Old neighbor demands family of 7 pay for damages to home divides internet

A neighbor demanding a family of seven living next door to pay compensation for damages to her home has divided opinion online, with a parent expressing fears they will be judged as “village scum.”

The parent went to Mumsnet, under the username 4or5, to seek advice about their neighbor’s demands for £100 ($115) over a fallen photo.

Explaining that they have children aged 20, 17, 13, 5 and 3 years old, the issue is centered around the oldest.

Their next-door neighbor alleged that a “horrific beating” from their son’s room around 9:30 p.m. had brought down a photo.

The elderly lady, who lives alone, asked the family to “pay money” for the alleged damage, even writing a letter.

File photo of an old woman on the window.
File photo of an old woman on the window. One parent claimed that their neighbor was asking them to pay for the damages to her home.
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Society has changed over the past few decades, with the “borrow a cup of sugar” mentality becoming a thing of the past in many cities.

Pew Research I researched how neighbors interact with each other in the modern world, and they share key stats in 2019.

They found that a quarter of people under the age of 30 did not know any of their close neighbors, compared to just 4 percent of those over the age of 65 who did not know anyone nearby. There was no difference between fathers and childless.

Overall, they said: “The majority of Americans (57%) say they only know some of their neighbors; much less (26%) say they know most of them.”

Among those dealing with the closest residents, about two-thirds of Americans feel comfortable leaving keys with them in an emergency.

Despite this confidence, neighborhood events are rare, with 58 percent of those who affirmed knowing their neighbors saying they had never met.

“Rural residents are more likely than people in suburban and urban areas to know all or most of their neighbors, but are less likely to interact with them,” the site noted.

In the Mumsnet post, the parent explained that after initially asking the child to split the cost, their neighbor later decided to pay them the full amount to re-change the photo.

Mumsnetter wrote: “I made it clear that my 20-year-old DS [dear son] She sleeps in the room next to her house and he wasn’t home until 11:30 p.m. and went straight to bed, so he couldn’t hit anything.”

The parent thought the matter had been “handled,” but later continued: “Anyway yesterday, she backed off to tell me my DS had a big bill on his way, so I asked for what? And she said about the photo.”

(No longer asking for a contribution, DS wants to pay the bill in full) I explained again that there was no one in the room, so we can not be responsible To the fall of her picture, her response was “So you won’t cough?”

I remain polite and sympathetic That her image is shattered but let her know firmly that we will not pay anything.”

The neighbor is said to have said her family would step in, as Momcentre, who is believed to be based in the UK, is concerned about her situation.

“We are new to a small village and I fear this will quickly escalate into being the scum of the village. AIBU [Am I being unreasonable] I guess it’s not fair to take the blame? “

Readable post over herenearly 250 responses have been collected since her post last month, like People are divided over this issue.

Sidheandlight suggested: “You may be malevolent, but I will show her kindness, sometimes loneliness can create issues just because of the interaction whether it’s bad or good. I’ve been trying to turn it around i.e. ‘Mary’ we didn’t ruin your image but we can help you get a new one etc. “

ChristmasCurry thought: “Don’t get involved. If she comes back, tell her to claim her contents insurance, but for £100.00 it’s probably not worth it.”

Threelittlelambs said, “I’m going to stand firm. So ridiculous! Who’s going to believe that’s true? The neighbors won’t care.”

Few people believe that dementia may be a factor because of her age.

Catherine’s nanny suggested, “Calm down because she’s old and may have dementia…no need to scare her. Just talk to her family…”

according to NHSCommon early symptoms of dementia include confusion of time and place, struggle to follow a conversation or find the correct word, memory loss, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating.

NEWSWEEK He was not able to verify the details of the case.

The chart below is provided by statistashowing population aging in England and Wales.

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