A man took to Reddit recently to vent about an encounter he’d had with an annoyingly nosy neighbor. His story is funny and a testament to sticking up for yourself.
Nightmare Customers Are Common
He’s a photographer who is used to dealing with nightmare customers when he’s on the job. But one day, he encountered a guy who took it to a whole new level.
In This Town People Are Inquisitive
Last month, the Original Poster (OP) got hired to photograph a house in a college town. In this town, it’s not unusual for curious children and college students to come up and ask what he was doing.
In Comes the Nosy Neighbor
But as soon as he arrived at this house, he noticed a male neighbor (whom he calls Kevin) and his teen son unloading a van.
He Minded His Own Business
OP assumed they would ask questions, so he snapped two quick photos of the house and the for sale sign and walked towards the side of the house closest to Kevin, but he just stared at him.
He Thought He Had the Authority
OP then proceeded to shoot the rear of the house and came around to the front again, where Kevin started walking towards him.
Kevin claimed that the owner told him to tell anyone taking pictures that it wasn’t allowed and that he was authorized to tell them to get off the property.
But Our Guy Had Been Hired by the Owner!
OP knew that this wasn’t true because the owner had hired him to take pictures, and the property was under contract for sale, as the ‘sold’ notice on the for sale sign indicated.
He told Kevin this, but Kevin immediately denied it and said that the owner would have told him about OP’s arrival in advance.
He Started Getting Angry
Kevin started to get angry and said he would call the police if OP didn’t leave.
He Was Going to Follow Him In?!
So OP simply smiled and told him leave him alone. At that point, OP walked up to the front door, took out his key, and went inside.
Kevin tried to follow him inside, but OP shut and locked the door behind him. The look on Kevin’s face was priceless!
This Is Too Much
As OP was shooting the interior, Kevin followed him around outside with his phone taking videos of him working. Every now and then, OP smiled and waved at him from inside.
When OP was leaving, Kevin waited by the front door for him, still taping him. He said he had called the police and that OP should wait for them to arrive.
At that point, OP had had enough and smiled, telling Kevin to take pictures of his license plates if he hadn’t already and that the police could call him if they had any questions.
Do Unto Others What You Would Have Them Do to You
Then OP took a picture of Kevin. It’s here OP remarks that he finds it amazing how people like Kevin think it’s okay to take your picture but demand that you cannot do the same – Kevin was FURIOUS.
A Funny Call
An hour later, OP received a call from a very apologetic police officer. The officer seemed embarrassed to say why he’d called, so OP asked if it was because he’d spoken to a Kevin on such-and-such street.
The officer started cracking up and said yes.
A Waste of Police Time
Apparently, Kevin had demanded that the police arrest OP, jail him, and beat him to a pulp!
The officer spent the better part of an hour trying to explain that it wasn’t illegal to take pictures and that if OP had a key to get in and hadn’t done any damage, he was probably exactly what he had told Kevin he was: a photographer.
Will He Be Going Back?
The officer was calling OP as a formality. OP and the officer had a good laugh, and the officer asked if OP intended to go back to the property in the future, to which OP said that it depended on whether the client hired him again.
He’ll Still Thinks About This Event
Kevin had wasted some of OP’s and the police’s time and probably raised his blood pressure quite a bit in the process!
He Was Lying
If the “owner” had really given Kevin permission to chase off photographers, he should have just phoned him and confirmed what OP said.
He Had No Right at All
The house was under contract for sale and had not yet been transferred to the new owner. As a neighbor, Kevin had no right to tell OP anything about his new neighbor’s property and should have backed off.
Because he didn’t, he ended up embarrassing himself in front of OP and the police. Although, after reading about his actions, it’s doubtful that he can even feel embarrassed!
Our Guy Is Prepared for the Future
Our storyteller loves his job, and he’s ready to take revenge on any future nosy neighbors who cross his path.
He’s got his camera ready to take pictures of anyone who thinks it’s okay to hound him and take his photo without allowing him to do the same.
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