The main issue is my concern, whether warranted or not, of a parent hoping to win the lawsuit lottery if their child gets hurt while waiting for a school bus daily on my private property, most notably the driveway.
Here it is not just neighbors and their kids. We have kids who are open-enrolled in the district whose parents drive here from outside the neighborhood and drop them off and then leave, which they’re not supposed to do, per the school policy I posted a few posts back. They’re not neighbors and have no incentive to act neighborly.
Many of our neighbors are friendly and neighborly. The neighbor to the immediate S of us is not. Her youngest kid rides the school bus and is on my property daily because of it. It’s not the kid’s fault that her mother is the way she is.
They’ve lived here since 1995, us since 1996. There is a lot of negative history between her and the surrounding neighbors. She has called various authorities on various surrounding neighbors for imagined offences, violations, whatever. The things that she has done would make a whole other topic altogether. It would be only annoying if not for the fact that the accusations aren’t always minor. She has accused neighbors of things that are actual crimes, not necessarily to their face, but via gossip. One in particular could have destroyed a family (not mine). I once was bothered enough by it to mention this in extremely vague terms to a neighbor on the next street over. I said something like, “Let’s say that you have a neighbor A who says something really bad about a neighbor B…” and right away my neighbor said, “You’re talking about D, aren’t you?” Everyone in close proximity to her knows, I’ve learned. Newer neighbors find out about her in time.
The morning after the parents were contacted by the school district, I was out in our driveway standing close to our garage door. She opened her garage door and stood in the entrance way and glared at me for several minutes. She’ll be looking for something against me now. It’s what she does. She didn’t like a vegetable garden we used to have several years ago. I overheard her talking about it with someone when I went outside to work in it one afternoon. When she saw me, she shushed the other person and their voices got real low, but they kept talking and looking over at me. Shortly after, a city inspector came to my house for a potential violation concerning my garden. It was remedied in short order, and the guy laughed because he’d expected to find something monstrous according to the complaint.
Living in near proximity to her has not been a joy for anyone. Actually, her husband is much the same way. He once banged on someone’s car window because he saw them doing something inside that he didn’t like.
I just try to keep to myself and live and let live most of the time.