Some genuinely good people help others out without expecting anything in return. These kinds of people are those who put others first, even complete strangers, before themselves.
It's not easy to find these people but every now and then we hear about their stories. A story much like this one recently popped up in the ever famous Am I The A**hole sub or Reddit.
The original poster (OP) was u/dogwalker-aita who shared an infuriating interaction between him and his new neighbor. Our OP is has lived in his home for 5 years when he noticed his elderly neighbor having a hard time walking her dog, Frank.
The elderly lady next door is 86 years old and good boy Frank is a 10-year-old dog. When OP noticed the lady walking and cleaning up after Frank with difficulty, he readily offered to walk him daily for free.
The neighbor gladly accepted the generous offer and the 2 neighbors have been great neighbors ever since. Here comes their new entitled neighbor.
This person moved about 8 months ago and chanced upon OP going into the old lady's home to get Frank for their daily jog. The nosy neighbor asked why was OP going into the old lady's house and got the dog.
OP shared his daily routine with Frank and seeing this opportunity, the new neighbor asked if OP could walk her 3 dogs as well. OP said no of course.
The new neighbor asked why and OP said he's doing it for the old lady as a favor because she can't really walk her dog due to her age and the new neighbor is young therefore she can walk her dogs herself.
The entitled neighbor didn't like OP's answer at all and told him that she's a single mother. She said it wasn't fair for her to walk her dogs while simultaneously raising her children.
OP cordially replied that while the single mom's situation sucks, it wasn't really his problem. Ever since then, the entitled neighbor kept asking OP to walk her dogs while giving wild excuses.
The final battle between two neighbors happened when the single mom hosted a Halloween party for her children and asked OP to once again, walk her dogs since she's too busy hosting the party to do it.
OP's endless patience ran out and he yelled at her, "How many times do I have to say no!? Like d*mn woman, this is like the 300th time and it's only been 8 months—walk your own d*mn dogs!"
After dropping that well-deserved tongue lashing, OP walked Frank. As expected, the lady didn't like the way OP snapped at her and he received a long letter from her basically calling him out for not walking her dogs.
OP was thinking of installing a doggy door in the old lady's home to avoid running into the entitled new neighbor.
According to OP, he would have been understanding if the lady just asked once but she didn't stop! And apparently, he hasn't seen her walk her dogs ever since she moved in!
This was a pretty clear situation where OP was not in the wrong. Sure, being a single mom is challenging but that doesn't mean you can just expect people to do things for you to make your life easier.
It's not okay to demand free labor. If you ask and the other person says no, respect their decision to decline whatever favor you asked for.
Hey, at least OP is still friends with Frank and the elderly neighbor! Those free grandma cookies sound heavenly to be honest.