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Woman Angers Neighbors After Explaining She Plays Loud Music To Drown Out Their Having Sex

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Noisy neighbors are one of the things apartment or condo dwellers often have to deal with.

One fought noise with noise. After getting flack from their neighbors, they turned to the “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for feedback.

Redditor Wubalubatubtub asked:

“AITA for telling my neighbors that I turn on my music louder because I don’t want to hear them having sex?”

The Original Poster (OP) explained:

“My neighbors upstairs have very… Vigorous sex. That’s fine, you do you honey.”

“My issue is that we live in an old block and I can hear everything. I have worn headphones in the past and just sucked it up because we’re in lockdowns and we all gotta get along and who am I to dampen their fun.”

“They don’t block completely and to do so they have to be uncomfortably loud.”

“)Recently because I wear my headphones all day for meetings and I have a headache from them pinching, I’ve just started playing music on my speaker instead. I turn it up to 50% and while it doesn’t drown this out, it helps instead of hearing those bed springs and moans etc… etc….”

“Lately they’ve been doing it a lot – what else you gonna do in lockdown amirite?”

“I have other noise issues with them (they play music all day and very loud to the point my work meetings are a bit painful for people meeting me as the noise carries) too but assume it goes both ways and I am really not trying to cause issues with them.”

“My neighbor knocked earlier today and said that they’d appreciate if I can keep my music down. I only play it on speaker when they’re having sex, and said it was only at that level for my own comfort as otherwise I can hear everything and I feel like it gives me some space and them some level of privacy – as much as I can provide short of leaving the building.”

“He got a bit heated about it saying that it was an issue and said I was a bitch. I said it was reasonable to ask but that they need to respect that I live here too and I’ve been very accommodating in terms of noise levels.”

“AITA for playing music when they’re doing their thing?”

Redditors weighed in on the situation by declaring:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • NAH – No A**holes Here
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here

Redditors decided the OP was not the a**hole.

“Omg so NTA. If they’re gonna hump you can pump (up the volume).” ~ nonojf

“NTA, but since I am an AH, I’d probably play Bolero every sexy time, on repeat, until they’re finished.” ~ lakehermit

“My husband tried the music thing with the neighbors (before we met) but it didn’t work. He tried talking to them and that didn’t work either.”

“So then he started yelling encouragement!”

“Ex ‘yeah you’re getting her good; she does like it just like that; woooohoooo you get that game, ect..’.”

“They stopped being loud at 2 in the am when he had to be up at 5am very quickly.” ~ Scheme-Disastrous

“Narrate the entire thing like you’re narrating a ball game (sorry, I don’t know the terms. I’m not a sportsballer person lol).”

“‘What showmanship!’ ‘This move here is a risky one; can he pull it off?’ ‘I haven’t seen a game like this since 1995, Jerry!’ Etc…”

“Somebody who’s funnier and more creative than me, please add on some better lines haha.” ~ lulugingerspice

“Bonus points if you do it in Jim Brockmire’s voice and style, too.”

“‘Ladies and gentlemen, I have not seen a re-entry like that since Skylab came back down in ’79, although from the sounds of it this involves considerably less fire and environmental damage…’.” ~ BadgerBadgerCat

“OP, I know this is a stressful time and you’re frustrated with the noise and now you have this confrontation issue with your neighbor that’s given you an additional worry. There is only one thing you can do to fix all of this.”

“No, you’re not going to like it but it’s the truth and you need to hear it. Yes, it pains me just as much to have to type this out.”

“OP, you have to out moan them. For every moan you hear you have to echo it 10x louder.”

“For every spring creak I want you to do a backflip on your bed. If she hits a high note you better pull out your inner Mariah Carey and whistle your heart out.”

“Alternatively if you’re not comfortable making those noises yourself, you can download Talking Tom the Cat on the app store and attach your phone to the ceiling with the app open while they do their ‘activities’.”

“I’m sorry you had to read that but it had to be done.” ~ imsohungrydude

“NTA, if this was my scenario I will not lie I have a list of music to kill the mood instantly as my former roommate used to bring in loud partners when I had to sleep for overnight shifts.”

“Don’t be petty like I was, just keep doing and inform your leasing agency or landlord so there is reasoning as to the noise complaints you may receive in the future. Also if you are within noise ordinance for your area there is nothing they can legally do.” ~ Octus_L

“Next time I heard him having sex I’d scream out ‘I CAN HEAR YOU HAVING SEX, DO YOU WANT ME TO PUT ON THE MUSIC?'” ~ bite_me_losers

“If they yell ‘no’ make sure to follow up with some helpful tips.

“’I’m only hearing your voice is your girl feeling fine today?! Try a new position!!’”

“’That sounded fun! Let me know what you just did right now!’”

“’Don’t forget that ball gags can be lots of fun!’” ~ Ohcrumbcakes

“NTA. Get a bull horn and start making comments about their fun times.” ~ stuckhans

“You don’t even need the bullhorn. Just talk about them loud enough that they can hear.”

“Pretend you’re on a work call, ‘Sorry everyone, the walls are thin and you’re hearing my neighbors have sex’.”

“‘Yes they tend to be a little rambunctious. No, they don’t tend to last very long’.” ~ rooksandnogas

The OP never asked their neighbors to halt their leisure time activities. Their response seemed reasonable to the people of Reddit even if their neighbors disagreed.

Written by Amelia Mavis Christnot

Amelia Christnot is an Oglala Lakota, Kanien'kehá:ka Haudenosaunee and Metís Navy brat who settled in the wilds of Northern Maine. A member of the Indigenous Journalists Association, she considers herself another proud Maineiac.