Whether you live in an apartment or in a house, you are bound to have neighbors. Here are some signs that you’ve been a bad neighbor! (Read as: Avoid the following if you don’t want the neighbors to start plotting your murder.)
1. You park your royal carriage where you see fit!
Karachiites have this unique ability to park their cars in the most interesting ways. You know you’re a bad neighbor when you park your car right in front of the neighbor’s gate and then pretend you were in a huge rush to be able to park anywhere else!
2. You keep your house clean but litter the neighbor’s driveway
Broadway Pizza, NYP and 14th Street are great! Except when you have to dispose off their gigantic empty boxes! You solve this problem by gently placing the pile of boxes outside your gate and use the tip of your shoe to slightly move it closer to your neighbor’s house. Ha! Let passersby think your neighbors ate those greasy pizzas for dinner last night!
3. Water, water everywhere, not a single drop to drink!
When water in the main lines run out and a tanker is called for, you suddenly want to shower more often and it becomes absolutely essential to wash your car!
4. You keep your television volume high enough to wake the dead!
You seem to have a sound and sturdy new sound system in your house. Good for you! But maybe you should consider that while your ears are used to the deafening decibels emanating from your speakers, your neighbors might be scribbling notes to communicate with each over the noise!
5. You don’t invite your neighbors to a big celebration in your house!
When you have a wedding tent in your garden, your neighbors will definitely notice. It’s always a good idea to invite them to the celebrations. Not only will they be more accommodating when the Mehndi music plays until the wee hours, but they might also wish you well!
6. You borrow tea and sugar from your neighbors like there is no tomorrow.
Not being able to drink your morning tea because patti khatam ho gayi is the worst fate to befall upon you. To fix this issue immediately you seek help from the friendly Samaritans living opposite your flat! Terrible idea! Instead, you should take some time out on a weekend, make a list of all you need, (include tea in the list), purchase, use, and repeat!
7. You put a password on your Wifi.
YOU.PUT.A.PASSWORD.ON.YOUR.WIFI! There can be no explanation for this insensitivity unless you’ve shared your wifi password with the neighbors.Then all is forgiven!
So now that you know where you stand on the bad neighbor scale, let me know if you know of worse neighbors and what they do to make them that way!