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Old 22.03.2020, 19:21
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This! OP could even buy a softer ball and offer it to the family.
What a weak approach.
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Old 22.03.2020, 19:27
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Re: Noise from baskeball love neighbor kid

This is just my opinion, but I personally think it's rude of your neighbors to be so inconsiderate regarding the noise that their kid's indoor ball-playing is causing for you. We have kids that live above us, and just their running footsteps alone are extremely loud and enough to wake me up at 5 am on a Sunday morning. I literally have to revolve my sleeping schedule around theirs. I can just imagine how loud a bouncing basketball must be.

Yes, these are unusual and difficult times, as someone mentioned, but common decency is common decency, and part of the sacrifice that some people might have to make right now is NOT allowing their kids to play ball inside as though it's outside, out of respect for their neighbors. If talking to them doesn't help, I do suggest getting noise-cancelling headphones and watching with those, etc.

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Old 22.03.2020, 19:30
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What a weak approach.
Maybe, but the vast majority of us have to live in relatively tight quarters, and right now we have to do what we can to get along while we're all stuck at home. I think we're all learning a LOT about our neighbors these days.

It seems to me that offering an inexpensive, soft ball is a reasonable approach and likely to have positive results. It shows the neighbors that the OP is not asking for the child to stop playing altogether, but to play a bit more quietly.

IMO, only an a-hole parent would continue to let the child play with a hard ball after they have been given a suitable alternative.
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There is a need for both tolerance and to consider the effects of one's behaviour on others.

I am having trouble imagining basketball indoors for a boy of this age. Is their apartment one with exceptionally high ceilings?

If it is a real ball, the parents should consider switching to a synthetic spongelike ball and maybe some carpets.

I know it is especially tough on kids right now but it is up to their parents to respect the needs of others as well.

Is there somewhere outside where the boy can play? I have rarely seen a basketball hoop installed on a house but I am sure it is possible.
Exceptionally thin. Like we even heard arguring and crying boy 2AM yesterday. woke up with such a huge noise from upstair directly under our bedroom. Then I wrote this post around 3AM. We have a huge front and backyard. So it is quite hard for me to understand a boy playing a real hard ball inside. At the same time, we do not want to be a jerk.. in this given situation. Anyway thanks. I will go for a softball.
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IMO, only an a-hole parent would continue to let the child play with a hard ball after they have been given a suitable alternative.
The kids playing basketball in an apartment, only an a-hole parent would allow that, period. Add to that she already brought them an Easter bunny and the dad still told her where to go.
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This is just my opinion, but I personally think it's rude of your neighbors to be so inconsiderate regarding the noise that their kid's indoor ball-playing is causing for you. We have kids that live above us, and just their running footsteps alone are extremely loud and enough to wake me up at 5 am on a Sunday morning. I literally have to revolve my sleeping schedule around theirs. I can just imagine how loud a bouncing basketball must be.

Yes, these are unusual and difficult times, as someone mentioned, but common decency is common decency, and part of the sacrifice that some people might have to make right now is NOT allowing their kids to play ball inside as though it's outside, out of respect for their neighbors. If talking to them doesn't help, I do suggest getting noise-cancelling headphones and watching with those, etc.

Good luck.
Thank you for your thoughtful comments. But I'm not fan of whatever in my ear or cover my ear. I suffer from ear infection since I was child. I travel frequently and I take a pill each time to reduce my ear pain. earphones and airpod are not allowed from my swiss doctors view ;( Just last September, It costed me nearly 500 CHF to see my doc 2 times + 1 weeks of anibotics & ibuprofen. I am not keen to use earplug.
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Old 22.03.2020, 20:09
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Thank you for your thoughtful comments. But I'm not fan of whatever in my ear or cover my ear. I suffer from ear infection since I was child. I travel frequently and I take a pill each time to reduce my ear pain. earphones and airpod are not allowed from my swiss doctors view ;( Just last September, It costed me nearly 500 CHF to see my doc 2 times + 1 weeks of anibotics & ibuprofen. I am not keen to use earplug.
Buy the soft ones (not oropax), they do not block that much and keep the eustachian tubes open. And keep in mind that you now have time to give your ears some respite by not having to travel?
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Old 22.03.2020, 21:42
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people are dying due to the shitty swiss health system.
Racist BS.

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Old 22.03.2020, 23:05
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Racist BS.

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But how is that racist? "Swiss" isn't a race.
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But how is that racist? "Swiss" isn't a race.
Of course not, but EFers usually confuse a lot of terms.
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Hi Guys, we are a couple in Bern. It has been almost a year living in a current apartment. We need your help desperately about a noise issue from an upstairs kid. The boy is 8~9 years old and loves playing football & basketball.. even from 8pm~9pm. As you know apartments are quite old in Switzerland. You can imagine how we hear banging and popping a basketball constantly... It is quite unbearable. We tried to be as nice as can be this whole time because it is a boy and we are adults. Today the noise was intense again from 6:20~ 7:00pm. We went up with easter bunny chocolate we bought for the boy. The boy's father was unhappy and very annoyed. He told us why don't we stay in another room.

It's our apartment. I want to be where I want to be to watch Netflix... Yes..we know it is not easy to be quarantined. We are also working from home these days and bearing this noise.. can't even have a movie time on the weekend now...? Would you help to address this issue?

