50 Jerk Neighbors Who Deserve The "Worst Neighbor Of The Year" Award

We’re constantly reminded how we’re supposed to love our neighbors and treat others the same way that we’d like to be treated. While that works in theory, the sad fact is that politeness, basic respect, and even common sense are in extremely short supply these days. Unfortunately, some people have run out of all three and substituted them with spite, jealousy, and messiness.

We firmly believe that having good, cheerful, helpful neighbors is a gift from heaven. However, they’re pretty rare in this day and age. To help you value the people you live next to right now more, Bored Panda has collected posts about the very worst things that neighbors have ever done. Nobody should have to live next to these individuals. And we wouldn’t wish them even on our worst enemies.

Scroll down to see just how bad neighborly life can get, and upvote the posts that really got your hearts racing with disappointment and despair, Pandas. If you’d like to vent your anger about the people in your neighborhood, block, or building, feel free to do so in the comment section. There’s nothing like letting off a bit of steam to help you move forward.

Bored Panda spoke about neighborly life, and why we no longer seem to know who our neighbors are with Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. She is a Licensed Counselor, Professor, and the Chair at the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. She explained to us what has happened over the past half a century in the United States.

“A lot of things have changed over the last 50-60 years that have created obstacles to getting to know our neighbors,” she told us.

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My Friend Found This Puppy. We Took It To The Neighbor Previously Seen With Puppies, And He Said He Had “Set The Puppy Free” Because He’d Already Gotten Rid Of The Rest

My Friend Found This Puppy. We Took It To The Neighbor Previously Seen With Puppies, And He Said He Had “Set The Puppy Free” Because He’d Already Gotten Rid Of The Rest

Police said this isn’t the first time he’s done this.

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8 hours ago

Anyone that can haarm a defenseless puppy is the lowest kind of human.

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“We’re more independent and less inter-dependent than we used to be. We’re also more peripatetic—the number of people who grow up and stay in their hometowns or family neighborhoods has diminished so we don’t have the connections with neighbors or others in the community that people used to cultivate over the years and even over generations,” the professor explained to Bored Panda.

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This Is Why I Can’t Wait To Move! The Guy Across The Street Is A Pervert Scumbag Who Blocks Our Entire Street With RVs That He Repairs As A Side Business From His Home

This Is Why I Can't Wait To Move! The Guy Across The Street Is A Pervert Scumbag Who Blocks Our Entire Street With RVs That He Repairs As A Side Business From His Home

They’ll stay parked in front of his place for months. Guess what? There is NOTHING we can do about it! We live in a private community and the cops said they can’t stop him we can only complain to the HOA but the guy is renting from friends of ours so we complain and our friends get in trouble not him. 3 more weeks.

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Your friends doing nothing is part of the problem. Just complain and let them handle the heat. This is one of the very few and rare instances where a HOA is actually beneficial.

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“We are often ‘strangers in a strange land’ when we move into new cities for our jobs,” Professor Degges-White said. Technological developments have also pushed us away from interacting with our neighbors.

“Something that we often don’t think about if we’re living in a modern home is that up until around 50 years ago, here in the US, air conditioning wasn’t common, so people would sit outside on their front porches to stay cool. This ‘front porch sitting’ also led to conversations with neighbors who were strolling by.”

According to the professor, there was a focus on engagement, and folks wanted to “get to know their neighbors.”

“Kids also had a lot of free time that would be spent outside because there was more freedom to run, to be loud, and to engage with other kids in the neighborhood.”

Fast-forward to the present day, and things are very different. We may live more modern lives, but we’ve also become more isolated from the rest of the neighborhood. How we socialize and amuse ourselves has profoundly changed, as we increasingly rely on digital communication and entertainment.

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Amazon Delivery Picture Of My Package On My Neighbors’ Porch. Asked My Neighbor If They Happened To Accidentally Get My Package. “Nope Didn’t See It”

Amazon Delivery Picture Of My Package On My Neighbors' Porch. Asked My Neighbor If They Happened To Accidentally Get My Package. "Nope Didn't See It"

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5 hours ago

They might have stolen your package, they might not, but you can simply report this to Amazon stating that this is not your property and that you have not received your package and they should replace/refund it.

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“Now, thinking about today, many of us have AC in our homes, front porches have shrunk in size as we have seen the ‘backyard paradise’ expand,” Professor Degges-White said.

