Too close for comfort
November 13, 2012 9:58 PM Subscribe
In a follow-up to this post
, our neighbor has continued giving us bottles of alcohol, among other things. We came home to find an electric cord attached from our driveway to their house, and a note explaining their PG&E was turned off...
posted by Mach3avelli to human relations (58 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
A dialogue was finally opened with our neighbor explaining the surplus of free alcohol. Apparently her sister works at a bar, and she gets a lot of free stuff from there. She has cancer, and therefore can't drink, but chooses to hook up the neighborhood.
She came over recently with an ipad, asking if we knew how to help her download things. When we looked into the settings (with her there), the linked credit card information and address were to someone a few cities away. She said she didn't know who it was, but that she's owned the ipad for months. My roommate and I just kind of looked at each other, and she defended that the ipad was hers and went inside to fetch us another bottle. Granted, the code to unlock the ipad is hers, and all the pictures are of her family. My roommate accepted the challenge to jailbreak it for her.
She came over later while we were having a party and brought her 11 year-old daughter along. She's very charismatic, and her daughter is a bright, sweet girl, and we had a good time joking around at the door. But she asked some odd (potentially nosy neighbor) questions, like who specifically lives in the room closest to their house (me). She insisted I come over and pick up some weed from her. I told her I don't smoke, and we left it at that.
We were always tense about the situation, and never really thought anything beyond it. But this note is giving us a creepy feeling. It mentions that their PG&E is out, their mom is in the hospital getting treatment for cancer (and therefore can't pay the bill), and if it's alright that they leave an outlet plugged into our driveway for the night. On the back of the note is a poem scrawled in a child's writing.
My roommate spoke to them and made sure it was just for the night, which they assured him it is.
I feel like Pandora's Box has opened on us, and we might be in for a rude awakening. Currently, we're sticking to the (accurate) narrative that we're broke college students and can't afford to hook things up if it begins to escalate.
Legally, what can we do to keep a safe, respectful distance without giving way to much? And has anyone experienced something like this before?