June 4, 2024 at 11:17 pm

He Let His Neighbor Foot The Bill For A Major Repair After He Originally Offered To Do It, But The Guy Acted Like A Jerk And Refused

by Matthew Gilligan

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You try to be nice to people and look what happens

That’s basically the theme of this story from Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” page and we think you’ll be impressed by how this person handled this situation.

Check out what happened!

Neighbors gutter is flooding my property didn’t want to fix. Ok I’ll pay. Now I won’t.

“My next door neighbors house is slightly elevated higher than mine.

His gutter is not buried into a drainage system. It floods my side yard when it rains and had progressed to flooding my front yard.

I have had nice conversations in the past but he is totally ****** when referring to the people who live across the street who are wonderful nice people.

This guy sounds like a real winner.

I approached him about a year ago prior and asked him if we could jointly work on drainage issues.

He dismissed me immediately and said, “I don’t have any money to spend.”

I said ok no problem and let it go for 6 months. I approached him again one day when he was outside and said I would like to fix it and I will get 3 estimates on the work and I will pay for it since I am such a nice guy and I had just gotten a bonus at work and I am tired of walking through a mud pit.

He didn’t say anything and I told him I would get back to him with a plan and need him to sign off for HOA approval.

I am getting estimates around $2,500 to bury his downspouts and tie in drains in the ground and run to a pop off valves in the back of the house.

Sounds like a pretty good deal for this guy.

All 3 estimates wanted to do virtually the same work at around the same cost.

So I contact the HOA and put in a request to fix.

They then go to him for approval and he says I will not allow him to do the work on my house. Now I am thinking, your water run off is flooding my yard and you don’t want to approve and allow me to pay?

The HOA comes back and said we talked to him and he will does not want you fix the issue. 90% of the water is coming from his downspout.

So here comes the compliance part.

I ended up putting in a walkway with shrubs on the side of the house but that doesn’t fix the flooding issue only helps that I don’t have to walk in it.

I then filed multiple complaint against my neighbor with the HOA for the damaged caused. They send complaint letters to him telling him if he doesn’t fix the problem he would be fined.

This guy is an idiot!

He had to hire his own company and fix his own drains the exact way that I was going to do them. Then he asked me if I was going to pay. And I smiled and told him to go **** off!!!

So neighbor’s downspout on house causes my yard to flood.

I offered to fix it and pay for it. $2,500.

He stupidly said no.

He ended up having to pay for the work himself and the money I would have spent on paying for it went into putting in a walkway and a bunch of other things in my garden.”

Check out how Reddit users reacted.

This person spoke up.

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Another individual shared their thoughts.

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This Reddit user had a story to tell.

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This person shared their thoughts.

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And one individual made some good points.

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He should have taken the original offer.


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