Why does my neighbor have so many guests?
April 5, 2006 7:14 PM Subscribe
What reasonable, legal reason could my new neighbor have for having 30+ visitors (one at a time) over the course of five hours every day?
posted by MeetMegan to home & garden (112 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I know I sound like a stalker, but I share the hallway outside my apartment with only one neighbor; his door is directly across from mine. I have lived in the same apartment for a year, in the same building for four years. My new neighbor moved in about two weeks ago, and for the last week, he has had more than 30 visitors from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., every night (including weekends).
I first noticed this because each time his door opens, my door bangs back because of the air pressure change. The first day, I thought, hey, he's moving more stuff in, great! However, the frequency and timing of the visits hasn't changed.
I have not sat at my peephole and watched each person go in and out, but periodically, I will get up and take a gander; it seems to always be a different person coming in, and each person has a key. I have seen at least fifteen separate individuals with keys. I am making (the somewhat unfounded) assumption that the remaining entries I hear are also different people, and they all have keys because I can hear the key enter the lock.
Is this something I should be concerned about? I am a single woman, living alone. I met my neighbor when he first moved in. I thought it was unusual that he didn't have any help to move some large furniture so I offered to help; he declined. He's about my age (mid-20's), relatively normal-looking. There are no strange smells coming from his apartment (our kitchens share a vent). When I do see him, I say hello, and he sort of nods. I get the feeling that he's not really a people person.
I am sure that I am overreacting, but I do find this unusual at the very least, and I am more than a little suspicious. I certainly don't fear for my life, rather, I want to make sure that nothing illegal is going on right across the way. I realize I am a nosy neighbor.
I live in a very nice apartment building, in one of the upper-class neighborhoods in Chicago. My area is often considered part of "downtown" Chicago. His apartment has the same layout as mine (a corner, one bedroom, 800 sf unit). I doubt that fifteen people could live in the apartment, so that explanation won't work.
Is there anything, anything at all, that I should "do" about this? Or should I just let it go?
Please, no flames about being an nosy neighbor. I already admitted it. I am. Sorry.