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What are my parents-in-law's neighbours actually doing?

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cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:08:09

So, to be clear right from the start, there will be no answer to this one, ever. (If it is a weird sex thing, there is no way my parents-in law would tell us - it would be too awkward!) This is purely for speculation, but what are they up to?

Every Sunday evening my parents-in-law's neighbour creeps out of his bungalow and down the path beside the fence to hang a home made wooden shutter over the frosted glass window of their bathroom then heads back inside. This has happened every Sunday evening over around the last six months. If my parents-in-law are in the garden, he waits until they have gone inside but when they look out again later, the shutter is in place. (If they are still there at the critical time he actually ducks down below the level of the fence so they can't see)

What can they be doing that needs a wooden shutter on the window? The most innocent explanation that we can think of is creating a dark room but in that case, why try to do it so secretly and with such a regular schedule?

Please share your ideas because we are stumped.

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BettysSpaghetti Sat 14-Nov-20 21:10:11

That is incredibly weird!

CaledonianSleeper Sat 14-Nov-20 21:18:28

Bizarre. Wouldn’t it be easier just to put up a blind or curtain inside?

AfterSchoolWorry Sat 14-Nov-20 21:21:14

Cooking meth!

Coldhandscoldheart Sat 14-Nov-20 21:23:24

Sorry the neighbour hangs a shutter over your PIL’s window? Or over his own?
If it’s over your pil’s , I’d wager their frosted glass doesn’t offer as much privacy as they thought.

PheasantPlucker1 Sat 14-Nov-20 21:23:47

Why outside rather than inside? I cant think of a single reason that makes sense!

Your claim we will never find out simply isnt satisfactory sorry, OP. Your going to have to invent a reason to break in sunday night and you know it grin

cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:24:42

Our teens have absolutely suggested the cooking meth angle but why the regular schedule?

I absolutely agree re the the. blind or curtain. That would be so much more discrete whatever they are doing.

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TheMandalorian Sat 14-Nov-20 21:25:29

Please ask the neighbour outright. grin

Smallsteps88 Sat 14-Nov-20 21:26:25

how very peculiar. why cant he hang it inside the window? confused

greenlynx Sat 14-Nov-20 21:26:54

By the how old is the neighbor? Is he married/in relationship ? Does anyone visit him during this session?

I think he’s filming porno. Shutters because he’s using extra strong lighting.

MushMonster Sat 14-Nov-20 21:27:11

Yes, a blind would do the job nicely indeed.confused
I think they find you all staring at them from you PIL's garden every Sunday rather creepy and they are concerned you are trying to get a view of them bathinggrin

I can imagine the other thread! My neighbours have their son/ daughter and family in the garden each Sunday and they keep staring at my garden like looking for something....grin

Hugosmugo Sat 14-Nov-20 21:31:10

I imagine it'll be because frosted glass you can still see through with the light on. But why is he putting it on the outside?! Weird!

OrangeIsTheNewTwat Sat 14-Nov-20 21:31:47

I think the neighbour's wife or other family member has a regular appointment/schedule & is unavailable at that time to notice what the weird is doing. The weird neighbour hangs the shutter hangs the shutter on the outside so as not to have to explain blinds etc. It's a porn shoot/cooking meth/conducting illicit affair/practicing their circus skills.

Or they are a spy, & are distracting your PILs from something that's happening across the street.

DobbyTheHouseElk Sat 14-Nov-20 21:32:33

No idea. Minding his own business maybe?

cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:32:46

grin there is no way anyone can ask. This is vey respectable retired suburban-land so no-one could possibly ask about something like this!

The neighbours are a couple, married I believe. As far as I now there are no visitors when whatever is happening is happening.

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ChristmasReindeer Sat 14-Nov-20 21:34:31

Sunday is bath day.

Smallsteps88 Sat 14-Nov-20 21:35:30

there is no way anyone can ask. This is vey respectable retired suburban-land so no-one could possibly ask about something like this!

grin

round here youd have had half the street making a special trip past your house to "catch you on the way out" and ask "what the fucks the shutter for love?"

DC3Dakota Sat 14-Nov-20 21:37:04

Probably just a very paranoid and not very bright individual who only bathes/showers once a week.

Wish I'd not opened this thread though as now I HAVE to know the answer 🧐

DC3Dakota Sat 14-Nov-20 21:37:22

Smallsteps88

*there is no way anyone can ask. This is vey respectable retired suburban-land so no-one could possibly ask about something like this!*

grin

round here youd have had half the street making a special trip past your house to "catch you on the way out" and ask "what the fucks the shutter for love?"


gringringringringringrin

cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:38:14

Ah, so you think the wife is busy at that time regularly so there is a window of opportunity and a shutter outside would not be noticed while a blind inside would - that is a really good point.

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Bluntness100 Sat 14-Nov-20 21:39:52

I suspect they think people can see in when it’s dark. Shadows at least. So they put a blind over the window so they can have a bath or whatever and not worry someone will see their outline

I guess they just don’t want a blind inside, so are going for the cheap but cumbersome option.

cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:40:03

DC3Dakota
"round here youd have had half the street making a special trip past your house to "catch you on the way out" and ask "what the fucks the shutter for love?""

gringringrin

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cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:41:07

Bluntness100

I suspect they think people can see in when it’s dark. Shadows at least. So they put a blind over the window so they can have a bath or whatever and not worry someone will see their outline

I guess they just don’t want a blind inside, so are going for the cheap but cumbersome option.

This is a very practical explanation.

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Girlzroolz Sat 14-Nov-20 21:41:15

Shame for him the shutter is on the outside, it may accidentally fall off one Sunday, in an unseasonal puff of wind? grin

Your PILs still won’t see much, through the frosting, but the startled sound effects may give some more clues?

cordeliaflynne Sat 14-Nov-20 21:42:37

Coldhandscoldheart

Sorry the neighbour hangs a shutter over your PIL’s window? Or over his own?
If it’s over your pil’s , I’d wager their frosted glass doesn’t offer as much privacy as they thought.

The shutter is hung over the outside of the neighbours window. It is not just hung there is an extra prop. underneath to support it and another wedged against the fence.

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