“Don’t cave. Assert dominance.” That’s some pretty great advice for any new high school teacher, dog trainer, and apparently for long-time residents of communities where a bunch of rule-scrounging neighbors are moving in. As a stickler for the rules myself, I understand that when it comes to property lines and human decency, generally it’s best for everyone involved when you stick to business on your own side. Messing with anything that crosses over the line is bound to start trouble and for some nosy neighbors, that’s exactly what they’re looking for. But that’s why you’ve gotta assert your dominance and resist because when it comes to neighbors, they’ll take every inch they’re given.
In this story, one neighbor learned the hard way exactly how far his new neighbors were willing to push their property line– even to the point of crossing it. After getting a passive aggressive $700 bill in the mail, OP consulted with a popular Reddit community to figure out what his options were after his neighbor was caught messing with his tree. Scroll for the full tale of legal action and fury where one man was pushed to his limit by the new neighbors who apparently thought it was necessary to make an entirely appalling first impression.