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My Neighbors Snuck into My Pool for Their 4th of July Party — They Weren't Ready for My Reaction

Prenesa Naidoo
Jul 05, 2024
02:53 P.M.

When Stella gets home from a business trip, she settles into her routine by watching the security footage to make sure that everything was okay during her absence. But soon, she sees that uninvited guests made themselves very comfortable, celebrating the 4th of July in her space.

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When I finally got back from my business trip, the first thing I did was check the footage from my security cameras. A few weeks before that, my boyfriend and I had watched a documentary on the topic, and it was insane.

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A woman in a suit | Source: Midjourney

"The mice really do come out to play when the cat is away," Nathan said. "You can't trust people in your own home."

"I know!" I agreed.

The documentary was about a young couple's helper taking over the house while they were away.

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A couple sitting and watching TV | Source: Midjourney

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There were scenes of drinking and drugs and an overcrowded house. Only for them to clean everything away before the couple returned.

Now, I sat in my sweatpants at my desk and waited for the footage to load. If I was being honest, all I wanted was to check on whether the neighbors, the Jacobs, had done anything.

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A woman sitting at a desk | Source: Midjourney

They had been a constant nuisance, always finding reasons to complain or call the police on me due to noise complaints. Their favorite target was the construction of my pool when, to be honest, it was pretty loud.

"You're young, and you're entitled to have pool parties, Stella," Nathan said when the construction was finally over and I was hellbent on having my friends over.

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A pool construction in progress | Source: Midjourney

"I know that," I said. "But they seem to hate it. Also, they're not an old couple, and their kids are teenagers, so they should be used to noise. I hear them having people over, too."

"Just keep doing your own thing," Nathan said. "We love our parties here at your house."

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People gathered around a pool | Source: Midjourney

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So, when I saw the footage of them having a full-blown 4th of July party in my backyard, I felt my eye twitch.

There they were, the Jacobs, lounging in my pool, splashing around and having the time of their lives on my property. The Jacobs had the audacity to use my pool without permission, knowing full well that I was away for the week.

A smiling couple in a pool | Source: Midjourney

A smiling couple in a pool | Source: Midjourney

"That's it!" I muttered, slamming my laptop shut. I grabbed my keys and marched over to their door, anger bubbling inside me like a volcano ready to erupt.

It was their hypocrisy that did it for me. They had always fought with me, time and time again, and yet, they acted as though my home belonged to them in my absence.

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A woman walking | Source: Midjourney

"At least they didn't go inside," I said to myself.

Mrs. Jacobs answered, looking annoyed as if I was the one inconveniencing her.

"Oh, it's you," she said, rolling her eyes.

"Yeah, it's me," I snapped. "Care to explain why you and your family were in my pool while I was gone?"

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A woman opening a front door | Source: Midjourney

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Mrs. Jacobs cringed slightly before regaining her composure.

"Oh, stop being such a drama queen," she scoffed, crossing her arms. "You barely use the pool anyway."

My jaw dropped.

"But that's not the point! You trespassed on my property! Do you even realize how illegal that is?"

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A close-up of an older woman | Source: Midjourney

"Oh, goodness, Stella. Calm down," she said, waving her hand dismissively. "We were just having a little fun. No harm done."

"No harm done? Really? No harm done!" I was livid. "This is exactly why I installed those security cameras. You called the cops on me multiple times during the construction, but now you think it's fine to just waltz in and use it without permission?"

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An irritated young woman | Source: Midjourney

Mrs. Jacobs smirked.

"Well, maybe if you weren't such a nuisance, we wouldn't have had to call the cops."

I took a deep breath, trying to control my rage.

"Fine, you want to play this game," I said. "Cool. Let's play."

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A young woman with her arms folded | Source: Midjourney

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I stormed back to my house and spent the next few hours printing out photos from the security footage.

"Are you sure you know what you're doing?" Nathan asked as he walked in and I filled him in.

"Yes!" I said. "I'm so tired of everyone taking advantage of me."

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A couple talking | Source: Midjourney

I was already in a foul mood. My final business meeting had been a train wreck. From technical difficulties to insensitive and difficult people. The presentation was just a failure.

I needed to take control of my life. I needed to feel like I was in charge of something. So, I was going to work on the Jacobs.

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"But this is a lot, Stella," he said, trying to massage my shoulders.

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A woman giving a presentation | Source: Midjourney

"It is, but they need to learn that it's not okay. This behavior is not okay," I said.

So, I continued to print out the photos. The Jacobs family, in full, having a grand old time in my pool. I wrote in bold letters at the bottom:

Be cautious! Trespassers in the area! Check your backyards!

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"Oh, Stella," Nathan said, chuckling. "I don't know what the backlash is going to be like."

The next morning, I walked around the neighborhood and taped the posters on every streetlight and mailbox I could find. It didn't take long for the neighborhood buzz to start.

Nathan walked along with me, holding the posters.

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Posters on a pole | Source: Midjourney

"People are watching, babe," he said, glancing at houses.

"That's the point," I replied.

