These Are Some of the Worst Neighbors Ever

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THE NUTCASE NEXT DOOR

Buying a home can be a minefield, especially if you're a first-timer navigating the world of mortgages, inspections, and overzealous HOAs. Unfortunately, no amount of money or preparation will guarantee you good neighbors — and plenty of people have the horror stories to prove it. The next time you're annoyed that the guy next door fired up his leaf blower at 7 a.m., read these tales of horrendous neighbors and take comfort: You could have it much, much worse.
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SEEKING REVENGE WITH EGGS, NAILS AND FIRE

One Florida landscaper apparently just couldn't let the rejection go when his neighbors chose another company to do their lawn work. In 2013, he began to terrorize the neighbors, throwing eggs at their homes, killing their lawns, dropping nails on the road, and even setting a boat on fire, authorities say. Eventually, he got five years of probation after being charged with criminal mischief. Much to his neighbors' relief, he also moved.
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A NEVER-ENDING NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Here's one way to drown out the barking of a neighbor's dog: By playing an aria from the opera "La Traviata" 16 hours a day for years. A Slovakian woman was recently arrested for doing just that, and enraging her neighbors in the process. She'd been cited before, but never arrested. Interestingly, the dog in question apparently left years ago, but she kept the aria on repeat.
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GUNSHOTS TO QUIET NOISY KIDS

Kids are loud sometimes. Most people tend to accept that — or even occasionally enjoy the din, within reason. But an elderly California woman was arrested earlier this year after deciding to grab a handgun and shoot at her neighbors' three noisy kids, instead. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the woman was charged with assault with a firearm and child endangerment.
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MAKING HAY TO BLOCK THE VIEW

An English farmer wanted to build a waste-processing station near his neighbors' pricey homes, but they blocked the effort. After his application was rejected, he exacted his revenge in a unique way earlier this year: By piling 30 tons of hay onto trailers behind their property, blocking their views of the fields — and anything else — beyond.
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HACKING THE WI-FI TO FRAME THE NEIGHBORS

Most of us have suspected at some point that our neighbors may be helping themselves to our Wi-Fi. But a Minnesota man was a little more sophisticated than that: He hacked his neighbors' internet, then tried to frame them for harassment, child porn, and even threatening the vice president. His neighbors' offense? Reporting him to authorities after seeing him kiss their 4-year-old son on the lips.
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ROBBING A GRIEVING FAMILY

A North Carolina family suffered an unspeakable tragedy in 2012 when their 1-year-old drowned in a small pond near their home. When they went to stay with family during the child's funeral, their neighbors apparently decided to capitalize on their misfortune. Police arrested a couple who lived next door and charged them with stealing $4,000 worth of property. Even worse, authorities found some of the child's items, including a birth certificate and angel ornament, burned in the couple's backyard.
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DEAD ANIMALS AND BOOBY TRAPS OVER GARDENING DISPUTE

What started as a disagreement over who should care for a flowering bush exploded into a nightmare for a group of villagers in Yorkshire, England, in 2006. A businesswoman who'd retired among them was slapped with an anti-social behavior order after neighbors said she waged a sick campaign of harassment. Her tactics allegedly included directing cameras at their homes, leaving booby traps made with paint cans and flower pots; dumping oil, dead animals, and broken glass; and even playing songs about rape and murder on maximum volume in the middle of the night.
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A VERY EXPENSIVE ONE-FINGER SALUTE

Most divorced couples can't wait for the chance to move far, far away from one another, but a Michigan man bucked that trend in 2013 by moving in next door to his ex-wife — and the man with whom he says she had an affair. As if that's not enough of an eyebrow-raiser, he then decided to spend $7,000 on a 12-foot backyard sculpture of a hand with a raised middle finger visible from his neighbors' house, complete with a spotlight to keep it illuminated every night.
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LANDSCAPING DESIGNS TO VENT FRUSTRATION

