to have nicked their plate

(78 Posts)
MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 21:57:57

Basically i live on quiet cul-de-sac made up of six houses with a row of garages opposite 3 of the houses including mine have small children.

One of the houses (couple mid 30's no kids) is really starting to piss me off. i say couple but they look very much alike so may be brother and sister.

Anyway the problem is that they seem to obsessed with feeding all the stray cats and foxes that hang around the area. To the point i regually see the man sat on the curb late at night hand feeding the foxes (i shit you not). He leaves plates of meat out at least twice a day which i believe is no attracting vermin as ive had a mouse in my house and so has another neighbour.

Most of the house have conservatories so the door are open most sunny days, and quite frankly i dont want to find a fox sat on my sofa


I also believe he has also pulled down the fence next to the train lines at the side of my neighbours house as he was spotted hanging around there and next day quite a few fence panels had been quite obviously yanked off

PS. i cant really approach him as everytime we've tried to say hello he turns and walks away

usualsuspectt Fri 11-Apr-14 21:59:15

I'm sure he has other plates.

vestandknickers Fri 11-Apr-14 22:01:29

Wouldn't it be easier just to talk to him.

rinabean Fri 11-Apr-14 22:01:36

Threads like this baffle me. "Can you believe the nerve of my weird mental neighbours? Well I've [weird mental neighbour thing which I'm now bragging about], haha how do you think they'll like that!!!"

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:01:40

I guessing six going on the average dinner service hopefully I'll clear him out by easter

lizzzyyliveson Fri 11-Apr-14 22:04:03

The railway police will be interested to hear about him breaking the fence, especially during school holidays.

usualsuspectt Fri 11-Apr-14 22:04:27

And how will that stop him feeding the foxes and cats?

inthemidlands Fri 11-Apr-14 22:05:42

Yabu - was it a bobble plate?

99redbafoons Fri 11-Apr-14 22:08:25

Just maybe ask him to stop feeding the foxes?

And maybe avoid mentioning you think he's shacked up with his sister, destroying fence panels.

Odd post.

BrianTheMole Fri 11-Apr-14 22:22:56

I'm sure he can get himself some more plates. And what did you do with his plate? Did you take it from his garden? Do you regularly steal from your neighbors?

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:24:48

99red i dont believe he's shacked up with his sister its a man and a woman possibly a couple possibly related they dont speak to anyone on the street even though most of us have tried

usual im hoping they will get the hint i guess. the foxes are a huge issue around here at the moment as they are here ALL the time not just at night, i've regually seen them sat on the road outside mid afternoon

lizzzy network rail have been informed by my neighbour who's land it is next to the fence. it very obvious its been vandalised and not caused by gust of wind due to how the panels that have been pulled off being laid so neatly on the ground

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:26:25

Brian there is no garden the front door of all the house leads straight onto the pavement

vestandknickers Fri 11-Apr-14 22:28:05

OP are you an actual adult?

Quinteszilla Fri 11-Apr-14 22:30:28

He should be giving the foxes jam sandwiches. They prefer that.

BrianTheMole Fri 11-Apr-14 22:33:28

My mum hand feeds the foxes in her garden. I think its great. Anyway, if he's feeding the foxes I doubt they'll be calling round to yours. Why would they when they know they can get dinner elsewhere. Although I'd be careful about that plate, they might sniff it out and head over to your place to get it back wink

BrianTheMole Fri 11-Apr-14 22:34:21

Anyway marypoppins, did you take that plate off of his doorstep?

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:35:18

ok i get it iabu it just pisses me off when i cant let my child play outside because there is a fox wondering around again waiting for his next meal

usualsuspectt Fri 11-Apr-14 22:35:51

He will just think you are an odd plate thief.

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:36:38

brian it was on the pavement i promise

Jolleigh Fri 11-Apr-14 22:37:10

Short version of the OP:

My neighbour feeds the foxes and I'm sure the meat attracts vermin. I also suspect he breaks fence panels. I nicked his plate. AIBU

OP - not so much unreasonable but I don't see what nicking the plate will do hmm

vestandknickers Fri 11-Apr-14 22:37:39

They are foxes OP, not grizzly bears.

