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Guest 06.12.2016 21:11

Re: Our neighbour took down our Christmas lights
 
Before you go to bed, or to work in the morning, Nelly, put a big sheet of paper on the inside of the window with *Congratulations you're now on youtube* written on it..
he'll quickly scarper, I reckon.. and then spend the next few days searching youtube vids :msntongue:

curley 06.12.2016 21:20

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It's not a reward, it's just an easy way to get the conversation flowing to see where the problem is and find a mutually convenient way of resolving ti before it escalates any further.

Now i understand you have put them back up without speaking to him, so you have successfully managed to escalate the problem whilst resolving nothing, don't be too surprised if the guy comes around really pissed off.

That's how we do things around here, although i do understand things may be different in the big cities.

Try dialogue, works wonders, unless you feel big enough and confident enough to face him down, which i doubt, in view we are still talking about this rather minor matter

PS. A Chf 10.-- bottle of wine can hardly be classed as a reward ;)
But ....b..but, she talked about it here for 13.5 hours, surely the neighbour must have felt that??

<<PS. A Chf 10.-- bottle of wine can hardly be classed as a reward ;)>> that's what I thought when I read it, LOL.

st2lemans 06.12.2016 21:26

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Originally Posted by neddy (Post 2703586)
I would put marbles in the floor :D

I've got some chile jam that I can sell you, basically legal napalm! :p

Tom

greenmount 06.12.2016 22:35

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Originally Posted by neddy (Post 2703108)
:eek: Shocking. Don't they have curtains or blinds? The flicking ones can be quite annoying if they are right outside. I have ours on a timer. Obviously they haven't read EF about trying to talk politely to your neighbours before going full on menopausal fruit fly. It is rude to touch your property. I'd go with the 10pm rule & put indoor ones up rather than outdoor ones.

Weird though.
In my village everybody does Christmas lights, it seems like a competition here.
And it gets to the point when it looks like a Chinese bazar or something. :D We have at least two balconies with lots of multicolour and multishaped Christmas lights things..
No complaints ever as far as I know.

Kittster 06.12.2016 23:29

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Christmas lights are getting a bit bananas, to be honest. Subtle decorations with constant, warm light, sure, the Disneyland approach some of my neighbours have (at some time there was even a Santa that "ho ho ho"-ed when someone walked by, not an ideal choice just in front of a relatively busy footpath, it caused quite a lot of "discussion") - not so much.

I have blinds and curtains in my bedroom, but the door is left open because of the cats wandering in and out (this is not really negotiable at this point, they won the battle and leaving the door open means better sleep as they don't wake you by scratching at the door to make sure you are still there...), with the added bonus of having daylight come in in the mornings. We now have to put all the blinds down at night because of how bright all the various Christmas lights are, it's too bright to sleep otherwise.

Although this is rather annoying, I would never just tear down other people's stuff without asking them about it first. At the very least, a nicely written (passive-aggressive ;)) note explaining my misgivings would be proferred, in the hope that the other party compromises. I realise that this is not the best tactic if you intend to go guerrilla later on but there you go...

Tox_Rat 06.12.2016 23:49

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2703127)
I only have a picture of the front garden with the trees decorated

LOL, Dodgyken's a Vanderbilt!:msntongue:

paizuri 06.12.2016 23:51

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2703127)

You'll be pleased to know we have a string of lights (including dangly ones) along the front of our mansion, dangly ones over the west-wings dining hall main door - and internal window displays in the east-wings drawing room.

I only have a picture of the front garden with the trees decorated
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...439354ec9c.jpg

Cool, I was actually at your house earlier this year. No lights then, but a somewhat concerning sign at the entrance that said "No food and drink, no pets, and no firearms." I can understand the pets thing, bloody messy on the carpets, but seriously, what have you got against guns? :confused:

Meerkat33 06.12.2016 23:53

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Maybe you could post a picture of the situation. If your neighbour can reach your balcony from his roof terrace using a ladder I would suspect his window is VERY close to your balcony?

