Homebuyers looking for the perfect house to buy rarely find that such a thing exists, and at worst, discover problems after all the moving boxes have been unpacked.
Redditor Jumpy_Hat8913 is a 27-year-old woman who bought a new home in an area where she had hoped to have more privacy, but that was not the case.
She visited the “Am I the A**hole?” (AITA) subReddit to ask a hypothetical “Would I Be The A**hole” (WIBTA) question after struggling with a dilemma involving an inconvenient situation on her property.
“WIBTA for building a fence to keep kids out of my yard”
The Original Poster (OP) explained:
“I purchased a house in November in the suburbs looking for more privacy and due to [the virus] I haven’t met many of my neighbors.”
“This winter 3 kids started showing up to sled in my yard. I’m not sure which house they live in, but no one has introduced themselves to me.”
“It only happened a couple of times, so I decided to let it go.”
“Fast forward to a week ago and the same kids started showing up and are playing on a swing set left to me by the previous owner.”
“I was kind of annoyed because no one had asked and I felt like they were making me responsible for their kids since no adults were around.”
“Also we live a block from a huge park with a playground in a very quiet neighborhood.”
“My boyfriend thinks we should go talk to the neighbors about it and ask for at least an adult to be present. I just want to build a fence and not have to deal with it. But I feel bad denying children joy.”
“So, WIBTA if I built a fence (with permits and a land survey) without consulting my neighbors and denying children a place to play?”
Strangers online were asked to declare one of the following:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
Many Redditors sided with the OP and viewed her as someone who would not be the a**hole.
“NTA. Put a fence up and i guarantee the parents will show up to tell you that you are an a**. You are not one tho🤪” – TemporaryExam5717
“And if one of those kids get hurt a letter from their lawyer will be in your mailbox.”
“Build a fence. NTA” – Jim-Holden
“Yep-NTA- I am in the process of having a fence built for the same reason. I have kids just randomly walking around in my backyard. I caught one with her dogs by calling out to her from the window.”
“She looked so guilty. Her response was, my dogs haven’t gone to the bathroom, I asked, what are you doing in my backyard?, she said its nice. I asked her to please not wander into my backyard. Fence is going up next week.” – InitialFoot
“Only in America would an ‘attractive nuisance’ — yes that is the legal term — make the homeowner legally liable for injuries that occur to children who TRESPASS on their property.”