The Worst Neighbor Horror Stories
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Nightmare Neighbors1 of 9
By Naomi Chrisoulakis
Friendly waves, homemade jam and someone to feed the cat while you're away: That's what most of us hope for in a good neighbor. And while we're sure those dream neighbors are out there, these next-door folk aren't them. Read these eight horror stories and consider yourself very lucky!
Loathe Letters2 of 9
"My husband and I had a neighbor who declared war on us after we refused to cut down a perfectly healthy and beautiful 100-year-old tree in our backyard—he wanted more sunlight in his kitchen. One of his more memorable phrases was that my husband 'had the face of Satan.' We routinely received eight- to 10-page handwritten letters outlining our various transgressions." –Leslie G., New Hope, N.J.
Birds the Word3 of 9
"I share a balcony, divided by a screen, with a man who really, really loves pigeons. Every day, twice a day, he throws bread onto our balcony, and dozens of pigeons fly down not just to his half but to mine as well. And then they proceed to poop everywhere. No matter what I do, my balcony is always covered in bird poop. I've tried approaching it with him in the past, but I've since given up." –Kate K., Hartford, Conn.
Hey, Mrs. DJ4 of 9
"We had this neighbor who was a DJ. We immediately started off on the wrong foot because I used her parking space when someone had taken mine. I asked her if I could just run in and grab something, but she continued to scream at me. We lived there for two years and had to put up with her DJ-ing loud, horrible music, at all times of the day and night." –Lauren S., Chicago
Deal or No Deal?5 of 9
"When my husband and I were living in London, our neighbor started having what we thought were spontaneous parties around 2 a.m., right in the hallway between our two doors. It took us some time to realize he was dealing drugs out of his apartment and people were arriving that late to collect their order. Not only that, one day I came home from work to find he had locked himself out. Instead of calling the super, he hacked a massive hole in the door with a hammer in order to open it." –Holly G., Los Angeles
Doggie Don't6 of 9
"A few years ago, I lived in a condo that shared a deck with my neighbor. He had a dog he'd never take for walks but instead allowed him to defecate on our shared space. During warm weather, the smell was horrendous. And then, instead of cleaning up the porch, he'd simply wash it down with a hose—spraying water-y poop into the grass just beyond the deck, where I liked to garden and sit and meditate." –Jennifer W., Hillsboro, Ore.
Monkey Business7 of 9
"When I was 22, I lived in a cheap residence hotel. One neighbor regularly wore the pants from a gorilla costume suit. Everyday he would get up at 6 a.m. and, wearing these pants, go through the hotel banging on everyone's doors, telling them it was time to get up. Leaving was super tricky—you wanted to avoid bumping into him as a he roamed the corridors. You'd have to listen carefully for his footsteps and take the opposite staircase." –Sarah P., San Francisco
For Crying Out Loud8 of 9
"Moving into my new apartment, I met the sweetest neighbor and thought I was lucky enough to discover she lived next door to me. You can imagine my shock when I heard the noisiest sex at all hours of the day and night! It seem to happen at least a couple of times a day!" –Lucy B., New York City
Melon Ball9 of 9
"I lived on the second floor of a two-story apartment building. My across-the-hall neighbor was prone to fits of rage, yelling expletives out the window when a dog barked and screaming at the building's maintenance men when they made any noise. But she took things to a new level when she dropped a whole watermelon from our floor onto the hallway below. The watermelon splattered in front of a downstairs neighbor's door. The reason for her melon bomb? The guy beneath her was playing his music too loudly." —Elizabeth R., Chicago
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