We're not sure who's in the wrong here, frankly. A California couple built a three-car garage with an apartment on top on property they owned in Washington state, then painted it bright purple and pink. Enraged neighbors, scared of what the structure might mean for their property values, petitioned for property tax relief from county officials in 2009. But one decided to make his feelings known in a different way: By mowing "A-hole" into his yard — complete with an arrow pointing to the offending property — big enough so that it could be seen on Google Earth.
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FOOTBALL TICKETS WITH A PRICEY CATCH

When a Florida man treated his neighbors to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game, they probably thought they hit the jackpot. Alas, that wasn't quite the case. Authorities say the man actually paid for the tickets with a credit card he'd stolen from the very same neighbors he'd invited to the game. But that's not all — he allegedly charged almost $3,000 in total to their card, and made other purchases including flowers, food from Panera Bread, and legal services. He was charged with theft and fraud in 2015.

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BUILDING A GREAT WALL OF MANURE

Some neighbors turn a blind eye if their dog poops on the other side of the fence, but a Canadian couple decided to take poop warfare to new heights — literally — starting in 2013. They amassed a pile of manure so large that it could be seen on Google Earth, and deposited it right at their neighbors' property line. No one's quite sure why they were so unhappy with their neighbors, but a judge found them guilty of using the poop piles as a "tool of harassment" and ordered them to pay $15,000 in the dispute.
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PUMPING UP THE VOLUME TO THE EXTREME

Loud neighbors are an all-too-common source of stress, but in 2015, a Florida woman was charged with aggravated stalking after officials say she constructed a sophisticated sound system solely for the purpose of harassing her downstairs neighbor. During a search of her apartment, authorities discovered low-frequency speakers mounted to a board and placed face-down on the floor. They were weighed down by dumbbells and cinder blocks and connected to an amplifier, which in turn was connected to a tablet that played workout music on a loop and could be operated remotely. Interestingly, the woman was charged with stalking again a year later when a sheriff's deputy moved in downstairs.
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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE OVER THE LAWN

Some of us are a little more passionate about lawn care than others. But one Georgia man was so mad about his neighbor's overgrown grass that he repeatedly confronted him about it, once even slapping the other man. But the 2013 dispute didn't end there. After the neighbor (rather unsurprisingly) called the cops, the man became enraged because he was afraid he'd go to jail. His solution, police say: Burning down the neighbor's house, netting him arson charges — and a trip to jail.
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THREE WORDS: BACKYARD DEMOLITION DERBY

Here's a truly creative way to enrage your neighbors: By setting up a demolition derby in your backyard. One British man did exactly that, generating constant noise and dust that terrorized nearby homeowners, once even setting a car and minibus on fire. He'd purchased his large villa in Norfolk after hitting the lottery, but neighbors got the last laugh: He eventually ran out of money, sold the home and was forced to work in a cookie factory to make ends meet.
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ONE WOMAN'S TRASH IS ANOTHER WOMAN'S … DOG?

No, not everyone has to like your dog, but one Texas woman took her beef with her neighbors' pooch a little too far. She was caught on video putting their 7-pound Yorkie, Bentley, into a trash can in 2017. The dog had escaped the neighbors' yard by getting under their fence, which apparently had been a point of contention for the woman.
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ATTEMPTING TO POISON THE NEIGHBOR'S DOGS

A Portland, Oregon, man apparently was so fed up with his neighbors' barking dogs that after repeatedly calling animal control, he took matters into his own hands. Police say he soaked pieces of lunch meat in a poison that he made with castor seeds — used to produce ricin — and tossed them over the fence that separated his property from his neighbors'. Fortunately, the poisoning attempts were thwarted by the dogs' owner. He was charged in 2017 with several counts of animal abuse and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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HANGING OFFENSIVE HAND-PAINTED SIGNS

A scuffle between kids over nail polish ballooned into a campaign of harassment that earned one Minnesota woman the nickname of "neighbor from hell." Supposedly angry over being called out over her daughter's conduct, the woman started publicly deriding her neighbor as an alcoholic and posting 25-foot banners on her garage with offensive messages. Ultimately, the woman earned nearly 50 citations, at least two stints in jail, and several felony charges. She was also forced to move in 2012, much to the relief of her neighbors.
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NOOSES, FIRES, DEAD DEER AND MORE

