People Are Revealing How Their “Crazy Neighbor” Earned Their “Crazy” Label (26 Stories)

Every apartment building, neighborhood, mobil home park has at least one extra loud, extra strange person living near them and if you don’t think you have one, it’s probably because you are the crazy neighbor.

Some people are lucky enough to find a way to coexist with their strangest of neighbors, others aren’t quite as lucky.

The people of Reddit are swapping stories of their crazy neighbors after u/oilpaintroses asked:

What does your crazy neighbor do to be labelled “the crazy neighbor”?

And the answers will have you considering yourself lucky that you only have to deal with the loud stoner couple upstairs.

Here’s the 26 craziest crazy neighbor stories according to the people of Reddit.


“She dug up my fancy flowers and replanted them in her own yard, 15 feet away.” -lalalimabean·23h


“Had a neighbor who wouldn’t let anyone use his driveway because he didn’t want it to get dirty. Anyone including himself. He parked on the street outside. If he thought you were having a party he would drag a bunch of plastic bags full of god knows what to the end of his driveway so no one could turn around it. One time I came home and he was outside hosing it down in the rain. To his credit, I’ve never seen a cleaner driveway.” –StretchDude


“Pulled us over pretending to be a police officer, saying that we had somehow broken the law whilst pulling out of our driveway and that she was “going to call it in.” She isn’t a cop.” –fluffybabypuppies


“My neighbor sits in his yard, hides behind his plants and meows at people who pass by. He is not dangerous at all but he is not right in the head either. His caretakers are his parents and they seem to be very nice people. His dad once told me “he just likes to be a cat” and left it at that. I didn’t ask any more questions.” –MajorSagittarius12


“My sister’s neighbor reported my sister to the police because her kids were playing in my sister’s garden. Not for the usual reasons, too much noise etc. Nope, because a volcano in Italy had erupted and the radiation would hurt them. My sister lives in the U.K.” –JimmyHerbertKnockers


“We had one a while back that had a meth lab in the home. Crazy fights, yelling at all hours of the night,, dude would wander around the hood tweaked out crazy, and once he threw a Molotov cocktail out of the 2nd floor window at another dude who was smashing up his car, screaming, “I’ll f*cking kill you, motherf*cker!” Those were interesting times.” –MerMadeMeDoIt


” Used to live in a little town of 300 people where we had an elderly neighbor named Gladys. She would routinely look near our garbage can outside and take the recyclable bottles and cans we would leave for her. After we cleaned out a fish tank, we put the gravel and fake plants in a bag and left it on top of the garbage can because it was already full.

About a week later, Gladys hollered at me while I was outside to come over as she wanted to show me something. She had taken that bag we had left and planted the fake plants along the side of her house. She said she wasn’t real confident that they would make it but so far they seemed to be thriving! I could only nod and compliment her on her green thumb.” –skinvixen


“He eats my flowers. In his defense, he told us that he has been doing it for years when he introduced himself after we bought the house. He also brought over frozen cookies in a plastic bag, as a housewarming gift, but wasn’t sure what was in them. We share a side yard and as he was talking to us, I noticed his all brick house, was actually roofing shingles, layered to look like brick. It started to register that he may be a little out there.
He’s a great neighbor. Just an older, eccentric stoner who keeps to himself and eats my flowers. No shame. Comes over to my yard, and eats my lillie’s raw, or brings scissors and clips the heads to ‘boil and make jam’. It’s crazy to me, but we have embraced it. I planted a couple raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry bushes 3 years ago, when we first moved in, on the side yard we share. As well as a few knock out rose bushes. I told him to help himself to berries/roses anytime, especially before the birds do. The bushes have all gone insane and the entire side of my house is now a yearly buffet for my neighbor. Having a decent relationship with a crazy guy I share a property line with, is worth some deadheaded flowers.” –TraumaSparrow


“She has a penchant for going around sticking nails in people’s tires at night. This has happened dozens of times to nearly everyone on the street, though she’s slowed down since more people started installing video cams and motion-sensor lights in their driveways.” –Dahhhkness


“Well, I used to have a neighbor who was legitimately mentally ill, although I don’t know his actual diagnosis. His truck wouldn’t start one day ( dead battery) and he told everyone on the street that another neighbor was stealing the electricity. He knew this because of the way this guy parked his vehicle – obviously it was sucking electricity from the ground for his battery, which drained the car batteries near him. Many times he would run down the street and warn everyone to hide their valuables because Japan was invading the country. He wasn’t on drugs, but he did take medication for his mental illness and everyone on our street could tell when he stopped taking it. Whenever he would start saying completely irrational things, we would remind him to take his medication, and he would thank us and go home, presumably to take it. He lived alone, and he was getting older, so I think he had a hard time remembering to take it. There were many, many more incidents.” –dovecross


“I used to live in a HOA. One of the members on the board lived across the street from my neighbor and I. He sent a letter to us saying that we all have to mow the lawn on the same day, at the same cut height, and in the SAME PATTERN to create uniformity in the neighborhood. My neighbor and I intentionally cut on different days and in opposite patterns just to annoy the guy.” –mrsheikh


“Took my parents to court because he lost in our HOA Chairman election. Some people just have too much free time.” –shelldubbs


“Next-door lady standing on her driveway yelling at me because acorns have fallen from a large oak tree on my property onto said driveway, demanding that I cause the tree to cease and desist from this intentional criminal activity.” –konqueror321


“He jumped in front of my car while I was driving down the road to yell at me for going through his trash at night. Told him it was probably raccoons. He refuses to believe it to this day.” –A_crispy_sock


