As human beings, we all make mistakes one time or another. If he had done what he did on purpose, then he would have been the first person to apologize. However, it was an honest mistake and the last thing he wanted was to create problems and for his neighbor to take advantage of the situation. The only way out he thought possible, was to gather as much information as he could from his neighbor. He did not expect to find anything really, but he did. He managed to use them as evidence to get back at her for the way she handled the situation. But what could did he find that was so terrible?
His Life Was Monotonous
This story revolved around a young guy named Kristopher Hess. His life was very monotonous, he would work at a local security company for 16 hours, get home at 8 am and sleep. This was his usual day. Then one day, his best friend called him to give him the news that he would be in town for a few days, and Kristopher could not have been happier. However, things did not go as planned.
A Break From Routine
His best friend Mark decided to go to this hometown to be there for Independence Day. Kristopher, asked for a few days off at work so that he could spend as much time as possible with his childhood friend. He even decided to take his savings and use them to make sure they had the best time together. They did what most friends do, grab a few drinks and snacks and chill. That is until Mark came up with something different for them to do.
How To Celebrate The Holiday
The day the incident occurred, was a very hot one. Aside from that, it had not rained for over two months. Kristopher and Mark sat down in their chairs and started to talk and chill. After having a few beers, Mark came up with an idea that would make their holiday exciting! With a smile on his face, he told Kristopher to light up the “good ‘ole American fireworks. At first, Kristopher was not very enthusiastic about the idea but in the end, he agreed to it.
They Bought Fireworks
The first thing was to make sure that they were home alone. Kristopher checked if his father was there, and when he saw he wasn’t, he took his savings to buy the fireworks. “To be fair, I have had nothing but bad experiences with fireworks so I had no idea how this would be any different, we got home with the fireworks and we laid them all out on the floor; Sparklers, Bottle Rockets, Cakes, and Roman Candles,” Kristopher said
It Was Fun While It Lasted
They both were so excited that they felt like Christmas was close. Surprisingly for Mark, Kristopher suggested the following: “Why don’t we mess around with some sparklers since it’s still not dark yet?” To what mark replied obviously very eagerly. Mark had been thinking about that all day long. However, an interesting turn of events would soon happen. But why?
Nothing More Than A Huge Mistake
Kristopher turned on two sparklers, for him and Mark. Both of them were kind of hypnotized with the sparks. Whoever saw them, would think that they were two kids waving the sparkled around, laughing, and remembering their childhood. Who would have thought that after that moment the nightmare would begin for Kristopher? He then said, “One of the little sparkies from mine and my friends’ sparkler made contact with the ground and made two small fires…”
The Lawn Went Up In Flames
None of them could have anticipated that things were gonna go south. Unfortunately for the patio was very dry, which causes the two small fires to eventually turn into hell. But that wasn’t the worst part, the flames arrived at his neighbor’s yard. Kristopher saw it happen “I ran as fast as I could to grab the garden hose and quickly started spraying down the fire. It was no use, it was spreading faster than I could spray it,”
She Saw An Opportunity
While Mark was trying to put out the fire, Kristopher decided that the best move at this point was to call 911. Once the fire caught up with the flames, the neighbor went out to help them to stop spreading. Kristopher was very embarrassed, nervous, and anxious but also relieved once he saw his neighbor Patricia be so understanding. But that was far from being true, Patricia had a malicious grin when she saw what was happening there.
After A Long Day At Work
He had taken a few days off of work to have a good time with his best friend, and despite the mess and all the incident, he had to go back to work. He couldn’t help but feel that he had wasted his free day. After his long working day, the only thing he wanted was to go home and sleep. But something unexpected was waiting for him there.
Asking Him For Money
He definitely did not expect to come back home to two quoted from Patricia. One for $4000 (destined to pay a new fence) and the other of $6000 meant to replace the lawn. Kristopher worked 16 hours a day but did not have that amount of money, plus he had spent all of his saving on those fireworks. He showed both bills to his dad, who told his son “Son, don’t you give that con artist a single dime.” after realizing that the quotes were written on Microsoft Word with no company name or anything.
