come back, doris!

March 18, 2017 7:18pm CST
We had the police round tonight. It began with a thud! thud! thud! and ended in a statement. It was seven o'clock-ish and I was about to start cooking our tea. thud! thud! thud! Remember our next door neighbour, with his loud music and his dubious acquaintances? The thud! thud! thud! was on his door and was immediately followed by the snarling of a very shouty man, of ChavScum ilk. We think it was the same chap who was being shouty at him in the street a couple of weeks ago. Shouty Man shouted for ten minutes or so. Occasionally he went thud! thud! thud! on the front door with a broom handle. Well, I thought it was a broom handle, but my view through the cracking in the curtains was not good. Husband says it was a sledgehammer. I'm happy to continue thinking it was a broom. It's far less scary, no? He then stood by his car for five minutes waiting for something to happen. It didn't. He drove off. Whilst this was occurring, Husband called 999. So - apparently, as we later found out - did six of our neighbours. A very nice police lady arrived after a while {Shouty Man had driven to the top of the road and was waiting there for something to happen, but drove off about two minutes before the police arrived} and popped next door. Then she popped to ours. She told us that they're definitely not friends - no way!?! - and that he's going to need a new front door. Husband agreed to a statement, but didn't have much to say. The house next door was sold no more than two months ago. Two weeks ago it suddenly appeared on rental websites. Yesterday a For Sale sign had grown from the ground. Phew! I hope it sells quickly. Poor Doris {not her real name} will be spinning in her grave! A Shouty Man! Carrying a Sledgehammer! That sort of thing is not supposed to happen here! Men do not, as a rule, tend to keep sledgehammers about their person. *sigh* ... I wish I lived miles away from another human being!
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@pgntwo (22553)
• Carthage, Tunisia
19 Mar 17
I've never had a sledge that has needed the attentions of such a hammer, y'know. Odd name for it. Scary that one was used for knocking on a door close to yours... Hope all has quietened down now, and that Mr. Shouty stays away.
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19 Mar 17
It is quiet, but every time a car pulls up I think it must be Mr Shouty!
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@pgntwo (22553)
• Carthage, Tunisia
19 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Oh dear. I hope it passes soon.
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• United States
20 Mar 17
Ok... humor the poor American. a "sledge" is a sled (used in snow) for you over there isn't it?
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@xFiacre (5229)
• Ireland
19 Mar 17
@poppylicious They must have very strange broomstick down your way. May peace reign.
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19 Mar 17
Husband had a better view than me as he was upstairs and I was down. Plus, he knows what a sledgehammer looks like, and I don't!
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@Hannihar (42069)
14 Jun
@Poppylicious What an experience that must have been. In the two months he lived there has then happened before? I hope it sells fast for your sake.
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15 Jun
This was well over a year ago. In the April of last year the police were round his house but this time he wouldn't let them in. It was quite the entertainment. We haven't seen him since that day. The house was sold {subject to contract} last autumn, but then the For Sale sign appeared again so something went wrong. It's still for sale. Nobody from his family has been round to tidy up the garden since March; the cats love it as the grass is three foot high and there must be wildlife aplenty. We assume he's either in prison or in the secure psychiatric unit.
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@Hannihar (42069)
15 Jun
@Poppylicious I hope if someone buys it they will be decent peaceful neighbors. I bet the cats love the grass that high.
@LadyDuck (176505)
• Switzerland
19 Mar 17
I agree that a sledgehammer sounds a lot more scary than a broom stick. I always thing I would like to live miles away from another human.
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19 Mar 17
Wouldn't it be bliss?!
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@LadyDuck (176505)
• Switzerland
20 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Yes, it would be perfect happiness.
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Mar 17
It sounds a little odd, doesn't it? Hope you find out some real answers.
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19 Mar 17
I'm intrigued. I'd love to know why this bloke is after him! He came round today to introduce himself and apologise/say thank you, so ...
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Mar 17
@Poppylicious Hope it all works out okay and there are no big issues there.
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• United States
19 Mar 17
Let's all agree that it was a broomstick. I don't want to think of a sledgehammer being used on a door so close to my own home.. Here's to hoping the realty market over there is strong enough to have a new owner soon..
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19 Mar 17
I think it's quite strong at the moment, but he will need to get a new front door quite quickly. I doubt any potential buyers will want a house with a broken front door and the threat of Mr Shouty shouting at them!
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• United States
20 Mar 17
@Poppylicious I would have arranged to get a new door as soon as possible anyway. No matter how safe the neighborhood, I wouldn't want to wake up to someone or something unwelcome in my home.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Mar 17
brr I sure would hate a shouty man carryig a sledge hammer. thats scary for real.
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20 Mar 17
It is, especially in a generally quiet residential street with lots of young families!!
@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 17
Oh dear you can certainly do without neighbours like that! Hope you get a good one next time.
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19 Mar 17
We've got some odd neighbours, but this is the first time anything like this has happened!
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@prinzcy (5057)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 17
I would be happy to continue thinking that it's a broomstick too. What a scary thing to happen. Thankfully no one was hurt. The door can be replaced.
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19 Mar 17
This is true. The police woman seemed to think the aggressor was all bark and no bite, but if he had got in we could potentially be witnesses in a murder investigation. Yikes!
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@Morleyhunt (20996)
• Canada
19 Mar 17
I'd go with it being a broomstick. A sledgehammer swing with vigour would have gone through most doors.
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19 Mar 17
I haven't seen the door yet as I haven't been out today, but I think he nearly got through!