OK this week was fairly slow at work. I was on day shifts so I got all the lame calls. You know the calls like my neighbors dog peed on my lawn. I think one of my biggest pet peeves is the way people deal with each other, and how they use the police as a tool for them to annoy there neighbors.
Let me explain what I mean. There is a man in the county that really despises his neighbor. I don't really know why. The neighbor thinks that it's because she told him no when he tried to come on to her. Well anyway this man calls me the other day. He says I am sick and tired of my neighbors dog coming onto my lawn. I ask him is the dog mean or dangerous. He says no, I don't think the dog has a mean bone in his body. OK I say is the dog crapping on your lawn or causing damage to your property. No he says. I just don't want it over here. I explain to him that there is no leash law in our County. I tell him that i can however go and talk to the owner and tell them to keep there dog to themselves. Then he goes into a tirade about his neighbor. He tells me that his wife goes over there all the time and he is sick of her. He says that he wants me to really yell at her and tell her that if her dog comes back over he is going to shoot it.
OK so the guy is mad at his neighbor. Not sure why, not sure what his wife going over there has to do with it but now at this point I just don't care. I can see that he is simply using me as something to annoy or cause more problems with this neighbor. I go to the neighbor and speak to her. I tell her she should probably keep a better eye on her dog. She goes nuts, yelling and ranting about the man. Then she says she will keep her dog in.
After going over there several times i realize that this will never end unless I do something. I tell this man that he needs to calm down. I try to explain to him that if he doesnt like his neighbor he can move to BFE. (means out in the middle of no where in not so nice terms). Now by this time however the neighbor has decided to do the same thing, and she has started calling the cops on him for everything she can think of. So I go and tell her basically the same thing. I tell her to keep her dog at home and to stop using the police as way to piss off your neighbor.
I'm not the best story teller, but I think my point comes across. We live next to people because we choose to. Let try to get along. It takes two people to keep an argument going and if you can't get along don't call me for your piddly stupid little stuff. Unfortunately people let this piddle little stuff grow to big stuff, and then I get involved and usually someone goes to jail.