Am I overreactng?

United States
December 9, 2008 5:40pm CST
I went down into my basement to get some christmas stuff out. Anyway, a lot of my boxes were crushed and not the way I put them. I share a basement with my neighbors. I say share, but they were there first and gave me very little room. My one neighbor took my boxs and rearranged them without my permisson. Nothing was missing or stolen, but my boxes my crushed. Certain boxes I like to keep because they are pretty, or I want to remember where I got them, or because they are collectiable. So, I had a few words and neighbor and neighbor told me they're not dealing with my "bs" unless something is missing or broken. Am I overreacting?
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5 responses
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
9 Dec 08
No, you're not overreacting. Your neighbors need to respect your property as they would expect you to respect theirs. Just because they were their first does not give them the right to touch anything of yours. If this comes up with the neighbors again just inform them that you want your personal belongs left alone in the future.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
9 Dec 08
One more thing. If you and your neighbor are renting equal space in this building and use of the basement is included in the rent that you pay, your neighbor is required to set aside half of that basement area for you.
• United States
10 Dec 08
Thanks for responding. I have to go fish out my lease. I'm really not sure what the offical word is about the basement.
@legend4u (1019)
• India
9 Dec 08
may be a little. may be it is not his fault. he didn't have noticed that that boxes are important for you. or he crushed it accidentally. but i think what ever you said the respons of your neighbour was rude. saying that it is not his bs as the only person who could have damaged it other than you is him!
• United States
10 Dec 08
This neighbor has been nothing but rude in general. Very nasty with their comments and whatnot.
• Canada
14 Jan 09
I don't think so. If your stuff was 'crushed' it was damaged. They should have given you a certain space, not just mixed up amongst theirs, for storage. That way, they would have no reason to touch or move your stuff to get to theirs. This would prevent injury to your stuff stored there.
@Frederick42 (2020)
• Canada
14 Jan 09
I do not think this is over-reaction, but others may feel it so. Sometimes, our reaction may be the best and most mature reaction, but the other person may tend to misunderstand. he or she may feel that we are not reacting maturely, but the fact is they do not know what is meant by a mature reaction.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
13 Jan 09
no, you are not overreacting. Your neighbors had no business touching your personal things. If they had a problem with where your things were,they should have asked you if it was ok or had you do it. You pay rent also and it should be that half of that space is yours.