Al had a peculiar story to share. He lived in a neighborhood where some kids had an annoying habit of littering the sidewalks behind their homes. For years, he dealt with the inconvenience until, one day, he decided to take action. Let’s take a look at his story.
The Mysterious Sidewalk Obstacle
Al had lived in his neighborhood for six years, and each day, without fail, he’d indulge in his daily runs or walk his dog when the temperatures weren’t unbearably cold.
Since his neighborhood was relatively new, there weren’t that many paths, so he would usually follow the same route every day.
A Peculiar Pattern
About four years ago, Al started seeing an odd occurrence.
Every time he passed by a specific house, there would be a jumble of items carelessly scattered on the sidewalk.
Basketballs, shoes, broken plastic toys, umbrellas – really random groupings of everyday gear, always on the sidewalk behind this one house.
Al’s Community Concern
Al has a short dog and enough life awareness to realize how these obstacles could pose problems for others, like a parent pushing a stroller or a person in a wheelchair.
He’d always make sure to move the items to the grass nearby – he didn’t know where it was coming from but knew it was an issue on the sidewalk.
Eventually, the city would be notified via a local complaints app and would take care of the litter. Sometimes, Al even took it upon himself to collect and dispose of the trash.
Everything changed when Al created a Facebook account and joined his local neighborhood group.
As he browsed through past posts, a complaint about the house caught his attention and a comment from a neighbor, “Try being their neighbor; it’s like living by a dump.”
Unveiling the Culprits
Digging through the comments, Al learned that the children of the house loved throwing things over their fence, ignorant of the inconvenience they were causing.
Despite numerous complaints from neighbors and even the city, their parents didn’t care about their children’s peculiar pastime.
The Birth of a Plan
This revelation inspired a plan in Al’s mind: Why not return the items? And so, in 2021, Al began a silent protest against the careless littering.
Silent Protest Commences
Whenever he came across any item from that house, be it a shoe, a toy, or even a dog poop bag, it went straight back over the fence.
The kids were never outside when he threw the stuff back, so no one ever saw him throw the items back.
This became a regular activity, sometimes resulting in a playful back-and-forth – a glitter velcro shoe was thrown over the fence six times, and Al tossed it back every dang time!
It was bewildering to Al how the parents seemed unaware. After all, there were often big items – from adult shoes to raincoats – being used for this game.
The End of His Tether
One fateful day in the fall of 2022, Al’s patience wore thin. During his regular run, he spotted a plastic tricycle on the sidewalk, and something in him snapped!
He moved it to the grass and left it there. Initially, he ignored it, but when Al returned a few days later, he could hear the mischievous kids playing in their yard.
Al Sends a Clear Message
Seizing the moment, Al grabbed that sucker, took a few steps back, and with a forceful throw, sent it flying back into the yard!
A startled shriek from the yard followed the impact, then the sound of breaking, and then silence.
A Confident Warning
With a firm voice, Al warned, “I better not see any of your garbage on this sidewalk ever again,” and continued his walk, confident the children wouldn’t dare challenge him!
Given the high fence and the distance they’d need to cover to confront him, he felt pretty safe in his decision.
Since that decisive act in the fall of 2022, Al was pleased to note that the sidewalk behind that house remained absolutely pristine. The silent protest had worked!
Despite the children still being very much present in the house, not a single piece of trash made its way onto the sidewalks again. Al had finally solved the neighborhood’s litter problem!
From Clutter to Cleanliness
Redditors loved Al’s story! One user said, “I laughed entirely too hard at this. I can only imagine their faces as you yelled at them through the fence. I am going with Monster House vibes. I love it!”
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