13: mood killer

A whole day and no photo? What’s going on with me? Well a call to the police this evening put a dampener on the usual evening’s shenanigans. We have a neighbour who is schizophrenic. We didn’t know this when we first moved in and called the police about his strange behaviuor several times in the first few years, but we have since learned that most of the time he is harmless and ignoring him is the best way to combat his efforts.

Yes the barking, beeping of his horn and playing of loud arabic radio stations from his car is annoying, but tonight’s outburst was so aggressive that it had the whole neighbourhood out on their lawns and calling the police. An elderly lady who lives alone behind his property had already phoned it in by the time I made the call, but his intermittent screams ‘fucking cunt’ at the top of his lungs didn’t stop for about half an. About 5 minutes before the police arrived.

Of course he didn’t answer the door when the police knocked (I told them he wouldn’t), and since they didn’t hear or see anything which they could act on, they just got back in their car and left. I’m sure there are plenty of other more important things they have to do. It’s just upsetting to know that this person will eventually drive us away from an otherwise lovely street and neighbourhood. I do not want to have to fear for the safety of my children in their own back yard.

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3 thoughts on “13: mood killer

  1. A chef mate of mine had a similar problem at his parents place, the neighbour constantly harassed them and verbally provoked them, one day he made some comment about my mates girlfriend and the otherwise passive chef lost it and 'king hit' the bloke with a baseball bat. The bloke moved out eventually, a success but having got dragged through the courts for assault, as I believe it the chefs still doing comunity service. praised by the neighborhood and convicted by the judicial system, I certainly can empathize with my mates outburst.

  2. That's a tough one. I really understand how worried you feel – probably more for what your kids might hear and see than for any physical danger.I say this because we have a block of flats three doors up from us with just-released blokes from prison – all of whom have some form of mental illness; so noise and the arrival of the divvy van is a fairly regular occurrence.The other thing you could do when he's quiet and the police can't do anything is to contact human services and let them know about his behaviour/condition? It all just illustrates the inhumanity of having people with incredibly serious illnesses 'let loose' without any help or parameters in our society. I'm not talking about locking them up, of course, but supported living, frequent visits and way, way more help.

  3. It's funny that after all that last night and not a peep out of him all day today. It must have tired him out. Kath we have been told that a few family members used to drop by to check on him but haven't for some time now. We had thought of contacting the health services, but you kind of feel like it's not your place. I will have to look into it though. Don't worry J – we don't even have a baseball bat!

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