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My Neighbors Demand I Let Them Use My Pool and Won't Accept No

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A man has been left furious as his neighbors won't stop pestering to let them use the pool in his garden, even though he has already told them no several times.

According to Mirror, the man made a post on Reddit explaining that he and his spouse recently moved into a house with a pool. Apparently the previous owners used to let the neighbors use the pool all the time. Within a few months of moving in, the neighbors were requesting the same from them. Neighbors were constantly coming over asking if they could use the pool.

The man and his spouse are pretty "private people" who don't want people wandering into their garden whenever they feel like it. However the neighbors won't take no for an answer,

In a reddit post he said:

"My spouse and I bought a house in February with a pool. It's a single family home, and we keep ourselves to ourselves. We have friends over occasionally and we enjoy having people over for food, drinks, and of course swimming pool parties now that the weather allows for it.

"We fit in the neighborhood, or so we thought until the neighbors from three surrounding homes got into a weird conversation with us around their expectations to access the pool for weekend and holiday pool parties.

"Apparently, the owners before us had kids who were friends with the neighborhood kids. The neighborhood kids and adults would use the pool when they wanted to. The gate was always open and they even had their inflatables nearby and had arranged to split the payment for the maintenance of the pool.

"We told them that we're fairly private people and enjoy our privacy and don't see ourselves letting neighbours have access to our backyard whenever they want. Each time any of us are wandering around outside, they just ask over and over and try to sell the idea of having access to it. They offer money and offer to share the maintenance fees and such."

The man was recently "cornered again" while trying to tend to his garden, and had to firmly put his foot down and demand that his neighbours stop talking about the pool.

But the message still doesn't seem to have gone through to his neighbours, as he recently had friends over and one neighbour sarcastically said it "must be nice" for them to have been allowed to enjoy the pool.

He added: "I was trying to enjoy gardening and was cornered once again. I just really firmly told them that they really need to stop talking about the pool each time they see us, stood up and left.

"We politely decline over and over, and we are seriously getting tired of the nagging and the pool and their access to it being the only thing they want to connect with us about. It's not like we created a bond or anything, all conversations are just about the pool.

"We had a party yesterday evening and as I was showing the front yard to my friend, my neighbour popped up and was talking about how it must be nice to be invited to enjoy the pool. Am I wrong for not wanting the neighbours to have access to my property and seriously losing my patience with their expectations?"

Commenters on the Reddit post were equally baffled by the neighbours' persistent actions, with some suggesting the man get a lock on his gate and a "no trespassing" sign, and others pointing out the dangers of letting strangers onto his property.

One person said: "Those are some entitled persistent neighbours. Also the liability of having an open gate for everyone’s access. What if a kid wandered in and drowned? That will be on you. Stand your ground, I would do the same. Good luck!"

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