Is your neighbor THIS crazy?
Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive October 2006:
Is your neighbor THIS crazy?
I have to preface this with the fact that no one on our street has anything nice to say about this lady. So, on one hand, I feel sorry for her because she doesn't seem to have any friends. But, on the other hand...
Here's a little background:
She is always knocking on people's doors, telling them where to park when she knows full well that parking spots aren't specified. She also acts like she's part of the homeowner's association and once told this guy that he can't have his van parked in the neighborhood since it showed his company logo on the van. The guy is the *nicest* man who does a lot of free handyman work around here.
She also walks her 3 cats in the dog majority neighborhood...at night too. She, at one point, ran out of her house with her cat in hand while we were walking Barley last year and yelled, "My cat is always wanting to meet your dog! I think she wants to be friends!!!" I had to tell her that my dog will eat her cat if she takes one step closer. She even told my husband that her husband was going to kill him if they saw any more dog poop in the common area in front of our house. (It was never our dog that does that anyway.) My husband just laughed at her and shut the door.
So...here's what happened yesterday...
Apparently one of her cats stopped breathing so she threw the cat in her jeep and peeled out of the neighborhood. She had just turned the corner while some local children were getting off the bus. She nearly hit 2 of them, lost control of her car and flipped the car and slammed into a corner HOUSE. Some of the moms at the bus stop said she had to have been going 60 mph. The cat started to breathe again, jumped out of the car, and ran away. She had to be cut from the car and it did a lot of damage to the house.
The women on this Wisteria Lane are IRRATE!! She is SUCH a nut! I don't know if she was arrested or what, but I just saw her walking around the neighborhood today, shaking her cat food. She is very lucky that no one was hurt either. We normally go along that sidewalk on the way to the local playground at that time. Can you kick a neighbor out of the neighborhood? I think a witch hunt will ensue.
Wow..... No I am fortunate not to have that problem!! My goodness Heidi what a complete nut, thank goodness no one was hurt, I think she has problems!!
Wow, Heidi!! Is this the same neighbour that got mad at you for asking her handyman to keep the noise down? She sounds like she definitely has ISSUES!! The scenario you describe is like something out of a movie!!
You are right. Thank goodness that no one was injured or killed, especially the children. However, her insurance company is probably not happy with her at this point, since they will have to do some serious repairs on someone's home besides fixing her car. And her poor kitty! Maybe that was the "out" the kitty was looking for, to "escape" from her. LOL!! (Just kidding. I hope the kitty is okay).Maybe he/she never had a breathing issue, either. She just thought it did.
It is possible that she has bipolar disorder. I had a neighbour a couple of years ago that was very impulsive, too, and acted first and thought later (like your's "introducing" her cat to your dog, and yet threatening your DH because of the dog poop). MY neighbor would get her children involved in every activity there is (Little League, Cub Scouts, PTO), and get herself appointed coach or Scout leader or student advocate. Then there would ALWAYS be an issue, i.e. a Little League father was "sexually harrassing" her, or she "heard" the Scout master make a "racist comment" (she is Caucasian). Whatever it was...so that she could make a big issue out of it, make a scene to get the attention onto herself, then make a dramatic departure, hoping they would "beg" her to come back (which no one ever did). To top it off, she was a Vicodin addict. She would go from doctor to doctor with various aches and pains to get Vicodin. When SHE ran out of doctors, she would take her kids to the ER telling the doctors that they were in horrible pain (they were FORBIDDEN to tell the doctor otherwise), then she'd take their prescribed pain killers. Her husband had the patience of Job and put up with her excesses in spending, her temper tantrums, etc. However, the straw that broke the Proverbial camel's back was when he found out that she sleeping with his help. He owns an excavation business and hires a lot of laborers. She was fooling around with them. He finally filed for divorce. He is now happily remarried, and she is living in Maine. I am just so sad for her children because they went with her.
Your neighbor sounds similar. It would be nice if you could make people move out that are troublesome, but this being America, a free country, I guess we are stuck with people that are difficult.
Keep us posted on what happens.
All I can say is W-O-W.
Holy...um, cow! What a nutjob. That kind of story makes me glad I don't have any nearby neighbors.
Ditto on the nutjob. Sheesh.
You know, it's obvious that she is mentally ill. Can someone do something to make sure that she doesn't put herself or anyone else in danger? It seems like such a risk her living alone much less allowing her to drive.
They should have arrested her. It sounds like she ran the bus arm. It does sound like she is ill. Next time she does something like threaten you I would report it. Maybe she will be forced to get the help she needs.
I like koo-koo too.
There is more than one of those in my neighborhood. Sometimes I literally run from my mailbox to my door if one particular one is outside.
Do you call her "the cat lady?"
She does sound like a nut. I would feel bad for her too, but I would also try to avoid her at all costs!
I'm glad no one was injured. I agree with Hol, maybe the cat was playing dead so it could escape! LOL
Our nutjob neighbor, at least only bothered us. He didn't threaten the lives of innocent children!
Lisa - I don't think she's alone. I think Heidi said she has a husband. (Poor guy).
Yeah, she has a husband but he didn't escort her to the hospital. I found that to be a little weird too. Did I mention that she has this "Afro-Mullet" going on and she said that, when she had a job, she used to be a HAIR STYLIST?? I about died when she told me that.
She has been shaking cat food and walking all around our neighborhood. No one is helping her find it. I don't blame them. I'm not sure if she was arrested or not.
I'm glad no one was hurt but, yes Hol! LOL All the neighbors think that the cat faked it just so it could escape! (Slapping my own hand...I know I know...)
And, yes, we call her the "Crazy Cat Lady!"
You know, aside from the problems she causes, I was thinking it's really sad........I wonder if anyone in her family has ever tried to get help for her?
Ditto Karen. She sounds like she is quite mentally ill and not getting the help she needs. I feel sorry for her and I hope someone - like her husband - steps up before she hurts herself or someone else.
Sadly, unless she agrees to seek help, no one can make her seek therapy unless she is deemed by a couple of psychiatrists or a court to be a danger to herself and others. This car accident certainly qualifies as a danger to others, but only if the witnesses spoke to the police and, if there is a hearing, come forward to testify. Minimally, there should be some consideration of taking away her license, but if the car is there just taking her license won't stop her from driving.
If the people who were witnesses didn't identify themselves to the police then, they should do so. I assume the owner of the damaged house will be suing, but that's a civil matter, probably handled between insurance companies, and won't necessarily come to the attention of the motor vehicle department.
And, even if she wants to seek help, is help available and affordable?
This is very sad and, yes, very dangerous. I shudder to think of this woman behind the wheel of a car again.
Heidi - when my nutty neighbor used to go to the ER numerous times, her DH never went with her either. He worked all the time to be away from her as much as possible.