This is long - but worth the read.
I got home today and there was a note in my door asking me to call someone. Well, I called and the guy down the street said he doesn't like the traffic in our neighborhood, bla bla bla. He asked me why I didn't "inform him" what I was doing. I replied that I didn't think I had to. I tried to understand his concerns but told him I wasn't breaking any laws.I told him I have been working closely with the police and they have been on extra patrols in the neighborhood because of last years problems with vandalism. I also told him that I was the one trying to get a street light, etc. etc. etc. He then said he had been to the police and they basically told him there was nothing they could do because I wasn't doing anythng wrong. I guess the police told him that he would need to go to the town manager next. Well, the town was behind me last year too (ha ha ha) by offering up a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.
We live in a residential neighborhood block and there are woods between all the houses. He's a few houses down on another street and nobody even stops in front of his house, they just drive by!
I now started to pick up some aggrevation in his voice,but I kept a good tone and tried to stay positive. I asked himwhat the wanted me to do, and if he was trying to get me shut down. He replied "well, since I probably won't get you shut down, a compromise with hours would be a start". I said that I would grant his request and cut my hours short during the week.
He then said to me that "it wasn't a good idea to attract media attention", bla bla bla. (I have been on the news a lot!) I then threwback that I have been collecting for charities.
He started getting more aggrevated, but totally against my personality I kept quiet & calm. The last thing I needed was for the media to pick up a story that I was telling someone to go pound sand!
I politely reminded him that if he tried to shut me down it would attract so much MORE media attention that he would be bothered personally by them, rather than just traffic.
to be continued...