Her Neighbor Took an Irrational Dislike to Her and Began Drilling at 4:30 a.m., but When She Tried Confronting Her, She Pretended She Wasn’t Home

A woman recently went online to ask for advice about a noisy neighbor who’d taken an irrational dislike to her. Here’s her story.

She’d bought her first house

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“I just bought a townhouse, and I’m super excited!” the 25-year-old began. “So far, everything has been going great, and everyone is lovely. Except one neighbor.”

There was a parking dispute

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“It all began with a parking-spot exchange. I’d just been grocery shopping and was looking for a place to park. I saw one of my neighbors getting ready to leave the spot right in front of my house.”

Her neighbor acted weird

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The woman explained that as soon as her neighbor realized the woman was waiting to park, she turned her engine off.

Confused, the woman pretended to park a few spots down. When her neighbor pulled off, she took the space.

Her neighbor got mad

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The woman’s neighbor got upset and told her that she didn’t want to have to walk far to her own house; it was up to the woman to park further away.

It was fair to say the neighbor had taken a dislike to the woman.

Power tools at dawn

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But parking wasn’t the worst of it. The woman’s neighbor worked nights. She was also renovating her home. The woman was soon being woken up by her neighbor drilling and hammering at 4:30 a.m.

It seemed unreasonable

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The woman accepted that living in a townhouse meant unavoidable noises—children playing, dogs barking—but three hours of DIY in the small hours of every morning was something else.

Her neighbor hid

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The woman said she’d tried to speak to her neighbor about the noise, but her neighbor was avoiding her. If the woman went round in the mornings, her neighbor would turn the lights off and pretend to be out or asleep.

She said she didn’t want to go round in the late afternoon or evenings, as she didn’t want to wake her neighbor up.

She had no choice

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The only other option the woman could think of was to file a noise complaint. She hated confrontation, but if her neighbor was actively avoiding her, she didn’t know what else she could do.

Was race a factor?

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The woman, who was black and Japanese, also wondered if race might be an issue. She stressed that she wasn’t sure, especially as the neighbor in question had waved a friendly hello to her Japanese dad when he’d helped her view the property. It was only when the neighbor realized it was the woman buying the property, not her Japanese father, that she became more hostile.

She asked the internet

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Confused as to what to do, the woman reached out to the internet for help.

The internet responded

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The internet had plenty of advice for the woman. “You’ve attempted contact repeatedly, and she is obviously ignoring you,” said one. “You likely have a local noise ordinance—a decibel limit for non-accidental noise between certain times. Running power tools would fall under that. Call the cops, let her turn off her lights when they knock, and see how far that gets her.”

“Racism is the issue here,” said another. “She tolerates Asians but doesn’t like blacks; that’s why your father got different treatment from her. She was relieved when she thought he was buying the house.”

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