A Missouri man believed his neighbors ratted him out for drugs, so he apparently devised an intricate plan to get them back. According to news reports from 2013, the harassment included leaving a noose in their front yard, setting fires in his backyard so the smoke would blow onto their property, putting deer carcasses in their trash cans, and even prancing around in front of their security cameras at night in his underwear, or with a box on his head. Eventually, he did face felony drug charges.
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NOTHING SAYS 'DON'T MOVE HERE' LIKE A SWASTIKA

A Sacramento, California, man apparently grew tired of contractors who were working on the $300,000 renovation of a neighbor's Victorian house. How he responded, according to his neighbors: By trying to poison their dog with chocolate, shooting BBs into their yard, pouring acid on their truck, and turning off their water. He succeeded in driving them from the neighborhood, but decided he didn't want to deal with renters, either. To dissuade anyone from signing a lease, he posted a swastika flag in front window of his home. In 2011, he pleaded no contest to charges that he violated a restraining order against the neighbors, and received six months in jail.
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'ART' OR A FENCE OF USED TIRES?

Robert Frost said, "Good fences make good neighbors." Apparently, he wasn't talking about a tire fence. A dispute over one North Carolina family using another's private driveway spurred one to construct a 4-tire-high, 200-foot "work of art" sourced from a local landfill along their property line earlier this year. The other family was none too happy, calling it "a solid waste spiteful pile of trash" and an eyesore. County officials agreed, ordering that the makeshift fence be taken down.
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'NO TRESPASSING' SIGNS CAN'T KEEP OUT DEATH THREATS

Indianapolis couple Miguel Rios and Luvia Roman's next-door neighbor is an elderly woman with a distaste for signs of any kind. Vicki New was videotaped destroying "no trespassing" signs and threatening to kill her neighbors in the video. New told police the couple sold drugs, and the couple expressed fear for their daughter's safety and have her ride her bike indoors. Other neighbors backup Rios' and Roman's claims.
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THE HALF-NAKED SOLOIST

An elderly man described as a "terrible" singer, Peter Robinson-Graham, 78, would stand at window while half-naked singing and banging from 4 a.m. each day singing "John Brown's Body" and "Evita" songs waking everyone up. When neighbors tried to get him to stop he would swear and threaten them. He was subsequently arrested.
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STENCH, FLIES, AND VIDEOTAPE

Cudahy, Wisconsin, was ground zero for Dustin Jablonski to wage war on his neighbor Richard Krzywkowski after the stench of rotting meat and poultry permeated his home. Jablonski hung fly traps along his balcony and they were at capacity. Jablonski and video recorded Krzywkowski's hoarding. Jablonski said: "Really [it] started in the middle of his yard here, where he was stacking raw meat and raw chicken...Then he began to hoard more food and he started stacking it between our houses." Krzywkowski was ordered by authorities to clean it up.
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REMAINING PROUD IN THE FACE OF HARASSMENT

Bigoted neighbors felt compelled to voice slurs and other insults to a Pittsburgh area lesbian couple, Lisa Licata, 43, and her wife, Sherry Lau, 56. In addition to the verbal abuse, their dog was shot at with a BB gun. The couple painted the side of their home in the rainbow flag colors. "We just had the idea, let's paint the side of the house that faces them rainbow, too. Just to make a statement we are here to stay," Licata said.
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A SHRUB DISPUTE LEADS TO SURGERY

In Florida, two next-door neighbors got into a dispute over the shrubbery between their houses. Wielding a chainsaw, Gregory Landaker was cutting shrubs on the property line he shares with Jeffrey Zlocki. Zlocki reportedly hugged "his bushes," while Landaker kept sawing away. Zlocki needed surgery to repair severed tendons in his hand. Deputies arrested Landaker.
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THROWING BLEACH OVER A PARKING SPOT DISPUTE

A Pittsburgh teenager, Kira Jackson, allegedly threw liquid bleach and a glass bottle from a second story window at a neighbor woman and baby over a parking-space dispute. Police arrested Jackson, however her mother, Stormy Coulter, said it was impossible Kira did the crime. "There was nothing like that. I am allergic to bleach. I don't have bleach in my house. I use Pine Sol. So therefore, that's a set up right there," Coulter said, adding that the neighbors have been "problematic for a long time."
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SHOOTING AT THE NEIGHBOR OR A SNAKE IN THE GRASS?

