"Dear 'Neighbor,'" the letter begins.
With those words, both parents and non-parents alike were about to become outraged at the cold, misguided, and entirely selfish diatribe to come. The letter reportedly originates from Arizona, said to have been stuffed into a mother's mailbox in response to the fact that she allowed her son to play outside.
"You just moved in to this neighborhood a year ago and I wanted to give you time to correct this problem on your own, but you are apparently too inconsiderate to do so," the writer states.
What problem could possibly breed such lack of consideration? Well, apparently the mother had the audacity to let her child play outside "when weather has been nice and windows are open."
"Every day this week," the writer states, "when weather has been nice and windows are open, you proceed to let your small child run free in your backyard and laugh and giggle and carry on without end. This is very disruptive for my two dogs and my bird who sits next to the window and like to look into your yard. Perhaps you could ask him to tone it down a bit, or at least limit his outside time to 15-20 mins a day so my dogs can be outside without seeing him running around. If this kind of behavior persists, I WILL CALL THE POLICE!"The letter was originally shared to the Twin Cities News Talk Facebook page. To date, it has racked up more than 22,000 shares and appeared on multiple media outlets.
If taken at face value, it's certainly enough to get any reasonable adult's dander up, but upon further review of the known facts, it is entirely possible the "Dear Neighbor" letter is a hoax.
After all, there are no names given. Just a mother and a location. On the other hand, human beings do these types of things to each other every day, so it isn't farfetched to think the letter could be real. Twin Cities Facebook users were divided on the legitimacy with most believing it to be real.
"Send the little guy out even more. Maybe with a whistle and a cap gun," wrote one commenter.
"Not surprised," said another. "Everyone is trying their hardest to find something to complain about or be the victim of something. The world is void of grownups."
Still, there were a few "this is a hoax" comments.
Regardless, it's now gone viral, and the world has witnessed the ignorance. At this point, it's doubtful the letter writer -- if legit -- will come forward.
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