A young woman made a problem with her “curious” neighborssaying they had recently overrun by calling her broker for a wellness check.
“I’m in my 30s,” she explained about mumsnet† “Six months ago I bought my first house in a small town in Ireland.”
her neighbors are two men, one in her forties and one in her sixties, who she assumes are father and son.
“These are my only neighbors. We’ve never spoken to each other,” she said.
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The woman added that she doesn’t like her neighbors because they “blow loud music”.
She went on holiday to Spain last week and missed two calls from the real estate agent who sold her the house during that time.
“He called me twice on WhatsApp at 10 pm,” she said.
“Then he messaged me saying ‘call me’. I haven’t spoken to this real estate agent since he sold me the house, so I was worried something was wrong.”
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She called him back the next day and was told “Your neighbors are very concerned about you”. The men had become alarmed after not seeing her for a few days and saw newspapers piling up outside her house.
“My neighbors don’t have my phone number. It turns out the real estate agent is friends with them. They knew he would have my number. So they called him and had him call me,” the woman continued.
She then asked the form if she was unreasonable to think this was “OTT”, saying she felt “uncomfortable”.
“I’ve only been gone five days,” she continued. “It’s summer, everyone is going on vacation. When I look at these neighbors, I know that they are not people who are concerned about me. They are people who are curious and just want to know what I am doing.
“It just feels so OTT to me,” she added. “Surely I should be able to go on vacation and not get any calls from them. And surely the real estate agent shouldn’t be calling me late at night.
“I was just really stressed about it yesterday. I wanted privacy in a house. And being able to come and go as I want.”
Most Mumsnet followers have urged her to give her neighbors the benefit of the doubt.
“They may be a little curious, but at least they have your well-being in mind,” one person wrote. “They wouldn’t have gone to all that trouble to find out where you were, would they?”
“I can’t really imagine them doing it from a good place, even if it feels intrusive,” said another.
At this point, the woman responds to the comments and doubles down on her feelings.
“Right, imagine you’re an older man and you have a young woman living next door,” she replied. “She’s going away for a few days. You have the local real estate agent call her when she’s on vacation to find out where she is. Does that sound good? To me it’s curious, pushy and controlling. I know they just do it out of curiosity. It made me feel absolutely uncomfortable.”
One person commented, “Strange that the broker would call and not just alert the police. Maybe you can talk to them and say you don’t need anyone in the future.”
“The delights of small town Ireland I’m afraid. Everyone knows everyone’s business,” said another. “I’d talk to the real estate agent anyway.”
“Jesus, they were only concerned about your well-being,” added another.
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