They Wouldn’t Listen
He was waiting at his window with a wide grin on his face. He had his phone in his hand, recording everything.
At first, he had always been polite, but they wouldn’t listen to him. They made it clear that if he wanted them to stop, he would have to put more drastic steps into action. The next person that chose to cut across his lawn was going to be in for a nasty surprise.
When Thomas Lyons first moved into his beautiful, 3-bedroom, corner-plot home, he was ecstatically happy.
They had a huge yard, which meant that there was more than enough room for the kids to play and for his wife to have her very own, respectable herb garden. But Thomas’ favorite part of the entire house was the sprawling, emerald-green front yard. Everything about their new home was perfect, it felt too good to be true, and it was.
Thomas couldn’t remember when it all started. Perhaps it had started before he even moved in. But there was once thing that really got under his skin. People in their area had an annoying habit of cutting across his yard.
If it had happened every once in a while because someone wasn’t paying attention, it wouldn’t matter so much. He would be okay with that, but that wasn’t the case.
It got so bad that he was forced to set up a camera. In the span of 24 hours, he caught 30 pedestrians, 8 bikers, and two strollers.
And t wasn’t like they had no other option but to do it. They had an entire sidewalk to themselves! It was around his entire public-facing side of his land.
His lawn was at the corner of the street where the two sidewalks met, and that part of his lawn had been walked over so many times that the grass was gone.
Thomas was an understanding man, he never wanted to come across as unreasonable. He politely asked the people in the area not to use his lawn as a shortcut. But unfortunately, no one listened to him, some even ignored his request right in his face. They would continue to plod across his lawn.
One neighbor suggested that he add a fence, but after investigating the paperwork, fees, and cost of putting up the fence, he found that it was too expensive.
Thomas’s blood would boil every time he saw someone cross his lawn. He remembered when he was young, he would always get throttled for trespassing. But the foot traffic was showing no signs of leaving, so he knew that he had to take things into his own hands.
Luckily, this plan wouldn’t cost him much. He had most of the equipment at home, and all he needed was a sensor and one key addition.
Once everything was set up and ready to go, he bought a camera and set it up. He hit record and sat back in his chair, a warm cup of coffee in his hand. He was ready and he knew that this was going to be good.
The first trespasser, a woman out on a jog, appeared at 7 am.
She was an adult, surely she knew what the sidewalk was used for. But despite this, she happily ran over the blades, bobbing her head to the music pounding from her headphones. That was when Thomas’ trap sprung, and a loud shriek left the woman’s mouth.
The senor triggered, setting off an impressively loud alarm. But then the sprinkler set into motion too.
Thomas had set the sprinkler to the strongest, direct stream. He made sure that whoever trespassed would get a powerful blast of ice-cold water. The next victims were a gaggle of middle school girls. They screamed and ran to the sidewalk, just like the lady before them. Thomas watched, throwing his head back as he laughed. Now there was one more thing to do.
This was too good, he loved watching the recordings. He just had to share it on social media! He spliced a few clips together and uploaded them to his TicTok account.
But he received mixed reactions. The negative comments frustrated Thomas to a whole new level. He wanted to reach through the phone and shake the people on the other end of the line.
Many people praised him for his trap – they were trespassing after all.
But the scolding comments left him mind boggled. “It’s just grass,” someone said. “It’s just water,” another shot back. “It’s just a couple people walking. Take a chill pill!” another wrote. The next response was clearly someone who had been through a similar situation…
“No Big Deal”
“It’s not one person, it’s MANY (every day) and it costs money to fix a lawn, especially if you live in an area that MAKES you have a certain look to your yard and home.”
“When someone is racing to the bus, every second counts. My job is more important than your stupid lawn.” Thomas turned red in the face, but the netizens came to his defense…
“Then leave 5 minutes earlier. There’s no excuse. Would you let someone run across your back yard when there literally a full sidewalk only 5 feet away?? No. Stop being such an idiot.”
Just then, Thomas heard another shriek. This one came from someone on a motorbike. Seriously, a motorbike?!
There was one comment, however, that seemed to shut up the naysayers. “When someone gets hurt on your property, they can sue you. Plain and simple. He has every right to keep people off his land.”
Thomas had not only come up with the perfect solution, but the clips were getting hundreds of thousands of views.
Over the weeks, the traffic slowly dissipated. He put up some stakes with twine to try and make another barrier. But once in a while, some moron would come by and get a cold wake-up call.
