Neighbors add to the atmosphere of your living environment, they can be pleasant and friendly or in some cases an absolute nightmare. Some feel that they even have to flee because of bad neighbors, it’s a complicated situation nonetheless.
A Quaint And Quiet Suburb
However, this man in Florida was almost driven mad by his neighbor. A new neighbor was amongst the suburb of Osceola, Florida. The already existent community did not make much of it but soon his actions would affect Oliver Lynch- a senior citizen of the community.
No Time To Be A Pushover
Lynch, as well as other residents, were speechless at what this new neighbor had let loose upon them. Thus, one man had to take some kind of action. Oliver Lynch was 79-years old and had been living for 25 years, comfortably in his neighborhood minding his own business as he went about his days.
Lynch was logical and had great values but he was strong-willed and no pushover. What was about to happen in the neighborhood was not only going to rattle Lynch but cause him to react. Lynch knew that nothing would happen if he just sat around, he was fond of his neighborhood and as a senior citizen, his living conditions meant a lot to him.
Not Standing For It
He had lived there for a long time and it was home for him. He knew not many people care about the elderly and that to obtain some respect and order it was up to him to do so. He was public about his efforts and feelings towards being shut-down as he said, “I just hate being bullied.”
New Member On The Block
“I have a little fight left in me, and I hate to see somebody bulldoze over me,” he mentioned further in an interview as this man is generally part of a generation that truly avoids trouble and any other argumentation that could occur.
Something’s Going On
Lynch’s age-group mind their own business and truly want to carry on with their day-to-day routine. Lynch saw that a nearby neighbor would soon begin construction on a plot of land nearby.
Lynch’s age-group mind their own business and truly want to carry on with their day-to-day routine. Lynch saw that a nearby neighbor would soon begin construction on a plot of land nearby and was interested to see what he was up to.
Change Is Upon Us
Lynch went about his day to day with no issue, while he minded his own business regarding the new neighbor. Suddenly, he came home to find cinder blocks all down the middle of his driveway.
Taking It To The Next Level
At first, he was not too worried about the situation until he realized these cinder blocks had been cemented to his very own driveway. This new neighbor was trying to take a piece of Lynch’s driveway for himself. He was having none of it, it was his driveway and he would fight for it.
These neighbors didn’t see eye to eye on anything and that was clear. Not only were they opposites, but they just couldn’t agree on anything. However, they didn’t know that this would lead to such a feud, but that’s what happened when Oliver returned home that day.
The Worst Was Yet To Come
This dreaded new neighbor was intent on marking his territory he had even cemented the blocks to the driveway already. Lynch was unable to remove them and would completely disrupt the aesthetic if he so much as tried. Lynch was aware that things were going to get ugly.
He Couldn’t Help But Wonder
Lynch was taken aback by this situation, in all his 79-years something like this had never happened. He surely had seen a lot, but nothing like this. He couldn’t comprehend that someone could do this in his neighborhood and to him.
Nevermind the fact that he was in shock, Lynch began to get frustrated in his neighbor’s passive-aggressive ways. He recalled even asking, “What’s he going to do with those extra few yards of concrete over there?”
His Thought Process
Oliver couldn’t understand who would do something like that? Not only was he confused about what kind of person would go so far to divide the land, but even more so, the land wasn’t his! Who did he think he was to claim it?
Oliver tried to move the blocks on his own but he quickly realized they were cemented to the ground. He really could not comprehend what was going on and was simply shocked by his neighbor’s behavior.
Oliver felt like his neighbor planned everything out perfectly and there was nothing he could do. For now, the blocks would stay where they were, but there was no chance he was letting his neighbor get away with this.
Oliver contemplated the situation, and the more he did, the more he confused he was. The man was new to the neighborhood but was already starting fights. Lynch admitted that he had no never seen someone with such disrespect for another individual.
Change Of Plans
Oliver was looking forward to his 80’s where he would get the chance to live a peaceful life, but instead, his new neighbor had different plans in mind. Ironically, it was all for some land. What was so important about this extra space?
The Proof Is In The Pudding
These cinder blocks had been cemented and it became evident Lynch would need a different standard of measures to fix this mix-up. he needed to find proof of the actual footage of the land, proving it belonged to him.
Oliver decided to approach his neighbor first and speak calmly and maturely. He wanted to act civilized because that was successful for him in the past. The neighbor responded rudely and had no intention of moving the blocks.
Not Willing To Compromise
He simply responded “no” and the argument continued. However, the deed to his house showed that he was entitled to two 12-foot driveways. It was about to get heated in this suburb and this neighbor didn’t know what was coming…
The deed did show that Oliver was the owner, but the county said this was not substantial for them to have a say. Either he needed to get a surveyor to look over the deeds or begin a court battle with his new neighbor.
Weighing His Options
Lynch was just hoping to end this and not have to choose either of these. All he wanted was to sort it out friendly, with no courts involved. He was doing everything he could to sort it out but the neighbor would not compromise.