“People focus on their patios or decks, creating an ‘oasis’ away from the ‘real world.’ In addition, kids are hooked up to electronics, and the majority of their connecting and socializing with other kids is through electronic means,” she noted.

“They play video games together, use social media to chat, and can have a huge network of acquaintances that they can Facetime and Snapchat without ever having to leave their rooms,” the professor pointed out that kids tend to spend much more time indoors these days, instead of outside.

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I Put Up A Fence To Keep My Thieving And Incredibly Nosy Neighbor Out. He Then Puts Up A Camera So That He Can Look In

I Put Up A Fence To Keep My Thieving And Incredibly Nosy Neighbor Out. He Then Puts Up A Camera So That He Can Look In

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8 hours ago

I think this would be one time I’d be happily planting leylandii – that extremely fast-growing conifer. Not a fan normally (have had nightmares with them planted in homes I’ve purchased in the past) but here they’d really come into their own!! 🌲🌲🌲 In the meantime, get lessons in archery from the neighbour’s elsewhere on this thread!!

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“Safety is another reason that folks are less likely to get to know their neighbors—kids don’t have the free rein they once did to roam the block or run errands for their parents due to fears about abduction,” she said that there seems to be a general lack of trust in the people living around us.

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“Mistrust of what others do and the sensational news stories about ‘the neighbor who didn’t look like a violent criminal/kidnapper/rapist/murderer’ raise the fear level. We may not even be aware of how these stories affect us unless we pause to consider why we’re hesitant to speak to a neighbor or wonder about why someone’s shades are always drawn.”

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Neighbors Have Been Pouring Bleach, Dog Urine, And Dirty Mop Water On My Balcony. Today’s Treat Was Dog’s Puke

Neighbors Have Been Pouring Bleach, Dog Urine, And Dirty Mop Water On My Balcony. Today’s Treat Was Dog's Puke

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5 hours ago

I suspect that they are throwing things from their own balcony and it hits yours on the way down, rather than singling you out personally. Report them to the building management company as it very likely against the terms of the lease to throw things from the balcony.

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#39

Neighbor Tried To Scare Us Out Of Parking In Our Assigned Spot

Neighbor Tried To Scare Us Out Of Parking In Our Assigned Spot

We recently moved to a new apartment complex, and have out-of-state plates. Another person had been parking in the assigned covered spot we were given. We checked with the office and they said it was the spot for our apartment and the person had probably been parking there since it had been empty for a bit. They said we didn’t have to worry about being towed. I figured it was a person who was the second car in their apartment. My suspicion seems to be confirmed as three weeks later this person hasn’t parked in any other covered spot.

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Good. I managed a property where every unit had two assigned parking spaces, period. The newer buildings had room for assigned and guest spaces. But the oldest building had no room for guest parking, just enough for the tenants’ two assigned spaces. One unit there had a car for Mom, a truck for Dad, and then bought a car for their kid. Neighbors constantly complained about them taking spaces that weren’t theirs. I gave them countless verbal and written warnings, including letting them know they would be towed. They totally ignored me, so I finally made good on the warning and had one of their cars towed that was parked in someone else’s assigned space. They came into my office to complain, and I—-AGAIN—-read them the riot act about parking in other people’s spaces. At first, they ignored that too. Then I started having them towed Every Damn Time they were parking in someone else’s space. Getting your car out of the impound lot ain’t cheap, so their arrogance was starting to cost them a pretty penny. They finally gave up, and had the kid park on the street—-which was next to their building’s tiny parking lot anyway! Thankfully, they moved out when their lease ended, and peace once more reigned in that building. (BTW, I f*****g HATED working in property management. I do not have the nasty and callous personality it takes to work for most property management companies. I doubt even being destitute would drive me to accept a job in that field ever again.)

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My Neighbors Put Spikes On Our Shared Fence To Stop Our Cats From Jumping Up

My Neighbors Put Spikes On Our Shared Fence To Stop Our Cats From Jumping Up

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Unfortunately, cats do like to do their business in other people’s gardens and people can get very sick of it, I suspect it’s that and not just the cats jumping up (though people can be odd). I’d not put these spikes up in a million years (I like cats) but I have had to pick up more than my share of cat poo considering I don’t have a cat right now. I do have two dogs and you’d think that would be off-putting but apparently not! Brave or daft, our neighbourhood moggies! Have had a fair number of killed birds as well that I’ve had to clear up – I’d rather deal with cat poo.

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