Awkward Noises… What to do when you don’t want to listen?

Exception 2 April 2012 88

too loud

After spending a lovely Friday evening out with some friends, I came home this weekend in the hope of getting some much needed sleep.

Unfortunately the minute I walked into the stairwell of my Braddon apartment complex I was faced with this sound. While I tried to get to sleep for several hours, feeling extremely awkward and slightly pissed off, this amazingly loud female continued to channel her inner porn star. Now don’t get me wrong, I more than appreciate the activity at hand, however I am not sure noises of that level are really necessary in any occasion nor are they appealing.

As it is now becoming quite a regular occurrence and the sound clip from within my own apartment (her enjoyment made it’s way through her door, the stairwell and my door), I feel yelling is probably not going to cut it considering we run into each other almost every day.

Can anyone offer some advice?

[Photo by timparkinson CC BY 2.0 and chosen from stock not to sexualise children but to note that if what you’re doing can be heard outside your home anyone could be listening]

UPDATE 02/04/12 15:42: And now with SoundCloud:


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geetee geetee 2:41 am 04 Apr 12

cantdance said :

Must say it worked a treat.

Thanks for persuading her to move from Sydney to Braddon…

Blingiton Blingiton 10:45 pm 03 Apr 12

Sorry Prime Possums…it was me! No USB stick required…just a BIG, BAD piece of…. toast while killing myself laughing over the RIOT I’ve caused. Looks like I’ve been caught in THE Act. You can go to sleep now. Ooh yeah, ooh yeah, yeah, yeah baby! There it is…my, my, my oh my…cone of silence! I’ve been looking for it everywhere:P

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:02 pm 03 Apr 12

hollowboners said :

were you literally sitting at home making a list of the absolute WORST possible ways of dealing with this “problem”? just a list of like 200 things that could help the LEAST amount and posting about it on the riot act was #2 after eating ice cream?

Au contraire. Had they not posted, CSRI would not have revealed the future communication of choice for passive aggressives in the 21st century.

cantdance cantdance 8:59 pm 03 Apr 12

I had the displeasure of living next door to some rather vocal folk in Sydney a number of years ago. I quite enjoyed borrowing a ladder from the local shop and taping a sign over the main door to the building asking for the residents of apartment 5 to STFU, we cant hear the tv over your own porn sounds. I wish I had seen their faces when they saw it. Must say it worked a treat.

MJay MJay 8:32 pm 03 Apr 12

p1 said :

Mr Evil said :

Send Mr Gillespie over to tell her all about the evils of the plastic bag ban, and she move out in a jiffy.

Now that is a creepy suggestion.

And I am not sure it would solve the noise problems, she’d be screaming but for different reasons…

p1 p1 8:29 pm 03 Apr 12

Mr Evil said :

Send Mr Gillespie over to tell her all about the evils of the plastic bag ban, and she move out in a jiffy.

Now that is a creepy suggestion.

p1 p1 8:27 pm 03 Apr 12

When the occupant is out, install cameras in the apartmemt, start a website, make enough money to move somewhere nicer.

Too creepy?

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 8:23 pm 03 Apr 12

I don’t have any problem with the child photo being used but I do think it’s an odd choice.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 8:08 pm 03 Apr 12

Send Mr Gillespie over to tell her all about the evils of the plastic bag ban, and she move out in a jiffy.

MJay MJay 8:01 pm 03 Apr 12

This thread needs a poll on what action should be taken to notify the woman.

breda said :

We may just have a Mully Cup winner before April has even got up to a trot! Extra points for the sound effects.

Maybe JB should notify the winner. . .

MWF said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Change your wifi network name to ‘Apartment #x – we can hear you having sex’

This is the solution.

hahaha +2

hollowboners hollowboners 7:40 pm 03 Apr 12

were you literally sitting at home making a list of the absolute WORST possible ways of dealing with this “problem”? just a list of like 200 things that could help the LEAST amount and posting about it on the riot act was #2 after eating ice cream?

