I don't want to write back on an empty soda bottle
February 26, 2011 5:25 PM Subscribe
How should I set things right with my neighbor when their communications to me have been slightly crazy?
posted by missmary6 to human relations (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in a very small apartment building. I share about a 40ft porch with one other neighbor; our doors are on opposite ends. For the last week I've had trash directly outside my door. Obviously, I shouldn't have left it this long, and I'm not trying to argue it isn't an eyesore.
Yesterday, they left a note that said "REMOVE TRASH HEALTH ISSUE" taped to my door. The note was written using stencils.
Today, I opened my door to the hallway of the building and they had left a small pile of empty plastic bottles outside their door (which is across from mine) with a note written in Sharpie on an empty milk container that read "If you're not sorry If this is your trash would you leave it here" (the bottles weren't mine, by the way).
Well, I obviously know leaving trash around is gross, but I'm not sure how to make it up to my neighbors. If they had knocked on my door I would have apologized, and probably invited them in for a beer. Now I don't know what to do -- I love living here and I don't want to have angry neighbors who hate me, but I also don't want to play Crazy Games, like leaving messaged trash by their door.
Other than cleaning up (something already on the top of To-Do list), should I go over and knock on their door and apologize? Or just chalk them up as kinda loony and not bother?