Internet backs man who shared neighbor’s rude text in group chat

The internet has lent its support to a man who shared his new neighbor’s swear-laden text during a group chat with other area residents.

Reddit user u/Throwaway3907566 shared the post, which can be read here, on the 4 million person AmITheA**hole forum where he explained that he had recently moved to a new neighborhood.

The man went on to explain that his neighbor ‘Steve’ started to ‘get personally offended’ when he refused to come to events after his long shifts as a nurse.

He said that shortly after refusing, Steve – who has been described as conservative – began spreading rumors that he was anti-social and agnostic.

Image of an angry man holding a phone. The neighbor said he shared the rude text in a group chat.

The user explained in their post, “I had a stern conversation with him in front of the other neighbors last week, telling him to leave me alone and stop complaining to the neighbors about me for no reason.

“He said something about just making sure I was included in the events and also trying to get me to avoid any light and pet violations. I said thank you, but that I have to be left alone.”

Shortly after, the user said that Steve sent him an expletive-laden text in which he chastised the man for “calling him” and told him to leave with his “pathetic dog”.

The user added: “I was shocked that this type of word choice came from a religious guy like him. I had it, took a screenshot and shared it with the group neighborhood chat. there was silence on their end but Steve came out this morning ranting about how i’m basically trying to ruin his reputation in the neighborhood and turn the neighbors against him by sharing a private text that only me was supposed to see.

“He shouted that he couldn’t even show his face in church. I argued with him and then said [him] get the hell out and close the door.”

Since being shared on Saturday, May 28, the post has been upvoted some 13,700 times and attracted more than 1,100 comments.

According to a 2022 survey by online lending marketplace LendingTree, 73% of Americans dislike at least one of their neighbors. He said 23% of Americans have called the police about their neighbors.

Unsurprisingly, many people sympathized with the nurse and shared many comments that chastised Steve and also encouraged him to think about his personal safety.

One Reddit user said, “I highly recommend you take steps to protect your safety. I’m getting ‘episode in progress’ vibes because of this. Someone like that who’s unstable and who’s easily embarrassed and prone to seeing themselves as a victim is a serious problem waiting to happen.Be careful and don’t underestimate the kind of behavior people are capable of.

Another added: ‘I 100% guarantee he’s not as ‘respected’ as he claims and if I lived in this neighborhood I’d pull out my popcorn for entertainment and help OP [original poster] set up cameras and stuff.”

A third commented: “Even if he didn’t start it, it’s his fault for saying things he wouldn’t want others to know, or that might damage his ‘reputation’.

“It’s similar to the whole ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say’ thing. If you have something to say, but you’re worried it’s bad enough to ruin your image, then don’t say such bullshit **** stuff.”

Newsweek has contacted u/Throwaway3907566 for comment.

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