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to have taken my neighbors washing off my line?

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lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 08:45:52

I live in a flat and we have the old style poles and ropes everyone has there own section, I went to put my washing out but my neighbor had put her washing on my lines so I took it down folded it in her basket and left it at her door (she works so wasn't in and I don't have a number). She came up and told me I had no right to touch her clothes and should have left them until she got home (6 hours later). Her argument is our other neighbor uses my line so didn't see a problem however she only uses it after asking to check if I need it.

She's still giving me dirty looks and told our other neighbor I touched her thing property and I had no right. Was I unreasonable to take the clothes down? If it happens again i'd be tempted to just open her pegs so I don't touch her precious clothes and leave them on the bloody grass tbh

WitchWay Fri 04-Apr-14 08:52:25

Did you tell her the other neighbour asks first? She sounds entitled & a pain.

complexnumber Fri 04-Apr-14 08:54:29

I sort of think you were both being a bit unreasonable. Your neighbour was unreasonable to hang her washing on your line. But then you were unreasonable to take it down, especially if it was not fully dry.

(It's neighbour in the UK, not neighbor. Really sorry, things like that grate with me.)

NCRegular Fri 04-Apr-14 08:55:50

I would double load her washing on her line next time. I doubt there will be a next time though.

badidea Fri 04-Apr-14 08:59:05

I can understand her being miffed but the way I see it it like using a launderette. If you don't get back in time to empty your machine, and someone else has taken out your stuff and put in their washing - that's just tough. You might not like it, but it's your own fault.

Same in this case, if she wanted to use your lines she shoudl have asked, she didn't so you had every right to remove her washing - maybe you should have just left it crumpled in her basket though, it might have been the folding that has left her irked (for some reason, someone folding my clothes would pee me off more than just dumping them in a basket)

t3rr3gl35 Fri 04-Apr-14 09:01:11

Agree with complexnumber. Maybe a better way to have handled it would have been to wait until it was dry before removing it and then having a word with her about asking you if it's OK first? I know you shouldn't have to, and it's an inconvenience if you can't hang out your own washing when you want but some arguments aren't worth the grief. YANB totally U.

Goblinchild Fri 04-Apr-14 09:04:53

Complex, what was the OP supposed to do with her laundry whilst the neighbour's stuff was occupying her line?

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RedRoom Fri 04-Apr-14 09:17:03

When you say you all have a section each of the communal lines, how does that work? Are they officially allocated? Or just people have come to that arrangement by themselves? I had a communal line about 15 years ago and that was first come, first served. Bit of a mare in summer as it was like the whole stereotype of holiday makers putting out towels to reserve sun loungers...

lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 09:17:43

I was going out and had 2 lots of bed sheets so I wasn't willing to wait for hers to dry leaving my own wet. I use my line every day it's dry and not to cold so she knows I regularly use it and still decided to use it. I wouldn't have minded if it was a few things she couldn't fit on her own space but it used 4 of my 5 lines so she was obviously planning on using someone else's line.

I did tell her the other neighbour asks first and I didn't exactly fold it just put it neatly in not dumped it crumpled up.

complexnumber Fri 04-Apr-14 09:19:23

Complex, what was the OP supposed to do I don't know Goblinchild, the neighbour was unreasonable. But I think the OP may have escalated things by removing her washing.

I can imagine people getting quite arsey about a stranger mucking about with something as personal as your laundry

lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 09:20:20

It's official they are council flats so when you move in you are allocated your lines.

badidea Fri 04-Apr-14 09:22:09

complex - i can understand people getting grumpy with someone going through their smalls (as it were) but the bottom line is the neighbour used someone elses line and if you're going to hog someone's line and go out all day, you can't expect that person to meekly wait until you come home (and they've missed drying their own washing). I can see why she was peed off, but the way I see it, the OP was in the right.

lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 09:23:16

It's was towels and jeans no pants! I wouldn't have touched her pants

YouTheCat Fri 04-Apr-14 09:27:46

If her line was in a different garden and she just came through and used it would that be okay? No it wouldn't. Just because it's an allocated line in the same garden doesn't mean any bugger can use it.

Complex, if the other woman had been bothered so much about other people touching her precious washing maybe she shouldn't have used someone else's line without asking?

I think OP was entirely reasonable. Why should she have to wait to use her line?

twobambinos Fri 04-Apr-14 09:29:00

I don't think you are being unreasonable. Drying days are few and far between so it would be more than likely you would have your own stuff out to dry.

She could have asked instead of assume. I don't think she will be doing it again somehow.

RedRoom Fri 04-Apr-14 09:32:00

Well, if it's official, then no, yanbu and nor were ybu when you took down her washing and neatly out it in the basket. If she has run out of her five lines due to washing too much, tough. As for her silly claim about you 'touching' her washing- pathetic attempt to try and find fault with what you did. She 'touched' your line!

lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 09:56:02

Thanks I feel better know I kind of knew I wasn't bu she certainly doesn't complain about me taking her bin in for her every week so I don't see why I shouldn't remove towels and jeans from my property (I bought the rope smile)

t3rr3gl35 Fri 04-Apr-14 10:08:05

Yip - using 4 out of 5 lines is very naughty - that's a lot of jeans and towels. Revising YANB totally U to YADNBU! grin

lola88 Fri 04-Apr-14 10:15:16

I did wonder how on earth she washed so much by 10am

eurochick Fri 04-Apr-14 10:15:28

If you don't want people touching your property then don't hand it on their lines. It's quite simple. YWNBU OP.

Fullpleatherjacket Fri 04-Apr-14 10:19:05

Totally not U.

I'd have done the same. Hopefully she'll think twice before helping herself next time.

EverythingsDozy Fri 04-Apr-14 10:41:18

Are you DaleyBums elderly neighbour? grin

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 04-Apr-14 10:43:28

"She's still giving me dirty looks and told our other neighbor I touched her thing property and I had no right."
Your other neighbour now thinks she's a loon.

Stinklebell Fri 04-Apr-14 10:44:04


If you don't want someone else touching your washing, you don't hang it on someone else's washing line

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