In the heart of a seemingly tranquil suburban neighbourhood, an unsuspecting Reddit user stumbled upon a startling revelation during their routine bin day, turning an otherwise mundane chore into a festive clash.
During a Christmas family lunch in Queensland, a man was left fuming as his security cameras caught his neighbour depositing a rubbish bag of prawn shells and food scraps into his bin immediately after collection day.
Despite the holiday cheer, the unsuspecting homeowner found himself bewildered and somewhat annoyed by the transgression.
Eager to share the incident, the user posted about it on the popular platform, sparking a lively conversation about maintaining neighbourly boundaries.
“Am I being too pedantic. Bin day today, they got picked up around 530am,” he began.
“I was staying nearby with the family at Mums place and checked the security cameras this morning out of interest.
“Got an alert that someone was at the front of the house, and it’s one of my unit complex neighbours putting bags of rubbish in my already emptied bin on the side of the road.
“Came home to feed the cat and was a little pissed at what I had seen so I took his trash out of the bin, it stunk… full of prawns and food scraps. Buzzed the intercom to his unit and let him know his rubbish was downstairs and to use his own bin instead of mine.. met with a response of ‘righto…’
“Bit of a non-event I know but it still irked me that someone would make a dickhead move like that. We’ve had no issues before, just passing hello’s and I’m not going to bring it up, he knows he was in the wrong.
“Should I have just let it slide though? y’know.. Christmas and all?”
Any lingering doubts about whether they had done the right thing were swiftly swept away as a chorus of support from fellow users flooded in, uniting in calling out the unneighbourly behaviour.
“I put my prawn scraps in the freezer & only put them in the bin the night of collection. Stinks to high heaven otherwise, even in winter. Your neighbour is a savage,” one person said.
“Straight dick move and he knew it,” explained another.
“He knew what he was doing. Don’t feel guilty in the slightest,” suggested one user.
“100% did the right thing, you know why he put it in your bin and not his own,” another chimed in.
“No way! If he thinks he can get away with it, he’ll continue to do so. You did the right thing and nicer than I would’ve,” one supportive user wrote.
“The only time where it is acceptable to place any rubbish in another persons bin (let alone prawn scraps), is the night before colllection, with the afternoon after collection being the absolute worst time to do this and the highest crime in the kangaroo court,” explained another user.
In the midst of holiday cheer, a simple bin day turned into a lively debate about neighbourly respect and highlighted the importance of maintaining harmony in shared spaces.
As the discussion unfolded, it became clear that small acts of consideration can create a strong sense of community and goodwill among neighbours, reminding us all that kindness goes a long way, especially during festive seasons.