Woman Asks If She’s A Jerk To Kick The Neighbor’s Kids Out Of Her Pool

It’s just about pool season for a lot of places. Community pools are opening up and folks are cleaning the dead frogs out of their filter in the hopes of a cool, fun summer.


If you’re lucky, you have access to a pool — either in your neighborhood or in your backyard. But what if you don’t?

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Or what if the pool you have access to is your neighbor’s and they are not okay with you using it?

One Redditor is trying not to feel like they’re being unfair, but they just don’t want the neighborhood kids using their pool.

“I’m a 32 year old woman and my wife who is a 33 year old woman and I finally bought our own home instead of renting. It took a lot of work but we got to do it and it’s a home we both love and plan to spend the rest of our lives in. It even has a pool which is just amazing and something I’d always wanted but never thought I’d have,” the OP said.

“The issue is our next door neighbours, I keep finding their kids using our pool having hopped our fence and I keep getting them to leave, I’ve spoken to their parents about this issue and they have told me that the elderly couple we bought the House from would let the kids use the pool in exchange for cleaning it so they’re just used to being able to use it, I told them that was fine when it was the last neighbour but it’s something my wife and I are not comfortable with as we don’t know them well enough plus if the kids were hurt we’d feel awful about it. They insisted their kids wouldn’t get hurt and asked if it’d be ok if the kids used it whenever we weren’t as they’re ‘just kids’ and spoke about how it’s getting hotter now, I was getting annoyed at this point and told them they should get their own pool then and I’d already told them we weren’t comfortable with this.”

“Ever since then I’ve had to chase the kids away a couple more times and their parents are constantly sending me dirty looks whenever they see me, I’ve since posted a sign stating it’s a private pool and can only be used with permission. Am I really being unfair here? Yes it sucks the kids had an arrangement with the last owners but it’s our pool now.”

Personally, this screams lawsuit to me if anything happened to the kids. What do Redditors think?

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“NTA, you know those parents would sue you into the next century if the kids got so much as a scrape,” noted


“NTA, but you need to have your pool totally fenced off with a locking gate. I would also report the kids to the police as trespassing if only to put the parents on notice,” advised


“NTA. Tell them if you find their kids in your pool again you are going to file a trespassing against them with the police. they are not entitled to use your pool whenever they want plain and simple and yes I would also be worried that if something bad did happen they would blame you so its just not worth for you. The agreement they had with the prior neighbor does not automatically transfer to you,” said


“NTA. Putting aside the astronomical implications of liability, simply put, it’s your fucking house. Not theirs, and not the old owners. What you say goes on your own property. They are total a…holes for treating you horribly and not corralling their own children. I would be LIVID if my new neighbors asked me to keep my kids away from their pool and my kids didn’t listen. That is some seriously poor parenting. If they are hopping a fence and swimming, they are certainly old enough to understand no means no”


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Patricia Grisafi

Patricia Grisafi, PhD, is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Bitch, Bustle, Broadly, The Establishment, and elsewhere. She is passionate about pit bull rescue, cursed objects, and designer sunglasses.