Grandpa flooded with offers over nasty note from neighbors about ‘ridiculous’ house decorations

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An elderly Texas man has been flooded with positive messages and encouragement after being berated by a neighbor for his “excessive” and “ridiculous” yard decorations.

A post about the man and his San Antonio home went viral when Twitter user “@goIdenstef” shared the vicious letter a neighbor anonymously sent her grandfather saying his front yard is a “disgrace.” Twitter users quickly came to his defense, slamming the “racist” letter and offering to buy him even more decorations to display.


“Someone REALLY sent this to my grandpa…… my man is just trynna [sic] decorate his house and……. I f—ing hate people,” the tweet read, accompanied by a photo of the letter.

The note, which appeared to be written using a typewriter and had several typos, began with the phrase “my wife and I” but was signed at the end by “the decent, middle-class people with Class of Thunderbird Hills sub-division.”

“My wife and I exercise every so oftenby [sic] walking around the neighborhood, but each time we walk in front of your house we’ve noticed that you have put up yet another new decoration or ornament in front of your house,” the letter began.

“Oh my God – Enough already. All the people that we know in our neighborhood have commented on the EXCESSIVE decorations in front of your house – and am sorry to say, your house has become, and is, the laughing joke of the neighborhood,” the neighbor continued.

“Some of our friends have even purposefully driven in front of your house just to see how RIDICULOUS all of those decorations look like – and needless to say, they all laugh. All those decorations are in “bad taste” and only goes to prove to everyone that a ‘low class Mexican family’ lives there, or some Gypsy family [sic],” the letter went on to claim.

But the decor was not the only objectionable thing the neighbor called out, blasting the grandfather for “planting ‘pot plants’ in the middle of the lawn.”

“Oh my God, where do you people come from?” the neighbor wrote. “It makes absolutely no sense to have ‘plants’ in the middle of the lawn. Also, do you realize that you have four or five American flags displayed in your front. Hello? Do you think that’s going to make people think you’re patriotic? Believe me, they will think like we do — at how Ridiculour [sic] that looks.”

With no actual evidence, the neighbor speculated that the homeowner must have moved to Thunderbird Hills from some other part of town.

“Apparently you people must have come here to our neighborhood from the deep West side or the deep South side where all the poor people with no class live,” the letter stated. “Believe me when I tell you that your house is an EMBARRASSMENT to the neighborhood.”

“Do us a favor – start looking at the other houses around here and then take a look at your house – and then come to realize how ridiculous and embarrassing your excessive house decorations look to the rest of us,” the screed concluded.

The Twitter post sharing the letter has had more than 237,000 likes and nearly 29,000 retweets. Many of the thousands of comments that poured in offered the grandfather encouragement and slammed the neighbor’s audacity. (** Language warning)

The Thunderbird Hills Neighborhood Association responded on Facebook asserting that the letter “is in NO WAY reflective” of the group.

“While as a neighborhood association we have no authority to police the behavior of the residents within our boundaries, we encourage residents to treat each other with civility and understanding and to handle disputes in a mature, respectful manner,” the association wrote.

Many people were shocked and disappointed when pictures were later posted of the house showing very little of what the nasty letter had ranted about. (** Language warning)

In another tweet, @goIdenstef wrote: “thank you to everyone being nice to my grandpa I can’t wait to tell him the nice things everyones [sic]saying!!! I hope it cheers him up.”

Twitter users also seemed to agree that the perfect response to his rude neighbor would be for this grandfather to decorate even more.

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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