Neighbour's dog shits on my front nature strip.

Hi guys, I have a neighbour a few doors down, and every morning he lets the dog out of his front yard to take a shit on the nature strip. Often I go to my car and there is a steaming pile of shit, right in front of my house. Sometimes the dog shits on the sidewalk also, and the neighbour literally does nothing about it. Sometimes he just leaves the gate open and let's the dog walk in when it wants, sometimes he watches it. Here in lies the problem. I've never actually seen the dog shit on the lawn. I've seen him and the dog on the front strip and come home to a pile of shit, or woken up to a pile of shit. One thing is certain, he never cleans the shit up. The guy is a complete misery guts and at best grunts hello in the morning, in response. I live in the stonnington area in Melbourne, what is my recourse?

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  • +11 votes

    Wow. I am DEEPLY disturbed by the crap advice being given here.

    Good advice:
    1. Talk to him.
    2. Go to council if he doesn't do anything about it

    Bad advice:
    Shoot the dog, feed it chocolate, pour human urine on your lawn, throw the dog crap back onto his lawn/pool/front porch (and light it on fire!?!?). Holy crap people you watch too many crappy movies. Life isn't like that. If you burn down someone's house pulling this shit you could end up in prison. It's only funny if you're making a joke and no one is going to follow the advice. Poisoning your neighbour's pool with waste isn't so far behind, particularly if someone gets seriously ill.

    I hope I never have the misfortune of living next to any of you giving out the CRAP advice. (Pun intended).

    • +6 votes

      You have been OZBed if you took those advice seriously…

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      I'd just like to point out that Billy Madison pretty much defined a generation (or at least mine), along with Happy Gilmore & the Simpsons. I cant remember the last time I hung out with mates and we didnt quote from one of those 3 at some point.

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      Hello,

      For this write up I am grading you an :

      F syousef

    • +3 votes

      Ha!

      crap advice

    • +1 vote

      you realise this is the internet…
      and most of us are here for a bargain… not to give professional advice

    • +4 votes

      I had a similar issue with a neighbour and tried talking with them, I had no joy so ended up going down the council route which thankfully worked.

      I'm all for a joke and a laugh but shit can get out of hand pretty quickly.

    • +3 votes

      Whilst some of you seem to have good intentions when you suggest that OP should talk to this guy, think of it this way; if the dog owner was as reasonable as you think he may be, why the hell is he letting his dog do shit and runs in the neighbourhood?

      • +1 vote

        The first step is always to try to resolve it without involving authorities and childish pranks. If that doesn't work you move to the council option.

        • +1 vote

          I think the first step should have been for the person to choose NOT to let the dog run around without a lead.

          A dog off the lead and unattended is more likely to:
          - get hit by a vehicle
          - contribute to an accident by running in front of a vehicle and the operator swerves to avoid
          - get excited and attack another animal (even if it thinks it is playing)
          - get excited and attack a a person
          - run away, leading to a waste of resources in getting it back when it should have been walked on a lead


          My bias is this used to happen to my family when we were growing up. Except specifically the owner would sometimes walk the dog right to our place (he lived across the road).

          After the owner wouldn't stop, one of the relatives started spraying a repellant liquid. Not great for the garden and smelled a bit, but it was better than having the dog urinate and crap on our place, because the owner wanted it to.


          After a very short while, the dog stopped coming over.

          The relatives made sure to spray from time to time, over the coming months, to make sure the dog was deterred.

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          @foundit:

          You can't control the actions of other people. This is the first step for the victim of this bad behaviour, not the perpetrator.

        • +1 vote

          @syousef:

          But … I'm not suggesting to control a person's behaviour?

          Repellant spray can be a disincentive for the dog.
          The neighbour though, couldn't get the dog to urinate or defecate while it was here.


          I have no issue with people approaching the council.

          I've just seen over the years, a number of different people, having problems with difficult neighbours, and approaching the neighbour never seems to work. (Unless someone is already on good terms with the neighbour; if they are at best, a stranger, I haven't seen it work)

          puzzled

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          @foundit:

          If you've established they're a difficult neighbour that's a different story. I was at a kid's birthday party where one neighbour's response to kids collecting a ball from her fenced in front yard was to throw the ball onto the road the next time. Some people can't be reasoned with. But you have to establish that is the case rather than assume.

