl’s tears, and he wasn’t finished yet.
Evie cried and cried, but eventually, her mom managed to placate her. Nina just wanted the party to continue as if nothing had happened, but Scott was seeing red.
As the day drew on, he grew angrier and angrier.
If the neighbors enjoyed their porch so much, he’d make sure they never enjoyed it again.
Scott had never been so angry in his life. He wasn’t about to just let it go. They had ruined his little girl’s birthday, now they would have to live with the consequences.
His plan was simple.
He could see the neighbor’s porch from his yard. Every time the miserable old couple came outside, he was ready.
Scott thought carefully about all the ways he could make his insufferable neighbors’ lives a living hell.
He thought about everything from poisoning their lawn to other, more harmful measures.
But he wasn’t a fool — he knew that he couldn’t do anything drastic or illegal, so he decided to be an annoyance instead. He’d teach them to make his daughter cry.
Every time Scott saw the neighbors sitting on their porch, he’d go to his garage and gleefully fire up his air compressor. Then, he’d make a racket with his gas leaf blower in the yard.
At first, the neighbors would complain, but they couldn’t compete with the noise.
Every day, Scott would watch the porch and wait for them. It worked every single time.
Scott was obsessed with getting payback, but he could bide his time. He’d do it until the couple died or moved out if he had to.
He would be a constant reminder of their unacceptable behavior, and he’d never let it go.
They soon realize that they had made a huge mistake when they crossed him.
Scott continued with his noisy regime for years. True to his word, he never let Bernard and his wife enjoy their backyard ever again.
He didn’t even pretend that he was doing anything other than making as much noise as he could every time they set foot outside. And, every time, he’d drive those miserable neighbors right back into their house.
But Scott isn’t the only person to be inconvenienced by his audacious neighbors. He shares that in common with a woman named Shenna Barry. But her revenge on her neighbor was next-level.
She knew she should just stay quiet and wait for the storm to be over, but she couldn’t help herself. After all, her neighbor was the one who had a problem with her. The gloves were off. They traded slur for slur, insult for insult, dig for dig.
Without wiping the sweat from her furious face, her neighbor leaned closer and uttered three words: “just you wait.”
Then, with a barely-concealed smirk, the woman turned on her heels and walked away — as if she was strolling in the park on a glorious summer day. It was at that moment that Shenna knew exactly how she would make her pay. Her meddling neighbor was going to get what she deserved.
Shenna Barry had waited her entire life for this moment. After working her way up the corporate ladder, she could finally afford her dream home.
It had everything she was looking for: a giant open-plan kitchen, three bedrooms, and a stunning garden with a beautiful fountain at its center.
The newly-single mom thought this would be her dream house, in her dream neighborhood. But there was something she hadn’t accounted for.
The moving day soon arrived, and after two days of unloading and unpacking boxes, Shenna was finally finished.
But as she sat down on the sofa, she saw another moving van outside. But this time, it was for next door.
Shenna wondered what her new neighbors would be like. So far, everyone in the neighborhood had been incredibly polite and welcoming. Her new neighbors had to be the same, right?
Shenna swiftly went around to her new neighbors to introduce herself, taking note of the flashy red sports car that was parked outside. She rang their doorbell and waited for a few seconds.
Then, the front door opened and Shenna was introduced to the middle-aged couple, Alice and Louis.
They seemed nice enough. But Shenna had no idea how wrong she was.
A few months later, the new neighbors had settled in. It was summertime, so Shenna and her neighbors were on a mission to tidy their yards.
Shenna liked to bag her leaves and grass cuttings, keeping them for mulch to fertilize her garden after she mowed the lawn.
Curiously peeking over the fence, she couldn’t help but notice that her neighbors were much more ‘tidy.’
Trouble In Paradise
One day, Shenna finished her weekend yard work and left the grass cuttings and neatly-raked leaves on the lawn while she popped out to run some errands.
Despite having only been gone for half an hour, she returned from the grocery store and found something that left her at a complete loss for words.
The Feud Begins
Shenna, juggling her baby and the bags of groceries, got out of her car and walked to the front door, but the sight before her made her mouth drop.
