He knew that it was his fault for what happened, and he wanted to admit it. However, the neighbor who saw his mistake took advantage of it. He did not know what to do. The young man opened his computer and looked at her on the search engine. The man did not expect what he had searched. The young man did not believe in the photo he had got and used it as evidence against her. What did he find in that photo?
His Life Was Monotonous
Kristopher Hess was the name of the man in the story. He was working in the local security company for 16 hours. After his duty, he usually went home 8 in the morning to get some rest. It was his daily life. The young man got a call from his best friend that he would be going to visit him after a few days. The man was happy that he would do something different with his friend. However, he did not expect what would happen during the visit.
A Break From Routine
Mark was the name of his childhood friend. He called Kristopher that he would visit him during Independence Day weekend. Kristopher was excited to meet his old friend. Kristopher also requested leave on his work to meet up with his friend. Kristopher also used up his saving to have a good time with Mark. The two wanted to eat, drink, and catch up with each other, but Mark wanted to do something different.
How To Celebrate The Holiday
The incident happened during a hot day. The place where they had to spend their time did not rain for two months. The two men put a deck chair and had a conversation with each other. After they drank several beers, Mark wanted to make their holiday more exciting. He proposed that they would light up an “ole American Fireworks.” Kristopher was hesitating about the idea, but he gave in because of Mark’s stubbornness.
They Bought Fireworks
Before the two did their plan, Kristopher looked if his dad was in their area. He did not see his dad in the area. The young man used all his savings to buy fireworks. Kristopher shared his experience, “To be fair, I have had nothing but bad experiences with fireworks, so I had no idea how this would be any different.” He also added, “We got home with the fireworks, and we laid them all out on the floor; Sparklers, Bottle Rockets, Cakes, and Roman Candles.”
It Was Fun While It Lasted
It was like Christmas when the two saw what they had bought. Kristopher asked his friend, “Why don’t we mess around with some sparklers since it’s still not dark yet?” Mark acknowledged his idea, and he also planned on using it first. However, the two did not expect an unfortunate thing to happen in the fireworks. What took place after they lit up the fireworks.
Nothing More Than A Huge Mistake
Kristopher lit up two sparklers for each of them. The two of them looked at the light that the sparkler was emitting. They waved, traced, and drew patterns with the use of the fireworks and the two men remembered what they were doing during their childhood. Kristopher did not know that the fireworks would be the root of his headache. He recalled what happened, “One of the little sparkies from mine and my friend’ sparkler made contact with the ground and made two small fires…”
The Lawn Went Up In Flames
The two did not expect that the sparkler would light a fire in the backyard. The area was dry that a little flame would make it an inferno. The two men were terrified as the fire would reach the neighbors. Kristopher shared, “I ran as fast as I could to grab the garden hose and quickly started spraying down the fire. It was no use; it was spreading faster than I could spray it.”
She Saw An Opportunity
Kristopher tried to call 911 while his buddy was trying to put the flames out. However, they could do nothing about the fire. The neighbor also started helping to extinguish the flame. Kristopher was glad that his neighbor Patricia helped them when she realized the situation, but the man did not notice what the real plan of his neighbor was.
After A Long Day At Work
It was a stressful day, but he still needed to work. The young man blamed himself on what happened in his backyard. He knew that his day off was wasted. After his work, Kristopher was prepared to get some proper rest. The man did not expect that a surprise was waiting at his home.
Asking Him For Money
Kristopher was surprised when he saw two quotes coming from his neighbor Patricia. He had to pay $4,000 for the new fence and $6,000 for the lawn. The man knew that he did not have enough money. He used up all his savings to buy a firework with his friend. Kristopher showed the quote to his dad, and his father realized that it had no company name and was created by using Microsoft Word. His father said to him, “Son, don’t you give that con artist a single dime.”
