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A New York woman, Shirley Draper, was charged with criminal mischief for tearing down a picture of fake testicles from her neighbor's property.
You may be wondering just why Draper's neighbors had a picture of fake testicles on their property in the first place. Well, that's because Draper first hung a pair of fake testicles in her backyard just where the neighbors could see them in an apparent to annoy them.
The annoyance tactic worked and the neighbors tried to settle the dispute legally. However, unable to find a legal remedy, the neighbors put up the picture so that Draper would get a taste of her own medicine -- seeing a pair of testicles every time she looked out her window.
The neighbor dispute had been going on for years, though it's not clear what prompted it, reports The Enid News and Eagle. By the time the dispute reached the point of battling images of fake testicles, it's probably a safe bet that the damage was irreparable.
Neighbor disputes can be a very tricky situation. After all, you have to live next to the person. So when you have a neighbor dispute, it's probably good advice to always be polite and to nip problems in the bud before they escalate.
In most cases, neighbors react to real or imagined slights. If you are polite to your neighbor regarding conflicts, they will likely respond in kind. And don't let issues escalate. If you deal with the problem early, it will probably be easier to resolve than if the issue festers and grows into something larger.
As the neighbors learned in this case, neighbor disputes are not usually a legal issue. They can be resolved with polite words and acting like adults. However, if the issue is not addressed, you'll see grownups engage in a battle of fake testicles.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.