Woman defends for not returning invasive neighbor’s binoculars: ‘Scary’

Members of a popular Internet forum rallied around a 28-year-old woman whose quick thinking put an end to her neighbor’s invasive behavior.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITeA**hole, Redditor u/ThrowRaBinaculoras (aka Original Poster or OP) said she recently moved to a new neighborhood and quickly made an unsavory discovery: you was observed.

Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] for refusing to return my neighbor’s ‘special’ binoculars unless his wife comes and gets them?” The post has garnered nearly 18,000 upvotes since Sept. 16.

“All my neighbors are nice. Especially my neighbor,” OP began sarcastically. “I noticed he’s been looking at my house for a while…he had his binoculars with him.”

She went on to explain that she caught her neighbor peering into her living room twice, and the original poster said she simply closed the curtains, but that wasn’t enough.

But after she caught him spying from his balcony again, the original poster said her neighbor’s binoculars had fallen into her backyard, where she quickly picked them up.

“He knocked on my door and asked how I was doing [doing] and so on,” OP wrote. “Then he brought up the binoculars and said that ‘it must have fallen in your backyard earlier today’…[and] said something about his kids probably messing with them.

“I said I have them, but I won’t give them to him unless his wife comes and gets them herself,” OP continued. “He looked at me shocked and angry and said these binoculars belong to him and are special because he got them from his military days.

“He threw a fit and said he can’t send her because then she’ll ‘misunderstand’ the situation. I told him it was like that [no] misunderstanding if their children [were] really the ones using the binoculars,” OP added. “He has complained that I was trying to ‘incite drama’ and keeps demanding that I return his binoculars … and leave his wife out of it.”

Moving to a new neighborhood is stressful. Even worse is moving into a new neighborhood with a neighbor who doesn’t shy away from his surveillance tendencies.

The stereotypical image of a spying neighbor has changed drastically with the proliferation of video doorbells and the increasing presence of cell phone cameras.

However, as the viral Reddit post shows, the lurking neighbor using binoculars to spy through the curtains still exists.

Earlier this year, a poll published by LendingTree found that 73 percent of people living in the United States dislike at least one of their neighbors, with 28 percent citing “strange vibes” as the reason for their dislike.

In 2017, a separate Homes.com survey also found that more than a third of Americans have had serious problems with at least one neighbor, with 36 percent saying those problems have led to full-blown arguments.

Towards the end of her viral post, the original poster said her neighbor got angry when she refused to return his binoculars and that their disagreement eventually turned into an argument — an argument she didn’t want to lose.

Man using binoculars to look out the window
Man looking out the window with binoculars. Members of Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole were alarmed after a woman described her neighbor’s invasive behavior.
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Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors praised the original poster for standing up and called out their neighbor for such blatant acts of surveillance.

“[Not the a**hole]’ wrote Redditor u/countingpickles in the top comment of the post, which received more than 22,500 upvotes. “Honestly, good for you for standing up for it.

“The whole situation is scary [as f**k],” they added. “Wait [until] he is not at home and he is taking her to the wife himself.”

“You could even take it and give it to the wife by describing her husband’s behavior,” chipped in Redditor u/Lurk_Again, receiving more than 1,000 upvotes.

Redditor u/emotionallydented445, whose comment received more than 6,000 upvotes, echoed this opinion.

“Your neighbor is a nutcase,” they assured. “He knows he’s doing something wrong and is trying to get away with it.

“I’m sure other neighbors have noticed,” they continued. “If you see Creepy’s wife, see if you can talk to her.”

In a separate comment, which has received more than 3,500 upvotes, Redditor u/MyShoulderHatesMe advised the original poster to inform the police of their neighbor’s behavior.

“I would consider filing a police report,” they wrote. “He clearly spied on you and did it.

“It’s harassment,” they added. “A report helps develop a pattern of behavior if you need to file a protection order or take major action later.”

news week contacted u/ThrowRaBinaculoras for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/woman-defended-not-giving-back-invasive-neighbors-binoculars-creepy-1744309 Woman defends for not returning invasive neighbor’s binoculars: ‘Scary’

Rick Schindler

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