The truth is that he knew that he was to blame for it. He’s going to be the first one to admit he messed up. However, he did not expect that the neighbor would attempt to take advantage of an honest error. He booted his computer at a loss for what to do and used a search engine to look her up. He didn’t really expect to find anything useful, so he was shocked to see the incredible pictures. In the end, after what she made him go through, he was able to use them as proof to get his way and get back at her. In the incriminating photos, what exactly did he find anyway?
His Life Was Monotonous
The young man goes by the name Kristopher Hess in our story. He’s been getting into some sort of routine lately. He would work for a local security company for 16 hours, then go home to sleep at 8 in the morning. That was practically the way he went every day. Kristopher was glad to break his day’s monotony when his best friend called him, saying that he was about to be there for a couple of days. And though he was excited, things got out of hand during the visit.
A Break From Routine
His best friend, Mark, was going to be around for the weekend of Independence Day. Kristopher could not wait to be reunited with his old pal. This was why he asked for leave at work! He just wanted to spend as much time as possible with Mark. In fact, he used his savings to make sure they had a good time together. The two guys just wanted to pick up snacks and drinks. However, Mark suggested that they do something else…
How To Celebrate The Holiday
When the incident happened, it had been a hot day. The area had not seen rain for more than two months by then. The two pulled some deck chairs up and began to chat with each other. A few beers later, Mark suggested a way to spice up the holiday. As he suggested that they could set off “good ‘ole American fireworks,” there was a twinkle in his eye and a sly grin. Even though Kristopher was not fully into the idea, he decided to give in…
They Bought Fireworks
Kristopher checked whether his father was there before they went on with the plan. The answer was no. Therefore he emptied his savings to buy fireworks. “To be fair, I have had nothing but bad experiences with fireworks, so I had no idea how this would be any different,” he said. “We got home with the fireworks, and we laid them all out on the floor; Sparklers, Bottle Rockets, Cakes, and Roman Candles.”
It Was Fun While It Lasted
As the two of them checked out their haul, it felt like Christmas had come early. Then Kristopher asked, “Why don’t we mess around with some sparklers since it’s still not dark yet?” Of course, Mark was pleased to hear him suggest this. In the first place, this was what he had in mind. Unfortunately, not long after that, things went downhill for them! What happened when the fireworks were set off?
Nothing More Than A Huge Mistake
Two sparklers were lit by Kristopher: one for him, and the other for his best pal. They both stared at the sparks that were tumbling down their arms. As they made tracers, drew patterns, and relived their fond memories of childhood, they waved the sticks around. They had no idea at the time that this was going to be the source of Kristopher’s headache. He later recounted, “One of the little sparkies from mine and my friends’ sparkler made contact with the ground and made two small fires…”
The Lawn Went Up In Flames
They hadn’t expected things would get out of hand. The backyard was, unfortunately, so dry that two small fires soon turned into a raging inferno. To their horror, the flames were also approaching the neighbor’s yard. “I ran as fast as I could to grab the garden hose and quickly started spraying down the fire. It was no use, it was spreading faster than I could spray it,” Kristopher said.
She Saw An Opportunity
While his friend tried his best to put out the flames, Kristopher called 911. Unfortunately, it was too late to do anything about it. After the fire came into contact with the flames, the neighbor came out to help them. Kristopher was guilty, but because Patricia seemed to understand the situation, he felt relieved. But this hasn’t been the case. In fact, he saw her sinister grin that had disappeared as soon as it came.
After A Long Day At Work
His break was stressful, but he had no choice but to go back to work after that. He still had a bad feeling about what happened. It felt as if he was wasting his day off. He was more than ready to rest after he departs from work on his first day back. There was, however, a surprise awaiting him as soon as he got home!
Asking Him For Money
He saw Patricia’s two quotes to his surprise. One was for $4,000 to pay for the new fence. The other was for $6,000, supposedly a lawn replacement. Kristopher didn’t have much cash on him. After spending his last dime on the fireworks, he was all out. He showed his dad’s quotes. The old man told Kristopher, “Son, don’t you give that con artist a single dime.” After seeing that, he was written on Microsoft Word and had no company name or logo.
