Dear Suri, I’ve had it! I know my neighbors were stealing my newspaper. I had a suspicion for a long time, but my wife said “maybe some animal is taking it.” I wanted to tell her that was horseshit, but I didn’t. But it’s horseshit. It was no animal. Not a wild animal, at least.
So I did a test one day. I put together a newspaper of sections from past newspapers, and included a “you are being watched” note. I don’t have any way to actually record my front yard, and I’m not going to buy a surveillance system just for that. But it worked! The thefts stopped!
But now part of me wants to find out who was doing it so I can get some recourse. Oh, I’m not going to do anything stupid. Just maybe rough ’em up a bit. Teach ’em a lesson, you know? What do you think? — Victory in Vergennes
Dear Victory, Theft — no matter the degree — brings with it feelings of violation and broken trust, not unlike the seven stages of grief.
It is important, however, to keep close control of your emotions and take care not to allow the incident to escalate into actions you’ll most surely regret later on.
Communication remains the key to any successful relationship — whether romantic, professional, or, as in this case, neighborly. Taking a moment to calmly collect your thoughts will help you make a sound decision that will ensure positive interactions for years to come. ~ Suri
by Suri Syrtauwnya
Residential Life Magazine