The reality is that he knew that he was to blame for it. He will be the first one to admit that he messed up. He did not expect, though, that the neighbor would try to take advantage of an honest mistake. He booted his computer at a loss for what to do and used a search engine to look her up. He didn’t really expect anything of use to be found, so he was shocked when he saw the incredible pictures. In the end, after what she made him go through, he was able to use them as proof to get his way and get back at her. In the incriminating photos, what exactly did he find anyway?
His Life Was Monotonous
In this story, the young man goes by the name Kristopher Hess. He recently got into some routine … He would work for a local security company for 16 hours, then head home at 8 a.m. to catch up on sleep. That’s how every single day went for him. When his best friend called him to say he’d be around for a few days, Kristopher was happy to break his day’s daily grind. Though excited during the visit, things got ugly.
A Break From Routine
His childhood best friend, Mark, was around for the weekend of Independence Day. Kristopher couldn’t wait to be reunited with his old pal. That’s why he asked for work leave! He wants to spend as much time as possible with Mark. He also used his savings to make sure they had a good time together. They wanted to kick back and catch up on snacks and drinks. But Mark suggested doing something else …
How To Celebrate The Holiday
When it happened, it was a hot day. The area hadn’t seen rain for more than two months. The two pulled up some deck chairs and began chatting. A few beers later, a way to spice up the holiday was suggested by Mark. As he suggested that they could set off “good ‘ole American fireworks,” there was a twinkle in his eye and a sly grin. Even though Kristopher was not fully into the idea, he decided to give in…
They Bought Fireworks
Kristopher checked if his dad was around before they proceeded with the plan. The answer was no, so he emptied his savings to buy the fireworks. “To be fair, I have had nothing but bad experiences with fireworks, so I had no idea how this would be any different,” he said. “We got home with the fireworks, and we laid them all out on the floor; Sparklers, Bottle Rockets, Cakes, and Roman Candles.”
It Was Fun While It Lasted
As the two of them checked out their haul, it felt like Christmas had come early. Then Kristopher asked, “Why don’t we mess around with some sparklers since it’s still not dark yet?” “Mark was happy, of course, to hear him suggest this. In the first place, this was what he had in mind. Unfortunately, not long after that, things went downhill for them! What happened when the fireworks were set off?
Nothing More Than A Huge Mistake
Two sparklers were lit by Kristopher: one for him and the other for his best pal. They both stared at the sparks that were tumbling down their arms. As they made tracers, drew patterns, and relived their fond memories of childhood, they waved the sticks around. They had no idea at the time that this was going to be the source of Kristopher’s headache. He recounted later, “One of the little sparkies from mine and my friends’ sparkler made contact with the ground and made two small fires…”
The Lawn Went Up In Flames
They hadn’t expected things would get out of hand. The backyard was, unfortunately, so dry that two small fires soon turned into a raging inferno. To their horror, the flames were also approaching the neighbor’s yard. “I ran as fast as I could to grab the garden hose and quickly started spraying down the fire. It was no use; it was spreading faster than I could spray it,” said Kristopher.
She Saw An Opportunity
Kristopher called 911 as his friend tried his best to put out the flames. It was, unfortunately, too late for them to do anything about it. The neighbor came out to help them extinguish it once the fire made contact with the flames. Kristopher was guilty, but because Patricia seemed to understand the situation, he felt revived. But that wasn’t the case. He even noticed her sinister grin disappeared as soon as it came.
After A Long Day At Work
His break was stressful, but he had no option but to go back to work after that. He was still feeling bad about what happened. It felt as though he was wasting his day off. He was more than ready to rest after he departs from work on the first day back. There was a surprise awaiting him, though, as soon as he got home!
Asking Him For Money
To his surprise, he saw Patricia’s two quotes. One was for $4,000, intended for a new fence. The other was for $6,000 to replace the lawn. Kristopher had no such cash with him. He was out after spending his last dime on the fireworks. He showed the quotes to his dad. The old man told Kristopher, “Son, don’t you give that con artist a single dime,” after seeing it was written in Microsoft Word and had no company name or logo.
