What A Cheek!

Roses in my garden
By Jabo
@jaboUK (50715)
United Kingdom
June 8, 2017 3:25pm CST
I'd been working in my garden this afternoon, and had just gone in for a cup of tea. While sitting drinking this in the living room with my husband, I saw two men rush by the window and go round to the back of our house. I did a bit of rushing myself and jumped up to find out what they were doing. They were just standing on the path that skirts the house at the back looking round, and I asked what the heck they thought they were doing. They said they were looking for a short cut to the road at the back of our house. We live at the end of a cul-de-sac, and they had obviously come up the road expecting to be able to get out at the end. So instead of re-tracing their steps, they thought they would be able to get out through our property. I informed them in no uncertain terms that this was private property and to get the hell off it. They were apologetic, but told me to 'keep my hair on' which made me more indignant. I could perhaps have understood it (but not condone it) if they thought we weren't in, but the garage was open with the car visible, and my gardening tools were scattered around. What a cheek!
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@Kandae11 (27099)
8 Jun
They took a risk there. Suppose you had a couple of bad dogs waiting to pounce?
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@snowy22315 I did a fair imitation of a rottweiler myself
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• United States
8 Jun
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@Jumaronalds Lol - sure would!
@Juliaacv (23266)
• Canada
8 Jun
You're a hoot! But then again, I don't think that I'd want to mess with you if your gardening tools are in close proximity either!
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@Juliaacv Yes, you wouldn't want to mess with me when my dander is up!
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@MALUSE (32918)
• Denmark
8 Jun
If this doesn't become a regular route, I think I wouldn't be so strict.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@MALUSE Really? You wouldn't object to people marching through your property? The fact that they didn't just walk round the house, but almost ran, told me that they knew they were in the wrong.
@MALUSE (32918)
• Denmark
8 Jun
@jaboUK Maybe they behaved badly.They should have asked politely you if they could walk through. Would have allowed it then?
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@MALUSE Yes, if they'd knocked on the door and asked I would have still thought it a cheek, but I would have allowed them to do it, even though they would only have had to go back 100 yards to go round.
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@allknowing (55805)
• India
9 Jun
Before a footpath was created in your garden, you nipped it in the bud.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@allknowing That's true, apart from anything else it would never do to have people trampling my flowers!
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@allknowing (55805)
• India
9 Jun
@jaboUK I am with you on this. Give them an inch and they will take a yard
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@Corbin5 (81872)
• United States
8 Jun
Glad you really gave them a tongue-lashing!! Trespassing on the property of others is definitely going too far!
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@Corbin5 I didn't just give them a tongue lashing, I actually physically pushed one of them! Looking back that was a silly thing for a 77 year old woman to do
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@Corbin5 (81872)
• United States
8 Jun
@jaboUK Wow!!! What a rude awakening for them!!! You rock, my friend!!!!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Jun
They should have asked, not just walked through your yard.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@LovingMyBabies There is a saying here "An Englishman's home is his castle", and as such we don't take kindly to trespassers.
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@Hatley (159527)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jun
@jaboUK we here i m the US do not like strangers tramping though our yards without permission either
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@Hatley No, such behaviour is unacceptable.
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• United States
8 Jun
I could understand if they had knocked on your door asking you if your yard had a shortcut, and might they use it. In this case, I would have been just as upset as you were. I do hope that they won't return. Our yard features a bank (hill) in the back that is perfect for sledding in the right conditions. For this reason, our neighbors and their friends will sometimes use our yard to sled. They do not tend to ask, but we don't mind so much. As long as the noise volume stays reasonable, that is.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum If they had asked politely it would have beern a different matter, but these were two young men acting suspiciously so it's no wonder I blew my top. In the case of your neighbours and friends using your yard, that is completely different, as you know them. I hadn't seen those men before.
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• United States
8 Jun
@jaboUK Yes I understood that, and definitely your unease at their sudden intrusion. While I do "Know" my neighbors, we do not know their friends and that has made for some unease, atleast in our minds. Certainly not to the degree of yours. I hope if you see them around the neighborhood again you'll phone the police. They did (in my mind) seem to be trying to hurry away from something, very quickly.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes, if I see them loitering around I will consider calling the police, but now that I've calmed down I think that it was just a case of them being lazy and not wanting to go back down the road,.
