Man Annoys Neighbors with Loud Music All Night
A woman gets her revenge on her inconsiderate next-door neighbor who insists on playing loud heavy metal music every night until 3 am.
Edith woke with a start. A blast of sound evicted her from her dream. She sat up dazed in her bed and looked at her bedside alarm clock. The red digits blinked at her insolently. 02:30. Unbelievable, she thought.
Esther jumped out of bed and slammed her hand onto her bedroom wall. "Quiet down!" she screamed. "People are trying to sleep!" Instead of turning down the music, someone turned it way up. Esther decided to take action...
Esther picked up her key, and her cell phone and stormed out the door. She walked briskly down the hall and knocked on her neighbor's door. "Hey!" she yelled. "OPEN UP!" After a few long moments, the door opened.
A tall man stood in the doorway scowling. "What do you want?" he snarled.
"I want you to turn down that music! It's two-thirty in the morning and we are all trying to sleep!"
"Get some earplugs!" the man yelled. "That's what everyone else does."
"You mean that our neighbors all wear earplugs?" gasped Esther.
"Yeah! Of course. I've been living here for the last 8 years and no-one's ever complained!" the man said.
"That's because you're such a brute that they're all afraid of you, but I'm NOT!" Esther said fiercely.
"Oh yeah?" asked the man towering over Esther with a menacing look. Esther poked her finger at his chest. "I don't get scared, mister! I'm a black belt in Karate, and I do mix martial arts. You try to threaten me!"
"I wasn't threatening you!" the man said, backing away.
"RIGHT!" said Esther scornfully. "You turn down that music, or ELSE!"
"Or else what?" asked the man mockingly. "You'll call your mommy?"
"No," said Esther, "I'll call the police!"
"Try it," said the man triumphantly, "My brother-in-law is the commissioner of police!"
Respect other people's rights if you value your own.
Esther stomped back to her apartment where she pulled her pillow over her head and tried desperately to fall asleep despite the thundering rock 'n' roll shaking her walls. There had to be a way to get a good night's sleep!
But the next night it was the same, and the next and the next...Esther was determined not to buy the earplugs. There had to be a way for Esther to show the man that his behavior was unacceptable.
She tossed and turned for hours until finally, the noise ended at around 6:00 am. The man was probably going to sleep, Esther thought, and that was when a brilliant idea hit her. She leapt out of bed with a gloating smile on her face and ran to her living room.
She slipped her favorite CD into the hi-fi and cranked up the volume to the max. The glorious sound of Maria Callas singing Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" filled the air. Oh glory, thought Esther, giggling madly, sweet, sweet revenge!
A few minutes later there was pounding on her walls, followed by pounding on her door. Esther sauntered over to the door and opened it with a sweet smile. "Yes?" she asked, "Can I help you?"
The man next door stood in the hallway in a pajama with his hair standing on end and his eye goggling out. "Turn that music down!" he screamed. "I'm trying to sleep!"
"Oh dear," said Esther sweetly. "Sorry about that, I suggest you get some earplugs?"
"I work at night!" the man screamed. "I need to sleep1"
"I work during the day," Esther replied calmly. "And I need the inspiration my music gives me." The man was becoming more and more distraught. "I'm calling the police!" he screamed.
"Gosh!" cried Esther. "What are you going to tell them? That I play music during the day? You can ask your brother-in-law, but I think I'm within my rights."
The man clenched his fists and opened and closed his mouth like a fish a few times before turning his back and walking away. Esther closed the door behind him with a satisfying snap.
That night was the most peaceful Esther had had since she'd moved into the building two months before. "The wonderful sound of silence!" she cried happily. But that morning, when she got up at 6:00 am she indulged in Jose Carreras' interpretation of "Nessum Dorma" at full blast.
Three days later, a sweetly smiling and very humble neighbor knocked on her door. He apologized to Esther for his lack of consideration in playing rock music so loud during the night. He begged her understanding of his situation.
All in all, it was very gratifying and Esther was very gracious. She agreed to play her music late in the afternoon, and the man agreed to get some blue tooth headphones so he could enjoy his rock without disturbing anyone. Peace returned to the building to everyone's relief.
What can we learn from this story?1. Respect other people's rights
2. Fight fire with fire. Esther very cleverly turned the tables on her neighbor while staying within the law, and won the battle.
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