Taking Matters Into His Own Hand
Besides the amount of money, she also added a note at the bottom: “I will also be having you pay my water bill for 3 months because the new yard will need lots of water.” Kristopher was shocked by the whole thing. He decided to blow some steam on Reddit. He posted, “Now the fence this woman had before was raggedy and falling apart. Her yard? Dead grass, weeds everywhere, never mowed it. Now looking at this paper, she wants a mahogany fence and a brand new back yard with flowers and trimmed hedges? I said, ‘I need to get an estimate myself; this doesn’t feel right…’”
Using His Connections
Luckily, one of his buddies was a contractor. The lawn was probably in bad shape, even years before the accident, according to this person. With all fire damage, they couldn’t prove this. Patricia needed a fresh lawn, a mahogany fence, flowers, trimmed hedges, and more. Thankfully, Kristopher knew someone who could do all that for a reasonable price. He even asked the contractor to check the location and give a quote.
She Threw A Fit
The contractor went the next day to the house. Before they could even inspect the damage, however, Patricia interrupted them. As she yelled, she was flailing her arms, “I did not give you permission to get an estimate on my fence!” Kristopher told her, “The fence separates the property line, so it’s both of our fences.” Another clear sign that she was panicking was that she asked the cops for help! Uh-oh…
Giving Her The Estimates
Kristopher shared, “She calls the cops on me for having a contractor, and they ultimately can’t do a single thing because I’m on my property.” “She quickly finishes the estimate off at $1,200.” The truth is there’s a lot of connections this teen has. He met a guy during his time as a grocer who took care of the lawns. This guy said that he could reseed the lawn for $800 or so. On the ProRevenge subreddit, Kristopher told the folks, “After I get these estimates, I give copies to the woman, and she is having none of it.”
She Made Excuses
She told him,” I don’t know these people, I don’t want them near my house, they’re probably terrible contractors,” when Kristopher sent Patricia the estimates. In an attempt to make her understand, he told her, “No, I know them personally. They are really nice people and do great work.” She clearly didn’t try to see it from his perspective, though. She simply closed the door right in his face, actually.
The Last Straw
He said, “I ended up working a 16hr shift that night and got home at 8 am, and this woman came knocking on my door at 9 am and demanded I speak to her.” He added, “I explained, ‘I would really love to do this, but I just got home, and I have to be back at work in less than 5 hours. I need to sleep.’” Her response to that? “What kind of lazy jerk sleeps in until 2 pm?” Well, for Kristopher, this was the last straw. He was done getting this rude woman pushed around!
Giving Her An Ultimatum
“At this point, I had about lost it and told her: ‘you can either accept my $2000 for my quotes or get nothing.’ She stood there for a while with her mouth open, but she accepted my offer and planned to meet down at the notary the next morning,” he shared. In the belief that she finally saw some sense, he drew up a contract for her when he got home from work. He even gathered $2,000 to pay her for the work! Nevertheless, it turned out she had another plan in mind …
She Stood Him Up
He got up the following morning and fetched the contract. He couldn’t wait until it was finally over. He wanted nothing more than to never speak to this woman again! He went to the notary’s office to meet her, but hours later, she did not show up there. “I get a message from her saying ‘I’m sorry the $2000 isn’t enough, I’m having my guys start work on this project, and you will be paying me the full price,’” he shared. Kristopher knew, after this, that he had to come up with a different plan.
Waiting For An Opportunity
He said, “After that, I did not say a single word to her, and I watched for a few months as these guys turned her backyard into an oasis, complete with a small pond, brand new Sod, flowers, the whole 9 yards.” Then he went on and said, “Come to find out she had plans to remodel these things for a long time and was just waiting for the opportunity to go through with it.”
He Looked Her Up Online
It’s important to know, first of all, that Kristopher knew he messed up. He felt guilty about burning her yard and even wanted to make it up to her. But she just tried to exploit him! He turned on his computer at a loss as to what to do next. He was shocked to see her photos on a community page when he went to Facebook that they were both parts of. He couldn’t believe what he saw. It seems the reason she wanted more money was finally discovered.
The Photos In Question
“She used her remodel funds to go on a trip to Hawaii. Do you know how I found out about this? She was bragging about it on the neighborhood Facebook group and didn’t know I was in it,” he said. The photos were all there to be seen by everybody. She was drinking expensive cocktails at a luxury resort in Hawaii the whole time! She and her girlfriends were chilling out there as he worked hard to pay her. “He finally asked the Reddit community, “Are you ready for revenge?”
