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st2lemans 06.12.2016 09:43

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Originally Posted by Anjela (Post 2703117)
My neighbour hangs ones like that on his front balcony and balustrade and has been asked by the people across the valley to turn them off during the night...... ask being the operative word here.

Likewise.

Had someone from a couple hundred meters away to ask me to please turn off the one in the kitchen window at night. :eek:

I replaced it with something less annoying. ;)

Tom

Anjela 06.12.2016 09:44

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I think the note and the lights are two separate issues.

The note is an objection to people looking into his windows.

The removal of the lights might have been by the same person, but there isn't any reason to believe that it was, on the evidence given.
Good point. Perhaps the lights were just taken by by kids on their way home from the pub?

CorsebouTheReturn 06.12.2016 09:45

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Originally Posted by Treverus (Post 2703124)
No, he does not. This means war.

Correct. If it's true that someone took it down (and not animal, wind, gravity...) that's beyond "friendly relationships" and it's war.

I'd certainly verify and if true, stop any "communication", "conciliation", "diplomacy", "understanding", "tolerance"...

Taking down something without even giving a chance to remediation calls for neighboring war. And if they are perfect I'd be careful about any possible mistakes because I'd pick on them.

7 years of peace and "efforts" and one-sided attacks lead to that.

I'd be understanding if someone spoke before allegedly acting that badly.
Not speaking? fine, lowering to their level.

And it works fine, I no longer question what I was doing wrong, what could be offending x/y/z, how to make things better, etc...

Neutrality has its limits. Funny, it seems to works, the current neighbor was doing random attacks (clothes disappearing, removing plants on my garden... all verified facts). One day she went too far threatening me, I "marked my territory" and now she is acting much nicer, in appearance and facts. It seems sometimes people learn the hard way only.

dodgyken 06.12.2016 09:45

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Originally Posted by Anjela (Post 2703137)
Good point. Perhaps the lights were just taken by by kids on their way home from the pub?

Who'd have thought that baby goats would join the Turkey Liberation Front? ;)

Guest 06.12.2016 09:46

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Originally Posted by Anjela (Post 2703137)
Good point. Perhaps the lights were just taken by by kids on their way home from the pub?

Indeed, especially considering that the OP lives on Niederdorfstrasse, the Temple Bar of Zurich.

Nelly123 06.12.2016 09:50

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Very grumpy indeed! It's only a tiny window he's got with a curtain and if he has a problem with it he could have spoken to us rather than not even just unplug them but actually take them down.

First time for everything I guess.

Anjela 06.12.2016 09:54

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Originally Posted by Nelly123 (Post 2703142)
Very grumpy indeed! It's only a tiny window he's got with a curtain and if he has a problem with it he could have spoken to us rather than not even just unplug them but actually take them down.

First time for everything I guess.

First things first, find out if the passive-aggressive sign chap was actually the person who removed the lights?

Nelly123 06.12.2016 09:56

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Indeed, especially considering that the OP lives on Niederdorfstrasse, the Temple Bar of Zurich.
We are up on the 5th floor so it would take quite some climbing 'on their way home'. Same goes for people looking in thorough his window.

The note wasn't there yesterday, so it seems odd that our lights get taken down and the note appears if they are about different issues. His little window isn't facing the road but our patio so it seems quite clear its directed at us.

Even if the lights did annoy him, surely theres a nicer more civil way of going about things. I would rather not get into a war as we like making use of outside space in the summer and don't want to be dealing with him complaining at every turn.

NotAllThere 06.12.2016 09:58

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Originally Posted by CorsebouTheReturn (Post 2703138)
One day she went too far threatening me, I "marked my territory" ...

What did you do? Pee on her shoes?

Guest 06.12.2016 09:58

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Nextdoor here puts hers up on the 1st & has a reindeer & sledge in the garden. I could of course put mine up the day before & put up a polar bear or even bigger reindeers. I shall resist the temptation.
Our village used to have a light advent calendar - people volunteered to put up decorations in their window on each date up till christmas & there was also an apéro calendar when people hosted outdoor drinkies for anyone to go to which was very pleasant if rather cold. But it's all died out now due to lack of participation. The outdoor decorations put up got vandalised every year so no one does that anymore either.

Blueangel 06.12.2016 09:58

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I think that you need to ask your neighbour or send them a polite little note asking exactly what the problem is. Far better to communicate on this matter and find a compromise, than let things fester. For all you know (and this is an extreme example) they may have had a bereavement recently, or last Christmas, and they're struggling emotionally at the moment. People are more important than a string of lights.

The Swiss lady who owns the apartments next door to us has put a string of lights up all round the building and garden and I think they look lovely. We've got Christmas lights in the street here, one set are just outside our living room window, but seeing as Tina Turner bought them, I won't be complaining. ;)

Guest 06.12.2016 09:59

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Originally Posted by Nelly123 (Post 2703145)
We are up on the 5th floor so it would take quite some climbing 'on their way home'. Same goes for people looking in thorough his window.

The note wasn't there yesterday, so it seems odd that our lights get taken down and the note appears if they are about different issues. His little window isn't facing the road but our patio so it seems quite clear its directed at us.

Even if the lights did annoy him, surely theres a nicer more civil way of going about things. I would rather not get into a war as we like making use of outside space in the summer and don't want to be dealing with him complaining at every turn.

How did he get to your balcony?

Nelly123 06.12.2016 10:00

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Originally Posted by CorsebouTheReturn (Post 2703138)
Correct. If it's true that someone took it down (and not animal, wind, gravity...) that's beyond "friendly relationships" and it's war.


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There is no way it was wind/gravity/animals as the lights had been unplugged and unwound from around the railing and I had tied them to the other side and that had been undone as well and they were in a pile in the middle of the patio.

bigblue2 06.12.2016 10:02

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How did he get to your balcony?
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Nelly123 06.12.2016 10:03

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How did he get to your balcony?
He seems to have a small roof terrace so one level above ours with a fire escape coming down to a narrow platform space between our building and his so I suspect through there, although seems a lot of effort.

PaddyG 06.12.2016 10:03

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How did he get to your balcony?
That's what I was thinking. I thought you said they were on your patio area, implying a ground floor flat?

Guest 06.12.2016 10:04

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Originally Posted by Blueangel (Post 2703149)
The Swiss lady who owns the apartments next door to us has put a string of lights up all round the building and garden and I think they look lovely. We've got Christmas lights in the street here, one set are just outside our living room window, but seeing as Tina Turner bought them, I won't be complaining. ;)

I just had a marvelous vision of her tottering around on a stepladder, with all the lights slung over her shoulder... :D

PaddyG 06.12.2016 10:04

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Just put them back up with a note saying "Trespassers will be shot". Alternatively, wire them so he gets an electric shock if he touches them.

swissrob 06.12.2016 10:05

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I was thinking the same? Put them up again with sign saying "Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted" in German.


then report back here :0)


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How did he get to your balcony?

swissrob 06.12.2016 10:06

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Beat me to it!!!


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Originally Posted by PaddyG (Post 2703158)
Just put them back up with a note saying "Trespassers will be shot". Alternatively, wire them so he gets an electric shock if he touches them.



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