Have you ever been doorbell/ding-dong ditched?

Doorbell ditch - ding dong ditch
@taymouse (585)
United States
May 26, 2007 10:25am CST
The other night I was sitting in the floor of the living room, five feet from the front door, reading a book. The living room windows were open so a nice breeze could blow through the curtains. Then I heard whispering and some rustling, and someone knocked on our door. I could hear them running away, even see their shadows through the window. But I was too late opening the door, even though I was only five feet away. They were gone. They probably didn't know I was so close to the door anyway though... We have a bunch of obnoxious kids in our neighborhood. All they do is destroy other people's property (mainly ours). They think it's funny. They throw all their trash in our yard, throw things over our fence and into our pool (rocks too, which dent the bottom of the pool), rip up our flowers and leaves from our trees, set fireworks off in our mailbox, etc. And they're old enough to know better. Anyway, a couple nights ago they knocked on the door and ran away. Before, no one had ever done this to us. Has anyone doorbell/ding-dong ditched you? Did they ring the bell or just knock on the door, and run? If someone has done this to you before, did you catch them in the act?
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@Katlady2 (9925)
• United States
27 May 07
That used to happen all the time in the city where I used to live. We lived on a very busy street and kids could easily come to our front door without being heard, and they would ring the bell and take off. My mom caught a few of them, and she would usually call the police, or if she knew the kids she would march them to their parents and have a nice little talk with them. It hasn't happened to me and hubby where we are now. We have a fully fenced yard and two dogs who take guarding the yard very seriously....and one of them is huge. So kids tend to stay away from our yard, thankfully.
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@taymouse (585)
• United States
29 May 07
Like I said in my other comment to a response, we've tried talking to the parents of the most troublemaking child before, and they don't believe us. They don't believe that their "innocent, perfect angel of a child" would do anything bad. I think they need to stop being so inconsiderate! Anyway, each time we swear that next time anything happens we're calling the police, but we never do. I'm getting fed up myself. LOL - it's great you have your 'guard dogs'! Only our backyard is fenced, and to keep people away it would be our front yard that needs to be fenced. (Kids have jumped the fence in our backyard anyway). And we do have a dog, but he's too friendly and loves everyone. If a serial killer came to our house, the dog would be sitting and wagging his tail at him. hehe
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
26 May 07
No--no one has done this to me...But I feel sorry for you...can't anything be done to catch these kids...not you personally but how about the police? Don't they do anything about it..and why do they seem to pick more on you??
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@taymouse (585)
• United States
29 May 07
We have talked to some of the rowdy kids' parents in our neighborhood, and the parents don't seem to believe it. They don't believe their child would act that way, and they talk to us like we're making the whole thing up. Each time these kids do something to us or invade our property our family swears that next time we're filing a report. But we never do... I think we should, because I'm getting pretty sick of this myself. And I don't know why they pick on us more. I guess we're the family who minds the most, and the only family who DOESN'T have unruly kids that join in this kind of obnoxious behavior. Plus, the parents don't believe us. The only thing left to do is alert the police.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
29 May 07
By all means ...file a report with the police!!
• Canada
27 May 07
That's really weird. Just as I was reading your post, the doorbell rang. I did not bother to go downstairs and answer it because I thought hubby was going to do it. I distinctly heard the "ding-dong" but hubby was too busy watching "Green Beret" on the History channel he didn't even hear anything! It's too bad about the horrible kids on your block. Is there anyway to get to their parents? Or are the parents not interested in getting their kids to shape up? I am finding that more and more kids are becoming less and less civilized... ^^ :-{
@taymouse (585)
• United States
29 May 07
hehe that IS weird ;) Well we've tried talking to the parents before because there seems to be one troublemaking kid, and the rest are troublemakers too but they sort of follow behind him (he's from a different family and an only child). Anyway we went to talk to his parents before on numerous accounts but they never believe their child would do anything bad. It's extremely inconsiderate of them, in my opinion.
• Singapore
26 May 07
Unruly kids! I have gotten ding donged before but it is so rare that I can count with one hand. I don't think my case was some pranks by kids though. Quite likely it is instead someone who wanted to sell us something or wanted us to do a survey. We just didn't get to the door in time and that person left.
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@taymouse (585)
• United States
29 May 07
Yes when we were 'ding dong' ditched it was the first time, but still incredibly annoying, because it's just one more thing those kids do! But it's great that you don't have to put up with it as much where you live ;)