Annoying neighbours can be difficult to stomach at the best of times.
But one Londoner seems to have reached the end of their tether after their neighbour keeps committing that cardinal sin – feeding the pigeons.
Like many cities, London is full of pigeons and generally they can be quite successfully ignored.
But one Reddit user has expressed her frustration on the forum alleging that her parents’ neighbour has made the neighbourhood pigeon central.
‘I have a pigeon stick but it doesn’t work’
In the amusing post dramatically titled: “Stop. Feeding. The. Pigeons. For God’s sake PLEASE”, the Londoner details the petty annoyances her neighbour’s habit has produced.
She writes: “Help. My parents’ neighbour will not stop feeding the pigeons.
“Three times a day he pours some kind of seed/grain all over the ground in his garden. The pigeons wait, gathering outside my bedroom window and on the houses of surrounding neighbours.
“They wake me up in the mornings as they wait. They poop all over our houses and gardens. All the neighbours hate it.
“Ever since he started feeding them, my parents have been having rat problems as well.
“I have a pigeon stick that I bang against my window as I scream at the pigeons, occasionally making eye contact with the neighbour, but its effects are short lasting.
“We’ve begged him to stop but they are his “hobby” and he’s named them all. No one has reported it as I believe he’s perfectly entitled to feed rats and pigeons on his property.”
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‘Maybe it gives him an enormous sense of well-being?’
After hearing of her pigeon woes, Londoners flocked to support her in the thread with many listing solutions – some more dramatic than others.
One said: “Get a hawk in?”
Another suggested something a little less drastic.
They said: “Get a plastic owl.”
One person decided to make light of the horrific affair and quoted Blur’s Parklife back at the distraught user.
“Maybe it gives him an enormous sense of well-being?”, they said.
Thankfully the user only yielded three likes from their taunt.
‘Talk to him, he’s lonely’
It wasn’t all murder and mayhem though.
One user reasoned that the problem was not the birds themselves but the pigeon whisperer and suggested she try to therapize him.
They said: “He is probably lonely. Talk to him?
“Help him solve his problems and perhaps he will understand and either go feed ducks in a pond or do do something with less impact on his neighbours.”
How sweet! I think we could all learn something from that.
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