May 29, 2024 at 9:52 pm

His Cousin Chopped Down Trees On His Property Without His Permission, So He Got Cops and Lawyers Involved

by Matthew Gilligan

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Take a hint, dude!

Apparently, those words didn’t get through to this guy’s cousin and now the guy is in hot water.

Check out the story below and see what you think…

AITA for threatening to make my cousin homeless over some trees.

“My great grandpa split up his property among all his kids when he retired. When he did this it was way outside the city limits.

My grandmother only had one kid, my dad. And I am her only grandchild. My dad gave me the land.

He hit the jackpot.

My piece is the biggest. We are also close enough now for city water and power.

Some of the land has been sold to developers. My uncle subdivided his portion into acreages. He kept one and gave each of his kids a plot.

My cousin has spent ten years building his dream home. It is up the hill from my cabin. I bought an old one room school house and moved it onto my land. I love it. I will retire there someday. But it needs work.

Then there’s his cousin…

My cousin has been bugging me to clear some of my woodlot. It blocks his view of the valley. He chose that lot. I don’t know why he would pick a location with an obstructed view.

My wife and I live and work in the city. We only go out to the cabin a few times a year.

My cousin lives in his home. Him and his kids constantly throw parties there. We go if we are out at the cabin. But mostly we like having the privacy of the woodlot between us.

His cousin took action.

My cousin didn’t. He chopped down ten of the tallest trees between our properties. All of them were on my side of the fence.

The missing trees were the first thing I saw when I got out there. I immediately checked my trail cameras. I had video of him and his sons doing it.

I went over and asked him, what the ****?

He said the trees were diseased and he did me a favor. I told him I wanted to look at the wood. The trunks were gone and he only had a bunch of the branches.

Uh oh…

I called a tree guy from the university to come look at the stumps and he told me the trees were fine and that tree theft is a big deal.

I told my cousin that he had to do something or I would go to the cops. He said to go ahead. So I did. I also called a lawyer that specializes in tree law. I didn’t even know that was a thing. Each tree was worth $50k.

My cousin has gone crazy since he was served. The cops tracked down the trunks. They actually used DNA to identify my logs.

The company that bought them agreed to give me the money from the trees and testify against him if I didn’t charge them.

They figured it out…but he’s conflicted.

My uncle and my dad came to talk to me. My cousin doesn’t have the money. He would have to sell his house. And if he gets a criminal conviction it will affect his job.

We came to an agreement. My uncle gave me one of his undeveloped lots and some money. I dropped the charges against my cousin.

My family is divided. On the one hand he stole my property. On the other I took money from my uncle in return for not making my cousin homeless.

We planted new trees but they will take a long time to make up for the old ones.

My cousins are furious that I took money that was part of their inheritance but they are madder at their brother than they are at me.

My dad said that I shouldn’t have involved the law in a family dispute.”

Check out what Reddit users said about this story.

This reader said they’re NTA.

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Another person spoke up.

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This Reddit user nailed it.

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Another person said they’re NTA.

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And this person made a good point.

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Play stupid games…

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