A distressed woman has sought advice online after her neighbours dumped a bag of dead leaves over her garden fence.
The anonymous woman, who revealed her plight on British blog Mumsnet, said the elderly residents had a ‘bee in their bonnet’ about some leaves that had blown into their driveway from a nearby tree.
She added that while the leaves had also fallen onto her driveway, she deemed it no big deal due to the time of year. And despite the pesky tree belonging to a totally different neighbour, she said that the couple continuously blamed her and her partner for the leafy mess.
After declining stern requests to rake the leaves from their property, the woman said her neighbours resorted to dumping the leaves over her garden fence during the dead of night.
Although the poster considered if she was to blame for the escalated conflict, many advised her to throw the bag back onto their property, while one person branded the elderly duo ‘mental’.
A distressed woman has sought advice on Mumsnet after her neighbours dumped a bag of dead leaves over her garden fence (Stock image)
She wrote: ‘Our neighbours are a relatively elderly couple and since they moved in have had a bee in their bonnet over leaves that blow onto their driveway.
‘The gate to our driveway is opposite to their open driveway, separated by a narrow road. Our next door neighbour has a massive old tree in their garden that produces a lot of leaves, most of which fall into our driveway.
‘We don’t really bother collecting the leaves, as it is an endless task at this time of the year, but the elderly couple is constantly on at us because the leaves blow across the road into their driveway and the odd one gets in their front door’.
At this point, the woman said she informed the pair that her and her partner were neither responsible for the tree or its leaves.
She further implored them to deal with the situation themselves or ‘take it up with our neighbour who owns the tree’.
The poster seemed shocked by what happened next.
‘But now they have even started collecting them in black bags and, under the cover of darkness’ she continued.
‘[And] leaving them in front of our driveway gate, or throwing them over our fence. I’m tempted next time they do this to open the bag and dump it over their driveway again.
She explained that the elderly residents had a ‘bee in their bonnet’ about some leaves that had blown into their driveway from another neighbour’s tree
An accompanying poll pulled in 3680 votes, with a whopping 96 per cent of people deciding the woman was not unreasonable for refusing to rake up her neighbour’s leaves
‘Am I being unreasonable by not picking up the leaves in our garden?’ she asked.
The story proved popular on the site, attracting nearly 600 comments from fellow users eager to weigh in on the drama.
The accompanying poll pulled in 3680 votes, with a whopping 96 per cent of people deciding the woman was not unreasonable for refusing to rake up her neighbour’s leaves.
Many advised the woman to throw the bag back onto the couple’s property, while one person branded the elderly duo ‘mental
Echoing this sentiment, one user said: ‘Don’t let them tell you how to live, that’s ridiculous. If you give into this then they will think of something else that you must do to keep them happy If they’ve picked up the leaves they have no right to dump them on you, it’s not even your tree!’
Also agreeing, one person wrote: ‘[Take the] bags back with a big note pinned saying “NOT MY LEAVES THANK YOU”. For goodness sake, leaves are just a fact of life at this time of year. Bats**t crazy stuff. Nip it now or they will drive you mad’.
Offering a petty resolution, another write: ‘As the tree is not on your property it’s utterly ridiculous for them to give you grief. In the night, post the leaves through their letterbox. I’d also be leaving marvels and banana skins on their drive along with a few rakes dotted about’.
While one user accused the elderly couple of the illegal act of fly tipping, another branded them ‘mental’, before adding: ‘Throw the bags back on their driveway every time’.