Thomas would keep filming and uploading these videos. They were just too hilarious to keep to himself. But Thomas isn’t the only person to be inconvenienced by people near his yard…
He could have just let what had happened go, but Scott Hunter wasn’t that kind of man. In fact, his colleagues at the insurance firm had a nickname for him: “The Pitbull.” Once Scott got his teeth into something, he’d never let go.
So when he saw his eight-year-old princess in tears on her own birthday, he knew he had to do everything in his power to make things right… and God help the people who had crossed him.
All Scott and his wife had wanted to do was throw their young daughter a small party. When Nina decorated their yard cheerfully with balloons and inflated the bounce house, she never anticipated that there would be a problem.
The day in question turned out to be the worst of young Evie’s life. Her parents had worked hard to make sure she had a memorable birthday, but Evie would remember it for all the wrong reasons.
Scott and Nina had been living in their home in the suburbs for four years. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do about the nasty elderly couple living next door.
They had squabbles about the “noise” their daughter made when she played with friends in the yard, the smoke that wafted over their fence from their BBQ, and any other petty reason the neighbors could find to complain about. For months, Scott and Nina had tried to keep the peace. But the neighbors were about to cross a line.
The Big Day
The day of Evie’s eighth birthday started on the right note. The weather was perfect, the little girl was excited about her party, and Scott was in good spirits. He mowed the lawn, inflated the kiddy pool, and set up the bounce house.
The kids and their parents began to show up. Scott fired up the BBQ while Nina set out the snacks. Nobody noticed two pairs of angry eyes peering over the back fence.
“Hey, Scott!” the miserable old man bellowed, “We are trying to enjoy our porch, so tell your sprogs to shut up!”
“They are children, Bernard, it’s a party,” Scott said, clenching his jaw and turning around. He continued to work the grill as the children splashed happily in the pool, but he should have known that his rude neighbor wouldn’t leave it at that.
The Best Gift
Evie’s eyes sparkled when she opened her gifts. For some reason, her favorite present was the large inflatable ball that her grandma had bought her. All the kids clamored to play with it, bouncing it to each other and kicking it against the fence.
When someone accidentally kicked it too high and it bounced into the neighbor’s yard, nobody could have anticipated what would happen next.
Bernard’s wife went over and scooped it up. She held the ball in her hands for a few seconds while the kids waited… Everyone expected her to simply toss it back. “Please throw it over,” Evie pleaded.
Instead, she handed it to her husband. He made sure everyone was looking while he fetched a screwdriver from the garden shed.
Bernard kept unbroken eye contact with Scott. Then, a satisfied expression came over his face as he slowly and deliberately stabbed the ball.
Then, the malicious man clumsily squashed it up with his hands and throttled all the air out of it. Scott was incredulous. Evie screeched. The old man seemed to get so much pleasure out of causing the little girl’s tears, and he wasn’t finished yet.
Evie cried and cried, but eventually, her mom managed to placate her. Nina just wanted the party to continue as if nothing had happened, but Scott was seeing red.
As the day drew on, he grew angrier and angrier. If the neighbors enjoyed their porch so much, he’d make sure they never enjoyed it again.
Scott had never been so angry in his life. He wasn’t about to just let it go. They had ruined his little girl’s birthday, now they would have to live with the consequences. His plan was simple.
He could see the neighbors’ porch from his yard. Every time the miserable old couple came outside, he was ready.
Scott thought carefully about all the ways he could make his insufferable neighbors’ lives a living hell. He thought about everything from poisoning their lawn to other, more harmful measures.
But he wasn’t a fool — he knew that he couldn’t do anything drastic or illegal, so he decided to be an annoyance instead. He’d teach them to make his daughter cry.
Every time Scott saw the neighbors sitting on their porch, he’d go to his garage and gleefully fire up his air compressor. Then, he’d make a racket with his gas leaf blower in the yard. At first, the neighbors would complain, but they couldn’t compete with the noise.
Every day, Scott would watch the porch and wait for them. It worked every single time.
Scott was obsessed with getting payback, but he could bide his time. He’d do it until the couple died or moved out if he had to. He would be a constant reminder of their unacceptable behavior, and he’d never let it go.
They soon realize that they had made a huge mistake when they crossed him.
Scott continued with his noisy regime for years. True to his word, he never let Bernard and his wife enjoy their backyard ever again.
He didn’t even pretend that he was doing anything other than making as much noise as he could every time they set foot outside. And, every time, he’d drive those miserable neighbors right back inside.