We will appreciate any of your sincere advice on this matter. Please Help Us.
I can sympathise with you OP, but probably the best way you can help is to offer an alternative - a soft ball for instance? Sometimes people call the police here (I wouldn't), but I doubt they'll show up now.

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What a weak approach.
Yep, OP should pop up with a baseball bat and a raging disposition!.. That would be manly. And wise.
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Re: Noise from baskeball love neighbor kid

Parents whining about their kids not having anything to do and having to take care of them during the day because of this crisis really need to take stock. Children are extremely easy to entertain if raised properly.

There isn't any excuse for bouncing a basketball over and over indoors. OP said they have a yard, the kid could easily bounce his ball outside while keeping a distance from others. Come on people... coronavirus isn't an excuse for bad behavior.

OP, you did the right thing by bringing them chocolate and asking politely. Don't take the comments on here too personally. This crisis is affecting all of us in a variety of ways. I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy & you can find a solution to this problem.
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Yep, OP should pop up with a baseball bat and a raging disposition!.. That would be manly. And wise.
It would probably be more effective than buying them little gifts though.
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Parents whining about their kids not having anything to do and having to take care of them during the day because of this crisis really need to take stock. Children are extremely easy to entertain if raised properly.

There isn't any excuse for bouncing a basketball over and over indoors. OP said they have a yard, the kid could easily bounce his ball outside while keeping a distance from others. Come on people... coronavirus isn't an excuse for bad behavior.

OP, you did the right thing by bringing them chocolate and asking politely. Don't take the comments on here too personally. This crisis is affecting all of us in a variety of ways. I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy & you can find a solution to this problem.
I agree with you, some kids are easy to entertain but are others are a handful during normal circumstances, imagine when being confined in their homes! I don't agree with letting them play like that in an apartment and wonder how can this child's parents not be bothered? This sort of behaviour should irritate those parents too, so offering the (possibly hyperactive) child an alternative is a better way to approach it. I can't think of anything better, as someone said this is not a good time for starting wars with your neighbours.

Some of us have large terraces/gardens with trampolines and basketball hoops or whatever so we might tend to be a little less sympathetic, but for certain kids/families/living arrangements this is not an easy time at all. We don't know all the details. I noticed proposing alternatives and negotiating is usually well received even by very difficult persons.
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Re: Noise from baskeball love neighbor kid

A tough call, we have a little guy of about 4 upstairs from us who is very hyperactive in the afternoons / evenings until very late. This is despite being taken to the park on his bike etc. He's the sort of kid who really needs a place with a garden to play in, but we accept we're in a city and not everyone can afford to rent a house. We had an apero with the neighbours when we all moved in (new building) and mentioned to someone we had a little kid above us not knowing it was his dad, he did apologise and say his little boy was very hyper. OHs youngest nephew was like this, he eventually grew out of it via competitive swimming and is now a very responsible young adult

The flip side to this is they are a really lovely family from Sicily who are very friendly, so we make a lot of jokes about him being "elephant boy" in the evenings when we're watching TV. OH works from home a fair bit (all the time at the moment), but he has a headset on due to having a number of meetings during the day. I'm sometimes doing online study so I have my ear buds in.

I've had 2 houses back in Britain where I had problems with dogs barking and howling from morning till night, believe me that is 10 times worse
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Of course not, but EFers usually confuse a lot of terms.
Most (if not all) things that are deemed "racist" have nothing to do with race.

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Why don‘t you buy the kid a PS4? Will keep him quiet for hours. Weeks.
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Hi Guys, we are a couple in Bern. It has been almost a year living in a current apartment. We need your help desperately about a noise issue from an upstairs kid. The boy is 8~9 years old and loves playing football & basketball.. even from 8pm~9pm. As you know apartments are quite old in Switzerland. You can imagine how we hear banging and popping a basketball constantly... It is quite unbearable. We tried to be as nice as can be this whole time because it is a boy and we are adults. Today the noise was intense again from 6:20~ 7:00pm. We went up with easter bunny chocolate we bought for the boy. The boy's father was unhappy and very annoyed. He told us why don't we stay in another room.

It's our apartment. I want to be where I want to be to watch Netflix... Yes..we know it is not easy to be quarantined. We are also working from home these days and bearing this noise.. can't even have a movie time on the weekend now...? Would you help to address this issue?

We will appreciate any of your sincere advice on this matter. Please Help Us.

Were you able to solve your issue? nickatbasel idea of gifting a PS4 is genius, but it might offend the boy's parents (they might not want him playing video games). If the PS4 idea doesn't work then I would suggest writing to your landlord/building manager/caretaker, and see if there are others in your building who are also annoyed with the noise who will also write to them regarding the noise; likely the boys parents will receive a notice about the noise complaint and adjust.

If you want to get really technical, each town has a noise ordinance, and you could call the police to issue a noise complaint, just make sure 1) the db level is over the legally allowed limit and 2) if not over the limit do not bother the police if the noise occurs outside of "quiet time"
for example, in st. gallen restaurants and businesses have a lot of slack with the noise they generate until 10pm; after 10pm, if you call in a noise complaint they will come and ask the business to stop making noise. They will also tell noisy neighbors to stop making noise and issue citations after 10pm.


I would take a bet that those groaning at your post don't live in an apartment building with a neighbor banging a basketball above their head. And if they do then they should understand that not everyone is like them and some people are just more sensitive to noise; loud noise can have negative impacts psychologically and physically, inducing stress and insomnia, raising blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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