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To find my copycat neighbour a PITA?

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Molotov Tue 21-Jul-15 17:41:51

We aren't friends, just happen to be neighbours. She increasingly copies what I do/what I buy. Her child even has the same name as mine (my dc is 2y older). She's copying more and more personal things now, and it's just starting to boil my piss. What's especially annoying is that when we do speak, she's very snarky about my house/dcs - very passive-aggressive, low-level, but present.

AIBU? If not, how do I deal with it? other than move

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Tue 21-Jul-15 17:44:08

Make things up and watch her fall for it wink

"Oh yes, we just bought a tv bed/an AGA/parquet flooring..."

Then let her waste her money. She'll feel stupid when she realises she's been caught out.

scarletforya Tue 21-Jul-15 17:44:15

I'd have to say something.

FriendofBill Tue 21-Jul-15 17:45:51

Stop giving her info.
Be polite pleasant and brief.
No open questions.

VulcanWoman Tue 21-Jul-15 17:46:02

Is blanking her an option or do you think she'd get nasty.

ShebaShimmyShake Tue 21-Jul-15 17:48:02

Start pretending to like crap stuff.

TheHouseOnBellSt Tue 21-Jul-15 17:52:06

Hang some tacky flags outside your house and get the worst garden ornaments you can find.

Marmitelover55 Tue 21-Jul-15 17:57:35

I sympathise! Our neighbour is copying our extension - everything - layout, decor, flooring, kitchen. It's driving me absolutely nuts sad

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Tue 21-Jul-15 17:59:23

Gnomes. You need gnomes. And an ornamental windmill.

Borrow a dog from a friend and say you got it from the RSPCA.

Start wearing hotpants.

Ask to test drive a posh car but just drive it home in time for her to see. Tell her it's new.

atonofwashing Tue 21-Jul-15 18:14:39

How annoying for you. She can't keep this up forever.

Def stop telling her anything about your life, make yourself so busy she never sees you and, yes, stick a gnome or 2 in your garden!

Good luck.x

Molotov Tue 21-Jul-15 18:16:24

Oh, I'm so relieved that I am getting sympathetic replies here smile It's maddening. What's difficult for me is that my home really is where my heart is, and I decorate it as such (as many other women do, I'm sure). Some of my tastes are somewhat off-kilter/unfashionable and she copies them to the letter.

I have started blanking her recently. We rent and she strikes me as the sort who would report any perceived "nuisance" behaviour, whilst smiling to your face.

Better don my best game-face, I suppose.

FenellaFellorick Tue 21-Jul-15 18:19:01

How is she seeing your home?

Ilovecrapcrafts Tue 21-Jul-15 18:21:38

I have a friend who does this but with big things- getting married, buying a house, having a baby- all within a few months of us doing it.

She's a very unhappy person and constantly worries about being left behind. She's very jealous and wants things only because others have them, not because they give her any pleasure. It's incredibly frustrating but also incredibly sad

There was something in The 13th Warrior about boiled cow's urine making something antiseptic: does that work with human piss?....

>spectacularly misses point<

CigarsofthePharoahs Tue 21-Jul-15 18:22:19

Develop a garden gnome obsession - the cruder the better.
It's amazing the kind of crud you can find at a local less than good antique dealers. You only have to buy a few examples, but do make sure she thinks you have a genuine love for ugly horse brasses or Victorian decorative plates.
Either that or the truly hideous bits of artwork you always find lurking at car boot sales.
Sit back and enjoy what she does next....

Molotov Tue 21-Jul-15 18:24:38

Fenella, she's next-door-but-one and I'm positive can see directly through the glass roof of the extension.

She must also be able to see my washing line as all our bed linen is the same (yes, I can see hers). Both the adult and child bed linen. I definitely haven't copied her, and find the thought of all of it being a coincidence unlikely now as there is so much of the same thing.

Cars ... I got a new one. A couple of months later, hers was the same older grin , but in a different colour.

Molotov Tue 21-Jul-15 18:31:12

Oh, and you can see in from the front if I don't fully close the blinds. She usually very slowly strolls past with her toddler and I've seen her looking in a couple of times.

cleanmyhouse Tue 21-Jul-15 18:32:10

Maybe you could talk loudly in the garden about taking a lover. Pretend to start learning Mandarin, leave a language tape playing. Claim to drink your own pee for health reasons. You could have soooo much fun with this.

FenellaFellorick Tue 21-Jul-15 18:32:19

So she can only see one room? Can you get blinds?
And I think it's time you bought some funky wigs, and bedding that says 'fuck you' dont you? grin

ReginaBlitz Tue 21-Jul-15 18:34:21

Paranoid

Runningupthathill82 Tue 21-Jul-15 18:34:31

Ok, it's weird behaviour, but if I were you I'd just feel sorry for her. She's obviously deeply insecure and struggles with knowing her own mind.

If I were you I'd take it as a very odd form of flattery, and completely ignore. I wouldn't let it wind me up, she can't keep this going forever.

TheCraicDealer Tue 21-Jul-15 18:36:02

You need a tumble dryer and some blinds, mate.

TwinkieTwinkle Tue 21-Jul-15 18:36:14

You've said she has seen your stuff by almost peeking in, right? How do you know what she's got in her house? You must be having a good old gander! Perhaps she is responding to what she sees as a nosy neighbour and trying to annoy you?

SoupDragon Tue 21-Jul-15 18:45:52

You need some bunting.

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AlanPacino Tue 21-Jul-15 18:45:59

I have no idea what my neighbours houses are like inside, I've been inside briefly for various reasons such as using the loo during a bbq or being ushered into the garden when I've gone round to retrieve balls etc. how does she know what your house is like and how do you know about hers? How do you manage to cover so much ground in terms of home decor when doing your necessary civil 'hellos'?

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