Taking Matters Into His Own Hand
Besides the money, she also added a note to the bottom: “I will also be having you pay my water bill for 3 months because the new yard will need lots of water.” The whole thing came as a shock to Kristopher. He decided to blow some steam on Reddit. He posted, “Now the fence this woman had before was raggedy and falling apart. Her yard? Dead grass, weeds everywhere, never mowed it. Now looking at this paper, she wants a mahogany fence and a brand new back yard with flowers and trimmed hedges? I said ‘I need to get an estimate myself, this doesn’t feel right…’”
Using His Connections
Luckily, one of his buddies was a contractor. According to this individual, the lawn was probably in bad shape years before the accident. With all the fire damage, they couldn’t prove it. Patricia needed a fresh lawn, a mahogany fence, flowers, trimmed hedges, and more. Fortunately, Kristopher knew someone who could do it all at a reasonable price. He even asked the contractor to check and give a quote to the place.
She Threw A Fit
The contractor went the next day to the house. Before they could even inspect the damage, however, Patricia interrupted them. As she shouted, she was flailing her arms, “I did not give you permission to get an estimate on my fence!” “The fence separates the property line, so it’s both of our fences,” Kristopher told her. Another sure indicator she was panicking was that she asked the cops for help! Uh-oh…
Giving Her The Estimates
“She calls the cops on me for having a contractor, and they ultimately can’t do a single thing because I’m on my property,” shared Kristopher. “He quickly finishes the estimate off at $1,200.” The truth is, this teen has many connections. As a grocer, he met a man who cared for lawns. He said he could reset grass for about $800. On the ProRevenge subreddit, Kristopher told people, “After I get these estimates, I give copies to the woman, and she is having none of it.”
She Made Excuses
Patricia told him, “I don’t know these people, I don’t want them near my house, they’re probably really bad contractors.” when Kristopher sent her the estimates. In an attempt to make her understand, he told her, “They are really nice people and do great work.” However, it was clear that she did not try to see it from his point of view. She simply closed the door right in his face, actually.
The Last Straw
“I ended up working a 16hr shift that night and got home at 8 am, and this woman comes knocking on my door at 9 am and demanded I speak to her,” he said. He added, “I explained, ‘I would really love to do this, but I just got home, and I have to be back at work in less than 5 hours. I need to sleep.’” Her response? “What kind of lazy jerk sleeps in until 2 pm?” That’s Kristopher’s last straw. He was done being pushed around by this rude woman!
Giving Her An Ultimatum
“At this point, I had about lost it, and told her: ‘you can either accept my $2000 for my quotes or get nothing.’ She stood there for a while with her mouth open, but she accepted my offer and planned to meet down at the notary the next morning,” he shared. Believing she finally saw some sense, he drew up a contract for her when he got home from work. He even raised $2,000 for her work! Nevertheless, it turned out she had another plan …
She Stood Him Up
He got up the next morning and got the contract. He couldn’t wait until it’s finally over. After all, he wanted nothing more, so he’d never talk to this woman again! He went to meet her at the notary’s office, but she didn’t appear hours later. “I get a message from her saying ‘I’m sorry the $2000 isn’t enough, I’m having my guys start work on this project, and you will be paying me the full price,’” he shared. Afterward, Kristopher knew he had to come up with another plan.
Waiting For An Opportunity
“After that, I did not say a single word to her, and I watched for a few months as these guys turned her backyard into an oasis, complete with a small pond, brand new Sod, flowers, the whole 9 yards,” he said. “Come to find out she had plans to remodel these things for a long time and was just waiting for the opportunity to go through with it.”
He Looked Her Up Online
It’s important to know, first of all, that Kristopher knew he messed up. He felt guilty of burning down his yard and even wanted to make it up to her. But she just tried to exploit him! He turned on his computer at a loss as to what to do next. He was shocked to see her photos on a community page when he went to Facebook that they were both parts of. He couldn’t believe what he saw. It seems the reason she wanted more money was finally discovered.
The Photos In Question
“She used her remodel funds to go on a trip to Hawaii. Do you know how I found out about this? She was bragging about it on the neighborhood Facebook group and didn’t know I was in it,” he said. All the photos were there to be seen by everyone. She had been drinking expensive cocktails at a luxury resort in Hawaii all the time! She and her girlfriends were chilling out as he worked hard to pay for her. Finally, he asked the Reddit community, “Are you ready for revenge?