Tox_Rat 06.12.2016 23:56

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Originally Posted by paizuri (Post 2703691)
Cool, I was actually at your house earlier this year. No lights then, but a somewhat concerning sign at the entrance that said "No food and drink, no pets, and no firearms." I can understand the pets thing, bloody messy on the carpets, but seriously, what have you got against guns? :confused:

It being North Carolina and all, are you sure the sign didn't mean "firearms optional"? :msnsarcastic:

paizuri 07.12.2016 00:04

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And, what's more , you make people go to the toilet in the stables? how crass.
especially when there are no less than 43 (!) bathrooms in the house. Outrageous, dodgyken.

Samaire13 07.12.2016 01:00

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Originally Posted by Nelly123 (Post 2703518)
I just don't really see why behavior like that should be 'rewarded'. He came in the middle of the night onto our balcony, took down the christmas lights that I had put up, posted a rude note and I should take him a bottle of wine?

Just doesn't sit quite right with me...

Agree with you. It's one thing to not like other people's decorations and to inquire whether you're "allowed" to have them or not (you are, as has been established).

It's a whole other thing if some neighbor thinks they can just take down your decorations. They are your property. Your neighbor has no business doing anything with your stuff and your apartment without your permission. Unacceptable

I would have done the same and put them back up.

I see where Today_only comes from re trying to establish a relationship of sorts. But in this situation, if some random had had the gall to walk onto my patio and rip down my property, I would have reacted just as OP and have zero interest in establishing anything.

Nelly123 07.12.2016 08:17

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Originally Posted by Meerkat33 (Post 2703692)
Maybe you could post a picture of the situation. If your neighbour can reach your balcony from his roof terrace using a ladder I would suspect his window is VERY close to your balcony?

I can try and get a picture later today when it gets darker again so that you can see the lights. His window is about a meter, possibly slightly more from the railing on one side. The fire escape comes onto a narrow platform area between his building and mine, but he would have had to come down onto that, and the climb over to the balcony as he had unplugged them (other side) and unwound them from around the railing, which would be impossible to do from the platform.

Lights weren't taken down last night, but I don't think he was at home as the (living)room was dark all night and we switched the lights off around 11pm.

grnfish 07.12.2016 08:24

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damm I thought this story will continue today... well I need to wait till tomorrow now.... :D

i-b-deborah 07.12.2016 09:08

Re: Our neighbour took down our Christmas lights
 
On the first day of christmas my neighbour said to me.
Turn the lights off, and burn that f@#king tree.

Chemmie 07.12.2016 09:25

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Originally Posted by Nelly123 (Post 2703731)
.....as the (living)room was dark all night and we switched the lights off around 11pm.


Zis is not a TV Sendung!

:P

olygirl 07.12.2016 11:12

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Are they blue? God, I hate those things.

Nelly123 07.12.2016 15:30

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Originally Posted by olygirl (Post 2703836)
Are they blue? God, I hate those things.

No, and I do too. They are a warm (yellow) white light.

st2lemans 07.12.2016 15:40

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Originally Posted by olygirl (Post 2703836)
Are they blue? God, I hate those things.

Some of ours are. :eek:

Tom

Guest 07.12.2016 16:07

Re: Our neighbour took down our Christmas lights
 
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Originally Posted by olygirl (Post 2703836)
Are they blue? God, I hate those things.


Some bastard had those last night on the A9, followed me home all the way and kept flashing his blue lights.

I took the advice of this wonderful forum and put marbles out, You-Tubed it and kicked him in the goolies for good measure...............

He wasn't very happy and in all honesty i can't recommend the food in solitary, bloody bars on trhe window and as for water for sundowner, been a long time since that happened :D

Guest 07.12.2016 16:09

Re: Our neighbour took down our Christmas lights
 
So you're happy in Amsterdam for instance with red lights, but object to blue. I see a poll potential for Cath. Maybe we should vote on what we consider to be good colours to have flashing in the neighbours windows?


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