- Neighbours . . . WWYD
So , This morning at 0630 Im pulling out the bins as its always Monday and I can hear shouting coming from across the road .
‘Its abit early for all that ‘ I say to myself , and carry on dragging the wheely bin to the gate .
A man in his 60’s , wearing slippers , dressing gown and PJ’s walks up to me . ” Can I borrow your mobile please . My wife followed me out the house as I was putting out the bin and she pulled the door shut beind her”. He was shouting to get her to stop.
Its -1’C , there is ice all over the pavement and its freckin cold. He is now locked out of his home.
I give him my phone, not a problem . Expecting him t o give his misses a call and she would be back in a minute or 2.
He does not know his wifes mobile no.
After a minute of faffage asking for a phone book , pointless its a mobile . It turns out she is off on a 50 mile drive to see grandkids and he doesnt remember his sons LL either .
I am getting late for work , but he remembers his sisters LL no.
She live 300 miles away . But , she does know his wifes mobile no.
He rings , it goes to answer phone as its 0645 .
So Im left with a 60 year old in PJ’s and Slippers , locked out of his own home with no windows open as its freezzing cold and no hidden key.
I left him in my flat alone with my spare key , put the kettle and some toast on and gave him my LL phone to use, and went to work . Never seen him before , dont know his name or phone no. nothing about him
Back home from work and he has gone , No thank you note (yet) and all seems to be here . Envelope with alot of cash is still on mantlepeice where i left it. Was worried about having a potential loon in my flat , but hey hoPosted 5 years ago
Well . Hes popped round to return the key .Posted 5 years ago
Said thanks , seemed more concerned that his wife was 2 hours late for her childminding day .
He spent an hour in flat with free run of the place, OK so i didnt turn the heating on but he had tea / coffee.
Well…what a dick.
If someone did that for me, I would be round with a bottle/cans of something or other.
I’d tend to think it was nice that he thought you were being a good samaritan and wouldn’t want a reward?
Would be nice if he gave the OP the chance to turn down a reward.
…but then you’re just playing devils advocate.Posted 5 years agotonydMember
You did the right thing, don’t get upset that he hasn’t brought you a gift to say thank you. He might have the opportunity to return the favour one day.
Worth noting – if he’s in his 60s then could be he’s not aware of the materialistic iPod generation’s way of doing things and assumed that a thanks would be enough? :-pPosted 5 years ago
I dont mind really , He probably spotted thePosted 5 years ago
small Off Licencebottles of beer in the back room anyway and might of had a ‘coals to Newcastle ‘ moment.
Im just glad the envelope full of £20’s is still there , along with all my other junk.
He might be skint as well so happy to help him outfattyre500Member
He sounds like my neighbour.I’ve helped his daughter when they’ve gone on holiday and she’s lost her key and the only way in was a partly opened upstairs window. I’ve lent him a ladder at 5am when his roof leaked and taken in countless parcels for him…
..NOT EVEN A BLOOMIN’ XMAS CARD MATE !!!!Posted 5 years ago
Brewer of some of the finest ale in Hampshire
CB .- More worried if he had access to the garage . The replacement of all the ‘toy collection’ would be very expensive and time consuming.
He could send his wife round with a nice cake , that would be great . Or more likely send her round to tidy up , maybe some hoovering and ironing.Posted 5 years agomuddy@rseguySubscriber
Singletrackmind, all of us who know you know that under that hard, rough exterior you are a beautiful, warm, kind-hearted person ( and that tv documentary was a proper hatchet job too)
You did the right thing and the result is one grateful neighbour, these are the kind of things that this country has forgotten about: Decent people doing decent things. Brings a tear to my eye.
Bet he tried on all your underwear while you were out though…. 😉Posted 5 years agoBreganteSubscriber
I’m feeling pretty guilty now because the other week when my car wouldn’t start at 5:50 a.m my neighbour (70 odd) came out with his jump leads and we got the car started. It was at this point he realised that his front door had shut, locking him out in his Jim jams. I could barely bring myself to look in my rear view mirror as I drove off to work. 😐
*his son lives six houses down but he didn’t want to wake him too early.Posted 5 years agojordieMember
I cant wait to be a older/pensioner you can do and get away with anything. While shopping in tescos the other day a older lady wiped out a point of display at the end of isle full of spices. Just kept on shopping did not even say sorry just reversed the trolley and countinued her shop!Posted 5 years agoyunkiMember
I would have done what you did.. and offered ale too
as above call a locksmith.
His problem is not your problem.
there you go.. that’s community spirit at it’s finest
If you lived in my street (god forbid) I would organise a street party to celebrate the puny, toxic flame that burns spluttering and dim in your forlorn soulPosted 5 years ago
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