Taking Matters Into His Own Hand
If it already was not enough, Patricia also wrote on that “I will also be having you pay my water bill for 3 months because the new yard will need lots of water.” Kristopher could not believe all that was happening, so he decided to let it out on Reddit where he posted: “Now the fence this woman had before was raggedy and falling apart. Her yard? Dead grass, weeds everywhere, never mowed it. Now looking at this paper she wants a mahogany fence, and a brand new back yard with flowers and trimmed hedges? I said ‘I need to get an estimate myself, this doesn’t feel right…’”
Using His Connections
Kristopher was lucky to have someone close to him that worked as a contractor. His first guess was that Patricia’s lawn was in bad condition long before the incident had occurred. Unfortunately, they did not have a way of proving this since the fire had whipped away all evidence. Patricia was right on the fact that she needed a new lawn, fence, and so on, and Kristopher knew someone that could do all of that for a good price.
She Threw A Fit
Kristopher and the contractor went to Patricia’s house the next day, but this one prevented them from taking a look at the damage by yelling at them “I did not give you permission to get an estimate on my fence!” to what Kristopher replied, “The fence separates the property line, so it’s both of our fences.” She even asked the cops for help, clearly, she did not want them there
Giving Her The Estimates
Kristopher said: “She calls the cops on me for having a contractor, and they ultimately can’t do a single thing because I’m on my property, he quickly finishes the estimate off at $1,200.” Kristopher’s contact that could replace the lawn the fence and all the rest had given him an estimate of about $800 “After I get these estimates, I give copies to the woman and she is having none of it.”
She Made Excuses
Patricia’s intention was each day more clear as she answered Kristopher the following: “I don’t know these people, I don’t want them near my house, they’re probably really bad contractors.” to what he answered “No, I know them personally. They are really nice people and do great work.” But rather than understanding his point of view, she closed the door at his face!
The Last Straw
“I ended up working a 16hr shift that night and got home at 8 am, and this woman comes knocking on my door at 9 am and demanded I speak to her, I explained, ‘I would really love to do this, but I just got home and I have to be back at work in less than 5 hours. I need to sleep.’” and what did she reply? “What kind of lazy jerk sleeps in until 2 pm?” Kristopher has had enough of this woman’s disrespect.
Giving Her An Ultimatum
“At this point, I had about lost it, and told her: ‘you can either accept my $2000 for my quotes or get nothing.’ She stood there for a while with her mouth open, but she accepted my offer and planned to meet down at the notary the next morning,” Thinking that Patricia had already come to her senses, he wrote a contract for her and got the $2000 to replace her lawn. But she had another plan in motion
She Stood Him Up
The only thing that Kristopher wanted was for that nightmare to be over and go back to his monotonous life. He was on his way to the notary where he and she would meet but she did not appear! “I get a message from her saying ‘I’m sorry the $2000 isn’t enough, I’m having my guys start work on this project, and you will be paying me the full price,’”
Waiting For An Opportunity
“After that, I did not say a single word to her, and I watched for a few months as these guys turned her backyard into an oasis, complete with a small pond, brand new Sod, flowers, the whole 9 yards… Come to find out she had plans to remodel these things for a long time and was just waiting for the opportunity to go through with it.”
He Looked Her Up Online
Of course, Kristopher knew he had messed up but it was an honest mistake and he felt really bad about it. He really wanted to make it up to his neighbor but rather than being understanding and empathic, she tried to use him for profit. Kristopher knew he had to do something about it, so he went to his computer and looked her up on Facebook. He was at a loss for words when he saw pictures of her on a group that they were both parts from. He could not believe what he saw, and he understood why she wanted to take his money.
The Photos In Question
“She used her remodel funds to go on a trip to Hawaii. Do you know how I found out about this? She was bragging about it on the neighborhood Facebook group and didn’t know I was in it,” Kristopher said. Everybody could see those pictures but what Patricia did not know is that Kristopher was in that group. All that time she had been in a luxury hotel drinking and partying with her friends.“Are you ready for revenge?”