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 22:40:11

true vest but after seeing fox attacks in the news im rather wary of them.

thanks jolleigh i tend to ramble grin

AgaPanthers Fri 11-Apr-14 22:43:26

Poison the foxes maybe? Is that legal?

vestandknickers Fri 11-Apr-14 22:45:18

OK, so stealing his plate will stop the foxes savaging your poor innocent children. Will it also restore the fence panel and make this couple look less siblingy?

If so, well done OP.

Cataline Fri 11-Apr-14 22:58:34

Are you for real Agapanthers?

IMurderedStampyLongnose Fri 11-Apr-14 23:04:44

Nick the plate and poison the foxes.Animals are annoying

HopeClearwater Fri 11-Apr-14 23:28:26

YANBU! Keep nicking the plates!

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 23:38:14

im not planning on poisoning the foxes Though there is plenty behind the kitchen cupboards for the mice

WholeNutt Fri 11-Apr-14 23:44:55

I think it's lovely he's caring enough to feed the foxes and I'm pretty sure it would disappear quickly once your daughter was outside playing. Not sure I've seen the news headline 'child mauled by fox' they aren't by mature aggressive.

Thank goodness there are people about who care enough about nature. Stop being so precious and give him his plate back.

BrianTheMole Fri 11-Apr-14 23:46:48

Why would he break the fence panels anyway? What purpose would it serve to do that?

Trazzletoes Fri 11-Apr-14 23:48:15

WholeNutt there was a news article a while ago about a child who had been upstairs in their house and died, thought to be killed by a fox who had got in. It was horrific, although thankfully extremely rare.

Trazzletoes Fri 11-Apr-14 23:50:57

Apologies, I can't find a news report about a child being killed, but there are reports of young children being seriously injured by foxes coming in to their homes.

mollypup Sat 12-Apr-14 00:04:09

I see the anti-fox brigade are making their way in. OP, I personally think that it's lovely he is taking the time to do this, you behaved like a 5 year old!

A fox wants pet food, not your children.

mollypup Sat 12-Apr-14 00:05:39

And thus far no child has a been killed by a fox. Children are injured by various things daily, foxes are just another victim of the media.

MaryPoppinPills Sat 12-Apr-14 00:07:20

That's what I'm scared of trazzle it's not once or twice I've seen the fox it's nearly everyday now

I have no idea why he would do it brian but he's regularly hanging around there and he has no reason to be there its just a piece of land next to my neighbours house that has a fence backing on to the train tracks there is no path or anything there maybe one of his precious bloody foxes was stuck on the other side

AlpacaYourThings Sat 12-Apr-14 00:09:59


I love foxes

Trazzletoes Sat 12-Apr-14 00:12:34

Mary it's highly unlikely that a fix would attack your child. It is extremely rare. Plus the fox knows it can get food from your neighbour already, as someone else posted up thread.

randomAXEofkindness Sat 12-Apr-14 00:44:39

I like foxes but I wouldn't let them picnic with on the kids. See

YolandiFuckinVisser Sat 12-Apr-14 00:51:24

Wild animals shouldn't be fed by humans, that includes the birds in your garden and ducks in the park, as well as foxes & hedgehogs etc. Survival of the fittest ensures only those with the wherewithal to find food get to eat & therefore breed. We are modifying behaviour and weakening the gene pool. YANBU!

Polonius Sat 12-Apr-14 01:05:00

You realize that you are now perfect fodder for a 'AIBU or is my neighbour crazy?' thread?

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 01:12:11

Perhaps theres a whole skulk of foxes there, and he's removed the panels to allow them free access to and from his house. wink

GTAMASTER Sat 12-Apr-14 07:32:07

Maybe arrange a fox hunt through your cul de sac? (Joke)
Keep stealing the plates until you get a full set though and then you can give them back as a Christmas present. wink

Ihavemyownname Sat 12-Apr-14 07:57:21

I know someone that did this but it's purpose was for feeding some local not so well looked after cats but I think one fox had been seen aswell.
I know a number of people didn't like it
cut a long story short a number a number of cats died because someone had started to put poison the bowl it stop once the cats started to die.

