Completely plausable. I know people who would act like this and do in other
ways torment the neighbors. Then again, the OP never posted again.
Everyone needs a place to live, even trashy people living off the grid. I
hope the OP at least started with negotiation to mitigate the noise (offer
to build a generator shed out of an old dog house) before resorting to
I had neighbors who used to start with their rock and roll band at around
midnight. When I called the sheriff to find out if I had any right to sleep
at night they told me they were not willing to go over there and risk
getting shot. Well, I was not going to go over there unarmed but if I went
over there armed and had to defend myself then I would have been to blame
for going over there armed in the first place. Some people it's just better
to not try to talk to. Keep in mind that I had gang members move in next
door to me and I was perfectly willing to go over there and ask them to turn
it down or keep their dogs out of my back yard etc.
Then again, the OP never posted again.
Sure, everyone needs a place to live but it's a lot nicer if we can attain
certain minimum standards of living. If they were just "shitting in a
bucket" then I'd say yuck, but OTOH if the bucket was actually part of a
composting process and the pile was done properly so it didn't stink and
attract flies then OK. But there is a difference.
I second getting them a muffler if you have it in your heart...
I get similar problems from my neighbors. Woke up about 4am this Sat. to the
smell of something burning. I figured it was a house fire somewhere in the
city so I closed my windows and went back to sleep.
Later, about 8am I'm out mowing the lawn and the smell is worse. Then I
notice smoke rolling out of the backyard of a neighbor two houses up the
street. I walk up there to investigate figuring there might be a smoldering
fire in a storage shed or something. To my suprise I look through the fence
and this guy is burning trash in a barrel in the middle of the city!
Is what really got to me is he tried to do it in the wee hours to avoid
detection, so he must have known it was illegal. Makes me wonder what he
was burning. I announced my displeasure as I walked off and commented as to
the legality of burning in the city.
Only a few minutes later there was no more smoke, so simply voicing my
displeasure was enough. I intended to call the fire dept. but the
non-emergency # was disconnected! At this point I had too much to do,
relatives visiting, so I blew it off.
Let me get this straight.
a) Having the fire department come out was important enough to spend
the fire department's time and probably the city's tax dollars but not
more important than putting off the things you had to do for a few
b) You asked the guy to stop and he did. You then, after he stopped,
tried to call the fire department on him?
I asked nothing. "I announced my displeasure as I walked off and commented
as to the legality of burning in the city." I then went and tried to call
the fire dept., "but the non-emergency # was disconnected." I didnt want to
call 911 to report a non-emergency violation. Luckily the fire was
extinguished and that cemented my decision to blow it off.
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