Taking Matters Into His Own Hand
On the bottom of the quote, “I will also be having you pay my water bill for three months because the new yard will need lots of water.” Kristopher was shaken. He posted on Reddit, “Now the fence this woman had before was raggedy and falling apart. Her Yard? Dead grass, weeds everywhere, never mowed it. Now Looking at his paper, she wants a mahogany fence, and a brand new back yard with flowers and trimmed hedges? I said ‘I need to get an estimate myself, this doesn’t feel right…”
Using His Connections
Luckily, he had a friend that was a contractor. His friend said that the lawn was probably in bad shape for several years before the incident even happened. But, they did not have enough evidence as the fire had already caused too much damage. They also knew that Patricia wanted a new lawn with a mahogany fence, flowers, trimmed hedges, and many more. Fortunately, he knew a person where they could buy everything at a lower price. Kristopher also asked his friend to come to the location and asked for a quote. Did they get everything they asked for?
She Threw A Fit
On the next day, the contractor and Kristopher had inspected the damage, but Patricia stopped them for checking the damage. She yelled at the two men and said, “I did not give you permission to get an estimate on my fence!” Kristopher replied, “The fence separated the property line, so it’s both of our fences.” They knew that she was panicking, especially when she called the cops.
Giving Her The Estimates
Kristopher said, “She calls the cops on me for having a contractor, and they ultimately can’t do a single thing because I’m on my property.” He also said, “He quickly finishes the estimate off at $1,200.” Kristopher also met a person who knew about lawns and told him that he could reseed his neighbor’s yard for only $800. Kristopher posted on the ProRevenge subreddit, “After I get these estimates, I give copies to the woman and she is having none of it.”
She Made Excuses
After Kristopher gave the quote to Patricia, she said that “I don’t know these people, I don’t want them near my house, they’re probably terrible contractors.” The young man replied, “No, I know them personally. They are really nice people and do great work.” She was not convinced and closed the door while they were having a conversation.
The Last Straw
Kristopher shared, “I ended up working a 16hrs shift that night and got home at 8 am, and this woman came knocking on my door at 9 am and demanded I speak to her.” He also said, “I explained, ‘I would really love to do this, but I just got home, and I have to be back at work in less than 5 hours. I need to sleep.” Patricia replied to him, “What kind of lazy jerk sleeps in until 2 pm?” Kristopher was offended and tired of being pressured by the ill-mannered woman.
Giving Her An Ultimatum
Kristopher said, “At this point, I had about lost it, and told her: ‘you can either accept my $2000 for my quotes or get nothing. ‘She stood there for a while with her mouth open, but she accepted my offer and planned to meet down at the notary the next morning.” Kristopher was glad that his neighbor finally understood everything. However, he did not know that Patricia had another plan.
She Stood Him Up
On the next day, he was excited that his problems would be over. The man went to the notary office to see her, yet she did not appear in the notary even after waiting for three hours. The man said, “I get a message from her saying ‘I’m sorry the $2000 isn’t enough, I’m having my guys start work on this project, and you will be paying me the full price.” He knew that he needed another plan
Waiting For An Opportunity
Kristopher shared, “After that, I did not say a single word to her, and I watched for a few months as these guys turned her backyard into an oasis, complete with a small pond, brand new Sod, flowers, the whole 9 yards.” He also added, “Come to find out she had plans to remodel these things for a long time and was just waiting for the opportunity to go through with it.”
He Looked Her Up Online
Kristopher knew that it was his fault. He blamed himself, and he wanted to compensate for every damage because of the incident. However, his neighbor wanted to take advantage of him. He opened his computer and went to his Facebook and was surprised at what he saw. He could not believe what he had seen in the community. The young man knew the reason why his neighbor wanted a lot of money from him.
The Photos In Question
“She used her remodel funds to go on a trip to Hawaii. Do you know how I found out about this? She was bragging about it on the neighborhood Facebook group and didn’t know I was in it,” he mentioned. The pictures were posted, and she drank pricey cocktails in a luxury resort in Hawaii. She was relaxing there with her girlfriends as the man tried his best to pay. The man finally asked the Reddit community, “Are you ready for revenge?”
Taking It To Court
“Now, four months after the fire and all the remodels, I get served papers to go to court for $10,300. At 18 years old, I have to hire a lawyer to work my case,” he recounted. “When we finally do get into court, I lay everything out: the quotes, being harassed multiple times, not showing up after agreeing to a deal, not wanting me to get my own quotes (required by law btw), and her bragging about conning me out of money… and, I have proof of all of this.”