I used to go to a local park to feed foxes. Only occasionally because they need to get 80% of their diet from digging for worms etc.

They only breed, like cats when there is a good food supply about, so feeding them can unnaturally increase the population.

Wild cats should never be fed.

I dispare when another unneeded housing estate gets planning permission, that is right in the path of a known fox territory.

I agree that he needs reporting about damaging fences.

I would be speaking to him about his agenda behind the food, he may be causing more harm than doing good.

Then I would be directing him to the reasons why he shouldn't feed stray cats etc and getting the Cats Protection Charity involved, if it looks like it is becoming a problem.

Environmental Health, is another route.

I love our wildlife, but people do misguidedly cause problems with incorrect "caring" behaviour.

Every area has a branch of a Fox Watch/Protection charity.

CasperGutman Sat 12-Apr-14 08:19:49

Unneeded housing estate? Ah yes, because the UK is well known for its oversupply of housing.

kali110 Sat 12-Apr-14 08:27:14

We have loads of foxes around here and i live by a school. The foxes just leg it when they see a load of people. I think good on your neighbour.

Ronmione Sat 12-Apr-14 08:43:18

I dispare when another unneeded housing estate gets planning permission, that is right in the path of a known fox territory.

Unneeded, have you not heard of the housing crisis?

Ronmione Sat 12-Apr-14 08:44:38

Op yanbu keep taking thoses plates, feeding foxes isn't good for foxes and attracts vermin.

Sophieelmer Sat 12-Apr-14 08:49:49

I think you can arrange for pest control to set some traps. I think maybe they shoot them once they're caught, safer than putting poison out.

catgirl1976 Sat 12-Apr-14 08:58:21
Ponkypink Sat 12-Apr-14 10:37:31

Foxes are about the size of a largish house cat, and about as timid of active children (plus if well fed will not be seeking live food). Do you also refuse to let your child play out in case they are savaged by a cat?

AlpacaYourThings Sat 12-Apr-14 11:33:16


Thank you for posting that link. The foxes on there are gorgeous!

Nennypops Sat 12-Apr-14 11:37:52

Many more children get attacked by dogs than by foxes. Are you going to go round the local neighbourhood stealing their leads?

Taking a plate that you know to belong to someone else is theft for which you could be arrested.

Purpleroxy Sat 12-Apr-14 11:42:04

Report to the council. You aren't supposed to leave food out like that. Rats, mice etc will be attracted.

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 13:52:17

You're keeping Foxes behind the kitchen cupboards for the mice OP? confused grin

Tiptops Sat 12-Apr-14 14:01:29


The man isn't doing anything illegal or cruel. Do you regularly steal from people you don't like OP?

Feminine Sat 12-Apr-14 14:03:17

My Mum has started feeding her local foxes.

They wait everyday for her and she gives them dog food!

I think I just needed to share that.

I've no opinion on the op grin

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 14:10:36

Behind our house is a field and woods. There is always a family of foxes wandering in and out and the kid fox darts off like lightning the minute it hears footsteps. I'm still very careful on summer evenings with the children around though.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 14:17:20

I live in an area where there are loads of foxes. Of all the things I find myself to worry about, foxes jumping through the window to gobble the children up just isn't one of them.

adoptmama Sat 12-Apr-14 14:18:01

Your neighbour fed a wild animal.

You stole from your neighbour.

.... guess which sounds more unreasonable!!!

Your neighbour feeding foxes - or stray cats - is unlikely to have causes a problem with mice appearing in your house unless they are taking shelter from the pack of foxes and cats outside your neighbours' house.

It is pretty much impossible to fox-proof your garden (although you can make it hard to get into so they will head to more easily accessible territory), so if you are genuinely concerned that a fox may come into your house you need to fit an insect screen door on your conservatory which cannot be nosed or pushed open by a nosy fox.

aermingers Sat 12-Apr-14 14:18:03

I feel really sorry for this couple. They've fed the cats and foxes so therefore their neighbours are watching them, ganging up on them and blaming everything that happens nearby on them.

