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Man threatened for trying to help neighbor with their car in freezing snow. AITA?

Man threatened for trying to help neighbor with their car in freezing snow. AITA?


AITA for refusing to help my neighbor and her two young children when their wipers were frozen?


I (59M) live in a major city in Ontario, Canada. I live in a small subdivision and have 5 neighbors total on my street.

For the past few years during the winter when we're getting a lot of snow or a bad storms, as I'm leaving for my overnight shift at around 8-9pm I'll put my wifes windshield wipers up on her car and do a quick walk around to my other 5 neighbors and put their windshield wipers up on their cars (obviously not if they're outside or something, but if it looks like they're in for the night).

Many of them forget to do this, as many of them have children and it typically slips their mind, and their wipers will be frozen to their car in the morning.

It's just something nice I like to do to look out for my neighbors. They're all always grateful of this and thank me for it. Many of them started doing it too and there will be nights where I'll forget to put mine and my wife's up, and in the morning one of the neighbors has done it for us.

Anyway recently one of our neighbor's moved and a new family moved in as of last week. It's a young couple and their two young children. The other night I was leaving for my overnight shift at around 9pm.

It was snowing really heavy and we were supposed to be getting almost 30cm of snow and it was FREEZING out. So I put my wifes wipers up and do my usual quick walk around to the other neighbors.

I was hesitant when I reached my new neighbors house, as I've only introduced myself once, but did it anyway. As I was putting the second wiper up on their pick up truck the husband came charging out of his front door yelling 'HEY WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU DOING TO MY TRUCK?'

I tried to explain to him I was just putting his wipers up to help him. He continued to scream at me to 'get the hell off my property and don't touch my sh*t AGAIN!'. The wife then came out and started yelling at me too. I apologized and started walking away. Some of my other neighbors heard the commotion and came outside to see what was happening.

They tried explaining to him too that it's just something we do, both of them wasn't having it.

Fast forward to this morning, I'm arriving home from my overnight shift and as I'm walking in I see the wife of this couple struggling outside to break the ice off the windshield wipers of the truck. Guess she was trying to take her kids to school and the wipers were frozen solid on the car.

She sees me and yells over 'Hey there! Do you mind giving me a hand please?' I look over to her and yell back 'No sorry, I thought I was to never touch your sh*t again ma'am' and walked back inside. She yelled back at me 'wow AH!'.

Told my wife about this, she thinks I should've helped her because she was just trying to get her kids to school. I disagree as I was just following what they told me. AITA?

Here is the verdict from readers:


NTA - they came into it with a bad attitude and hostility. Maybe they weren’t used to courteous neighbours. Maybe they thought you were damaging or trying to steal their truck. Who knows. They also could have gone outside to do it themselves after the encounter, as it was fair warning that there would be bad weather. But they didn’t. Not your problem.


YTA Don’t touch peoples stuff unless you clear it with them first. The time to explain what you were doing was before you needed to do it. Even if you’re trying to help. I’m not going to listen to someone’s explanation if they’re on my property touching my car.


NTA. Are they Americans? Also, her husband should help. Not your problem after they were clearly ah


Seriously. Who would ask for help from a neighbor in this situation? Oh, hey neighbor we recently antagonized, I see you're going to work, but can you come scrap my windshield?


Nta but I get where the neighbors are coming from. I've had my car broken into a few times before. And if I move to an area, the last thing I want to see is a stranger coming up and touching my car. I don't know if you're telling the truth and genuinely being helpful, regardless, get away. If I wanted help, I'd ask.

Do you think the neighbor was right to yell when they saw a stranger approaching the car? Should the good samaritan forgive and forgot?

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