A man was left confused after his neighbor demanded that her son be paid to mow his lawn even though he didn’t need the service.
On Reddit, the man shared that he’s perfectly capable of taking care of his own lawn. For some reason, however, his neighbors demanded that he pay their son $15 a week to tend his lawn.
The man was unwilling to spend money on something he doesn’t want, which made life in his neighborhood very uncomfortable.
“I mow my own lawn, always have,” the man wrote in his Reddit post. “Last week a neighborhood kid came to my door and asked if I’d like him to cut it for me once a week for $15 each.”
The man said no. “My garden isn’t big and it might take me 45 minutes if I’m really thorough. Otherwise I can do it in half an hour.”
He continued: “Well the neighbors kid left and life went on. Then, on Sunday, his mother came to my door and offered her son’s services again. I said thanks but no thanks.”
The neighbor further explained that he was already doing her garden, my neighbor (the house between us) and my neighbor on the other side. She said it would be easier for him to just walk straight every four yards instead of making two, turning off the lawnmower and doing the other house. I just shrugged and said, ‘I’m sorry, but I’m fine,'” he explained.
“Today my neighbor brought it up and said, ‘He’s a kid trying to make some extra money. Help him and don’t make his life difficult. It’s only $15 a week.’”
But according to the man, “that’s $15 I don’t want to spend when I can easily make it myself.”
His post received over 480 comments and left many Reddit users scratching their heads and wondering why the neighbor doesn’t just take no for an answer.
“You shouldn’t have to pay for something you don’t want,” wrote one user. “You have to respect other people’s lives and choices.”
“Admittedly, I’m a sucker for neighborhood kids who are looking for odd jobs and usually do them a favor. But $15 a week isn’t nothing, especially for a chore you seem to enjoy doing on your own,” another interjected.
“They’re basically asking you to give $60 a month to a job you want to do for a kid for pocket money,” commented another. “He can just go to the next house and ask, or put up a flyer around the neighborhood offering the mowing service.”