Mom angry at neighbor’s ‘crazy request’ after daughter drove past house on scooter

A woman went to Mumsnet to complain about one of her miserable neighbors who complained that her children were playing on their scooters in front of her house

The neighbor complained about the woman's children
The neighbor complained about the woman’s children

Playing outside used to be a common part of growing up and having fun, but in today’s society it’s less common for a variety of reasons.

Whether it’s because of the appeal of video games, staying indoors to chat with friends on their iPads, or simply having miserable neighbors who complain when they play outside.

Seeing kids playing outside is rarer but such a heartwarming sight. When a mother complained about her children, she was taken aback.

She claims a neighbor knocked on her door to moan that her children rode past her house on scooters.

The mom took to Mumsnet let out She wrote: “We live on a small estate (22 houses). One of my neighbors knocked on my door yesterday and asked if I could please stop my kids riding their scooters past their house.

“Today my daughter came in to tell me that the neighbor had now asked her not to drive on the sidewalk in front of her house. I went outside. She asked me why my children ride horses on the footpath right in front of her house.

Her kids rode their scooters and just had fun


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“I told her; it’s a footpath. You’re allowed on the footpath. I asked my daughter not to be right in front of her house, but my son is autistic. I told her that. He doesn’t understand, ‘Drive not with your scooter on that particular stretch of footpath”.

“But am I unreasonable to think that what she asked is unreasonable? You can’t ask people not to use a footpath!

“You’re not on her property, in fairness she can absolutely ask people not to be on her property but she can’t control the footpath. She complained that they rode their scooters near her car.

“Your car is right next to the footpath. She’s on a corner house, so she probably has more walkways in front of her house than most. But that’s really nobody’s fault.

“She really takes it personally. ‘You are in front of MY house’. They’re on the footpath, they’re not looking in their windows!”

It seems quite unreasonable not to allow children to ride their scooters outside in public, and many people took to the comments to share the sentiment of the original poster.

One sympathized, writing: “I have no advice but on the estate where I grew up we had neighbors like this. In the 1980’s we played on the streets and sidewalks in the back streets.

“There was a house with thick curtains where an ‘old couple’ lived and they would scream if you did anything outside of their house. Even in passing. bonkers. And we did.

“Now I would tell them to buy the sidewalk and the road if they want control of it…”

Another wrote: “The footpath doesn’t belong to her so she can’t dictate that. Tell your daughter to move on. What a pathetic neighbor.”

“Yes, madness. We are on a dead end street and often have children driving or biking past as it is a safe stretch for them. I like watching them drive by and being on the road!” said another.

One raged: “I know the guy, thinks you own the street!”

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