His Morale Was Under Observeilance
He felt that his new neighbor was, in turn, being a hypocrite as he had told them “he was a minister or something like that, [A] God-fearing man. But I don’t think that’s very Christian-like.”
Against His Own Values
Lynch was in even more disbelief that an individual who regarded themselves as a man of God, whose field of expertise is in line with that of a church would do something so unchristianlike to their neighbor. He truly assumed that there would be some voice of reason in such a human.
Low On Possibilities
The situation was not improving but considerably declining, even more, he was running out of possibilities on what to do. He decided to ask the county for advice once again and truly hoped that someone would give him his deserved assistance.
Within his heart, he knew that no matter what the possibilities were approaching his neighbor was not going to be easy. As hard as he tried, his neighbor would not see his side. Lynch wouldn’t just stand by so he went back to the county official and asked for help.
Exposing The Problem
He was aware that his neighbor would make things harder for him and it would be a long journey ahead to get his land back. In desperation, Lynch decided to contact the local news and in his favor, they decided to break the story on the fight between the neighbors of Oceola.
The Story Reported
The media tried to help Lynch as much as they could- they attempted to get in touch with the neighbor but were unsuccessful in doing so. The neighbor was irresponsive and maybe embarrassed. The story breaking heightened everything, the reputation of Lynch’s neighbor was not in his favor or looking good at that point.
The Nightmare Of A Neighbor
The public sided with Lynch and had a few harsh things to say towards the neighbor. The main theme being the neighbor’s response when he was a faith fearing individual, a man of religion. The neighbor must have felt scrutinized.
Silence On His End
With everyone siding with Lynch and feeling that the neighbor was unjust and insulting- neighbors were worried about the overall view on the neighborhood and the reputation he would then hold. It was incomprehensible as to why someone would want to act in such a manner when they have just moved to the suburb, surely they would want to fit in and be on good terms with those around them.
There were no answers and no word from the neighbor. More people from Osceola County heard about the situation and started to get angry about what was going on with Oliver and the new neighbor. They went as far as to say that Lynch was being bullied by the new neighbor.
The Reporters Return
He came in and just took the land and upset the elderly man while doing so. The neighbor was not budging he quite frankly was unharmed and unbothered by Lynch and the public complaints. The majority of people were standing in Lynch’s favor and yet he did not care.
Thus, he took to the media once again and WFTV was back on the scene to assess and report further. Within no time he fiasco was all over the news and everyone had something to say about the event. This man and his neighbor were the talks of the town.
Finally Getting Through
However, progress was being made so Lynch contacted the news to let them know what was going on. It seemed as though the neighbor was finally understanding as if they were breaking way. Lynch had finally gotten through to his neighbor after what seemed like a ridiculously long time.
A Break Through
They spoke and concluded. Things were about to unfold, the entire public was aware of the situation and they wanted answers. The ball was in the neighbor’s court, would he speak out? This chatter surrounding the incident maybe made the neighbor realize what he did wrong because finally the two sat down and had a mature conversation.
It Was Time For Improvement
Lynch went in ready to explain his side and with the proof, he had collected. He was entitled to the property as the neighbor would soon see. The proceedings went well and the solution was on the way. The neighbor and Lynch discussed and concluded that the blocks would ultimately be removed, his perseverance had paid off.
When the news learned the details of the conversation it was known that the neighbor corned Lynch and approached him suddenly. He admitted that he did not mean to create such a fuss and draw so much attention to the situation.
Just A Major Miscommunication
Feeling bad, the neighbor knew he had ruined his reputation in the community. It seems as though after all the efforts it was a rather large miscommunication and we truly hope the neighbor has no further misunderstandings with the rest of the community.
Peace had been made and the public was truly relieved and pleased that Lynch had gotten his driveway back. It was a pleasant surprise to all that this lovely senior man had won the case.
A New Friendship
The community could rest easy knowing that things were settled and the neighbor had ended up being somewhat reasonable at the end of the day. Who knows maybe some neighborly friendship was on the rise.
He had a loyal online fan base who eagerly followed him from the second the story broke. Although they were initially harsh to the neighbor, they were even more excited to hear that everything worked out. Finally the 79-year-old would have some peace.
A Brightlight At The End Of The Tunnel
Of course, Lynch could have easily held a grudge but being on good terms with his neighbor was a preferred option, that’s for sure. After all, they would be living side by side with one another.
Never Give Up
Now they would be living in peace and harmony from here on out…we hope. The perseverance of Lynch shows that sometimes fighting for what’s yours is truly worth it and can pay off in the end. A little community help can solve any issue.
The Moral Of The Story
Although there has not been any follow up regarding the neighbor’s relationship. We can take a valuable lesson away from what happened between the two. Firstly, one needs to defend themselves and their rights however, this should be done nicely.
Being a pushover is truly unacceptable and there are better methods than simply being rude or aggressive.Lynch and his neighbor resolved their situation in an amicable way, which is great since they live next door to one another.
