A Place To Sleep

@carolbee (16243)
United States
August 18, 2009 9:40am CST
So I get an email Sunday morning from a neighbor who tells me to look outside in our neighbor's front yard. She says there is a body laying there. I look outside and nothing. So ofcourse I think she's been drinking early in the morning! My husband leaves the house and notices a cop standing over this person trying to wake him. Guess our neighbor had a little too much to drink, he's young probably 19 or 20, and passed out in the front yard next door to his house. The cop escorts him into his house. Surprised his parents didn't notice he was missing. I gave it much thought and decided it was a detriment to the neighborhood. We live in a nice area, very low crime or I should say no crime and very centrally located in suburbs of a large city. I felt almost ashamed of this situation. Has this happened in your area over the years?
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Bet the kid's parents are embarrassed to discover their son passed out in the front yard for all the neighbors to see. In the 7yrs. we've lived here, I've never heard this happening on my block nor witnessed it. People here tend to party at home and anyone who attends end up staying put instead of attempting to drive home drunk.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I know the parents well enough to ask what happened but don't want to embarrass them. Just glad he got home safe even though he ended up in the neighbor's front yard. Thanks for responding.
@MissAmie (720)
• United States
18 Aug 09
We haven't had anything like this happen in my neighborhood, but if it did, I wouldn't be too surprised. Heck, it might even be me lying there passed out one day! Ha ha! I don't drink often...maybe once every 6 months...but when I do, I way overdo it. The worst problem we have here is people driving under the influence. It's really scary. I'd much rather walk up on someone passed out on the street than get run over by someone drinking and driving. At least while they're asleep outside they don't have 4 wheels and a ton of steel to plow over people.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I totally agree with you. Drinking and driving in our area is also bad. Way to many accidents and deaths as a result. Thanks for responding.
19 Aug 09
Hi carolbee, I live in a country and in a small neighbour hood, whe young and middleage couples where we are and nothing like that ever happens here, the neighs all know each other and they all work, its very quiet here nothing unsual happens. Tamara
• United States
19 Aug 09
awww can't say that ever happened too me ! I'm so glad :)
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Most of our neighbors are older now. This family has 5 kids. Think the youngest is around 18 but this wasn't the youngest son. I doubt this will ever happen again unless we get some wild and crazy kids that move into the neighborhood. Thanks for responding.
• China
19 Aug 09
Yes, I think drunked people must exsist in any part of this world, and there could be many social problems bring by the over drinking. In my country, I can always hear about auch kind of events, like somebody drives or fights after drinking and then hurts someone else or get themselves into trouble. It's really uncomfortable to hear these cases. Personally, I hope everbody take more responsebility and contrl a little bit while drinking.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Drinking has been an ongoing concern in our country for centuries. My only concern is when people drive after drinking. Too many lives are lost. And the bar fights will also continue on. Thanks for responding.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hi carolbee~ Wow, that is really creepy! I'm surprised that the cop didn't do more than just bring him into his house! I don't think that is very nice for the neighborhood. If it continues to happen I'm sure that the police will take him into custody and then maybe he will realize that spending a day or night in a cell isn't fun and he won't do it again! I guess his parents don't bother waiting up for him because of his age, but that certainly should be embarrassing for them to have the neighbors see him passed out on the lawn! Maybe that will make them angry and it won't happen again!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Exactly. I doubt his mom missed him but he better watch it with his dad. He is rather strict. The more I thought about it, the more irritated I became. We are in a very nice area and the neighbor's are all good people with morals and values. I have no clue how he got to the neighbor's front yard but hope he wasn't driving. Thanks for responding.
• Canada
18 Aug 09
I think this happens everywhere in the world no matter where you live. I have heard of people walking into the wrong house/having people that are intoxicated enter their house by accident thinking it was their own. I don't think you should be embarressed by this at all, imagine what the poor boy felt like, or his parents.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
18 Aug 09
THat is strange! Nothing like this has happened in my neighborhood......it used to be a very nice neighborhood.....all older people but lately some of the houses have been sold for rental property.....not that it's not still a nice neighborhood but we have had some strange charaters renting across the street.....no one's slept on the yard yet but other things.....like a band playing very loud on the forth of July....they had to get permission from everyone in the neighborhood...but they forgot to ask me and it was very irritating!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I realize neighborhoods can change just like people but being inconsiderate by playing loud music is annoying. Our neighborhood has always been just great. This kid must have been testing the waters...lol Thanks for responding.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
18 Aug 09
Hullo Carolbee! How are you and hope your daughter's family is good.You are back in my lot.Good to see you.To your question, I agree it leaves us with a sense of bad taste. In our places, the situation is not like this. But in some areas we do see people wobbling on their feet, and blabbering on the roads due to all cheap li---r[ this is a set of lower strata of uneducated society where men drink cheap li---r, beat and torture their wives and are a general menace to society.] Ours is ahuge compound and I DO NOT GO out at night. Otherwise, there is a slum area nearby and the company there would be undesirable.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Don't blame you for staying home at night. Sounds dangerous. Thanks for responding.
• United States
18 Aug 09
Well, where I live it is a city kind of area. We have a lot of noise and people arguing at all hours of the night. I can't wait to move away from here. It is not peaceful. I am just grateful that I work 8-5 everyday so I am not home too much!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Don't blame you for wanting to move. Our neighborhood is quiet and peaceful so this was unusual. Thanks for responding.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Something similar yes... When I used to walk home from work late at night, I would cut through the police station parking lot and over a small grassy area into the town hall parking lot. It was well lit and generally safer. One evening, I saw a young woman who looked almost exactly like my neighbor lying on the grassy area with her pants AND panties down and her eyes closed. Because of the time of night, the doors to the police station were locked and it took nearly 20 minutes to get an officer's attention. It turned out that she'd stopped to "squat" there (why you'd be dumb enough to pee near the door of the police station is beyond me) and she passed out.. yes drunk. Thankfully it wasn't my neighbor. I was very scared at first thinking that this woman was my neighbor or that she had been raped somewhere and later left there.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
18 Aug 09
That would be a scarey situation. I wouldn't have stopped either just as a precaution. Never know who is waiting in the wings, so to speak. Thanks for responding.
@rhoday (152)
• United States
18 Aug 09
When I lived in New york state we had alot of drunk's that would pass out in the yard. Now that I live in the south I dont see it.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
18 Aug 09
We've lived in the same house for over 35 years and this was a first. I was disappointed to say the least. Thanks for responding.