Fuming dad posts note to neighborhood ‘Karen’ who forced removal of treehouse he built with sons

A doting dad metaphorically nailed his busybody neighbor for indirectly forcing him to dismantle a treehouse that he and his kids assembled as a family project during the COVID-19 lockdown when so many were stuck inside.

He pinned a plastic-covered note containing a direct message to a not-so-neighborly “anonymous passerby” who apparently complained about the structure to the homeowners association.

“Don’t worry, you’re safe now! Your act of casual cruelty was successful. The complaint you lodged with the HOA was heard. They had me take down the small treefort that I built on this location with my sons during the pandemic,” the message signed by “Dave” reads.

“No longer will its presence offend your walk past my house. Please enjoy your stroll free from the sound of my children’s play and laughter. They are safely back inside now, watching television I’m sure. Enjoy the unobstructed view of my backyard. I will try to keep it up to code.”

A photo of the note was posted to Reddit under the heading “Karen decides that children’s fun isn’t enough of a reason to have a treehouse,” where it prompted nearly 4,000 comments.

One Reddit user quipped that Dave might get cited for neglecting to get a permit before fastening the note on the tree.

Another commenter wrote, however, that “I know we’re all joking here but the beauty of this is that it’s preserved in a plastic sleeve so it’s not ‘garbage’ and it’s just a paper sign so it’s also not some kind of new ‘structure’ so likely the HOA can’t say s**t about this unless they write some new rules. Dave even hung it with the sleeve upside down so water can’t drop into it from the top.”

Some writers advised that disgruntled residents in HOA communities should start showing up for board meetings and get on the board to change things from within.

Others suggested that Dave, or any similarly situated person who has run afoul of overreaching HOA covenants, should check around the area any selective enforcement or nonenforcement of the rules.

Homeowners association rules and bylaws, which are sometimes overly picky in a purported attempt to maintain and/or enhance property values, are typically legally binding on everyone who owns a home in a subdivision.

A number of controversies have emerged around the country when HOAs even deemed the American Flag nonconforming with the existing private regulations.

Twitter also responded to this situation with somewhat nuanced opinions. Here is a sampling:



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