Taking It To Court
“Now, four months after the fire and all the remodels, I get served papers to go to court for $10,300. At 18 years old I’m having to hire a lawyer to work my case. When we finally do get into court, I lay everything out: the quotes, being harassed multiple times, not showing up after agreeing to a deal, not wanting me to get my own quotes (required by law btw), and her bragging about conning me out of money… and, I have proof of all of this.”
What The Judge Told Her
“The judge looked at her and said ‘Ma’am with all due respect, you’re out of your dadgum mind. Not only did this young man tell the truth of what happened, but he also offered to pay you more than he was supposed to,’ your lawn was already dead before the fire occurred, therefore, he is only responsible for the fence of $1200. I will also deduct from this his lawyer fees.’”
He Got The Last Laugh
To summarize the story, Kristopher said “She took a huge financial loss from this, not sure how much the Hawaii trip cost her, but she was in serious debt. She ended up having to sell the house because of it and moved into a smaller house. Haven’t heard anything from her since. To this day I still do not use fireworks, because we could’ve really hurt someone. What I have learned through this though, is its best to take responsibility for your actions from the gate.”
Going Too Far
This man came marching up the driveway absolutely furious! But why, what was the issue? So the truth is, he had actually been through a lot in his life and as a police officer he had also seen more than the average person would experience in their lifetime. One morning while taking his routine walk, something he witnessed instantly made him snap…it was all because of his neighbors. He was completed outraged but tried his best to not explode. His neighbors really had no idea what was coming their way as he mumbles under his breath, “this is war”.
The Officer Of The Law
The neighborhood that David Ellis lives in is quite small but very private. For the past 40 years, he has been an exceptionally devoted police officer at the Los Angeles Police Department. However, now that he is in his golden years he spends most of his weekends with his gardening tools instead of chasing down criminals. Gardening is David’s newfound love, but the incident that just took place would shake him to the core. He was always known to be a gentle, somewhat polite gentleman, however, what he witnessed was what broke the camels back
The Last Straw
Almost every weekend, David took pride in tending to his beautiful garden. His latest project that he was doing was erecting a fence around his estate. He thoroughly enjoyed this as it always helped calm his mind. However, on this particular day, things did not go as usual only because his daring neighbor was the one to ruin his lovely hobby. So whats quite bizarre is that David and his neighbors were actually distantly related but did not have the best relationship. This went on for many years, David tried to be as considerate as possible but he simply couldn’t take it anymore…
The Crux Of The Drama
The constant drama was all about the gravel road which bordered David’s home. He decided to take responsibility and fix the potholes that weirdly appeared overnight, which he was doing for many years. As the faithful neighbor that David is, he wouldn’t want to upset anyone through any things he does. However, his neighbor didn’t think the same way he did.
“A Complete Nutjob”
David’s daughter explained, “Everybody here is a complete nutjob.” She could not remember a time that her father and his neighbors did not have some sort of drama between them. She would often plead with her father to think of a way to end all their unnecessary episodes. But instead of David’s neighbors being grateful for his kind acts of service, his neighbors did nothing more than take advantage of this poor man.
Passing The Responsibility
According to David’s neighbors, they claim that David is fully responsible and needs to make sure the gravel road is paved properly. Which seems very fair, right? But everyone within the estate makes use of this specific road, so why should it only be for David to lay out the money? Being the man that David is, he didn’t want to speak up but rather came up with his own plan…
A Gesture Of Goodwill
David tried to do his best to make his neighbors happy, which is why he offered to construct a 3-square-foot plot on his own land so that it would be easier for drivers to navigate their way around the gravel road. But, no that was not good enough for the rude people living in the estate. They simply did not appreciate the well dead, but the worst had just begun…
Enough Is Enough
From the moment that David gave the corner of his property, he looked on in shock as so many drivers veered so close to his land. This particular day, it was a truck driver who finally drew the line. David’s patience had been tested for way too long. One of his neighbors had a truckload of wood being delivered to their home, but as the truck driver was about to take the corner, he made a super-wide turn and smashed straight into David’s fence. Obviously, the damage needed to be paid for, except no one wanted to take responsibility. Which is why David was so furious.
