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What is the best way to deal with a nosey over friendly neighbor ?

Asked by Pretty_Lilly (4655points) February 22nd, 2010

Every few months,I visit my aunt and stay for a few weeks,her next door neighbor looks and acts like Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched
It’s as if she has a radar that detects when anyone is outside,she always has to come out and starts yapping,asking endless personal questions and stays with you no matter what. I went out for 5 minutes to the opposite side of the house,not near her home to water the plants and sure enough,she came out. It has gotten so bad that every time I leave the house I have to leave the area immediately if I delay for just a few seconds to put water/oil in my car ,,,she comes out ! If I have friend stop by ,,she comes out to greet them as if they are coming over to see her.
I keep having fantasies of yelling at her: “Lady,get your @$$ inside,don’t you have a F*g life that you have to keep harassing people” and then taking an aluminum bat to her @$$ !
*My aunt told me when she first came to see the house with the real state lady,the lady neighbor came out to greet them before they even turned the engine off, staid with them the entire time and continued to do so every single time they would come back for anything at all,,,she was there when my aunt signed all the paperwork.
What would be a good way to deal with Mrs Kravitz without taking a cattle prod to her.
PS: She has a son and a female “cousin” “wink,wink” that lives with her so she cannot be that lonely !

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Aethelwine's avatar

Just be polite, listen for a moment, then tell her you need to go. We called my next door neighbor Mr. Kravitz because he was just this way. His wife was the one that smoked, drank and golfed and he was the neighborhood gossip. It bothered me at first, but he was a really nice guy. He left for the hospital two weeks ago and may not come back. I wish I would have spent more time with him. He was just lonely.

DarkScribe's avatar

I’d tell you but you’d end up in jail.

Actually there are a number of things that you can do without resorting to law-breaking. Just freak her out, make her hide when she sees you. I had a girlfriend many years ago with one of those sticky beak neighbours – I got a pair of binoculars and every time a saw her I would look at her through the binoculars – even if I was only ten feet away. I never saw her outside again after a day or so of that. (And she kept all of her drapes drawn.)

stump's avatar

Plant a flower bed all around the edge of your lawn and keep it full of horse manure.
Get a big, mean, or overly-friendly dog.

CMaz's avatar

Just ignore.

Or you say…
I break with thee, I break with thee, I break with thee.
Then you throw dog poop on their shoes.

partyparty's avatar

Just make polite conversation for a couple of minutes, then look at your watch and say you must dash and walk away QUICKLY!!

Trillian's avatar

And just what, may I ask, have you got against cattle prods?

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

@DarkScribe Great idea !! I have a friend who would make a maggot puke !! I’ll have him come over for the weekend !!

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

@Trillian Yeah,,you’re right,, I might need to get some lube,,though !!!

Trillian's avatar

@Pretty_Lilly why bother with the lube?

Berserker's avatar

Whenever she talks to you and presents viewpoints, opinions or beliefs, just go against all of them. Even if you agree, pretend you don’t. It’ll piss her off and she won’t want to talk to you anymore.
Even the weather. If she says it’s nice out, say you’d like it to be warmer or colder. Contradict everything she says.

There are more polite and civil ways to get rid of people, but this method is easy, and considering what you’re saying in the question about sticking baseball bats up her ass, you probably wouldn’t mind using some good ol fashioned rudeness to deal with this. :D

lilikoi's avatar

I like @jonsblond‘s answer a lot. I think she is probably just lonely and doesn’t know what to do about it. People need different kinds of connections, and maybe she just isn’t getting something from the people that live with her. Is she an awful person besides her nosiness? Is it possible to make a little time to spend with her or is that out of the question?

phil196662's avatar

Be nice! just make an excuse that you need to be someplace and then go- even if it means getting in your car and going to get a coffee.

That person could be the one that keeps the surrounding homes from being robbed!

then surprise her by knocking with brownies and just say thank you – Blow the persons mind that you notice, they are often the lonely ones with family far away. You might see another side of them!

emelie59's avatar

say o i got 2 go to the store or something

thriftymaid's avatar

A little too much community for me!!

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