All the grass cuttings and leaves that she had left on her lawn had been gathered up and maliciously strewn all over her porch!
But that wasn’t all.
A Rude Note
There was something else. A note was stuck to her front door. And what was rudely scribbled on it left Shenna reeling.
Rereading the blatant threat and looking at the mess in utter disbelief, Shenna’s temper began to catch alight. Just who did these people think they were?
Who would do something like this?
The note read: “If this EVER happens again and you don’t do your lawn properly from now on, there will be consequences… and it will be worse next time.” Shenna was furious.
Why would someone do this? She wondered who would do something like this for a second, but she knew exactly who it was.
And just like that, Shenna marched over to Alice and Louis’ house. They weren’t getting away with this.
Shenna rang the doorbell and as soon as Alice opened it, she burst inside her home, telling her that she would call the police for threatening her if she ever tried a stunt like this again.
But Alice had no response. Her husband walked into the room and embarrassedly apologized straight away, but she stood with an infuriating smirk on her face.
Shenna wasn’t having any of it.
A little voice in Shenna’s head kept telling her to just stay quiet, but she couldn’t help herself. Alice obviously had a problem with her, and after reading her threat the gloves were off.
She launched into a tirade against the woman, but all Alice could spit was “just you wait.”
That’s when Shenna decided that she would make it her life’s mission to make her pay.
Pressing Her Buttons
For six months, Shenna took delight in irking her neighbor. She purposely didn’t mow the front lawn but made sure to mow the backyard.
You see, she wanted to make a display of bagging those cuttings and putting them out on the front lawn for her neighbor to see.
Her plan worked and Alice was boiling with anger at what she had done. That’s when Alice decided to retaliate.
The Feud Continues
The feud between Alice and Shenna continued for months.
One night, Alice poured an entire bottle of dishwashing liquid into Shenna’s fountain while she slept, so Shenna doused Alice’s plants in vinegar, killing her prized rose bushes.
It was going too far. Then, Alice did something so diabolical that Shenna was forced to act.
Just when things couldn’t get worse, Alice started playing music at a deafening volume.
Shanna tossed and turned all night, feeling the bass from Alice’s enormous newly-purchased sound system.
Shenna’s temper was like a firework, once the sparks started to sizzle there was very little time to duck and cover. This was the last straw.
A Nasty Surprise
After a restless night, Shenna rubbed her tired eyes as she took a sip of coffee.
She blearily looked out the kitchen window, surprised to see Alice waltzing up her drive with a code enforcement officer.
Alice was making a show of pointing Shenna’s front lawn out to the officer. What was she doing?
Shenna ran out the door to confront Alice and defend herself. She couldn’t believe that she had gotten law enforcement involved!
But the meddling woman was adamant: the code officer was there to force Shenna to clean up her lawn.
Then, Shenna saw something outside Alice’s house. Suddenly, her stern mouth relaxed and a slow grin began to spread across her face.
Shenna narrowed her eyes and looked at Alice’s red sports car that was constantly parked on the street.
Right there and then, she knew what she needed to do.
Finally, Alice was going to get what was coming to her. If Alice wanted to play dirty, she could do it better.
Revenge Is Served
Shenna sat quietly at the window, smiling to herself and watching the scene unfold. The tow truck had arrived, and sure enough, Alice had a problem.
She railed and yelled, frantically trying to stop them from towing her car. She fumed and raged, but she couldn’t stop them.
She watched helplessly as the truck carrying her car disappeared down the road.
Shenna had spoken to the code officer and had Alice’s car towed from where it was parked on the street — right in front of her own house.
She sat and smirked as she watched the woman unleash a torrent of curses in a blind rage.
But the poetic justice of it all was still to come.
Shenna knew that a code enforcement officer couldn’t force her to clean up her front yard — nobody could.
Calling the authorities was Alice’s last-ditch effort to make Shenna’s life difficult.
The house was a freestanding unit and wasn’t policed by a homeowner’s association, either. But Alice hadn’t thought about what codes she was violating.
