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By Bluebell - 15 September 2008 32

How do I diplomatically tell my neighbour that the rubbish piled up beside their house and the old car in the yard ( that some one has egged and covered  with toilet paper) looks like crap?

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Neighbours
burninator 7:39 pm 15 Sep 08

I’d leave an anonymous letter in their letterbox.

deezagood 6:42 pm 15 Sep 08

You may have to live next to these folks for a long time, so diplomacy is the key. I would pop over and mention that you are having a front-yard blitz on the weekend and would they like you to help them to clean up their area as well? They can’t possibly be offended by that and most decent folks will say ‘no no, we’ll do it’. If they aren’t decent, well then at least they might give you permission to get rid of the rubbish – at least it will be gone. Or then again – they might tell you to f-off.

SheepGroper 5:53 pm 15 Sep 08

Swaggie said :

Knock on their door, just say you were walking past one evening and you saw two ruddy huge Rats running from the street to under the pile of garbage and you thought they might like to know (especially if they have kids). Something about Rats tends to galvanise people into action….

Nah, say you saw rats, then offer to let a few snakes loose to control them. Big ones.

Loquaciousness 5:22 pm 15 Sep 08

iCanberran said :

I would never fear telling next door off if their rubbish is p*ssing me off and becoming an eyesaw.

Gee, that sounds painful – have you seen someone about that? 😛

L

The Brad 5:16 pm 15 Sep 08

Be prepared to defend the state of your own house if you ‘attack’ the state of their yard.

If you really want to be diplomatic, next time you are having a friendly conversation with them say “My front yard is a real mess.” (but make sure you do have a shrubbery that needs pruning) “I really must work on that soon”

They may come back with “ha ha, my place is worse than yours”

And if you really want to be a diplomat, offer to help them clean it up.
As Aurelius quoted, that’s how you make good friends.

grunge_hippy 5:10 pm 15 Sep 08

call the media and a pollie looking for a reason to whinge about the stanhope govt. its like shooting fish in a barrel at the moment.

Swaggie 5:08 pm 15 Sep 08

Knock on their door, just say you were walking past one evening and you saw two ruddy huge Rats running from the street to under the pile of garbage and you thought they might like to know (especially if they have kids). Something about Rats tends to galvanise people into action….

Deadmandrinking 4:55 pm 15 Sep 08

Maybe just state your feelings in a nice and civil manner, be open to what they have to say and don’t be a complete pussy, ICanberran. People have been attacked and even murdered on public transport in our big cities (and even here). Do you carry weapons on public transport?

If it’s only an eye-sore, as well…it might not be as massive a problem. If it’s a smell issue (which I assume would come from the eggs), then you should definitely say something, as that is definitely neighborhood pollution. But…I mean, you don’t have to look at their houses.

iCanberran 4:45 pm 15 Sep 08

I would never fear telling next door off if their rubbish is p*ssing me off and becoming an eyesaw. I would advise caution though as these people often act irrationally and don’t like being told off. People have being attacked and even shot dead for complaining about dog noise, rubbish and car parking in Sydney and Melbourne. Be civil but also be prepared. I would advise a friendly hello and suggestion that they clean up at first with a crowbar down readily available.

Aurelius 4:45 pm 15 Sep 08

Neighbours
Everybody needs good neighbours
With a little understanding
You can find the perfect blend
Neighbours should be there for one another
That’s when good neighbours become good friends

Granny 4:44 pm 15 Sep 08

Bluebell, I am assuming you are a woman – is your neighbour male or female, family, group house?

AngryHenry 4:33 pm 15 Sep 08

I gotta feeling if it’s that far gone they ain’t gonna care…

I do something about it and make it look like an ‘accident’…

p1 4:33 pm 15 Sep 08

I’m told if you put a “for sale” sign on the car, some one will immediately steal it…

Or call the scrap metal people and tell them you have a car they can have for free…

jakez 4:29 pm 15 Sep 08

Go over there, be as nice as possible, don’t demand they do anything, just kindly explain your feelings on the matter and appeal to their neighbourly spirit.

If that doesn’t work…………then you are stuffed.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:27 pm 15 Sep 08

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick: you will go far.” What’s your big stick?

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