A controversial neighbourly note sent to parents about their ‘noisy children’ playing in the garden has been labelled ridiculous and offensive by many people online.
A mum and dad pair shared the amazing letter in an attempt to shame the neighbour after it was posted through their letterbox.
It said the kids were “very loud and noisy” out in the backyard at 7.30am.
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This, the neighbour said, included their son “always screaming at the top of his voice” and requested the children be kept indoors until 9am.
The neighbour’s note, which followed months of renovations at the parent’s home, added: “They (the children) are disturbing the peace in the neighbourhood and waking people up.”
The story was featured by BirminghamLive yesterday and it led to a huge number of readers supporting the neighbour’s complaint in comments posted on Facebook.
Keiley Holland wrote: “Totally agree with neighbours… I guess the actions of sharing this has backfired.. respect should be given . 7.30 way to early and children don’t need to noisy and loud .. parent skills required.”
Sara Tansey said: “Totally agree it’s just common sense and a bit of respect and consideration, something sadly people don’t have these days.”
Stephen Booth said: “Totally agree with the neighbour, it’s basic courtesy to not unreasonably disturb those around you. Part of raising children is teaching them to respect the rights of others.”
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Amanda Oakley posted: “My children have never played out this early it’s always been after 9am for simple respect for our neighbours.
“I do think verbal communication would have been so much more polite than a written note in these circumstances though.”
Lorraine Baker wrote: “I don’t see a problem with the letter and think it’s not unreasonable to say not to come out until 9am.”
Gemma Chamberlain wrote: “I agree with the neighbour, I have 6 children, I’ve never allowed my children out until 10am (unless we are on holiday and going out early) but even then they are told other holiday makers aren’t up at the same time as us so to be quiet….A little bit of respect goes a long way.”
Anne Court added: “The note was courteous. I agree with him we did not go in the garden much before 9 when we were growing up.”
But not everyone agreed. Ashley Heard wrote: “Sorry but workers can start work at 8 in the morning and make a racket .. why not kids?”
While Craig Williams added: “Bin men come at 6am and they make a right racket. If kids playing has become an issue then we seriously need to look at ourselves.”
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