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Does time of day matter when dropping a note through someone’s mail slot? 01/04 21:15:06
I wrote 2 notes for my noisy neighbors. At first I considered talking to them, and almost drummed up the courage tonight. But I was tired and not in the mood to be friendly. With the other neighbors, I see the family sporadically and they seem friendly face to face so I don’t want to tarnish the respect. That’s why I’d rather use the note method of communication.
Anyway, when I walked down the hall the other night it was 11:30pm which I found a bit late to be flipping up someone’s door mail slot and slipping in a note. What if they were already in bed? But considering the one neighbor blares his surround sound system until later than that sometimes, I guess that negates my need to follow good etiquette. It’s not like I plan to pound down his door at 11:30pm, it’s just a light flip ‘n drop.
Who leaves a note for that? 01/05/09 07:24
I don’t think the time of day matters when you drop a note through someone’s mail slot, but why do that? Why leave a paper trail for the police to follow when some other suspicious neighbor decides to take a peek in the apartment because either the stereo’s been going for two or three days straight, or not at all, depending on whether you turned it down on your way out. I mean, obviously you would have left it on to cover up the sounds of noisy screaming, when you’ve finally snapped, “drummed up the courage,” and banged on your neighbor’s door, meat cleaver in hand.
Writing a note, leaving a sample of your jagged, childlike scrawl at the scene — my friend, you might as well fax your confession to the police now.
Unless of course, you do one of those ransom-note letter collages you see in the movies. That’ll get their attention and let them know the kind of person they’re dealing with.
Or you know what you could do? Next time the noise bothers you (it will make no sense to them if you do this at any other time), walk over there, knock on the door, shake their hand, look them in the eye and ask them politely to take it down a notch because you have to work in the morning. People tend to respect that sort of thing, unless they’re a drunken, belligerent biker gang. And if they are? Well, maybe you should pack along a meat cleaver, just in case.