A lovely vignette of the New Zealand lifestyle appeared on the Trademe.co.nz forum today.
Living next door to a myopic family with access to a rifle is not everyone’s idea of bliss, but still this person felt guilty for reporting them
“Told on the Neighbours today… (Christchurch City)
And feeling a lil guilty. We live in a residental area, and for the last few days our back neighbours have been shooting off a riffle. At what we don’t know, probably targets. But today they shot and hit our chimney, we were all sitting inside when an an almighty bang rang through the lounge. Gave us a huge fright. I don’t know, what would you have done?We have young children playing in the back yard as do a few others around us.”
A complaint was made, but to whom?
“Lol, the Men in blue. We were really only ringing to lay a complaint, but then they said they’d be right around…..2 police cars later and 3 police…..guns taken away. The young boy’s that were shooting the gun had taken off, but the Mother was there and was apparently mortified.”
Seems like other people have the same problem. Another poster replied
“My neighbours were doing the same – shooting at a target on the fence between our properties. Not very good shots though as one went through our lounge window! I called the police as I had young children at the time, plus I wanted to be paid for the window. After the police visit I got an apology (but they never did pay for the window). Police advised them to put the target on the other fence – result? They shot the other neighbours’ dogs!
There is no safe place in a residential area for these guns.” more here
C’mon – this is New Zealand. The place where primary school kids dress up dead possums. Where a pig shoot is good family day out and Angora rabbits are tied to benches, stretched out and sheared like sheep. There’s no safe place in rural areas either, for man nor beast.
Also from Trademe.co.nz
Neighbour has camera looking into my room (Manukau City)
“my neighbour has a camera set up that looks directly into my bedroom
i just noticed it today and he can possibly see into the bedroom next door which is my flatmates shes a girl. is there anything i can do about this?”
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