“I cared for an elderly woman for many years. She lived to the age of 93 in a crime ridden inner city neighborhood by being as tough and nasty as any criminal living nearby. Her oddest actions involved her incorrect belief that she owned the road in front of her house. She didn’t even own a car, but she insisted that nobody park there. She would confront them if they parked in front of her house. If they did it again, she slashed their tires in the middle of the night. Over and over for years. She was never caught, but everybody knew it was her. She only stopped when she lost the physical strength to slash a tire in her mid 80’s. Then she started using spray paint on the cars. “He don’t park in front of my house no more,” was all the justification she needed to damage her neighbors’ cars.” –ThatGuyFromOhio


“Years ago in rural Arizona we shared a pond with the “crazy neighbor”. More sad than anything, he was in his 40s and lived with his mother (around 1988). A Vietnam veteran he would walk out to our shared pond with a .45 and a box of 50 rounds. He would then absolutely unload on the pond while yelling, police his brass and walk quietly home. This happened every 90 days for about 3 years.” –Mike7676


“This woman lived next to us who needed to have the police called on her at least once a week. She would scream at her roommate at all hours of the night, go into a drunken and sometimes drug-filled stupor, and scream at us while tripping out as we sat in our backyard. More than once I had to kick her out of our home because she walked in unannounced, beer in hand and drunk as ever. One time I called the police because she was screaming about killing someone and rolling around on her front lawn. Another time I received a call at work (one in the morning as I work third shift). My gf informed me they had to evacuate the house because the neighbor’s garage was on fire. Turned out either she or her roommate had done it while doing drugs or smoking in the garage. She ended up moving away but would still walk to our house to ask for our lawnmower. She was not happy when I told her to get off my porch.” –labbykun


“The old lady who lived below me left me multiple cryptic letters blaming me for the birds chirping too loudly in the mornings. Not pet birds. The sparrows and shit outside. This went on for months.” –NarcolepticKnitter


“This older lady lives across the street from me and she is OBSESSED with leaves falling on her lawn. To the point that she will come out of her house and pick up one individual leaf off the grass in the fall (or any other time). She spends hours a day outside with the leaf-blower in fall. She will go and knock on other neighbors’ doors if she thinks you have too many leaves on your grass. She’ll come over into your yard and do it herself if you’re not home. What I think is weird is that she’s in her 70s, no kids or grandkids living with her, and lives alone in a pretty large 4 bedroom house with an amazing in-ground pool in the backyard (with a slide and diving board and everything). Nobody has used that pool in at least 5 years yet she opens it up every summer. Somehow she likes my family and has never once yelled at us about our leaves and randomly brings things over like half-eaten gallons of ice cream and ask if we want it because she’s not using it.” –DTownForever


“When I first moved in my neighbor walked into the house, unannounced. When my wife gets home, sometimes she wants to stay in her car having a phone conversation. He will come out and walk down the side of his house, checking his sprinkler controls and looks at my wife. He has a two huge bushes he refuses to cut. It blocks our view of backing out of our driveway. The fire department came by to clear trees and bushes around the fire hydrants. The neighbor came out and yelled at the fireman. “This bush is older than you!”. Needless to say, I hope there house fires.” –unsupported


“She stalks us. Like every time I get home she’ll walk outside and tell me I was either 3 mins later getting home this time or that I’m home 2 mins earlier and then ask me why. One time my friend and her sister came to pick me up. The neighbor was against her window with her hands and face pressed up on the glass trying to look at who was coming to pick me up. My friend and her sister were so terrified they called me telling me to hurry up bc a crazy lady was staring at them through a window. I replied “oh it’s just the stalker neighbor!” –Competitive-Menu-146


“I had a neighbor who would sneak into my yard at night and roll up my sod. It would be laid perfectly the night before, but I’d get up in the morning and it would be rolled up just like it was when it came from the store. I finally got pissed and spent the night laying by my back door with a baseball bat and a flashlight, ready to bonk the crap out of whoever it was. Sure enough, they came around two in the morning, and I stood up, turned the light on, and was face-to-face with four raccoons rolling up my sod, looking for bugs.” –ratrancid


“we bought a house and on the day while we were unloading the first truckload, the neighbor came into our garage uninvited and started telling us what trees on our property he wanted us to cut down. not the craziest but the audacity if some people” –Frontsaladfrontblunt


“Had severe anger issues and yelled at anything or anyone he didn’t like on the street. A few years ago he had a road rage incident and when he started banging on the other car’s windows the occupants got out and beat him badly. During this he had a heart attack and now barely has enough mobility to walk to the mailbox and back, also he doesn’t yell anymore.” –Cunchy


“My neighbor was an 85 year old widow that lived alone. She had two vehicles, a car and truck, and over the course of a few months I realized that she was no longer parking her car in her garage like she had for the many years prior to that, then suddenly the truck wasn’t being parked inside the garage either. Turns out she no longer had room in her garage to park her vehicles because she was walking down to a residential construction site about a block away every evening and she’d grab two 2″x4″s and bring them home. She had over 500 boards stacked in her garage and when she was questioned on what she was going to do with it, she didn’t have an answer.” –cmde44


“We used to live next to a woman that would have a disco party for her cats in her backyard at 2 am every few days. She would put up a disco ball and party lights with music playing. It was a little bit odd but what made it crazy was her dancing like a Native American performing a ritual around the disco ball. It’s honestly one of the strangest things I’ve ever witnessed!” –epicsunrise77