Noisy nanna or nosy neighbour? Aussies divided after noise complaint note to grandparents looking after grandchildren
A “dramatic” note handed to a set of grandparents by their neighbour while caring for their grandchildren has divided the internet.
The note was shared on Reddit’s Sydney thread by one of the parents, saying: “A note my in-laws were handed over the fence at their town house in Ashfield, while looking after our kids on a much-needed date night.”
The handwritten note, dated September 25, threatened to call the police on the “noisy” children.
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“Dear neighbour. Could you please consider that sound travels and your grandkids are making a lot of noise,” the note read.
“We are all entitled to the ‘peaceful enjoyment’ in our apartments. Today your visitors have been screaming and dragging loud toys and disturbing the peace.
“You live in high-density housing with lots of neighbours. We have kids in our building and they go to the park when they need to make noise. You can too,” it continued.
“I just wanted a nice quiet day in my apartment but can’t have that as your supervision of kids is non-existent. Lack of consideration for others.
“If this continues I will consider contacting strata and police as we are aware of our rights,” the neighbour wrote.
“There is no need for screaming. Thank you. It is our day of rest on Sunday,” the note ended.
The controversial note left Reddit users divided.
“As an apartment dweller myself, I totally understand their point. We have young kids too but make every effort to teach them to not bang and jump around as it echos through the building,” said one user.
“That said, I’d expect this kind of letter after repetitive noise disturbances, not just a one-off.”
“It’s no different to barking dogs, yelling, loud music, and thumping and crashing. Don’t do it. And stop your guests of any age doing it either,” said a second user.
“I mean, it’s a bit passive-aggressive, but if the kids were making that much noise, what were the grandparents doing?” questioned one user.
“As someone who has been listening to someone’s toddler literally high-pitched screaming and it’s echoing off the walls … I can kinda feel their pain. But I understand it can’t be helped,” said another.
Another user said: “But your neighbour needs to chill, since it was one day. If it was multiple, then … I would speak to the neighbour in person. They seem a bit dramatic in that sense.“
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