What The Judge Told Her
“The judge looked at her and said ‘Ma’am with all due respect. You’re out of your dadgum mind. Not only did this young man tell the truth of what happened, but he also offered to pay you more than he was supposed to,'” he recalled. “‘Your lawn was already dead before the fire occurred; therefore, he is only responsible for the fence of $1200. I will also deduct from this his lawyer fees.'”
He Got The Last Laugh
As a summary to the story, he informed the Redditors, “She took a huge financial loss from this, not sure how much the Hawaii trip cost her, but she was in serious debt. She ended up having to sell the house because of it and moved into a smaller house. Haven’t heard anything from her since. To this day I still do not use fireworks, because we could’ve really hurt someone. What I have learned through this, though, is its best to take responsibility for your actions from the gate.”
Neighbors Are Not Always Pleasant
If you think that story was quite ridiculous, then sit back and wait until we tell you another story. We couldn’t picture what it would be like to have a terrible neighbor. How did anyone cope with these kinds of predicaments? By speaking patiently and attempting to have a civil and intelligent conversation? But what if it wasn’t possible to talk to them? It would be so awkward to live next to someone with who we might not have a common ground. But there’s always an option… and the man of our next story certainly displayed bravery and inspired us all. You have to keep reading to see what happens…
Going Too Far
He was distraught as he was parking his vehicle in the driveway. Since he’s a police officer, he’s seen a lot of different stuff throughout his entire service. But what he witnessed on that day could not be comparable to what he had seen before. His blood was boiling as he saw what his neighbors had created. His initial reaction was to close his fists as hard as he could and try and relax. That was it, the war had started, and he said between his teeth, “This is war.”
The Officer Of The Law
Now let us introduce the hero to our plot. David Ellis was a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for 40 years. His job consisted primarily of capturing those involved in drugs and fraud. He lived in a small exclusive neighborhood and had always complied with the rules. After so many years, he found a pastime to do on the weekends, tending in his garden.
The Last Straw
He took care of his garden as if it were his most prized possession. Nevertheless, something was about to happen to David. Something that was connected to him spending every single weekend morning, mowing the lawn, watering the plants, and taking care of his oasis. After a tough week of law enforcement, this is how David preferred to relax, by tending to his beautiful garden.
The Crux Of The Drama
Not all was as it ought to be. Sure enough, some arrogant and obnoxious neighbors would ensure they destroyed everything that David was working on. The curious fact would be that they were somehow related, but they didn’t get along and kept their distance for quite some time. David rarely sought for trouble and let each of them have their own. That was before the issue was too heavy. All the problems revolved around the route that surrounded the property of David.
“A Complete Nutjob”
There seemed to be many potholes that came unexpectedly, but because no one noticed or did anything to repair it, David took the issue into his own hands and patched them for years. He was concerned that an unfortunate incident might happen and that someone might get hurt. Regrettably, not all of them were like David, and his neighbors had various ideas for them.
Passing The Responsibility
His neighbors tried to shift the gravel to the asphalt, and David declined. No one was willing and able to pay the money that was needed for it to be done. It was the explanation for the conflict between the two sides, a struggle that had taken place generations before. Even the daughter of David said she couldn’t recall a time when there were no disputes between them and said, “Everybody here is a complete nutjob.”
A Gesture Of Goodwill
David was the only one who took care of the gravel path, although he didn’t have to do so. Instead, his neighbors would mock him. It was why David’s daughter was so upset at the injustice that she advised her dad to do something that will put an end to the disagreements and get it over with. His neighbors were so selfish that they took advantage of David instead of being grateful.
Enough Is Enough
However, some people were unreasonable and difficult to negotiate with. And it so happened that David’s neighbors were among them. It was not fair, and we could only wonder how the neighbors dared to complain to David about his methods on taking care of the gravel. All of the residents within the community used the road daily.
Protecting What Was His
Another detail that had to be highlighted so that the tale could be grasped would be that the gravel had only a square meter of David’s private yard. And it was this method to deter any sort of accidents and for the drivers to move through his property conveniently without having the chance to destroy it. But David was so sweet that he was ready to bargain with his neighbors.
