A generous person with a green thumb posted a story to Reddit that was just too infuriating not to share.
Entitled neighbor helps herself to my garden
Well, I should have known that no good deed goes unpunished. We have a small vegetable and herb garden in the corner of our yard. Two neighbors have the ability and my permission to reach over the fence and snip off any herbs they need. We always grow much more than we can use.
One neighbor has been doing it for years with no problems. He takes a sprig or 2 a few times a week and always asks if he needs more than usual. He repays me in beautiful roses, but I would have no problem with not getting them in return.
The other neighbor never cooked, so he never took any. Now he has a new GF and she happened to introduce herself while I was planting the herbs, so I offered her some ONCE IT HAS A CHANCE TO GROW A BIT. Sooooo, of course, 2 weeks after I planted, she snips off all but a few leaves off of every f*cking herb. 2 weeks. I was LIVID.
My BF went over and explained that it was too soon, the plants were tiny, not ready, etc. He's much nicer than I am. The neighbor apologized profusely and said the GF wouldn't be going anywhere near the herbs until I specifically allow it.
A week later I catch this dumb*ss out there with a pair of scissors, but it's only been a week and there's nothing to f*cking snip out there yet. Apparently, she can't make meatballs without parsley and the grocery store within walking distance is too far to go. One of my plants has 3 leaves on it. Seriously. The other neighbor doesn't dare take anything before mid July. Certainly he would never touch anything before I did.
We looked at each other for a few seconds and then I just said, 'Please get your herbs at the store from now on.' I can't believe I managed to think of that!! Usually I think of a great comeback 10 minutes after the fact. She turned bright red and went in the house. Hopefully she embarrassed herself enough to stay away. I don't want to have problems with this neighbor. He's nice and quiet and doesn't bother anyone.
Tomorrow it will be a week since I caught her again. We'll see what happens.
Reddit absolutely roasted her neighbor's girlfriend.
Like, did she think you just wouldn't have a problem with your plants being snipped down to a stem and a few leaves? Did she not know plants take time to grow? It astounds me how people can see the inch you've extended to them as a favor and take a hell of a lot of miles. So rude. I tried growing some herbs and flowers from seed for the first time last year, gives me appreciation for all the work that goes into growing plants.
I like how 'Please get your herbs at the store from now on' is considered a comeback instead of the nicest way you could have communicated for her to stop using your garden. I would have chewed her OUT.
TYdays relates to OP's plight:
I had the same problem with my next door neighbor using a ladder to climb over a 7 foot fence to steal all of my cherry tomatoes last year. This year I bought an indoor planter with all the bells and whistles. Have been growing indoors now. Same neighbor saw it through the window, and asked for a key to the house so she could get what she needed if we weren’t home. Sometimes I just don’t get how entitled people think.
The over-snipper's BF didn't break up with her. I've seen her car, but not her. No herbs have been harmed since my last post and everything is growing back in nicely. I used some of the parsley and chives in a potato salad the other day -- it's such a luxury to just have it on hand.
My BF is still convinced that she'll be causing more problems in the future. I'm hoping embarrassment continues to be a deterrent.