Taking It To Court
“Now, four months after the fire and all the remodels, I get served papers to go to court for $10,300. At 18 years old, I have to hire a lawyer to work my case,” he shared. “When we finally do get into court, I lay everything out: the quotes, being harassed multiple times, not showing up after agreeing to a deal, not wanting me to get my own quotes, and her bragging about conning me out of money… and, I have proof of all of this.”
What The Judge Told Her
“The judge looked at her and said, ‘Ma’am with all due respect, you’re out of your dadgum mind. Not only did this young man tell the truth of what happened, but he also offered to pay you more than he was supposed to,’” he recounted. “‘Your lawn was already dead before the fire occurred therefore, he is only responsible for the fence of $1200. I will also deduct from this his lawyer fees.’”
He Got The Last Laugh
To conclude, he told Redditors, “She took a huge financial loss from this, not sure how much the Hawaii trip cost her, but she was in serious debt. She ended up having to sell the house because of it and moved into a smaller house. Haven’t heard anything from her since.” He went on, “To this day I still do not use fireworks, because we could’ve really hurt someone. What I have learned through this, though, is its best to take responsibility for your actions from the gate.”
Neighbors Are Not Always Pleasant
If you think this story is crazy, wait until we have another one to tell you. Without one, we couldn’t imagine a bad neighbor. How does someone handle this situation? By talking calmly and having a mature, respectful conversation? But what if you can’t talk to them? Living beside someone you don’t see is uncomfortable. But there’s always a choice, and the man in the story we’re about to tell you showed courage and also inspired us all.
Going Too Far
As he was parking his car in his driveway, he was furious. Since he’s a police officer, he’s got many different things in his entire service. But he could not compare what he saw that day with anything he had seen before. After he had seen what his neighbors had done, his blood was boiling! His reaction to the first? As hard as possible, he closes his fits to calm himself. That was it. The war had begun and so he said between his teeth “This is war.”
The Officer Of The Law
Let’s have the hero of our story introduced. For 40 years, David Ellis was a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. His work mainly consisted of catching those involved in drugs and fraud. He lived and always complied with the law in a small private neighborhood. He found a hobby to do on weekends, working in his garden, after so many years.
The Last Straw
As if it was his most precious treasure, he took care of his garden. However, David, who spent the morning cutting the grass, watering the plants, and taking care of his little oasis every weekend, was about to set off. David liked to relax after the rough week of enforcing the law by taking care of his beautiful garden.
The Crux Of The Drama
It’s not all as it appears. Some rude and disrespectful neighbors would soon ensure that everything David had worked on would be destroyed. The strange fact is that somehow they were connected, but they didn’t get along and kept their distance for a while. David never looked for trouble and let each of them have his own. That’s until it got too big for the ball. All the problems revolved around a path that surrounded the assets of David.
“A Complete Nutjob”
Many potholes seemed to appear out of the blue, but David took the matter into his own hands and fixed them for years, given that no one cared or did anything to fix it. He was worried that there might be an accident and somebody would get hurt. Not everybody is like David, unfortunately, and his neighbors had different plans for them.
Passing The Responsibility
His neighbors tried to change the gravel to the asphalt, and David refused. No one was willing to pay for the money needed to do that. This was the reason for the battles between the two sides, a struggle that had gone back generations. Even the daughter of David said she couldn’t remember a time when there was no fighting between them, and she said, “Everybody here is a complete nutjob.”
A Gesture Of Goodwill
Even though he didn’t have to do it, David was the only one taking care of the gravel road. Instead, his neighbors would laugh at him, and so David’s daughter was so angry with the injustice that she told her dad to do something to put an end to the conflict once and for all. His neighbors were so ungrateful that they took advantage of David instead of being appreciative.
Enough Is Enough
However, some people are just tough to talk to or to reason with, and some of them were David’s neighbors, who blamed him for the situation. How is justice like this? How did the neighbors have the nerve to come and complain to David about the way he took care of the gravel? The road was used daily by all of the residents in that gated community!
Protecting What Was His
Another thing that needs to be mentioned to understand the story is that there was only a square meter of David’s private yard in the gravel. And this was the way to prevent any kind of accident and allow the divers to pass through their property easily without the risk of harming it. But David was so good that he and his neighbors were willing to negotiate.
