These Neighbor Horror Stories Will Make You Cringe

Amanda Garrity, Heather Finn
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From Good Housekeeping

In a perfect world, we would all live in sitcom-level neighborhoods with perfectly groomed lawns, picture-perfect houses, and most importantly, friendly neighbors who you actually want to run into when you're taking your dog on a walk. While some people are lucky enough to have neighbors who lend a helping hand — or a spoonful of sugar — in a heartbeat, a LOL-worthy Reddit thread proves that's not always the case.

No matter where your neighbors fall on the scale of horror, these neighborhood nightmares (prepare to cringe) may make the oddball who lives next door seem, well, normal — and that's really saying something. See where your neighbor stack up and (hopefully) get a good laugh from these stories straight from Reddit.

The Cat Lady

Thanks to Reddit user Throwawayca91's third-floor neighbor, the entire apartment building had an unpleasant aroma of — wait for it — cat pee. After complaining to the building's office for two years straight, Throwawayca91 called animal control officials — who found 30 cats in the woman's apartment.

The Pet Poisoner

At a standard vet visit, the vet advised Ireallyjustcanteven to stop feeding the dog "human food," which confused them since they only fed their dog a strict dog food-only diet. Turns out, the neighbor, who regularly called the police about the white labrador's behavior (which was "very sweet" and "wasn't very aggressive at all"), was feeding it food scraps, mop water, and other harmful things over the fence.

The Skunk Lady

Reddit user Annepackrat writes that an old neighbor used to feed local skunks, and the smelly animals would hang around their apartment building as a result. "My then-boyfriend used to have to carry a flashlight to avoid startling one and getting a faceful of stink," the Reddit user writes.

The Cameraman

When Reddit user sborado was young, a neighbor built a deck that crossed into their yard. The user's family ultimately had to get the city involved to force the neighbor to make the deck smaller, which he didn't like one bit. When the user's family came back from vacation, they found a sign on the neighbor's fence that said, "Peekaboo, I see you." — and a collection of new security cameras pointed into their yard.

The Negligent Dog Owner

Every year, Reddit user sackofmangoes's parents would have to pay to replace the fence between their yard and the neighbor's yard, since the neighbor's dogs would completely destroy it. And even though the fence was shared property, the neighbor would refuse to split the cost. It wasn't until a branch from the neighbor's large tree (which sackofmangoes's family had asked her to take down) killed her pet boxer that the femce damage stopped.

The Not-so-Secret Agent

Constantly suspicious of the other tenants, Reddit user RamsesThePigeon's neighbor would stage loud phone calls with "FBI headquarters" about their "alarming behavior." (Think: the fact that they came home after 9 p.m.) She even went so far as to post a fake U.S. government notice (see below) on the walls of the building, and it wasn't until the user staged a phone call about the illegality of the neighbor's FBI impersonation that the harassment stopped.

Photo credit: RamsesThePigeon/Reddit

The Lazy Lawnmower

Reddit user LitlThisLitlThat's former neighbor never did any yard work. When the user couldn't stand the out-of-control grass growth any longer, they began cutting the grass in his front lawn for him. (He let the grass in his backyard grow to be six feet tall, the user writes, which resulted in tons of mosquitoes that swarmed neighboring yards on wet days.) So, how did he repay his neighbors for the favor? "At one point he was stealing our water, which drove up our water bill," LitlThisLitlThat writes.

The Brick Thrower

When teenage_cremation was growing up, a next-door neighbor made it clear to the user and the user's siblings that she wasn't a fan of children. She yelled at them when they played outside and even threw things at them over the fence. Thankfully, teenage_cremation's mother came to the rescue: After the neighbor threw a brick (!) at the children, she stormed over for a stern conversation, which caused the neighbor to move out a week later.

The Fence Offender

After a fence-related clash, Reddit user 97Chocoholic's neighbor began throwing pebbles over the fence, knocking on the fence when the user's mom was in the garden and yelling things at the children when they were spending time outside. At first, 97Chocoholic's stepdad wasn't sure he believed the stories, but things changed when he caught the neighbor poking a hole in the fence to watch them through. Needless to say, 97Chocoholic's family moved out shortly afterward.

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