In Indianapolis, Homer Faucett says his neighbor Paul Kelley shot at him over a lawn. Police took Kelley to the hospital for evaluation, then booked him on a felony charge of criminal recklessness. Kelley told police he was "shooting at a snake in the grass." Previously Homer called police earlier to report Kelley threatened to kill him numerous times. "The police actually told me, 'Don't mow your lawn. It may cause him to snap.' This is just silly. I've got to be able to mow my own lawn," said Faucett.
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URINE ON THE WELCOME MAT

An elderly man was targeted by his Thousand Oaks, California, neighbor who allegedly poured large amounts of urine on his car and on his doormat. Arrested was James Eddy Pierson who was caught on security footage doing the deed. Pierson was linked directly to the vandalism, and police uncovered methamphetamine paraphernalia in his home. Pierson was booked for felony vandalism and elder abuse.
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BATTLING WITH LAWN-CARE EQUIPMENT

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, is a lovely place, except when neighbors are jousting with lawn-care equipment. The Beaver Dam police blotter listed a dispute erupted between two unnamed men, one of which "reported his male neighbor put a leaf blower in his face" two days in a row. "The neighbor said the caller came at him with a lawnmower in an aggressive manner and he may have put the leaf blower in the caller's face by accident. An officer counseled them.
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EMOTIONAL-SUPPORT DUCKS DISPUTE

Michigan boy Dylan Dyke has autism and is comforted by his two pet ducks. Except neighbors are not sympathetic and complained about the ducks to a zoning board. The two sides are lining up neighborhood supporters in this zoning dispute while Dylan's therapist says that the ducks do help the boy's condition. The zoning board is crafting a proposal that will allow Dylan to keep his ducks and set guidelines to keep the ducks off neighboring properties.
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RAND PAUL'S BATTLE OUTSIDE OF THE SENATE

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had a well-publicized altercation and civil lawsuit in an ongoing dispute with his neighbor Rene Boucher. Boucher reportedly trespassed onto Paul's property and set fire to yard debris in November, a day before he attacked Paul. Boucher admitted to attacking Paul. Paul suffered several broken ribs and contracted pneumonia as a result of his injuries. Boucher has been fined and is serving time for the attack.
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NAZI FLAGS AND BACKYARD CHICKENS

A New York family claims their neighbor put up Nazi symbols and signs with foul language because of their 17 chickens. The chickens allegedly intruded on their neighbor, Todd Schilling. Schilling retaliated with signs. "He claimed our chickens caused the oral cancer of his dogs," Jeff Martin said of Schilling, who lives next door with his mother. Schilling put up the signs in response to Martin's sign that referenced an "Oedipus complex" which Schilling viewed as a suggestion that he wished to have sexual relations with his mother.
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'RATTLESNAKE REVENGE'

A dispute between neighbors is called a "botched case of rattlesnake revenge" by police in rural Caldwell County, Texas. Ryan Felton Sauter turned a rattlesnake loose inside neighbor Keith Monroe's house. Monroe said the two men "exchanged heated words" prior to the snake plant. Monroe said he used a machete to kill the snake, then called the sheriff's office. Deputies questioned Sauter before charging him. "I'm still in shock," Monroe said. "Just can't believe it."
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CHASED BY A TRACTOR

A land dispute was the reason for one elderly Florida man to try to mow down his neighbor with a tractor. Howell Lamar Morris was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against Scott Lynch. The two were arguing over property when Morris climbed his tractor and chased after Lynch yelling, "Run, fat a**." A 911 dispatcher recorded Lynch's wife. "He chased him down on his tractor and my husband had to run, yes," she said.

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