The internet has thrown its support behind a man who shared his new neighbor’s forceful text in a group chat with other residents in the area.
Reddit user u/Throwaway3907566 shared the post, which can be read here, on the 4 million strong AmITeA**hole forum, explaining that he recently moved to a new neighborhood.
The man then explained his neighbor “Steve” had begun to “feel personally offended” when he refused to come to events after his long shifts as a nurse.
He said shortly after declining, Steve – who has been described as conservative – began spreading rumors that he was antisocial and agnostic.
The user explained in his post: “I had a stern conversation with him in front of the other neighbors last week, telling him to leave me alone and stop complaining about me to the neighbors for no reason.
“He said something about how he just made sure he included me in the events and also tried to get me to avoid lights and pet violations. I said thank you but that I need to be left alone.”
Shortly after the user said Steve sent him an expletive-laden text message berating the man for “calling him out” and telling him to go with his “pathetic dog.”
The user added, “I was shocked that that kind of word choice came from a religious guy like him. I had it, I took a screenshot and shared it with the neighborhood group chat. There was silence on their side but Steve popped in this morning about how I’m basically trying to ruin his reputation in the neighborhood and turn the neighbors against him by sharing a private message for only me to see.
“He was screaming that he can’t even show his face in church. I argued with him and then told him about it [him] get out and close the door.”
Since it was published on Saturday, May 28th, the post has received around 13,700 upvotes and more than 1,100 comments.
According to a 2022 survey by online lending marketplace LendingTree, 73 percent of Americans dislike at least one of their neighbors. It states that 23 percent of Americans have called the police about their neighbors.
Not surprisingly, many people sympathized with the nurse and shared numerous comments that berated Steve and also encouraged him to think about his personal safety.
One Reddit user said: “I would strongly encourage you to take steps to protect your security. It gives me a ‘dateline episode in the making’ kind of thing. Someone like this who is unstable and easily embarrassed and tends to see themselves as a victim is a serious problem waiting to happen. Please be careful and don’t underestimate the kind of behaviors humans are capable of.”
Another added: “I 100 percent guarantee he’s not as ‘respected’ as he claims and if I lived in this neighborhood I’d get out my popcorn for the entertainment and help OP [original poster] set up some cams and stuff.”
A third commented: “Even if he didn’t start it, it’s his fault for saying things he doesn’t want others to know or that could damage his ‘reputation’.
“It’s like the whole ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say’ thing. **** Things.”
news week contacted u/Throwaway3907566 for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/internet-backs-man-shared-neighbors-rude-text-group-chat-1711210 The Internet supports a man who shared the neighbor’s rude message in the group chat