A woman recently shared the story of how her neighbor took advantage of her kindness. She already watched the neighbor’s kids for free, but she put her foot down when she found them using her pool without permission. Here’s what she had to say about the incident.
“I live with my husband in a nice house in a small town,” the woman began. “We have double income with no kids.”
“Our house has a pool in the yard; it’s really nice since it does get quite hot during summers,” she added. “Our neighbor is a single mom of three; her house doesn’t have a pool, and it’s a lot smaller than ours.”
She often babysits her neighbor’s children. The neighbor is on her own, and she works hard. She can do with the help.
The woman’s husband went to work. She was about to begin work, but she heard some noise from her backyard.
The woman went to her backyard. She was surprised to see her neighbor and her three kids frolicking in the pool. They’d never turned up at her house uninvited before.
The woman asked her neighbor what she was doing there. The neighbor explained that she had a day off, so she decided to do something nice for the kids by “borrowing” their pool.
The woman asked her neighbor to leave. She said that she had come without an invitation or even permission. However, at first, her neighbor thought she was joking.
Explain your reasoning
The neighbor was upset. She demanded the woman give her a valid reason why she couldn’t use the pool. The woman said she didn’t need to and that she’d call the police if they didn’t leave.
The neighbor gathered her kids and left. She cursed at the woman and even accused her of classism.
The woman was shocked by what had happened. Their pool is not overlooked. As a result, she and her husband sometimes walk or swim there without clothes. She felt like their sanctuary had been violated.
Her neighbor was upset with her. She started bad-mouthing the woman to people in the area, blissfully unaware of how her actions impacted the woman.
Was she in the right?
The woman was sympathetic to her neighbor’s situation as a single mother, but she couldn’t understand her actions. She wrote to an online forum to ask if she was right to tell the family to leave.
The internet responded
One commenter said, “If she complains again or badmouths you in the neighborhood, remind her and everyone that it is also a liability issue for you if someone were to get hurt while swimming. Just because you have a pool does not make it a friendly neighborhood pool, and she was trespassing at the least, stealing by using your pool at the worst.”
While another replied, “I can’t believe the mother actually defended this. I bet if somebody trespassed on her property and started using her amenities, she’d be changing her tune.”
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