Inspecting The Damage
David also offered them, as if it were not enough, 3 square feet of his land, so that it would be easier for them to turn around where he lived. He just wanted everyone to be happy. However, the neighbors were so stuck with their idea that instead of reaching a compromise, they completely rejected David’s proposal. They also drove closer to his property, which could be easily damaged at this stage.
A Series Of Barrels
Until the day arrived, David could still handle the situation, and enough was sufficient. One of his neighbors had ordered wood, and he did a bad turn and drove over his fence as the truck was trying to get past David’s property. Of course, one would assume that the damage had to be repaired in cash or otherwise, but no one was willing to do it. “We had to replant these plants and place a new metal fence,” his daughter Miha said.
“My father told me this was not the first time this happened, but the third. I couldn’t believe it when I heard this.” David finally decided to take matters into his hands and protect his property once the police had finished menging the fence. The neighbors had reached another level of disrespect and disregard towards him. After the event, he went home and carefully evaluated the damage, saying, “This is war.” He had given his neighborhood everything, and, in turn, they were ungrateful.
Thinking Up Other Ways
He snapped and decided that perfect revenge was the only way to change the situation when he saw that the cypress trees had been damaged. He decided to place large barrels around his portion of the gravel, which his neighbors were supposed to pass through. They didn’t understand at first, but they would soon learn they weren’t just simple barrels.
Petty Revenge Turning Pro
But the story’s still not over. Three neighbors knocked at his door in a matter of six hours, as angry as ever because their cars were damaged by hitting the barrels that David had placed on his property. The barrels were full of stones, so a hit could easily damage the car. But that wasn’t all. There were more surprises for David coming for them.
Cement And Poles
No one knew the law better than David, so he kept his cool and told the neighbor that since it was his property and the neighbors knew this, he had all the right to put the barrels there. His neighbor threatened him and said that he would call the police, and even worse, he told him to watch out because he could get a “pickaxe to the back.” But still, the fight wasn’t over.
The New Solution
The barrels worked initially and seemed to protect his property, but they would soon get damaged after being hit by so many passing cars. So, the barrels broke down and stopped working after a year, as expected. He had to come up with something different, but after realizing that the war wasn’t going to be won so easily, he knew he had to take his game up a notch, and so one night he did something that would finally teach a lesson to his neighbors.
A Lesson Learned
When returning home, the first person who would discover the surprise did not know what was coming. As usual, without looking twice and noting that there was flower bread laid around his property, he decided to pass through David’s property. The neighbor became angry and had a long conversation with his insurance company. David’s plan, meanwhile, seemed to have worked this time.
David had enough of the carelessness of his neighbor and came up with the perfect plan. His daughter Miha wrote, “My dad was furious, he cut some wood to use it as a mold,” on the Reddit thread r / ProRevenge. She continued, “He bought cement, sand, and metal poles. One peaceful afternoon, my father and I cemented that whole part of the land and placed some lovely flowers on top. So when they hit the concrete, they can smell our flowers of victory/defeat.”
After the first person encountered the new technique, David knew that his plan was working. David had put a small concrete that was hidden by the flowerbed right on the part where the neighbors did the turn or (some) cut right through the land. They could no longer destroy his property.
Without looking twice, several of his disrespectful neighbors have damaged their cars while cutting through the corner. They had to learn the hard way, but eventually, they would learn to stay away from his estate. The angry knock was done at his door. But when one of them decided to hire a lawyer to find a way to stop David, the fight wasn’t over.
Naturally, many cars were damaged, and David proved to the insurance companies that what he had done was legal because it was his property. He did his homework and knew the risk of the cement wall being planted. But no one could say anything to him, because he had that piece of land.
As David’s revenge story went viral since it was shared on Reddit, it just made those who read it so happy. One of them wrote, “I’m very amused by the logic some people go by, for example, If I intentionally hit your property and it damages my vehicle, it’s still your fault (the owner of the property) for trying to protect your property and not letting me just destroy your property… and you should compensate me for the damage caused by my stupidity.”
Another person posted the following: “They ran over your trees?” OHHH BOY, Look up your local laws about trees if they run over any of your trees. People were sued over the destruction of trees for TONS of money because they take so long to grow to have a lot of value. What are your thoughts on the ultimate decision of David? Has it gotten out of hand?