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A homeowner’s relationship with her nearest neighbour has got off to the worst possible start after she was reported to the police – for being too young.
The 20-year-old took to Reddit to tell her story, which saw her accused of being a squatter in what proved to be a nightmare start in her new neighbourhood, reports the Mirror.
“My next-door neighbour, I'll call her Jane, came out and introduced herself. I explained that I just moved in and was preparing my yard for spring," the anonymous user wrote.
“She said it was nice that someone was doing some work for the old man and gave me a spiel about how it's a quiet neighbourhood and I shouldn't have parties.
“I told her I don't throw parties but was planning on hosting a housewarming and Thanksgiving soon.
"She said it's weird to throw a housewarming when I was renting. I told her I own the house. She didn't believe me but went home.”
The young homeowner, who had bought the property in the United States after the former owner died, added: “Last week, I was out painting my front door. She stormed over yelling that I better have permission to paint someone else's house. I again told her I own the home.
"She started yelling that I was too young to buy a house and she was contacting my landlord.
“I told her to stop being a busybody and leave me alone. She started demanding proof. I told her it was none of her business and to get off my property.
“She walked to the edge of her [garden] and called the police, saying I was a squatter. When they showed up, I showed them my paperwork and asked them to [remove] her from my home.”
The woman’s father was not impressed with how she handled the dispute with “Jane”.
“I was talking to my dad the next day asking what I should do,” she wrote.
“He said I was an ass for making enemies with my neighbours and said I should have just shown her [my documents] to put her mind to rest."
But other Reddit users said the problem was Jane, not the young homeowner.
One person commented: "Your neighbour made an enemy of you, not the other way around. She bullied you because of your age, this is not your fault. You didn’t owe her proof of homeownership at all. She’s not entitled to that, she’s a stranger."
Another added: “Yes, to keep the peace, showing her proof of ownership may have been an option, but you shouldn’t have to prove yourself to everyone that’s questioning you because you're young.”
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