In this gripping tale, we delve into the explosive world of Gertrude, a tenacious woman plagued by an entitled neighbor from hell named Bob. Let’s take a look at her story.
Bob’s Vendetta Begins
Residing in a Homeowners Association (HOA), Gertrude’s home is across the green space from Bob’s property.
Right from the start, Bob’s entitlement reared its ugly head, causing a series of troubles for Gertrude and her family.
Bob’s Attempt to Force Gertrude Out
Shortly after moving in, Gertrude was shocked when the police, sheriff, and DEA paid her an unexpected visit.
It turned out that Bob had called them, falsely claiming that Gertrude’s garage contained bags full of cannabis (Gertrude relies on medical cannabis).
A Comprehensive Tour of Her Home
As it transpired, Bob happened to run the local Narcotics Anonymous group.
Determined to prove her innocence, Gertrude fearlessly gave the law enforcement officials a comprehensive tour of her home, ultimately revealing that there was no evidence of the claims whatsoever.
Realizing the mistake, the authorities apologized for the intrusion and departed. However, Bob’s vendetta did not end there.
A week later, Gertrude’s landlord contacted her, informing her that Bob had lodged a complaint, alleging that she was operating a cannabis grow operation on the property!
Thankfully, the landlord knew Bob’s claim to be baseless since he had recently visited the premises himself. It became apparent that Bob attempted to force Gertrude out of the neighborhood, citing his disdain for having “that trash” in his surroundings.
Nevertheless, Bob’s hopes got dashed when Gertrude’s daughter and her husband purchased the property.
Bob’s Relentless Campaign
Undeterred, Bob resorted to a relentless campaign of complaints and demands, constantly trying to impose his beliefs on Gertrude and her family.
Demands and Restrictions
According to Bob, feeding the squirrels was forbidden because it made a mess. Even planting clover wasn’t allowed, as it might encroach upon his yard.
Bob insisted that Gertrude should mow her lawn more frequently, as he personally mowed his own lawn twice a week and deemed Gertrude’s single mowing session per week inadequate!
Green Space Takeover
The list of Bob’s demands seemed never-ending. To make matters worse, he took it upon himself to mow the green space between their houses, destroying the beautiful wildflowers and proclaiming it as his own, as well as forbidding others from walking through!
The culmination of Bob’s rude behavior occurred two years ago when he decided to switch from using his furnace to burning wood.
Ignoring Health Risks
Unfortunately, this posed a grave health risk for Gertrude, who battled lung cancer, and her next-door neighbor, who suffered from COPD.
In January 2022, a stagnant air warning was issued, meaning wood stoves or fireplaces were only to be used if they were the sole source of heat.
Disregarding this crucial information, Bob remained indifferent and continued burning wood, causing thick smoke to blanket the entire neighborhood.
A Drastic Health Emergency
It was during this period that Gertrude experienced a frightening incident. She woke up one morning struggling to breathe, prompting her daughter to call an ambulance.
Gertrude’s condition rapidly deteriorated, leading to her being intubated and spending six days in a medically induced coma, followed by another week in the hospital.
Despite her family’s attempts to reason with Bob, he displayed an utter lack of concern, asserting his right to heat his house as he saw fit. What a rude and selfish individual!
Desperate for a resolution, Gertrude and her family contacted the county authorities, who promptly informed Bob that his wood stove was outdated and required replacement.
While Bob initially promised to comply, two years had passed, and the replacement had yet to appear.
Finally, the last straw for Gertrude came when she had a brief argument with another neighbor. The altercation lasted a mere two minutes and got resolved the next day.
However, Bob stormed over to Gertrude’s house, shouting at her because “He was not putting up with the rubbish in HIS neighborhood.”
In an act of sheer audacity, he exclaimed that it was unfair for Gertrude to receive disability benefits (due to her cancer) while he had to work tirelessly!
Curiously, a month later, Bob suddenly claimed to be in excruciating pain, rendering him incapable of working.
He swiftly applied for disability benefits and relished in the newfound freedom from labor, spending his time scaling his roof, doing hours of yard work, tinkering with motorcycles, and mowing his lawn every other day.
An Investigation Begins
Little did Bob know that someone from his workplace had reported him for fraud, resulting in investigators arriving at his property to document his activities!
Seizing the opportunity, Gertrude made sure to have a long chat with the investigators, relishing the chance to shed light on Bob’s dishonest actions!
Karma Takes Its Toll
In the end, the state cut Bob’s disability off.
The state said he could appeal but would be charged with fraud and have to pay back every penny he already received and pay a fine plus court costs if he was found guilty!
His other option, which he took, was to take early retirement (he was 17 months from retirement), which means he lost 30% of his retirement benefits! Unfortunately for Bob, karma always wins!
Lessons in Community
Gertrude’s experience serves as a reminder of the importance of mutual respect, empathy, and consideration within a community.
It highlights the need to confront rude behavior and advocate for your rights when faced with challenging circumstances.
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