Protecting What Was His
Miha, David’s daughter exclaimed, “We had to replant these plants and place a new metal fence, My father told me this was not the first time this sort of thing happened, but actually the third. I was in total shock when I heard what happened.” After the cops repaired the metal fence, David decided to protect what was rightfully his — no matter what it would take. The neighbors had really taken things too far now.
Inspecting The Damage
Once David had assessed the damage that had been done to his fence, David marched himself back into his house. It was absolutely infuriated. He simply couldn’t handle it anymore, this needed to end immediately. He had been nothing more than kind and considerate but all his neighbors did was walk all over him. Something about the whole situation sparked anger within David. But he knew he would get his revenge.
A Series Of Barrels
None of David’s neighbors expressed their opinions when he put barrels around his property. But regardless, it was David’s property, he owned that land which means he could do whatever his heart desired. But the secret was that what David had placed inside the barrels was not exactly what his neighbors thought. Despite looking like normal plastic barrels, his neighbors would soon discover that they were something else.
David was woken up early one by loud banging on his door. His neighbor was infuriated because of the damage that had been caused to his car after hitting one of the barrels that were on the perimeter of David’s lawn. What was inside the barrels? Actually, they were filled with heavy rocks. But that was not it….the scheme of things had only just begun. When David opened the door, his neighbor started threatening him and told him to be careful of his every move. As a police officer, David knew the law so he honestly wasn’t too worried. He simply replied, “I will keep the barrels there as it is my property after all”.
Thinking Up Other Ways
Even though David had created an obstacle he still witnessed the barrels being hit by passing cars. In the end, the barrels started to break and were then not serving its purpose. So David thought of another plan to keep the inconsiderate drivers off his property. The best thing he could think of was to establish a foundation that would give the people exactly what they deserved.
Petty Revenge Turning Pro
As the first neighbor was coming home one evening, he got the biggest surprise of his life. As he knew David frequently got annoyed by other drivers who cut across his estate, so he purposely drove over the corner without caring about what he was damaging. All in all, David’s excellent plan had worked!
Cement And Poles
On the Reddit thread /ProRevenge, David’s daughter Miha wrote, “My dad was so angry.” She recalled, “He cut some wood to use it as a mold. He then went out and bought cement, sand, and metal poles.” She added, “One peaceful afternoon, my father and I cemented that whole part of the land and placed some beautiful flowers on top.”
The New Solution
The ill-mannered driver found out the hard way that David’s new plan was very damaging. David had managed to hide a small concrete slab under the pretty flowerbed on the exact place where all the neighbors would carelessly drive over. David was finally successful! His neighbors were no longer able to wreck his property. Although it took some for all the disrespectful neighbors to learn their lesson, the problem was solved.
A Lesson Learned
So far, a total of five of the police officer’s neighbors had damaged their cars while trying to cut the corner. The idea that David had crafted was totally legal making it impossible for them to complain. They all quickly learned to drive on the road and not over David’s lawn. However, things continued with one of the distressed neighbors who went ahead and took matters into how own hands. He simply sent lawyers out to investigate further…
Although many neighbors had some serious damage done to their cars, David was still able to prove that what he had done was perfectly legal. Naturally, before David went through with his plan he had made sure it would never have any legal issues to deal with. David was completely in the right and no one could do anything or say otherwise. When this delightful story was shared on Reddit, people that read were completely thrilled.
One of the more skeptical users commented, “I’m very amused by the logic some people go by.” They continued to say, “For example If I intentionally hit your property and it damages my vehicle, it’s still your fault (the owner of the property) for attempting to protect your property and not letting me just destroy your property… and you should compensate me for the damage caused by my stupidity.” Wow, what do you think?
Another individual commented, “They ran over your trees? OHHH BOY.” They added, “If they run over any more of your trees look up your local laws about trees. People have been sued for huge amounts of money over the destruction of trees because they take so long to grow so they have a lot of value.” What do you think about what David did? Did he overstep the line?