8 Jun
Cheeky muppets. You haven't suddenly discovered that something is missing, have you?!
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@Poppylicious No, nothing missing, but normal people don't just go round to your back garden, do they?
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9 Jun
@jaboUK They don't. There are some scallywags about, so one can never be too sure.
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• Pamplona, Spain
8 Jun
I would have been annoyed as well. They should use their legs and go back the way they came and find where it was they were going to another way. What a cheek they had.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@lovinangelsinstead21 I agree, and it's not as if it was far for them to go back - no more than 100 yards.
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• Pamplona, Spain
9 Jun
@jaboUK Well if they cannot walk that what can they do? No way would they go through the back of anything in my house. Glad you did not let them that´s my girl.
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@jstory07 (57868)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Jun
They might have seen to much of what you had. I hope they left.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@jstory07 Oh yes they left all right, I think I scared the sh*t out of them
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@jstory07 (57868)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Jun
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• United States
8 Jun
Crazy to think they could just run through your property.. Were the cops chasing them? LoL
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
I never thought of that, but there weren't any cops in sight. @Marilynda1225
@acelawrites (10752)
• Philippines
8 Jun
It is really hard to trust strangers these days; they might be surveying something or if there's people in your home.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@acelawrites Yes, strangers on your property is not a good thing, but in this case it was pretty obvious that we were home.
@DianneN (59691)
• United States
9 Jun
That is cheek, and they had no business being on private property! Good for you for defending your nest.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@DianneN Sometimes I can get a bit hot-headed - a woman my age tackling two young men could be classed as stupid, but what the heck.
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@DianneN (59691)
• United States
9 Jun
@jaboUK In this day and age, we have to be careful, but I don't blame you. I may or may not have done the same.
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@KristenH (20470)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8 Jun
That's not good. They should've asked for permission first.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@KristenH It would have made all the difference if they had asked, as it was all I saw was two men acting suspiciously.
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@KristenH (20470)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
8 Jun
@jaboUK I agree Jabo. Geesh!
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@Hatley (159527)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jun
I would have some doubts expecially w en heytold you to kleep your hair on I wpuld not trust them at all
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@Hatley Yes, that incensed me even more when he told me to keep my hair on!
@ridingbet (37970)
• Philippines
9 Jun
i remember "Douglas cul-de-sac". hahah! those men, if that situation happened here in my country, could be thought of as robbers, and wanting to enter the house. good to know you were there to talk to them.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@ridingbet Exactly - I didn't know what they were up to, they could easily have been intending harm.
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@sol_cee (13616)
• Japan
9 Jun
If they didn't trespass, could you have offered them tea?
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
No way - they were strangers @sol_cee . Now if it was you, that would be a different matter
@DWDavis (11146)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
9 Jun
I'm glad they had no nefarious intent. It seems people have less and less respect for other people's property these days. Our ever more entitled society is raising a whole pack of people who thinks what's yours is theirs if they see it and can take it.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun
@DWDavis You've hit the nail on the head there. I don't know how they had the gall, it isn't even as if they were far away from the house - the path hugs the house.
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@snowy22315 (34348)
• United States
8 Jun
I don't like strangers on my property either. I get alot of the religious types that want to hand out tracts and so forth. They don't come that often or I would consider a no trespassing sign.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun
@snowy22315 We get the religious types too, but they always knock on the door. They are a nuisance, but at least you know they aren't 'casing the joint'.
@Marty1 (26781)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21 Jun
Good for you! It was a brave thing you did! I don't know if I would have had the nerve to do the same thing! Kudos to you!
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
22 Jun
@Marty1 I was just so indignant, but if I'd thought about it I might have been more cautious.
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@Marty1 (26781)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
22 Jun
@jaboUK Do you have anybody living in your house with you? I don't do that kind of things as i fear retaliation as I live alone nd Marty my hamster is not a killer hamster! He doesn't even bite unless it is my sleeve as i pet him and that he just chews and lets me gently direct his attention elsewhere! I still think you are brave.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
22 Jun
@Marty1 Yes, I live with my husband but he's 86 and rather frail.
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