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          @syousef: Wow, that sounds awful :S

          Though I now remember we had neighbours and the late teens/young adults would climb onto our pergolah to get the ball back. Didn't matter that we asked them nicely to stop that; they weren't going to wait and if our pergolah got damaged, well, they weren't going to bother being careful (you could hear them jump the fence). I was little at the time. I forget what happened in the end.

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          @foundit:

          Yeah the kids know she's grumpy and she's asked them not to, so they really are trespassing and shouldn't, so I can see her side to it. Brick fence so I doubt they're doing any damage and it's no excuse to risk the lives of children (…most were under 10). I was told she does other strange stuff and is annoyed by everything. Glad I don't live next to her. If it were up to me I would have had her charged with endangering children.

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        gokhanh> good point, but a person is responsible for their own actions. so what matters is how YOU behave in the face of douchebaggery.

        (the collective, generic "you")

  • +2 votes

    Sounds like you need a scarecrap…i mean scarecrow. Lol

  • +4 votes

    Best Shit Post EVER!

  • +1 vote

    Fill a 1.25l bottle with water. I know people who it has worked for and people who it hasnt so YMMV

    • +4 votes

      Please enlighten us how this will work

      • +1 vote

        My grandparents have done this for years (decades even!), it seems to work for them (clear soda bottle, filled with water and capped placed by a tree on their lawn).

        No idea why.

        • +2 votes

          Put it next to the tiger rock

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          @MustacheFire: the theory is a dog won't pee near clean water….

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          @robertbruce:
          Possible, i just guessed that they like to take a dump on a nice lawn. So if you have really overgrown grass they wont go there. So the bottle represents something already there so they just go skmewhere else

    • +4 votes

      urban myth

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        ..that does not work.

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      I've always suspected its the refraction of the light than anything

  • +5 votes

    place 90% of it in a bag on the front of his car with a polite note saying please don't allow your dog to s**t on my lawn again,the other 10% you place under the door handle on the drivers side of his car :)

  • +17 votes

    I had a neighbour from halfway down the street walk his dog past every afternoon and do its business at my letterbox. On 3 occasions I politely asked him to pick it up and he wouldn't even acknowledge me. So on the 3rd occasion I said to him, I won't ask you again and again all I get back is almost a snigger. So I calmly walked into my garden shed and grabbed the almost full shopping bag of his dogs deposits and had a nice stroll down the street to his letterbox and filled his letterbox up with his dogs deposits.
    On the way back to my place I passed the um, gentleman on his way home from his walk and said, glorious afternoon isn't it.
    He no longer walks on my side of the street 😉

    • +3 votes

      I agree there are times when enough is enough and you gotta do something about it.

      Probably not illegal stuffs like start a fire.

      I feel that giving the dog crap back is mostly appropriate. Why do you have to suffer if the owner doesn't give a shit about it.

      Good on you.

  • +2 votes

    You can also try ringing the council with most it's an offence subject to fines to not collect your dogs waste

  • +2 votes

    easiest is just use a bag, pick it up and pile on a location on his lawn, instead of yours. Done in 30 secs.

  • +1 vote

    Just keep scooping it up & depositing back to his house - preferably by flying it over the fence, or wipe it over his windows & front door. Whilst I understand your concern re his kids - this could be the only way you can teach him to be responsible.
    We have two dogs ( one is a Great Dane therefore great big poo's ) but always take poo bags to clear up with when walking them in the neighbourhood - so do most of our neighbours in the area - no problems & all are happy chappies.

  • +2 votes

    Find out the neighbor's name and make a small neat wooden sign. If he's called Mr Pickles for example. Place the sign on the nature strip with the following message 'Hey Mr Pickles, stop shitting up the neighborhood you miserable twot'

  • +2 votes

    Given that you have never SEEN the dog crap on your naturestrip, how sure are you that it's not the dog's owner themselves crapping? The dog may be an innocent party.

    I'd be slow to apportion blame here.

    • +4 votes

      And the dog is trying to do the right thing, but his little paws can't pick up the shit.

      • +2 votes

        He could always eat it, that's what my dog Shitlips would do.

        • +1 vote

          If you're considering cloning that dog please contact me

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    Pick it up and mash it under his car door handle. Driver's door.
    And if his car has plastic hub caps, a few raw prawns in the wheel hubs….for good measure.

    • +2 votes

      Waste of good seafood / bait.

      Just take the brine and pour into air vent inlets at base of windscreen.

