AN ANGRY neighbor who tried to blame someone else for the dumping was publicly self-shamed instead.
A passive-aggressive note that backfired was shared online – as many people sided with whoever hit back, rather than the first complainant.
The original letter, which was posted on a wall in the neighborhood, said: “Please do not throw your garden waste on our wall. Maybe pay for a green bin like we do.”
However, instead of having the desired effect, it only elicited an equally angry reaction, suggesting the dueling neighbors were well aware.
The answer, hanging on the wall next to the first note, reads, “Wow! Pot Calling KettleBlack!!!
“You who have been dumping your soil and rocks from your front yard up and down your tote bags for the past many, many weeks.
“Is that allowed? You’ve put it on plants, dribbled it down other people’s edges, and even carried it into the woods in tote bags on the bottom of your stroller.
“We all pay for green bins and love the alley.
“The person who puts the trash where you don’t like it is wrong and thoughtless, but you could have given more thought to WHERE you put the soil you didn’t want.”
A photo was posted on the Reddit website showing the war of words on the wall, along with a caption that could be phrased like the Star Wars character Yoda: “The wars in the backyards have begun.”
The consensus among the comments seemed to be in favor of the second letter writer.
One reader remarked, “My money is on the right side to win. They threw it out of the park with a plastic cover to protect it from the elements.”
“And turning it upside down to prevent water getting in is the nail in the left-hander’s coffin. Damn fair.”
Another admirer said: “I love the passion behind the image on the right.”
“You can tell they’ve been talking to their partner for weeks and are taking the opportunity to anonymously post this passive-aggressive, watertight novel.
“I bet the adrenaline was rushing through them when they got home and kept peeking through the window.”
Similar arguments in the neighborhood included a man hitting back this week after he was accused of walking too heavy.
Also, this week, it was revealed that a motorist responded to a neighbor’s message urging him to “stop parking like a stupid idiot” by insisting they “mind their own damn business.” .
Parking can be a sensitive issue for residents, as in one part of Edinburgh where a handwritten note of complaint was sent out in January this year – the same month a blunt letter was sent elsewhere simply asking for parking : “Do not park here.”
Some complainants can be more explicit, such as the author of a lengthy message left on the windscreen of a car in Muswell Hill, north London.