Taking It To Court
He shared, “Now, four months after the fire and all the remodels, I get served papers to go to court for $10,300. At 18 years old, I have to hire a lawyer to work my case.” He continued, “When we finally do get into court, I lay everything out: the quotes, being harassed multiple times, not showing up after agreeing to a deal, not wanting me to get my own quotes (required by law btw), and her bragging about conning me out of money… and, I have proof of all of this.”
What The Judge Told Her
He recalled, “The judge looked at her and said, ‘Ma’am with all due respect, you’re out of your dadgum mind. Not only did this young man tell the truth of what happened, but he also offered to pay you more than he was supposed to. ‘Your lawn was already dead before the fire occurred; therefore, he is only responsible for the fence of $1200. I will also deduct from this his lawyer fees.’”
He Got The Last Laugh
He told Redditors, as a conclusion to the story, “She took a huge financial loss from this, not sure how much the Hawaii trip cost her, but she was in serious debt. She ended up having to sell the house because of it and moved into a smaller house. Haven’t heard anything from her since.” He continued, “To this day, I still do not use fireworks because we could’ve really hurt someone. What I have learned through this, though, is its best to take responsibility for your actions from the gate.”
Neighbors Are Not Always Pleasant
If you think this story is crazy, wait until we have another one to tell you. Without actually having one, we could not imagine what having a bad neighbor is. How does someone deal with such a situation? By talking calmly and trying to have a mature, respectful conversation? But what if it’s impossible to talk to them? Living next to someone you don’t see is so uncomfortable. But there’s always a choice, and the man in the story we’re about to tell you showed courage and inspired us all at the same time. Once we tell you what happened, you will not be able to take your eyes off the screen!
Going Too Far
As he was parking his car in his driveway, he was outraged. Since he’s a police officer, he’s got many different things in his entire service. But he could not compare what he saw that day with anything he had seen before. Once he had seen what his neighbors had done, his blood boiled! His first reaction? To close his fits as hard as he can to calm himself down. That was it, and the war had begun, so he said between his teeth, “This is war.”
The Officer Of The Law
Let’s have the hero of our story introduced. For 40 years, David Ellis had been a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. His work mainly consisted of catching those involved in drugs and fraud. He lived and always complied with the law in a small private neighborhood. He found a hobby to do on weekends, working in his garden, after so many years.
The Last Straw
As if it was his most precious treasure, he took care of his garden. However, David, who spent the morning cutting the grass, watering the plants, and taking care of his little oasis every weekend, was about to set off. David liked to relax after the rough week of enforcing the law by taking care of his beautiful garden.
The Crux Of The Drama
It’s not all as it appears. Soon enough, some rude and disrespectful neighbors would make sure that everything David had worked on would be destroyed. The curious fact is that somehow they were connected, but they didn’t get along and kept their distance for a while. David never looked for trouble and let each of them have his own. That’s until the ball is too big—all the problems revolved around the path that surrounded David’s property.
“A Complete Nutjob”
Many potholes seemed to appear out of the blue, but David took the matter into his own hands and fixed them for years, given that no one cared or did anything to fix it. He was worried that there might be an accident and somebody would get hurt. Not everybody is like David, unfortunately, and his neighbors had different plans for them.
Passing The Responsibility
His neighbors were trying to turn the gravel onto the asphalt, and David refused. No one was willing to pay the money to do it. This was the reason for the fighting, a fight that had been going on for generations to come, between the two parties. Even David’s daughter said she couldn’t remember a time when there was no fighting between them, and she said, “Everybody here is a complete nutjob.”
A Gesture Of Goodwill
Even though he didn’t have to do it, David was the only one taking care of the gravel road. In the meantime, his neighbors would laugh at him, and so David’s daughter was so angry with the injustice that she told her dad to do something to put an end to the conflict once and for all. His neighbors were so ungrateful that they took advantage of David instead of being appreciative.
Enough Is Enough
However, some people are just tough to talk to or to reason with, and some of them were David’s neighbors, who blamed him for the situation. How is justice like this? How did the neighbors have the nerve to come and complain to David about the way he took care of the gravel? The road was used daily by all of the residents in that gated community!
Protecting What Was His
One thing that needs to be mentioned to understand the story is that there was only a square meter of David’s private yard in the gravel. And this was the way to avoid all kinds of accidents and make it easy for divers to pass through their property without the risk of damaging it. But David was so nice that he was willing to negotiate with his neighbors.