Poor sods.

LangenFlugelHappleHoff Sat 12-Apr-14 14:22:22

Mr Foxy sits on my lawn in the sun. He is there now. He doesn't give two shits about us, just chills in the sunshine.

Taz1212 Sat 12-Apr-14 14:30:56

Foxes don't bother me. We used to leave food out for animals when I was growing up. We had a lovely little skunk family who would come looking for their supper every night and a couple of raccoons (leaving the food out for them stopped them from trying to climb into the bins!). We had a family of feral cats as well- they eventually became more or less tame though they did their best to attack my mother every time she rounded them up for their shots!

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 14:34:48

Brian grin at gobble up.

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 15:33:40

The people over the road feed foxes.

They used to come into our garden for nice desert of worms, the only problem with that was they insisted on digging up our garden in the process and when I say dig up I mean GREAT BIG FUCK OFF HOLES which were quite deep and as well as ruining the lawn also made it impossible to let the DCs run about the garden as they would have literally fallen down a hole.

In the end we purchased an electric fence (the best £150 we spent) - that kept the fuckers out................

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 15:35:17

Hmm, electric fence, wonder if that would keep the neighbors cats out grin

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 15:40:49

brian Yes it will - you just have to remember to disconnect the battery before the DC's go out to play in the garden grin

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 15:48:38

Yep, that may not work. I am rather forgetful. An electric fence may not be for me after all grin

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 16:11:32

I wouldn't worry too much Brian they'll only touch it the once shock

The small hairy hound escaped from his area in the garden,got all excited about having full access to the entire garden,until his wet nose touched the fence...........................

Before ppl start reporting me to the RSPCA,NSPCC etc I'd liketo point out that the aforementioned electric fence was a perfectly legal,low voltage one and not a super duper thing that would send 50000 volts through man or beast

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:19:26

I grabbed hold of one once, I didn't realize it was electric. It gave me a huge shock. And the poor dog, who I had by the collar, who was squatting down to pee. Poor woofer, that was one big yelp he let out as the current passed through me and then him.

I'm not sure if my youngest would touch it the once or not. I think he would view it as sport, and be drawn to it. A bit like playing chicken in a busy road.

Write "Fuck off ya fuckin fox feedin fence fucker upper yer!" on the plate with a sharpie. Bake it to make it permanent. Pack it in polystyrene, in a huge box and pay insufficient postage so he has to go out of his way to get his plate back.

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 16:30:14

They had electric fencing around a nearby farm here for the Sheep. It had to be took down because the Plonkers Adults couldn't resist 'checking'. Who the fuck checks if a sign 'Warning - Electric Fence' is legit or not? confused.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:37:54

I don't know, that temptation to just touch it, really quickly, just for a nanosecond, is a little overwhelming at times. I have to hold one arm back with the other to stop myself.

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 16:44:11

grin yep just like when someone just has to look when told not to look down.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:53:50

Exactly grin

halfwildlingwoman Sat 12-Apr-14 16:58:11

It's unlikely that his plates of meat are attracting mice to your house.

Marylou62 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:43:17

Don't...I'm cracking up...electric fences!!! My self and 3 DCs were at a camp site on holiday and they had an electric fence around some piggies. My silly plonker DS1 (10) got his brother (4) and sister (7) to hold his hand and then touched the fence!! Do you know what was sillier?...They all did it again and again!! Knowing how much it would hurt!(you might ask where I was when all this was going on? Sitting by tent with a glass of wine and only realized what was happening when I heard some other campers talking about the 3 funny kids electrocuting themselves!!! I knew it was mine!) They are still 'have a go at everything' type of young adults...

MaryPoppinPills Sat 12-Apr-14 20:53:33

not been around all day, and couldnt access on my phone due to the password resets

YourMaNoBraBackOfMyCar very nearly woke my child laughing at that suggestion...... genius

anyways only got in 30mins ago and he hasnt yet put another plate out crossing fingers he may have got the hint.

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