How bad is it if neighbors put out their garbage a full day before pickup?
Besides the fact that an overeager neighbor’s habit can stink, it’s a total curb appeal buzzkill. “And no one wants to have animals rummaging around their trash cans or come upon lasagna strewn on the sidewalk in the morning,” says Patricia
Rossi, author of Everyday Etiquette. This may also go against town or homeowner association rules (if that’s the case, alert the board and let them deal with it). To confront someone without feeling like Oscar the Grouch, “casually mention your concern about garbage-pickers roaming the streets,” says Rossi. Basically, blame the raccoons.