New ad­dress, new neigh­bors, new headache?

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Spring is in the air, and as the flow­ers bloom and the pollen brings a tear to your eye, there’s some­thing else on your mind… mov­ing. That’s be­cause you’re com­ing out of the win­ter blues with a need to change your sur­round­ings and you’ve likely heard that spring is a great time to buy a new home.

The de­ci­sion to change ad­dresses can bring the ex­cite­ment of chang­ing dé­cor, plant­ing flow­ers, or re­plac­ing out­dated garage doors. Some­thing you may fail to con­sider in your move, how­ever, is what the new neigh­bors are go­ing to be like. Be­fore you make any of­fers, here are some cau­tion­ary tales of those who found out about their neigh­bors af­ter the point of no re­turn.

Emer­gency of­fi­cials in Ger­many were called to check out a sus­pected gas leak. The fire de­part­ment evac­u­ated an apart­ment block af­ter be­ing alerted to the smell of gas by a res­i­dent. They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apart­ment of the woman who had alerted au­thor­i­ties. Ends up it wasn’t plugged in and was full of rot­ting food. Res­i­dents were al­lowed back into their apart­ments af­ter half an hour.

Gina Briggs was in her Florida apart­ment when she heard a gar­dener out­side us­ing a leaf blower to get some grass clip­pings off the side­walk. Seems the sound of the leaf blower pushed her too far. So she grabbed her gun, stormed out­side and pointed the gun in the gar­dener’s face, and told him he was mak­ing too much noise. The gar­dener took off run­ning, hid be­hind his truck, and called the cops. Gina was ar­rested.

Also in Florida, po­lice got a 911 call from a guy who heard his neigh­bors at­tack­ing each other. A cop ar­rived on the scene ex­pect­ing a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance. In­stead they found the cou­ple hav­ing sex on their liv­ing room floor. Since they didn’t have air con­di­tion­ing, they’d left their win­dows open. No one was ar­rested but the cop says he sug­gested they keep the noise down.

A tor­nado tore through Ten­nessee and dam­aged sev­eral homes, in­clud­ing a place that be­longs to Jer­rod Chris­tian. In the process of rip­ping through his house, the tor­nado flung a bunch of Jer­rod’s stuff onto his lawn, in­clud­ing a bunch of stuff he’d stolen from his neigh­bors. So when neigh­bors went over to see if they could help him out, they were shocked to see their stuff on his lawn. They called the cops and Jer­rod was ar­rested.

In Hephz­ibah, Ge­or­gia what started out as an ar­gu­ment be­tween two neigh­bors quickly es­ca­lated into a much larger fight in the mid­dle of the street. At least 20 peo­ple were in­volved in the brawl, in­clud­ing peo­ple run­ning out with bats. The fight ended when an 18-year-old got se­ri­ously in­jured.

Just some­thing to think about as you drive around look­ing for “For Sale” signs. Maybe it’s a good idea to check out who else lives in your new neigh­bor­hood be­fore send­ing out that change of ad­dress form.

Th­ese sto­ries are part of Melissa’s “Can O Crazy” seg­ment, week­day morn­ings on the “Tad & Melissa” show on B98.5.

Melissa Carter is one of the Morn­ing Show hosts on B98.5. In ad­di­tion, she is a writer for the Huff­in­g­ton Post. She is rec­og­nized as one of the first out ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties in At­lanta and one of the few in the country. Fol­low her on Twit­ter@Melis­saCarter

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