Inspecting The Damage
As though it wasn’t sufficient, David even gave them 3 square feet of his property to make it easier for them to turn around where he lived. He just tried to make everybody comfortable. The residents, however, were so focused on their belief that they rejected David’s suggestion instead of negotiating agreements. They also headed nearer to his property, which could easily be destroyed at this stage.
A Series Of Barrels
David was still in a position to deal with the situation until the day arrived and finally snapped. One of his neighbors purchased wood, and as the driver tried to drive through David’s house, he made a wrong turn and crashed over his gate. One would conclude, of course, that the loss had to be compensated in money or something else, but no one was inclined to do it. Miha, His daughter, said, “We had to replant these plants and place a new metal fence,”
“My father told me this was not the first time this happened, but the third. I couldn’t believe it when I heard this.” When the police had completed fixing the fence, David eventually planned to take the issue on his own and defend his property. The neighbors had passed another degree of indifference and disrespect for him. After the event and carefully assessing the impact, he went home saying “This is war”. He offered anything to his neighborhood, and they were, in exchange, unappreciative.
Thinking Up Other Ways
That day when he saw that the cypress trees had been destroyed, he snapped and concluded that the only way to correct the problem was to get great revenge. He placed huge barrels around his portion of the gravel that was meant to be passed by his neighbors. At first, they didn’t know it, but soon they would discover that they weren’t just straight barrels.
Petty Revenge Turning Pro
But the story was not over. In a matter of six hours, three neighbors pounded at his door as furious as ever. It was because their vehicles had been destroyed by hitting the barrels that David had put in his property. The barrels were filled with rocks so that a collision could quickly kill the car. But that wasn’t it, David had more twists waiting for them.
Cement And Poles
His neighbor confronted him, and said he would call the cops and told him to keep on the lookout because he would get a “pickaxe to the back.” No one there followed the law better than David, and he remained calm and told his neighbor that he had every right to place the barrels there, because it was his property, and the neighbors knew it. But the war wasn’t over yet.
The New Solution
Initially, the barrels succeeded and protected his property, but they would soon be destroyed by too many passing vehicles. So as predicted, after a year the barrels fell down and no longer worked as intended. He wanted to think of something new, but after understanding that the war wasn’t going to be so easy to win, he realized he had to step up his game, and so, one evening, he did something that would eventually give his neighbors a message.
A Lesson Learned
The first person who would encounter the surprise while going back home would never know what was coming. He chose to pass through the property and found out that the flowerbed had been spread around his property. The neighbor was frustrated and had a lengthy conversation with his insurance company. In the meantime, this time, David’s scheme seemed to have succeeded.
David was fed up from the indifference of his neighbor, and he cooked up the best idea. Miha, His daughter, wrote on the Reddit forum r/ProRevenge, “My dad was furious, he cut some wood to use it as a mold. He bought cement, sand, and metal poles. One peaceful afternoon, my father and I cemented that whole part of the land and placed some lovely flowers on top. So when they hit the concrete, they can smell our flowers of victory/defeat.”
David put cement covered by the flower garden on the section where the neighbors had turned or came straight across the ground. When the first person had discovered the new strategy, David realized that his scheme was working. The neighbor could no longer ruin his house.
Several of his rude neighbors had destroyed their cars when speeding around the corner without looking carefully. They would have to find out the hard way, but ultimately they would learn to stay away from his house. The furious knock on his door had ended, but the fight was not over since one of them wanted to employ a lawyer to find a way to stop David.
Of course, several vehicles were destroyed, which led David to justify to insurance firms that what he had done was legitimate because it was his property. He had done his research and understood the danger of installing that block of cement, but nobody could tell him otherwise because that patch of lawn belonged to him.
When David’s revenge story went public after it was posted in Reddit, those who saw it were just so pleased. One of them commented, “I’m very amused by the logic some people go by, for example, If I intentionally hit your property and it damages my vehicle, it’s still your fault (the owner of the property) for trying to protect your property and not letting me just destroy your property… and you should compensate me for the damage caused by my stupidity.”
Another person wrote the following, “They ran over your trees? OHHH BOY, If they run over any more of your trees look up your local laws about trees. People have been sued for TONS of money over the destruction of trees because they take so long to grow, so they have a lot of value.” What are your views about David’s final decision? Was it too much?