A neighbourhood “bully” has been exposed online after threatening to call the police on a gardener for making “too much” noise while cleaning up a severely overgrown property.
Jason Selmes, from Lush Cut Lawns, was tidying up outside a home in Blacktown, west of Sydney, when the fuming neighbour approached him to complain about the noise.
“Mate, I’m just from up the road, how long are you going to be doing this for?” the disgruntled man, who was wearing thongs at the time, said.
Mr Selmes told him he had been working for a couple of hours, and was likely to be working a few more.
“All morning you’ve given me a f***ing headache. You need to finish it up,” the man ordered.
The gardener reminded him it had only been two hours and that he was “allowed to mow lawns”.
Jason Selmes was confronted by a neighbour. Picture: YouTube/Lush Cut LawnsThe neighbour was furious about the noise. Picture: YouTube/Lush Cut Lawns
“It’s as simple as that. The neighbours have seen this lawn bad, and no one has even bothered to come and help them,” Mr Selmes said.
“Perhaps if you guys helped, we wouldn’t have this issue.”
The neighbour hit back saying, “do you think I care about that?”
“Let me tell you again, I’m going to be a nice guy, 15 minutes alright? 15 minutes before I call the police. I can’t have this all morning.
“So are you going to be here another two hours?
Mr Selmes again tried to inform him there were no laws against mowing in the middle of the day.
“I’m allowed to mow lawns in the morning or any time during the day between reasonable hours,” he said, with the neighbour backing back, “yeah, reasonable!”
Mr Selmes made a final attempt to argue his point.
“I’m here mowing the lawn, I’m here to help somebody out, that’s all I’m here to do,” he said.
It was obvious his message had not sunk in with the neighbour, who maintained he was going to call the police.
It was the first time Mr Selmes had dealt with a noise complaint. Picture: YouTube/Lush Cut Lawns
“Fifteen minutes, I’ll call the police. You make up your own mind,” he said.
A fed up Mr Selmes then encouraged him to call the police if he felt he had to.
“Go and call the police then, I don’t really care. Seeya!” he said.
Once the neighbour left, Mr Selmes said it had taken 18 months for him to receive a negative reaction to his work.
“Well, that’s a first. It took me a year-and-a-half for someone to complain about the noise. Oh well, what’s he going to do? It’s not against the law.
“Tough sh** as they say. I’m just here to do a job and that’s it. People can be kind of weird, hey.”
The video, uploaded to YouTube last month, has been viewed more than 1.8 million times and has received almost 5000 comments of support.
“I bet that guy is a pain in the a*se to the entire neighbourhood. You did a great job on this lawn. And you told the guy what you thought of his threat,” one comment read.
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“After that encounter with that miserable neighbour, I would have definitely taken my time and made sure every inch of that property was perfect,” another said.
“He is the same type of neighbour I had who would yell at the kids for laughing too loud as they played outside. Blessings to you for not letting him bring you down,” a third wrote.