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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.”
someone REALLY sent this to my grandpa…… my man is just trynna decorate his house and……. i fucking hate people pic.twitter.com/BIdolY5VGm
— e (@goIdenstef) September 13, 2020
“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)
Wow the racism rly popped out in this letter. I hope your grandpa isn’t discouraged by this and can see all the love and support he has in the comments. Does grandpa have Venmo or cashapp? I’d love to buy him a new decoration for his house.
— The Queen Has Arrived (@sxphixslxxn) September 14, 2020
Word this makes me so mad plz tell ur grandpa to keep decorating and that the people of Twitter support him and that the opinion of so called “decent middle class people” doesn’t mean dirt shit
— rai! bokuto day (@C4TB0YGEN0S) September 14, 2020
When gentrification sends you a letter
— Washed Out Mexicano (@rruiz138) September 13, 2020
This is so rude why tf do people go out of their way to be rude to other people. It cost $0.00 to be fucking nice
— Tay🥰 (@_taylor__gang) September 13, 2020
They talking real bold for someone who didn’t leave an address or name
— Briza🦋 (@_brizaaaaa) September 13, 2020
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)
but do y’all see these decorations aren’t bad at ALLLLLLLL and someone really took the fucking time 😭 TO BE MEAN 😭 TO MY GRANDPA 😭😭😭😭😭😭
— e (@goIdenstef) September 14, 2020
What? That’s it? THATS IT? I read the letter I was picturing every inch of that lawn being covered. THEY WROTE THAT LETTER FOR THIS? THAT IT??? I am gunna send so many decorations we will cover every inch of that lawn!!
— Macaroni Salad (@Asley0928) September 14, 2020
???? WHERE ARE THE EXCESSIVE DECORATIONS THIS LOOKS LIKE A NORMAL HOUSE
— janey BLM (@janelimb) September 14, 2020
HIS HOUSE IS SO CUTE WHAT!??!??
— definitely not loreezy (@loreezypeasy) September 14, 2020
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.
Hi, hello, please tell your grandpa to decorate more
— Bunny 💜🌙 (@sad_bunny58) September 14, 2020
i would like to go help decorate EVEN MORE
— betsyb (@Betsyn_) September 13, 2020
Say hello to him for me, I’m from Belgium 💜 omg I so would like to send him something from Belgium
— MarmyDO12⁷ (@MarinDO12) September 16, 2020
It looks fine to me. I think everyone should buy him a decoration so he can keep adding to the collection.
— Elcinia (@elcinia00) September 19, 2020
Omg I would buy him some pink flamingos! Horrible letter!!!
— ACAB&MachoFacists (@Stacey99864270) September 14, 2020