OP noticed her married neighbor repeatedly spying on her house with binoculars. When the binoculars fell into her yard and he disappeared, it became clear he knew she had caught him in the act.
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When the creepy neighbor requested the binoculars, he claimed his kids dropped in her yard. OP then insisted that only his wife could retrieve them.
He angrily asserted the binoculars were his military memento, refusing to involve his wife. But OP insisted on it.
He's been pressing OP to return his binoculars and accusing her of wanting to create drama while insisting that she keep his wife out of it.
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Standing firm makes sense, and discreetly returning the binoculars to his wife when he's away could prevent police involvement.
Neighbor's creepy actions are unjustifiable. Talk to the neighbor's wife if possible, use cameras, and if needed, document and involve the authorities.
OP should install cameras, talk to the wife, and use No Trespassing signs for safety.
Bringing the binoculars to the police and explaining the situation is a smart move for transparency and safety.
Considering filing a police report for her safety would be a prudent step, given his invasive and harassing behavior, which could potentially escalate into a dangerous situation.
Turning the binoculars over to the police as "evidence" is a smart move to address the situation and ensure her safety.
Handing the binoculars to the wife and discussing her husband's behavior might be a straightforward solution.
Indeed, timing is everything—deliver those binoculars when the coast is clear!
Involving the wife has its complexities, as her reaction could be influenced by biases or misplaced blame.
"It does take two."
"Win win for us all?"
If the neighbor's wife tries to deflect blame, firmly assert her right to a peep-free home and shut the door.
Prioritize safety, follow the advice for security measures, and consider documenting interactions to handle the situation cautiously.
Holding onto evidence and documenting incidents is smart. If the cops are involved, calmly explaining the binoculars' unusual journey should suffice.
He might be a repeat offender, which is just plain gross.
NTA, given the guy's creepy behavior.
It's likely he's a repeat offender, and his current panic is just the result of past peeping escapades catching up with him.
Letting him choose between retrieving the binoculars from his wife or the police station is a savvy move to establish boundaries.
Cameras and a firm warning in front of his wife about collecting evidence of a peeping Tom would be a smart move.
Her response was great, and it's unfortunate she has to deal with such a gross creep.
Offering the binoculars to his wife with a playful comment about his interests could be a clever way to address the situation.
Taking the binoculars to the police, filing a harassment report, and securing a warning is a crucial action to address his creepy behavior and protect herself.
He's fully aware of his creepy actions, and facing consequences is only fair.
Installing security cameras is essential for her safety, and considering involving the police is a reasonable step, given that he knows he's been caught.
Her problem-solving skills are commendable.
Wait for him to leave, return the binoculars to his wife, but install cameras for protection because his peeping habits indicate potential danger.
As tensions mount in this peculiar neighborhood standoff, OP's decision to link the return of the binoculars to the neighbor's wife has definitely raised questions about boundaries, accountability, and the true motivations behind this unsettling episode. We do applaud her for such a clever response, though!
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