  • +1 vote

    Pick some up with a stick and smear the underside of his door handle with it and watch the fun when he comes home and opens the door

  • +4 votes

    I have the same issue, although I have no idea which dog it is. The best idea I have read on another thread is to stick a piece of bacon in the dog turd. Dog will clean it up himself. If the neighbor sees his dog eating its own shit, I am sure he will not let his dog near your yard again!

    • +1 vote

      There was a place in France who was using peanut butter spray for the same effect, apparently it works very well. However it is indiscriminate, and it is more likely that the dog eating the turd is different from the one laying it.

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    I had this problem, I found a trick on the net that worked, I collected all our Citrus peels and chopped them up into little pieces, the dog never shit there again, apparently they hate the citrus smell

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      Some say citronella repels dogs.

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      Spreading pepper on the area stops them going there. Upsets their nose.

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    Hey folks I am a professional dog trainer and can see this whole thread is wrong. You need to talk to the dog owner asap. Why would you not do that.Sure some folks should not own a dog (I see plenty of this). But never blame the dog it's the owner's problem. The poor dog has no clue it is doing wrong. Trying to change the the dogs behaviour is not up to you and you should not try to do that. It is the owner of the dog that you need to deal with. Rather than post for advice here just go and talk with the owner. In all my time like 20 years of dog training I have run into this many times. A few words usually sorts it out.

    • +8 votes

      fwark talking to the owner, do you think the owner does not realise his dog is shitting om someone else turf! Owner doesn't give a shit, Open Season i say!

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        No the owner does not give a shit-it's the dog that's giving a shit.

    • +3 votes

      So what you're saying is, this dog owner, who let's his dog shot all over the neighbourhood every day, who fails to clean up said dog, will change his behaviour if OP tells him too? You really think that? What do you think the dog owner's though process is right now, you think he isn't aware he needs to clean up after his dog?

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      As a professionally dog trainer, have you ever recommended someone not to own a dog, coz they are just an arse and will probably influence the dog in a poor way?

      Coz your recommendation to speak to the owner is fine, but as others have noted, it's not ignorance of the owner that's the issue. It's just a bad person, so maybe a "professionally" should lay some advice.

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      Contront the owner face-to-face? you are kidding right? I think talking behind a computer screen, where most of these posters feel at ease, would be a more appropriate suggestion.

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      This is no place for logic and common sense.

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        Sadly I agree … what common sense on ozbargain, hell no that's why we come here.

  • +3 votes

    Here is everything you need to know

    http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/counci...

    804.​Animal Excrement

    (1) A person in charge of any Animal in a Public Place must immediately remove that Animal's excrement and dispose of it as litter in a lawful manner.
    (92) A person in charge of any Animal in a Public Place must carry a Litter Device suitable to clean up and remove any excrement left by his or her Animal and must produce that Litter Device upon request of an Authorised Officer.
    (93) A person who fails to produce a Litter Device when requested to do so is guilty of an offence
    ///////
    ///////
    Our Animal Management Unit investigates concerns regarding:

    nuisance animals
    dog wandering or not securely confined to their property
    dogs not complying with the Council Order in designated areas or reserves
    dog owners not cleaning up after their dog

    Office hours: Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 5pm

    Phone: 8290 1333

    Email: [email protected]

    Call them up Monday. Goodluck

  • +3 votes

    oh man, love the outright profanity of the thread title. good stuff, hate ozbargain pc culture (profanity) hell

  • +1 vote

    Not too hard to rig up an ir gate type trip sensor, using a garden hose solonoid instead of a bell. Aliexpress has twin sensor model for about $10, but a mirror reflector type is better. Water solonoids are cheap too.
    Good project that will keep the dog off the lawn, particularly in cold weather.

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    Similar problem here with unknown dog, but am taking (hidden video) steps to get evidence.
    One of the options I am looking at is this
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/122077591537
    OK, it's 50 bucks, but might be worth it if it makes the problem go away. Might also see off intruding cats/possums & joggers/junk mailers. Definitely works on Jehovahs Witnesses.

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    one meme comes to mind when i read this thread sorry lolololol

    'if your dog sh$ts on my yard i will $%^& your wife"

    http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/file.php?2,file=9390...

