A dad has left a note for the person who lodged a formal complaint to his homeowners’ association (HOA) about a tree house he had built with his sons, forcing him to take it down.
The dad, who goes by the first name Dave, printed out a scathing letter that condemned his neighbor’s tattling, according to a snapshot uploaded to Reddit’s “Facepalm” forum – a subreddit that’s dedicated to sharing “the stupidity of people online and IRL.”
Sporting a plastic sheet cover and two green tacks that were hammered into the offending tree, the open letter confronts the anonymous “Karen” who reportedly tipped off the HOA.
The note is addressed to “Dear Anonymous Passerby.”
“Don’t worry, you’re safe now! Your act of casual cruelty was successful,” it reads. “The complaint you lodged with the HOA (Home Owner’s Association) was heard. They had me take down the the small treefort that I built on this location with my sons during the pandemic. No longer will its presence offend your walk past my house.“Please enjoy your stroll free from the sound of my children’s play and laughter. They are safely back inside now, watching television I’m sure. Enjoy the unobstructed view of my backyard. I will try to keep it up to code. Best, Dave.”
The man’s post has been praised by Reddit users, many of whom have had to deal with similar complaints.
“Now they will report them for not getting a permit to place that note on the tree,” comments one Reddit user.
“I know we’re all joking here but the beauty of this is that it’s preserved in a plastic sleeve so it’s not ‘garbage’ and it’s just a paper sign so it’s also not some kind of new ‘structure’ so likely the HOA can’t say s— about this unless they write some new rules,” one Reddit user writes.
“Dave even hung it with the sleeve upside down so water can’t drop into it from the top.”
Another Reddit user commented on their own bizarre experiences during their time at their local HOA.
“I started participating in my community’ HOA with three of my neighbours after some weird architecture rules they tried to implement,” they write. “Come to find out, out of the hundred or so residences only about eight people show up to each meeting making us a good third of the votes. Of those eight two of them were fairly reasonable and one guy proclaims himself a libertarian and votes every new rule down.”
Another says: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”