I signed up for the app Nextdoor when I misplaced my dog for a few hours (that story has as happy ending, at least), and in the days before I took the time to cancel it, I got a glimpse into the lives of my neighbors…
It’s a little appalling how much free time people seem to have.
And that they seem to choose to spend that free time complaining about the people who live around them in their neighborhoods.
Because here’s the deal – you buy a house in a neighborhood, you get neighbors. People living their lives, doing their thing, whatever, while you do the same a few doors down.
This woman, who posted her story on the subreddit Am I The A**hole, wanted to know if she was a jerk for running before she goes to work in the morning (usually around 5am). Her neighbors had let her know they thought she was, since her route woke many of them up before they wanted.
The were upset not because she was being loud, mind you. But because their dogs, their security lights, their video doorbells were being set off by her running past.
Yeah. They wanted her to stop living her life because their own stuff was inconveniencing them.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that most people on Reddit took her side – she should continue to run whenever she damn well pleases, because not everyone can afford a gym or change their workout schedule at will.
Do better, people. Or you know, go live in the woods. I’m sure the critters will be super amenable to staying away from your dogs and security lights.