By the time we walked back to my house, people were gathered around the streetlights and mailboxes. People were whispering, pointing, and the Jacobs' house became the epicenter of a scandal.

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A close-up of a man | Source: Midjourney

It was around noon when they came knocking on my door.

Happy, I opened the door.

Mrs. Jacobs looked furious, her husband standing behind her looking equally embarrassed.

"What the hell is this?" she demanded, shoving one of the posters in my face.

I looked at it and then at her, smiling.

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A close-up of an older woman | Source: Midjourney

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"It's a warning to my neighbors about trespassers. It seemed like the responsible thing to do."

"You need to take these down right now!" she yelled at me, her spit flying.

"Or what?" I asked, crossing my arms. "You'll just call the cops on me again?"

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An angry woman | Source: Midjourney

She sputtered, trying to find words. Mr. Jacobs finally stepped forward.

"This has gone too far. You embarrassed us in front of the whole neighborhood."

"No, you embarrassed yourselves by trespassing."

Mrs. Jacobs stepped closer, her finger pointing at my chest.

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A woman pointing | Source: Midjourney

"If you don't take those down, I will..."

"You'll what?" I cut her off. "Let's find out."

I grabbed my phone and dialed 911. The look on their faces was beyond priceless.

"911, what's your emergency?" the operator answered.

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A person holding a phone | Source: Midjourney

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"Hi, I need to report a case of trespassing," I said, glaring at my neighbors. "I have video evidence."

Mrs. Jacobs' face turned pale.

"You wouldn't dare, Stella," she said.

"Watch me," I declared.

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An older woman folding her arms | Source: Midjourney

When the police arrived, I showed them the footage from my security cameras. The Jacobs tried to defend themselves, but the evidence was clear. They had no permission to be on my property, let alone use my pool.

The officer nodded, taking notes.

"This is pretty straightforward. You're within your rights to press charges if you want to."

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A police officer | Source: Midjourney

"No, I think a warning should be enough for now," I said. "But if it happens again, I will press charges."

The officer nodded.

"Understood. We'll file a report, and this will go on record."

As the police left, Mrs. Jacobs turned to me, her voice low and venomous.

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A police officer with a piece of paper | Source: Midjourney

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"You're going to regret this."

I raised an eyebrow.

"Stay off my property."

They stormed off, and I watched them go, feeling a sense of vindication. The neighborhood would remember this, and the Jacobs wouldn't be so quick to cross me again.

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A couple walking away | Source: Midjourney

Later that evening, as I sat by my pool, the peace and quiet a stark contrast to the chaos of the day, I couldn't help but smile.

A few days later, I was out attending to my garden when my next-door neighbor, Mrs. Thompson, walked over. She was an older lady who always had a kind word and a plate of scones ready for anyone who needed it.

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A smiling woman in her garden | Source: Midjourney

"Hi, darling," she said. "I heard about what happened with the Jacobs. Is everything alright?"

I wiped the sweat from my brow.

"Hi, Mrs. Thompson," I said. "Yeah, everything's fine now, I just needed to set some boundaries."

She nodded, a knowing look in her eyes.

"You did the right thing. It's important to stand up for yourself, especially when others think they can take advantage. I'll bring over some scones for you."

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A plate of scones and cup of coffee | Source: Midjourney

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What would you have done?

If you enjoyed this story, here's another one for you:

Grandkids Destroyed My Neighbor's House with Party While She Was at Husband's Funeral – I Taught Them a Harsh Lesson

My sweet old neighbor recently lost her husband and left to fulfill his wish to be buried beside his father, leaving her house in her grandchildren's care. But the brats trashed it with a party and ran off. I stood up for the poor old lady and taught her grandkids a priceless lesson.

So, here's a story about the time I had to teach some bratty grandkids a lesson they'd never forget. It all started with my sweet, kind, and friendly neighbor, Mrs. Jacobs.

Her husband, Mr. Jacobs, passed away recently. His last wish was to be buried next to his father's grave, which was several hundred miles away on the other side of the city...

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People at a funeral | Source: AmoMama

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Mrs. Jacobs, being the devoted wife she was, went off to fulfill his last wish, saying she'd be back ASAP. She assured me everything would be fine while she was away.

Before she left, I offered to feed her two dogs and cats. Mrs. Jacobs thanked me but told me it wasn't necessary.

"I've invited my grandchildren, Jordan and Ariana, to stay over while I'm gone. They're in their sophomore year in college, so they can handle it," she said. Famous last words.

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An older lady walking on a porch | Source: AmoMama

She seemed so confident in their ability to manage the house and take care of her beloved pets, and I didn't want to undermine her trust in them.

I'm a nurse, so I had a graveyard shift that night. The next morning, I decided to drop by Mrs. Jacobs's house to check if everything was okay and maybe say hi to the grandkids.

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A young nurse outside a house | Source: AmoMama

It had been several months since I last saw them, and I thought it'd be a good time to offer my condolences. Plus, I wanted to ensure Mrs. Jacobs's pets were doing alright in her absence.

When I knocked on the door, no one answered. Weird. So, I slowly pushed it open, and it was unlocked.

Read the full story here.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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