MWF MWF 7:37 pm 03 Apr 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Change your wifi network name to ‘Apartment #x – we can hear you having sex’

This is the solution.

Innovation Innovation 6:50 pm 03 Apr 12

Definitely a pro – she made exactly the same noises when I was there a couple of days ago…… oh wait…….

I-filed I-filed 6:34 pm 03 Apr 12

Ello Vera said :

I don’t get this. If it is an unidentifiable person then surely the photo becomes one of a generic child.

I don’t think so. It is definitely not a “generic child pic”. The child has been photographed in close-up, not incidentally. The child is identifiable as her face is shown, and the exact location and occasion she was photographed at has been specified by the photographer. The photographer probably shouldn’t be treating this as a Wikicommons type image unless it’s his own child, or he has permission from the parents. Some parents mightn’t be sensitive about the juxtaposition – but some might. And if they haven’t been given the opportunity to exercise their judgement about it – it’s wrong to use the photo. IMO.

breda breda 5:31 pm 03 Apr 12

We may just have a Mully Cup winner before April has even got up to a trot! Extra points for the sound effects.

As a female person who has always enjoyed a roll or several in the hay, I’m inclined to support those who suggest that these are professional, rather than personal, emanations. But then again, it’s a blurry line – perhaps her boyfriend is paying the rent on her flat?

Anyway, you have two choices – earplugs/loud TV/music – or just knock on the door and tell her.

It never ceases to amaze me how often people come on websites to complain about things instead of actually addressing the problem by having a conversation – and how many people respond with ideas to avoid having the conversation.

Passive/aggressive rools OK.

Ello Vera Ello Vera 5:31 pm 03 Apr 12

I-filed said :

Sorry, but despite your disclaimer, it’s pretty icky to use this photo in this context. It’s attributed to one “Tim Parkinson” but it was taken in Sheffield among a lot of crowd shots, and it looks unlikely that the child’s parents gave permission. The fact that someone has put a photo of someone else’s unidentified kid on a photostream does NOT make it OK to use it without checking with the parents – especially in a discussion that is inevitably turning to porn. Good luck finding a parent who is happy to see their child illustrate this discussion – even if it’s illustrating “not suitable for children”!

I don’t get this. If it is an unidentifiable person then surely the photo becomes one of a generic child. If you’re worried about when the kid grows up, I doubt they would look anything like this shot.

It reminds me of some news story that had a little baby in it. The station put a black bar across the baby’s face presumably so they would not be recognisable. This struck me as even more unlikely for someone that young.

Darkfalz Darkfalz 3:31 pm 03 Apr 12

I second (or third) the ear plugs. I live in Braddon too, the neighbours aren’t too bad but as a shift worker, I couldn’t live without them.

You’re never going to be able to change other people’s behaviour. Apartments with thin walls are never going to suit people who love peace and quiet. You’re essentially roommates with the people around you but with no say on what they do.

pepmeup pepmeup 3:29 pm 03 Apr 12

This person is clearly a Pro

Postalgeek Postalgeek 2:35 pm 03 Apr 12

madamcholet said :

poetix said :

‘…I more than appreciate the activity at hand, however I am not sure noises of that level are really necessary in any occasion nor are they appealing.’

You sound a little like a missionary describing the troubling habits of the Polynesians. I doubt she was worried about appealing to anyone, let alone that creepy person up the corridor who makes those strange recordings. Two words: Ear. Plugs.

+1

Ear plugs will assist you greatly. Instead of posting to RA for all to get their jollies, why don’t you try having a word, leaving a polite note or similar. You may find that she does not care, in which case then you might want to take further action such as contacting the body corporate to have a word with her about her unseemly behaviour. Not being a prude, but your approach has been rather odd. A description would have sufficed.

Nonsense. MP3 sound file or it didn’t happen.

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