Man supports for keeping kids and neighborhood pets out of pool

Members of a popular internet forum joined forces to defend a homeowner who explained why he stopped letting his neighborhood children use his swimming pool.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITeA**hole, Redditor u/Legitimate-Impact253 (aka Original Poster or OP) said that he and his fiancée previously encouraged use of their pool, but detailed, like a suspicious dog-related incident put an end to that.

Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] for the ban on neighborhood children [to] use the pool?” the post received almost 7,000 votes and 1,000 comments in the last day.

The original poster said he and his fiancée had just moved into their current neighborhood last year, and the couple, learning that they would soon be welcoming their first child, decided to install an above-ground pool.

Noting that the “neighborhood kids were very happy,” the original poster also said the couple instituted an unshakeable rule: no dogs in the pool.

“I told them no dogs were allowed in the pool as the liner was fragile and could break,” he wrote.

However, following the swimming pool’s recent opening in preparation for this summer, the original poster said it had observed a problem with the pool’s liner.

“This year I opened the pool and the kids used it while we were away,” the OP wrote. “When we came back I noticed the water level was low and tried to fill it up again.”

“I saw a fairly large tear in the side and had it repaired,” OP continued. “The kids came over the next day with a labrador retriever who wanted to use the pool and I told them the pool was closed.”

Shortly after he broke the news to neighborhood kids, the original poster said he and his fiancé were confronted with their parents, who insisted the pool be reopened immediately.

“I come home and see some neighbors arguing with my fiancee,” OP wrote. “I walk over and everyone starts talking about how I hurt their kids’ feelings by not allowing them to use the pool.”

“I explained what happened and why I had to close the pool,” OP continued. “Some of them start laughing and ask me to [re-open] the pool.”

For pool owners – and their neighbors – a private spot to swim can mean the difference between a cool stay and a few months of sweltering summer sun.

But private pool politics can get tricky, often leading to neighborhood confrontations like the one described in the original poster.

Because liability issues arise with many pool decisions, especially when children are involved, sometimes it can be easiest to keep a backyard pool completely private, with no one but the homeowners allowed in.

That might be easier said than done, according to Yard Blogger, an online advice platform for homeowners. Instead, it is recommended that strict pool rules be implemented and enforced.

However, if these rules are ignored, Yard Blogger suggests putting up a fence around the pool as well as a pool cover to completely prevent unwanted entry.

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Members of Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole advised a homeowner who said the neighborhood kids had damaged his pool.
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Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors insisted that the original poster was trying to make rules and responded appropriately when those rules were broken. Editors responding to the original poster also scoffed at the notion that the neighborhood kids deserved pool privileges because their feelings were hurt.

“[Not the a**hole]” wrote Redditor u/Heard_Photograph9572 in the top comment of the post, which received almost 12,000 votes.

“Who are the neighbors DEMANDING that you open the pool?!” they asked. “I sincerely hope that you will strictly enforce the no-dog rule.”

In a separate comment that received more than 4,000 votes, Redditor u/AaeJay83 offered a similar answer.

“Seriously? The claim is ridiculous,” they wrote. “OP, you should never let her use the pool, especially unsupervised…if.” [parents] If your kids want a pool, they should buy their own.”

“I have no idea why anyone would think they/their kids should have access to your pool whenever they want,” added Redditor u/Undecidedbutsure.

Redditor u/MySquishyFishy, ​​whose comment has garnered more than 1,600 upvotes, warned the original poster of the dangers of having neighborhood kids use the pool and encouraged him to take more precautions.

“This whole scenario is an insurance nightmare,” they wrote. “Never, EVER, EVER let anyone use your pool, especially when you are away from home.”

“Tell them no one is using the pool anymore…then install cameras and a pool cover,” they added.

news week contacted u/Legitimate-Impact253 for comment. Man supports for keeping kids and neighborhood pets out of pool

Rick Schindler

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