Getting The Right Outcome
From Oliver’s approach, we can see that sticking to your morals will get you to the outcome that you want, while not betraying who you are. However, there are cases in which things don’t go as nice as it did in this one. Some people go all out just to annoy their neighbors.
Working Through Feuds
It’s isn’t so surprising that some neighbors can work through their arguments within a few weeks or less. On the other hand, there are times where this isn’t the case. In a small neighborhood in Peoria, Illinois, there is a man who has been in a feud for a while now. For over 20 years, in fact.
Isolated And Bullied
The man we are speaking of is Ernie Leas. He’s often felt isolated and bullied by the people who lived near him. It’s gotten to the point where they even call the police on him on a regular basis! But what could cause such a strong response?
Thinking Of Revenge
One of the main reasons that Ernie never got along with his neighbors is that he felt like all his neighbors had a clique – one that he wasn’t part of. So, in order to properly express how he felt in a way that would get under their skin, he thought long and hard of a plan.
Ernie decided to treat his house to some painting. However, it wasn’t just any painting. It was a massive middle finger painted on the door to his garage! It was on display for the whole neighborhood to see. As you probably guessed, the neighbors called the cops.
Ernie adored the new addition to his house, but he realized something. The painting didn’t match the rest of his house! And so, instead of getting rid of the middle finger, he paid a famous graffiti artist to paint the whole outside of his house in all kinds of colors.
It didn’t end there – Ernie also wanted there to be murals and pictures incorporated into the paintings. There were also a few “Keep Out” signs incorporated into the designs. As if that wasn’t enough, there was even a truck filled with dirty toilets in the painting! How would the neighbors react to this?
Naturally, Ernie’s neighbors were not at all happy about this new development. In fact, the story got so carried away that the media picked up on it and began calling it the “finger feud”. The house needed over 70 cans of paint, and the artist used more than 100 different colors to complete it.
In fact, the project took about a week to complete. As for the inspiration for the paintings, Ernie said, “I get my ideas by looking at the work that other artists do around town”. While being interviewed by a media outlet, a reporter asked Ernie, “Normally a middle finger is a derogatory symbol. Did that upset anyone in this neighborhood?” “No,” he replied.
Not A Care In The World
A retired firefighter, Ernie seemed to not have a care in the world when his neighbors began complaining about his painted house to the authorities. Jay Davis, deputy director at Peoria Police Department, said, “We started receiving a number of complaints from neighbors, about a variety of things. It started out with an obscene painting on a door”. As it turns out, this was only the beginning.
Cited By The Police
Ernie was then cited by the Peoria Police for disorderly conduct due to the painting, but the charges were turned down by the prosecutor. This was the point where Ernie created the entire mural around his house for all to see.
“A lot of derogatory terms, a lot of images, a lot of graphics, a lot of text, that looked like really, the house had been tagged from one end to the other,” said Davis. Yet again, the police became involved. The City enforced its sign ordinance, which prohibits homes and businesses from displaying any sign larger than a 2-square-foot area. Would this help?
In response to this, Ernie argued that his mural was inspired by art that’s seen in Downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row. Still, he had complied. What did he do instead? He painted over the huge mural and instead had his home covered in rainbow stripes! Would this be okay with his neighbors?
Checking It Out
After hearing about the new development, a few residents of the town went to Ernie’s house to take a look at it. One of them, Rochelle Roper, said: “I would love to live right next to him. I would love to wake up and come out and say, ‘hey how you doin,’ because he’s an awesome person, and this is upbeat color, you know, color of the rainbows”. However, the man living next door to Ernie didn’t quite feel the same way.
Harry Domas, said neighbor, said: “Point blank, he is insane”. It turns out that he’s been Ernie’s neighbor for 13 years, and was convinced that Ernie had an ulterior motive behind the paintings. “He’s trying to irritate everybody, tick them off to the point that they sell, and that’s exactly what they’re doing” he continued.
Domas went on, saying that he upset Ernie many years ago when he had a cable company dig under his property to add a line for his home. “And he was insane. Took me for a loop, I said, ‘Ernie, what’s your problem?’ He called me every name in the book, just going crazy,” said Domas. Ernie, however, denied this claim.
“There have been neighbors who have moved out of this neighborhood recently, but this is probably the most peaceful neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, and I love all my neighbors and they all love me,” Ernie said. The Police had said that they visited the neighborhood several times for verbal confrontations, and even offered a free neighborhood mediation service to help them work through their differences to keep it from getting worse.
However, not everyone agreed to be a part of it, so it never happened. “It’s always best to talk through problems with your neighbors. These things have a way of escalating,” Davis said. The reporter who covered the story asked the neighbors: “Have you guys tried to talk about it?”
Domas replied: “Oh yeah. Can’t be reasoned with”. On the other hand, Ernie said, “If they want to be friends, I can’t help them. There are just certain things you can’t forgive, and I don’t forget”. For now, the city of Peoria doesn’t have any ordinances about the particular paint colors for homes, so Ernie is safe.