Queen of the Day Louisiana Lady Sheds Light on Bad Neighbors Parry Ernsberger

This is truly a woman after my own heart. It seems to me that when you grow up (or if you live in New York, when you can finally afford to live alone), your neighbors become the equivalent of roommates.

Hopefully, you get good neighbors who just want to borrow sugar or invite you to fun parties or pick up your newspaper for you when you go out of town. This would be the equivalent of roommates who do their dishes and help buy housegoods and aren’t always laying around on the couch in their robe watching bad TV.

Hopefully, you don’t get bad neighbors who let their dog poop in your yard or complain about the height of your fence or have rowdy kids that are always breaking your windows with stray baseballs. This would be the equivalent of roommates who borrow your things without asking and leave passive aggressive notes and decide to invite a strange dude to sleep over when your parents are staying with you for the weekend.

But if you DO get bad neighbors, instead of letting your dog poop in their yard or starting some epic turf war by over-analyzing the construction restrictions on that awesome new pool they’re building in their back yard, just give them the finger. In lights. On your roof. Year-round.

That’s what Sarah Childs of Baton Rouge, Louisiana did, and she’s currently fighting for her right to let their be light. After alleging that her neighbors harassed her and stole her dog, Childs constructed a giant F-U with Christmas lights on her roof and was then told by police she had to remove them or be arrested. With support from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Louisiana, Childs has sued the city, its mayor and police for the threats she received from officers after refusing to take the lights down for good (she temporarily removed them twice, but they’ve since been reconstructed).

While Child’s case is still under investigation, I give her middle finger instillation two thumbs up for creativity, message effectiveness and general harmlessness.

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

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  1. My neighbors have three dogs that they leave outside to bark at every little thing all day long, seven days a week. It’s a peaceful weekend when they aren’t outside, which isn’t often. I’d love to call the city or animal control, because they disturb the peace, but it wouldn’t do any good. I realize dogs bark (I grew up with dogs), but there is a limit to the human mind and those dogs have surpassed it.

  2. I wish I could do something like this to my neighbors that constantly let their dog out without supervising him or putting him on a leash. Two calls (resulting in two visits) to animal control have done nothing. I’m tired of seeing their mutt crap in my front yard at all hours of the day and night. The dog has almost been hit by passing cars and at least once every other week I hear them outside yelling for their dog to come home. If you care about your dog, how can you just let him loose outside?

  3. Ugh, we had upstairs neighbors who spent every weekend like they were on the Jersey shore. They had a girl fight in front of our building at 3:30am once and my roommate and I sat with chips and watched from the kitchen window. Best reality tv of the year.

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