There are few things more vexing than annoying neighbors. For one Redditor, “annoying” went to a whole other level–their neighbors were actually stealing from their mom’s garden.
So they took things into their own hands and starting calling out the thieving neighbors. But in the end, they weren’t quite sure they’d handled it correctly, so they went to the AITA (Am I The A**hole) subReddit to get some perspective.
The Original Poster (OP), who goes by the name winmdoze on the site, asked:
“AITA for making a punny “wall of shame” for people who stole from my mom’s garden?”
“My mom is really into gardening and sometimes people have come by and stole potted plants, yard statuettes, and even dug whole plant bulbs with plants out of the ground. Or cut all the roses off her bushes because they were too cheap to buy from the florist I guess.”
“Anyway my dash cam of my car which I park in the driveway near the garden bed caught most all of them close up and as a way to help my mom not have her plants stolen I printed all their pictures out and made a poster that said”
“‘Oh Hay there! Don’t be a Daffy-dil and steal, or else you might end up doing hard Thyme! We hope Thistle be a lesson to Yew!”
“And I put the pictures of everyone stealing from the garden around the border. Also gave each person a funny fake name : ‘mr potato head’ ‘dill-a-tante’ ‘pothead’ ‘prick’ ‘Succ-er’ ‘i peony in my pants’ ‘frond-less’ ‘dirt-bag’ ‘in-fertile’ and ‘root boy'”
“I thought it was funny and cutesy, like how can you be offended with dumb plant puns… My mom thought it was hilarious and wanted me to hang it up because she was sick of seeing stuff stolen”
“But I got a couple complains, one neighbor said I needed to take it down because I had a picture of his son a minor who did something dumb yes but was just trying to bring his sick girlfriend flowers. And that is was disproportionate and rude to publicly shame him.”
“I told him that it wasn’t that big of a deal and he told me that I was being petty. I called his kid a little Birch which pissed him off and honestly might of been petty.”
“Another guy came to the house and returned a cutting his wife apparently took to propogate thinking it would be no big deal… But yeah it damaged the plant because she cut like a quarter off. And he asked if we’d take down the sign because she was on the board of directors or something from the town and whatever.”
“My mom had answered the door and told him to make like a bee and buzz off.”
“Anyway I guess they both know each other and now both these familys are annoyed.”
“AITA for making a petty sign about people stealing from my mom’s garden? Hoping to get them to stop?”
OP’s fellow Redditors were then asked to judge who was in the wrong in this situation based on the following categories:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Perhaps unsurprisingly, people loved OP’s puns but didn’t love the neighborhood theft ring laying waste to their mom’s garden.