If you think this is a real problem, and are willing to live with some
possible escalation, then it is time to do something. Most of the
suggestions posted here will cost you something, and since you said you
don't want to put up a fence because of cost, I am thinking you don't
want to spend a lot of money on this.
Since you have already talked to him without result, I think you should
save the jar of butts, wait until the next time he is snowblowing
against your home, and call the police. I live in a suburb with a very
good police force, and they would come out and talk to both of you, and
probably explain to him how to adjust his snowblower and to keep his
butts to himself. If he lies to the officer about the butts, pull out
your stash and suggest that they can be tied to him by DNA. At that
time your neighbor will be on weak ground vis a vis the police (in many
places, giving a false statement to the police is a crime), and I think
they should deal with him more forcefully. Keep a note of the officer's
name and the date, and if your neighbor repeats his infractions, call
the police again and mention that officer x had already tried to deal
with this on this date, and you really want it stopped.
On the other hand, if you don't have a good police force, I suggest you
hire an attorney just to write a cease and desist letter to your
neighbor and have it delivered by certified mail. This will cost a bit,
but it shouldn't be too much, and I think it is fair to say that most
people receiving such a letter would get nervous. Have the attorney
give you a copy of the letter with the proof of delivery in case things
Turning him in for faking a disability would be a lot of work; you don't
really know what his disability is, only what he has told you (maybe
he's a mental case and doesn't want to admit it), and you would first
have to find out who of many possible entities is paying him, then
contact them. And many disability payments become protected after
having been paid so long, even if the disabled person recovers to some
extent. On the other hand, if there is an aggressive investigatory
media in your area, and they need a story, you might give them a call.
MICHELLE H. wrote:
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