Revenge Is Hers
Coincidentally, code enforcement can’t force you to mow your lawn, but if you leave a vehicle on the street for over 72 hours without moving it they will happily impound it.
$600 and a lot of frayed nerves later, Alice eventually got her car back. And Shenna? She hasn’t heard a peep from Alice since.
Our next hero is a man named Dave Miller. He exacted his revenge on his neighbors in an extremely creative way. All he needed were some cell phones and a bit of ingenuity…
One Special Quality
Dave Miller considered himself an average guy.
He loved to build cardboard forts with his kids, find unique solutions to family problems and brought a burst of imagination to his job in web design.
Dave’s skills, however, are about to be tested by the neighbors and their dog.
Barking’s Okay, Within Reason
A little barking was okay – it was in their nature after all.
But one the first night they moved into their house and let their heads hit their pillows, the symphony yaps, yips, and howls started.
From there, it was a domino effect. The kids would wake up. He and his wife would have to get up … and then no one slept.
No Idea When They Bought It
They had only viewed the house during the day, so Dave and his family had no idea about the loud monster next door.
Things got so bad that he even timed it one evening. And, no joke, it barked constantly from 7 pm to 5 am!
It wasn’t until he saw a man walk in during the wee hours of the morning, did he realize the couple worked nights and slept during the day.
Weeks passed and his family started to suffer deeply.
There was no choice, he had to act. Dave had planned to keep the conversation civil – and it started that way.
But it quickly devolved into some pretty thick vitriol and ending with a “Dogs bark, what do you expect?” and then a door slammed in his face.
Best Plan Ever
That was it. He considered himself a level-headed guy, but things were getting out of hand. He knew things wouldn’t change unless he acted – unless he broke out those special skills he was quite proud of.
The idea came in a flash, and he rushed home to get the needed equipment.
It wouldn’t take much, but the result would be something to savor.
Wait For It…
He first took his secondary phone and, while the neighbors were away, set it up on one of their windows so it covered the area the dog roamed in.
Next, he took his primary phone and put it in the perfect spot – all the while, his wife looked at him like he had grown two heads.
“Just wait,” he said. “You’re gonna love this.”
As the sun went down and the unending barking echoed around the dimly lit street, all he had to do was press two buttons… and wait.
Finally, when 9 am rolled around, and he was sure the neighbors were fast asleep, he pulled out his stereo, faced it at their window, hit play, and cranked the volume.
Blasting The Barks
It was a simple plan, but still so creative.
Dave had recorded the dog barking … all … night. He then hooked his phone up to the stereo and let the new stretch of yaps and howls continue.
It didn’t take long until they heard a loud bang on the door.
Time For Comeuppance
Dave grabbed his morning coffee with a huge grin and slowly sauntered to the front door.
On the other side, a red-faced man with a scruffy mustache and angry eyes pointed right in Dave’s face.
“We’re trying to sleep. Shut your dog up!” Dave stifled a chuckle and pulled out the other phone – the one that had taken the video.
He pressed play and said, “It’s not my dog. It’s yours. I recorded him since you miss out on what dogs do.”
The mustached stood on the porch with a gawking stare.
For good measure, Dave added, “I’m just playing the radio at normal allowable city time and I will do this every day.” The neighbor stomped off in a rage. But would it work?
But Would It Work?
As Dave strutted back into the kitchen, his wife sat at the table shaking her head and finally letting out the laughter she had been holding back.
“I can’t believe you did that,” she said. “But, wow, it was amazing.”
The hours passed and night finally settled in. The neighbor’s car pulled out of the driveway. Now was the moment of truth.
Yes, Finally Quiet
It was utterly blissful.
All they could hear was the chirping of crickets and the occasional car driving by. There wasn’t even a tiny growl.
The twins slept soundly for the first time in weeks and his wife didn’t look like she was going to pick up a baseball bat and handle things her own way. There was just one more thing to do.
Share His Idea
It was just too good of a story. He had to share it.
He knew there were people out there who would find this useful for their own doggie problems and wanted a non-confrontational solution.
But he had no idea that his Reddit post would go viral. It really was the best ending he could have hoped for.