  • +3 votes

    Why don't you use the turd as payment for groceries at Aldi?
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/261674#comment-3929595

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    omg, wtf?
    some great suggestions here.
    as others have said you need to know its his dog having the dump, just because you have seen him and his dog on the verge it doesn't mean it his dog dumping there.
    even if he is grumpy it doesn't make him a mass murderer, once you know its is dog ask him to clean it up or dump on another verge, you may be surprised he may listen

  • +1 vote

    I was expecting you to smear the dog shit over the neighbour's windows having read your comments in the past. Somewhat disappointed.

  • +4 votes

    Leave the shit on his front door and cover it with dirt. Once he kicks it, he will know. To go one step better, do the following:

    Make a pile of things in the following order…

    1. Shit
    2. Turmeric powder.
    3. Laundry powder.
    4. Dirt.

    so shit's the bottom layer and dirt's the top, with turmeric and laundry powder in the middle.

    The neighbour kicks the dirt and realizes the shit underneath. Brings water to wash it away, but the turmeric powder and the detergent react and the result being red/orangish color… kinda like blood.

    Won't take him long to move houses.

  • +3 votes

    I cannot believe how many people here are suggesting to take it out on the dog (shoot, spray, whatever) as if it's the dog's fault. It's squarely the fault of the dog's caretaker so whatever you do take it up with them and leave the dog alone.

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      mess with another person's dog, gutlessly behind their backs… don't expect things to go lightly.

  • +2 votes

    Call the bikies

    • +3 votes

      When did they start cleaning shit?

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    Call the council ! Simples.
    You can initially put in just a complaint saying its this guy staying at this address. If they ask for proof, get a dash cam/ old phone/ home security and video proof your claim. Of course, do let us know how things go.

  • +4 votes

    Any time I see a Gardening Australia special on 'genius' herb and vegie gardens on the nature strip, I despair at the thought of it doubling as the local dog latrine. There is no way people can eat nature strip plants.

  • +2 votes

    Just pull your daks down and lay a steamer of your own on his lawn

  • +3 votes

    Any tricks to stop people's cats pissing on our front door?

    We don't even own a c!_!nt.
    I mean cat.

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      Let it remain dirty. Cats love clean areas to piss, if it is dirty it won't.

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      Kick it clear up the ass mid stream? Wear old boots in case of splashback.

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      There is a spray you can buy called natures miracle advanced formula.

      You can try 50/50 vinegar and water in a spray bottle which will get rid of it but may not prevent. Apple cider vinegar may work better for that but that in itself will smell.

      Last resort stuff:
      Its most likely a male cat spraying to mark territory. If you get a male cat he will fight him off. Put a food bowl at your door step, it wont mark where there is food. Wow this paragraph is bad advice.

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    Be glad it's not their cat. Somehow that shit flies (pun intended) if you have neighbours' cats in your yard, crapping in it at all hours.

  • +1 vote

    Try capture it..

    If you have a clear view of the front nature strip from inside your house then you can use a cheap (<$50) IP webcam. Place it on window sill, etc. A cheap one normally has motion detection. It will capture all activities going on (cars passing by, postman) and hopefully the shitting dog

    If you don't have a clear view then use a car dash cam. Park your car along the kerb with full view of your nature strip.

    Once you have evidence…

  • +2 votes

    Must give you the shits

  • +9 votes

    This is a story about my uncle's vengeance. My uncle is chill and friendly, but he once had the misfortune of living next to an awful neighbor. The guy actually didn't have a ton of bad habits, but he did exactly what he wanted to do and he didn't care who it affected. And one of the things he wanted to do was take his big dog on a daily morning walk and let the dog do his doggy business on my uncle's lawn.

    The first time my uncle caught him, he calmly confronted him and politely requested that the neighbor stop using his lawn as a dog toilet. The neighbor calmly told my uncle to get (profanity): he didn't care what my uncle thought, there was nothing my uncle could do about it, and nothing would change.

    This being 1970s southern California, my uncle couldn't record the neighbor and shame him online or report him to the police for some litter violation, and although he is a cool uncle, he was in no way physically intimidating enough to get this guy to back down. Every day for a week he went outside to confront the shitty neighbor and his shitting dog, and every day he got the exact same answer: (profanity) off, I don't care, and there's nothing you can do about it.

