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Neighbour has using my front garden to sell stuff!

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NorthernLassie724 Sun 02-Mar-14 15:52:34

I get on quite well with our NDN, don't really speak much but take in parcels for each other, let each other use our driveways when one of us is entertaining lots of guests etc. Last time we spoke was during the week when she saw me doing some gardening, we had a laugh about how weird I was for not leaving it until the weather was better but I said I couldn't bear looking at weeds for any longer, she said she was leaving hers as long as she could as she hated gardening.

Fast-forward to today, we go out for the morning leaving in a bit of a hurry. Saw her looking a bit shifty outside, sort of lurking but not really doing anything? We said hello then left. When we got home after lunch, I logged onto FB to find that she's posted on a local selling page, selling loads of stuff including her car, with lots of photos of said stuff...in our front garden, even the car!! To make things worse we have one of those door number signs which show our full address which is clearly visible in most of the pictures.

We've since has lots of people coming along looking a bit confused, expecting the stuff to be at our house but she's beckoning them all next door.

Firstly this is bloody cheeky isn't it?! And secondly, I need a brilliant way of letting her know I have seen this...can anyone help?

NorthernLassie724 Sun 02-Mar-14 15:53:48

Oops...title should be has been using!

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Sun 02-Mar-14 15:54:39

How strange. why didn't she use her own garden?

whitepuddingsupper Sun 02-Mar-14 15:55:07

Start taking the cash from the buyers and then direct them next door for collection? grin

WorraLiberty Sun 02-Mar-14 15:56:10

I need a brilliant way of letting her know I have seen this...can anyone help?

Errrm...knock on her door and tell her to blur your address out? confused

WorraLiberty Sun 02-Mar-14 15:56:33

white grin

pianodoodle Sun 02-Mar-14 15:56:36

Lol! I suppose she wanted a nicer backdrop than her own garden full of weeds grin

I'd give her the benefit of the doubt that getting your house number in the picture was accidental/thoughtless but bring it up with her all the same!

tigermoll Sun 02-Mar-14 15:57:38

So, just to be clear, she used your front garden (because it was tidy) to take the pictures of the stuff she was selling, then moved it out of your garden, and out her own address online for sellers to contact?

TBH, I think that's a bit weird (and cheeky), but not really a hanging offence. I'm not sure you should worry too much about the security aspect (you seem concerned that your house number is visible in the pics) since I can't think why that would be any more risky than having the 'full address' visible from the street anyway.

I think you would be well within your rights to say to her 'I saw you'd used our garden to photograph your stuff, in future I'd rather you asked first'.

whattoWHO Sun 02-Mar-14 15:57:55

Yes, bloody cheek! I think an honest conversation is the only way to address it. Uncomfortable, but if you 'hint' or suggest she could well deflect.

Just ask her how well she did with her sale today and say that you'd appreciate her asking in future, particularly as your address was visible in the pics.

You weren't snooping, it was a public selling site.

WorraLiberty Sun 02-Mar-14 15:58:03

I'm still a bit confused about the 'brilliant way to let her know you've seen it'?

If she's on your FB list, why wouldn't you just say you logged on and saw the pics?

NannyK7H Sun 02-Mar-14 16:02:47

Just write on one of the pics 'is that my garden?!' .....

NorthernLassie724 Sun 02-Mar-14 16:12:28

She's not on my fb list so I think she's not expecting me to have seen it. I only happened to notice as it was posted about a minute before I logged on and came up on my news feed. I just can't believe she drove her car onto my lawn?!

Timetofly Sun 02-Mar-14 16:12:59

That's my garden - I hope you realise I'm on commission. grin

She drove her car onto your lawn??

Maybe you could say to her, "I hope you made enough selling your stuff using MY garden to afford to get my lawn returfed, where your car damaged it you cheeky mare!" Or just ask for commission - 50% would be fair!

NorthernLassie724 Sun 02-Mar-14 16:20:35

Yes...car on the lawn, really close to the front door and a window, you can see right into the house and of course my full street address is right next to the front door so it's really obvious.

The lawn doesn't look damaged at all, a bit squashed in places but no visible mud thank goodness.

Nevercan Sun 02-Mar-14 16:25:23

Ask for a share of the profits for using your lawn grin

TinyDiamond Sun 02-Mar-14 16:26:53

Batty behaviour. Get your friends to all pm her to say they want to buy all her stuff, then not turn up or string her along for ages. I am pretty sure that is all facebook selling groups exist for anyway, messing people around.

Oldraver Sun 02-Mar-14 16:27:17

I would be telling her she needs to remove the photos with your address on them.. and contact the selling group

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jerryfudd Sun 02-Mar-14 16:33:09

I think commenting on the pics is the way to go. Something along lines of "what are the chances, these pictures look like they were taken in my garden but clearly they can't be because I wasn't asked for permission and who would be that cheeky huh ..... Wait a minute, is that my house number sign?"

MrsGoslingWannabe Sun 02-Mar-14 16:34:05

What Old Raver said.

XiCi Sun 02-Mar-14 16:58:29

I would definitely knock and ask her to remove your address and also tell her that you would appreciate that in future she ask before she uses your property. What a cheeky cow. Why couldn't she use her own garden?

HoneyDragon Sun 02-Mar-14 17:01:43

Post on the same page appealing for witnesses as it appears someone has driven on your garden on purpose and the police are powerless to act unless they have an idea of the culprit?

MiniSoksMakeHardWork Sun 02-Mar-14 19:42:11

Was anything moved or misplaced when she used your lawn? Post on the page saying it appears your house may have been targeted for burglary, witnesses saw a car (give the description of hers with partial number plate) on the lawn and could anyone with any information please pass it on. Have her worrying herself stupid that she may get a knock on the door from police.

MimiSunshine Sun 02-Mar-14 20:26:09

Cheeky cow bag. Get in your car and park it up in her lawn then take some pictures and post them on fb.
If anyone (including her) asks why reply with "it's a new version of neknominate. You have to reciprocate when you see your neighbours have parked on your lawn to sell their car whilst you're out"

However in grown up land, just go round and ask why she did it and while you don't mind using each other's drives, parking her car actually on your lawn is ridiculous and you would her to remove the pictures as they clearly identify your property

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