Control your unruly neighbor (success?) - Posted by Matthew Chan
Posted by Matthew Chan on March 16, 2000 at 22:57:18:
Thought I would share what I think is a success story…
Basically, the situation is we have a church nearby with evening services Sun & Wed evening services. There would be lots of commotion going on disturbing me. This happened week after week… I got tired of the noise. Instead of being the bad guy… Well, based on an idea I heard from Nick Sidoti, I drafted the following letter on my computer making it look quite professional and formal…
The XYZ Coalition for Better Neighborhoods
It has been brought to our attention that the attendees of your church are responsible for disturbances, traffic hazards, and noise pollution in the XYZ area. The sources of disturbances, hazards, and noise are reportedly coming from the youth members of your church group following your gatherings.
Reportedly, youth members gather in the church parking lot in their vehicles following your services. While there are no problems with the gatherings in itself, it becomes a problem for the surrounding neighborhood when they do so in their vehicles, create commotion and “burn rubber” in the church parking lot and surrounding roads. This causes a great deal of disturbance and safety hazards for the surrounding area.
Needless to say, the problem has caused some concern as to whether the church is, in fact, being a “good neighbor” and taking responsibility in communicating this to its church members. We urge you to do so.
Please note, this is a courtesy notice. However, should the problem continue, our bylaws require us to report the “good neighbor”, noise, and traffic safety violations to local government officials and law enforcement officers.
We appreciate your prompt attention in this matter.
The “Better Neighborhood” Committee
Since this letter has gone out over 2 weeks ago, Sunday and Wednesday evenings are strangely quiet. Incidentally, I left no return address, name, or phone number.
Anyhow, I wonder if anyone will ever check to see if the “Coalition” really exists! Pretty powerful, eh?