    On the eight morning, my uncle stayed inside, watching as the neighbor yet again allowed his dog to leave a fudgy dump on his lawn. Then, after the neighbor and his dog had continued on their walk, my uncle grabbed a shovel and went outside. He scooped up the dog shit and, with masterful accuracy, flung it onto the roof of the neighbor's house. As mentioned before, this being 1970s California, the neighbor's roof (like all of the houses in that area) had a very shallow slope, and once he saw that the poop didn't roll off, my uncle headed back inside.

    He repeated the exact same procedure every morning… for the next eight months.

    Not once did the neighbor notice the steadily growing pile of dog shit on his roof, baking and dehydrating in the California sun. Not once did he smell anything off, nor did he find it suspicious that my uncle still greeted him in a friendly manner after having his lawn used as a dog loo every single morning.

    Finally, after eight months, the hot and sunny weather gave way to a massive rainstorm. Within minutes, the entire crusty layer of dog poop shingles rehydrated and broke free, a reeking mudslide from hell that sloshed down onto the neighbor's property, splattering his lawn, his house, and his car with literal pounds of dog shit. Over the next few days, the neighbor's grass succumbed to the poison and died, paint began to flake off his car, and the neighbor himself had to finally clean up after his dog once the sunny weather returned and the remnants of the dog poonami began to dry up while still stubbornly stuck to every stinking corner of his house. Tragically, my uncle didn't take any pictures of the poo-house (I would have loved to have seen that).

    From the day after the rainstorm to the day my uncle moved out of that house, he never spoke to that neighbor again… but the dog poop stopped appearing on his lawn for good.

    Taken from /r/prorevenge

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      On an unrelated note, I am glad the use of the term poonami is finally taking off.

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      Thats some funny shit right there!!!!

  • -1 vote

    just to be clear, flaming dog poop in brown bag started in billy madison first.

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    I'm having a dog situationas well. Speak to your neighbours and see if they have the same issue, maybe leave a letter in the mailbox explaining the situation and see what happens. It's a pain but try and do the right thing first. If not. Do what everyone else is saying :)

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    If you are game, stick it under his car door handle. Wear gloves or you'll smell like shit.

    No one looks under the door handle before opening their car!

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    I read "Neighbour shits on my front nature strip." Thought I was on the wrong website for a second…

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      Tell me… On that website you are speaking about, does the neighbour shitting on the front lawn lead to unexpected hot passionate love making? Hmmm?

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        I think there is more than one interpretation of 'nature strip'.

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    Wow. A literal shit post.

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    Get a full-breed Pitbull and (long) tether him to the front yard

    You won't see the owner nor his dog ever again, they may be on the other foot path.

  • +2 votes

    What I've done in the past is pick up the poop with a plastic bag and double bagged it. Then I've knocked on the door of the owner and said something like:
    "I picked your dog poo up for you as I know you'd pick it up if you knew the dog was pooping on someones lawn."

    I've also mentioned to said owners that letting your dog roam off leash is an offence and the dog might run away or get impounded by council rangers.

    Alternatively, simply report him to your local council.

    BTW: I'm a dog lover and own a full size poodle. I'd be embarrassed if he crapped on a neighbour's lawn and it wasn't cleaned up immediately.

  • +2 votes

    I would toss back into his yard. Its not your issue if his kids play with it

  • +1 vote

    We have a similar situation but it's the cat that jumps the fence and lays down some shit, occasionally it likes to play catch with birds or mice and leaves their remains. The owner just doesn't care. We've resorted to hosing the cat every time it comes near our yard.

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    Get an old Android mobile and use this app
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.richardtoz...

    Leave mobile on while charging and you'll get your evidence easy peasy

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    Seed the grass there with bindis. Guaranteed self sustaining solution. Doesn't need to be the whole area just access points.

    Also once you change the dogs habit it will stay changed.

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    My dog does this. I was training them to stop and cleaning it up, I stopped though after the neigbour was a prick about it.
    I'd been putting up with their teenagers pooping in my ears with late night noise and music for years and they never cleaned that up.

  • +1 vote

    Try eating the shit in front of him. Then he'll know you're a mad person and not to f*** with you!

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      Best piece of advice yet. Free meal and winning.

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      Maintain eye contact the whole time. Don't even blink.

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    My neighbour's dog shits at the front of my carport. The neighbour is obese and I'm pretty sure she couldn't squeeze between our cars to get to where the shit is to clean it up. I have complained and she was nice and apologetic about it. I am just letting it ride and cleaning it up myself. If she had been rude about it, I probably would have taken it further. Have you spoken to him about it?