Inspecting The Damage
As if it wasn’t enough, David also offered them 3 square feet of his land, so the turn around where he lived would be easier for them. He just wanted everyone to be happy. However, the neighbors were so stuck on their idea that they rejected David’s proposal completely instead of reaching a compromise. They also drove closer to his property, which could be easily damaged at this point.
A Series Of Barrels
Until the day arrived, David could still handle the situation, and enough was enough. One of his neighbors had ordered wood, and he did a bad turn and drove over his fence as the truck was trying to get past David’s property. Of course, one would assume that the damage had to be repaired in cash or otherwise, but no one was willing to do it. His daughter, Miha, said, “We had to replant these plants and place a new metal fence,”
“My father told me this was not the first time this happened, but the third. I couldn’t believe it when I heard this.” David finally decided to take matters into his hands and protect his property once the police had finished mending the fence. The neighbors had reached another level of disrespect and disregard towards him. After the event, he went home and carefully evaluated the damage, saying, “This is war.” He had given his neighborhood everything, and, in turn, they were ungrateful.
Thinking Up Other Ways
He snapped and decided that perfect revenge was the only way to change the situation when he saw that the cypress trees had been damaged. He decided to place large barrels around his portion of the gravel, which his neighbors were supposed to pass through. They didn’t understand at first, but they would soon learn they weren’t just simple barrels.
Petty Revenge Turning Pro
But the story isn’t over yet. Three neighbors knocked at his door in a matter of six hours, angry as ever because their cars had been damaged after hitting the barrels David had placed on his property. The barrels were full of rocks, so the car could easily be damaged by a hit. But this wasn’t all. David had more surprises coming for them.
Cement And Poles
His neighbor threatened him and said he would call the police, and even worse, he told him to watch out because he could get a “pickaxe to the back.” No one knew the law better than David, so he kept his cool and told the neighbor that since it was his property and the neighbors knew this, he had all the right to put the barrels there. But the fight was still not over.
The New Solution
The barrels worked initially and seemed to protect his property, but they would soon get damaged after being hit by so many passing cars. So, as expected, the barrels broke down and stopped working after a year. He had something different to come up with, but after realizing that the war wasn’t going to be won so easily, he knew that he had to take his game up a notch, and so he did something one night that would finally teach his neighbors a lesson.
A Lesson Learned
When returning home, the first person that would discover the surprise did not know what was coming. As usual, without looking twice and noting that there was flower bread laid around his property, he decided to pass through David’s property. The neighbor became angry and had a long talk with his insurance company. David’s plan, meanwhile, seemed to have worked this time.
David had enough of the negligence of his neighbor and came up with the perfect plan. His daughter Miha wrote on the Reddit thread r/ProRevenge, “My dad was furious; he cut some wood to use it as a mold. He bought cement, sand, and metal poles. One peaceful afternoon, my father and I cemented that whole part of the land and placed some lovely flowers on top. So when they hit the concrete, they can smell our flowers of victory/defeat.”
After the first person encountered the new technique, David knew that his plan was working. David had put a small concrete hidden by the flowerbed right on the part where the neighbors did the turn or (some) cut right through the land. They could not destroy his estate anymore.
Without looking twice, several of his disrespectful neighbors damaged their cars while cutting through the corner. They had to learn the hard way, but they would eventually learn to stay away from his estate. The angry knocking at his door was done. But when one of them decided to hire a lawyer to find a way to stop David, the battle was not over.
As it is natural, many cars got damaged, which led David to prove to the insurance companies that since it was his property, what he had done was legal. He had done his homework and knew the risk of the cement wall being planted. But because that piece of land belonged to him, no one could tell him anything.
As David’s revenge story went viral since it was shared on Reddit, it just made those who read it so happy. One of them has written, “I’m very amused by the logic some people go by, for example, If I intentionally hit your property and it damages my vehicle, it’s still your fault (the owner of the property) for trying to protect your property and not letting me just destroy your property… and you should compensate me for the damage caused by my stupidity.”
Another person posted the following: “They ran over your trees? OHHH BOY, If they run over any more of your trees, look up your local laws about trees. People have been sued for TONS of money over the destruction of trees because they take so long to grow, so they have a lot of value.” What are your thoughts on the ultimate decision of David? Has it gotten out of hand?