I’ve recently had some serious issues with my neighbors. Now I don’t ask a lot of my neighbors. I don’t ask them for cups of sugar. I don’t ask them to stop smoking pot on the back patio that borders my back patio. I don’t ask them to muzzle their annoying dogs that bark at odd hours. I don’t yell at their kids to be quiet and I don’t complain about their big family parties they have every weekend in the middle of the complex. I don’t even ask the guy upstairs to stop “practicing” his accordion. I use the term “practice” very loosely because he really isn’t getting any better. He’s just playing noise. In total, I am a very laid back, smiley, easy going neighbor. In return, all I ask for is some very basic common courtesy. Some of my neighbors, however, seem to be oblivious as to what common courtesy is. So let me enlighten them.
Common courtesy is staying out of my assigned parking spot! Parking at our place sucks because the property management doesn’t enforce the permit rule. People who shouldn’t park in our complex always do. The one ray of hope my husband and I have is knowing that there is one covered spot assigned to us that no one else can take. Unless some douche bag decides to ignore our right to park. On the 4th of July our parking lot was particularly crowded but after driving around for 10 minutes I managed to grab an open spot, leaving the covered one for my husband. He came home 20 minutes later to find someone else IN OUR COVERED SPOT! AH the indecency! I was lit so I went outside to wait for the spot stealers and confront them in person. They were already out there so I put on my polite neighbor smile and said, “excuse me, you can’t park here again. This is assigned to residents only.” I held my smile and waited for an emphatic apology. All I got was a weak excuse. “Sorry, we don’t live here and we didn’t know that was the rule.” REALLY? Because I’m pretty sure every apartment complex in America has the same rule- covered and numbered spots are for residence ONLY! And in case this really is your first time visiting an apartment complex, there are signs posted everywhere telling you where you can and can’t park. RUDERS!
O but it gets better people. At least with the spot stealing I could see some point to it. This next one is just flat out crazy. Common courtesy is letting your neighbors finish a load of laundry. I had three loads of laundry in our wash room. There are six washers all together. I was a few minutes late in getting my laundry out of the washer, which is apparently some sort of crime, and what I saw boggled my mind. The lid was up on all my loads. EWWW. Now nasty dirty and bugs are going to get all over my clean laundry. Why, why would you leave the lids up? Not only that, but one of the loads wasn’t even done. Someone lifted the lid to my laundry in the middle of the cycle and didn’t put it down. WHY? WHY? WHY? That doesn’t do anybody any good. It doesn’t do me any good, it makes me angry. It doesn’t do you any good because now you have to wait longer for that one load to finish and therefore wait longer to get a washing machine. All you have accomplished is to be aggressive and obnoxious. Not okay.
In conclusion, I challenge all of us to look at our neighborly habits. Please, be a nice person. Just show a smidgen of common courtesy, and I won’t have to report your pot smoking or your accordion playing.