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Old 05-30-2007, 08:19 PM
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Wife calls me today to tell me the landscapers doing the spring clean up across the street are taking wheel barrow loads of crap and dumping it across the street on our property.

On my way home I pull the jeep over, hop out and ask one of kids of they have been doing this and he says no.

I drive up my 700' driveway quick change of clothes and grab the push mower so I can mow the area down by the street where they were dumping the crap. Keep in mind my house is 700' from the road and you can't see it from the street but it's very much a residential neighborhood with every house more or less 100' from the street except 3 of us way up on the hill.

So I go back down and start mowing and I come across a dozen or so piles of weeds and other crap they've been dumping on my property. I stop the mower and call the kid over I talked to the first time.

I say " these are the piles I told you about earlier so what's the deal?"
He says "It was not us"
Me: "My wife witnessed you guys doing it today as she was driving out of the driveway"
Him: "What ever"

He walks away.

At this point I had a few choice words for the kid. He walked away and then one of his co workers came over. He said they may have dumped a couple of loads there but he was not sure. A few minutes later another kid came over and said he thinks he may have dumped the stuff there but can't remember because it had been a long day.

In my mind these kids crossed the street to dump yard waste from one client onto another's property and I should have kicked their arses.

Am I over reacting?
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:24 PM
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You are not over reacting, kick their a$$es
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:26 PM
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I think an azz kicking would be a tad primative, if you don't mind me saying so. I think holding them down and making them eat some of it would be more appropriate.

Seriously, we have a good bit of road frontage and one end doesn't look like it belongs to us. A couple of years ago a neighbor down the street pruned some trees and dumped it down our bank. That evening we picked it all up and transferred it back to their driveway, in a huge pile. Sunday morning, let's go to church, whoops, can't get out the driveway. We got a little apology note but they are weird as chit anyway.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:29 PM
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I know it might be a little effort, but I'd bring their stuff back! Take it back to your nieghbor and explain how you got it. Let him deal with his yard boys.


No I don't think you are over reacting. I own some property and I could tell you some stories you would not believe. Everything from hippie mushroom pickers, to people cutting my pine trees down to use for Xmas trees. Best one was ten year old that got a .22 rifle for Xmas, using my barn for target practice, because his mom told him it was okay to go shoot it on my property.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:43 PM
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Thanks for the words of wisdom. I'm definitely venting here and still a bit miffed about it but definitely not at my neighbor since he did not instruct them to do it. He's actually a decent guy. It's a pretentious neighborhood and me dumping it on his driveway would be considered low brow in the eyes of other home owners.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:15 PM
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Go knock on your neighbors door and talk to him.

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:19 PM
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File trespassing charges (or have your wife do it, since she saw them), if for no other reason, at least yo'll have the incident documented. Was is just some kids, or was it an actual landscape contractor? If it was a contractor, speak to him and tell him you want the stuff removed immediately. Also, tell the neighbor what happened. Hopefully he'll disapprove and never uset he guys again.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:37 PM
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I already fired off an email to my neighbor and I'm sure he'll call me tomorrow to discuss. He and I are on excellent terms. It's a landscaping company and one of the kids must have called the boss because as I was finishing up a big F250 diesel came storming down the road and the guy just sat in the truck as I was throwing my mower and rake into the back of the wrangler. I was hoping he'd be man enough to come out but he stayed in the truck.

What's ironic is my neighbor directly across the street threw a hissy fit when my neighbor on the hill was plowing snow across the road and onto his property. He was not tearing up the property but the owner thought the sand being dragged across the road was being deposited on his property and causing it harm. They threw a fit and told the entire neighborhood what a bad guy my neighbor is when in fact he's a really nice guy. Does he know that when the town plow clears the street all the snow from the road gets pushed onto his property???

I think Jim Morrison summed it up best quite a few years ago: People are Strange!

Oh and by the way, in the email to my neighbor I told him I charge $75 per cubic yard per month to store yard clean up waste material on my property
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:32 AM
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Joe, It's an easy fix.

Your neighbor calls his landscaping company and tells them to clean up the mess they left on your property. If it gets done he pays the invoice. If it's not done, he keeps the money to pay someone else to remove it and start using them for the weekly maintenance and file charges. I'll bet it doesn't get that far. Have him look on the invoice for a dumping charge. The landscapers in town here charge 45 a load.

If you'd like, I have about 300 cubic yards of compost I'm willing to share. Come and get it.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:20 AM
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Geeezzz................


And we thought HOA's were bad.


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Old 05-31-2007, 11:21 AM
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Unauthorised dumping is a crime in most areas. Your area my just consider this simple littering which will not get more than a ticket and cleanup order. Since the stuff came from your neighbor's yard I'd expect he'd bear the civil liability for the cleanup and theoreticaly have to charge it back to his contractor if they wont do the job.

Since you've communicated to the neighbor I expect he'll co-operate with you but if neither gets instant gratification from the landscaper I'd call the cops because the statute of limitations for this could be short.

Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:31 PM
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welder - 5/30/2007 9:15 PM

Go knock on your neighbors door and talk to him.
Exactly. These guys work for him, its from his yard.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:37 PM
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Throw heavers at them!

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Old 05-31-2007, 06:48 PM
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Yep, call the cops and have them handle it. Illegal dumping is a serious charge.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:56 PM
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Mist-Rest - 5/31/2007 8:32 AM

Joe, It's an easy fix.

Your neighbor calls his landscaping company and tells them to clean up the mess they left on your property. If it gets done he pays the invoice. If it's not done, he keeps the money to pay someone else to remove it and start using them for the weekly maintenance and file charges. I'll bet it doesn't get that far. Have him look on the invoice for a dumping charge. The landscapers in town here charge 45 a load.

If you'd like, I have about 300 cubic yards of compost I'm willing to share. Come and get it.


I'm with Mist Rest, Is all about the dollar. If you are holding up payment he will move it !
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:27 PM
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awscwi I'm with Mist Rest, Is all about the dollar. If you are holding up payment he will move it !

I don't manage multi million dollar personal properties by being a dope. You can bet your last months check that they would be on the job in the AM cleaning their crap up.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:33 PM
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My neighbor offered to hold back payment until the matter is resolved. Thanks again for the words of wisdom.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:42 PM
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Instead of asking the kids you should of came straight out and said listen my wife saw you guys dumping the crap, would you guys get it out of there thanks etc. If they didn't do it threaten to call the boss or call the boss.
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It's good to hear that there is still some grains of good in this world.
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