Homeowner receives ‘most British complaint ever’ from a VERY polite neighbor who has been kept awake by his flashing party lights – plus a timer to help him turn them off at night
- A man shared the complaint his brother-in-law received from a neighbor
- The neighbor was kept awake by the man’s flashing Christmas lights
- Politely asked him if he would turn them off overnight and attached a timer
- Many replies to the post agreed that the polite note sounded “very British”
A homeowner received the ‘most British complaint’ of all time from a neighbor who was kept awake by his Christmas lights.
The owner, who has not been named, received the polished typed letter in his mailbox, along with a timer to help him turn off the lights at night.
In the letter, the neighbor explained that he and his wife were kept awake by the flashing lights and that this triggered his Ménière’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear that can lead to dizziness and hearing loss.
He asked, “Could you possibly use the timer, if you really don’t need it all night,” and added, “Please accept this in good faith.”
The friendly neighbor had even preset the timer to make it as easy as possible.
A photo of the note and timer was shared on Reddit’s Casual UK forum by the owner’s brother-in-law and generated a wave of support from other users.
The owner, who has not been named, received the polished typed letter (pictured) in his mailbox, along with a timer to help him turn off the lights at night
A photo of the note and timer (above) was shared on Reddit’s Casual UK forum by the owner’s brother-in-law and generated a wave of support from other users.
The letter read: “You will probably think this is a rather unusual note, but please accept it in good faith. The speaker is truly a Christmas present – if not for you and your partner, then for my friend. wife and myself!
“We’re not sleeping well right now because the flashing festive lights wake us up all night and trigger Ma Ménière’s problems.
“Could you possibly use the timer, if you really don’t need it all night.” I took the liberty of setting it to switch between around 8:30 am and 11:00 pm.
“Just set the dial pointer to the actual time when you plug it into the power outlets. With my thanks and best wishes.
Impressed with the letter, a flood of replies to the message congratulated the neighbor for trying to resolve the issue instead of just complaining.
One person wrote: “This is a much more polite and lovable letter than your thoughtless brother-in-law deserves!” A nice little gift and an apology note on the back would be lovely ‘
‘There is nothing wrong with that. It’s politely written, the solution has been clearly explained and it’s a little thing to do that will mean a lot to them. I just hope your brother-in-law was not offended – there is nothing to be offended, ”said another.
Many replies to the post described the letter as considerate and praised the neighbor for solving the problem
A third added: “The thought and effort that went into this shows how real and genuine it is. I hope your brother doesn’t see this as a complaint at all, that’s somebody. one who sincerely and very greatly asks him a favor.
Another wrote: “Totally agree. It’s a reasonable complaint and instead of being sarcastic and rude about it, they were very polite in responding to it. They even did most of the work to fix the problem themselves. If only all the neighbors were like this.
One person disagreed with the gesture saying, “What? It is the very definition of being passive aggressive. Best would have been to go around and complain across the way, but that’s not the British way.
A number of other responses lambasted people who keep their Christmas lights on all night.
“My neighbors leave theirs all day and all night, I noticed. It seems so strange to me. But I guess that’s a thing in parts of the UK, ”one wrote.
Another said, “I have a neighbor who not only leaves them on all night but also uses the setting that goes through all of the blink options. It’s in their living room and it’s the only source of light. Absolute psychopaths.
Other responses to the thread complained that people in their area also left their Christmas lights on all night.