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Are you becoming what is classified as having the bored old pensioner syndrome? Do small things annoy you so much that you are regularly complaining to authorities? Are you sitting behind the curtains observing every move your neighbours make? Do you regularly complain to authorities or shops about the smallest things?

I use to live next door to an old couple that had cameras around the whole house which the owner of the house seemed to monitor every time we were home. It was a small sleepy town near the water and only a few joggers use to run down the street in the mornings. When I would go out, I would see this 60-year-old male peering between the curtains at me and his wife would be looking outside through the kitchen window. I got so sick of his neuroses that I was actually becoming neurotic about him.

First he complained to the Council about the noise of our cars driving in and out of our yard. We use to come and go at all hours as both of us worked shift work. I found out the local Council would put him on loud speaker and have a bit of a giggle because he used to ring in so often.

My talking cockatoo “Clarry” was a risk when I moved into a suburban area and I put him around the back of the house near the back door. Clarence use to screech twice a day and often call when he wanted to talk to you. Most of the time Clarence would just chat away to you in his own form of English, which was not noisy. Of course the neighbour put in a complaint to Council. I was duly advised by the local real estate that I was approved to have the bird as there were hundreds Corella birds hanging around that were wild and made much more noise.

I decided to have a little bit of fun. I started to feed the local birds in the front yard on the other side of the house from this neighbour. I figured if I had lots of wild birds hanging around then he would no longer be able to complain about my one little cockatoo. It worked. I came home the next day and 50 Corellas were sitting along the power lines outside my home. They made an excellent noise, many many more decibels than my one little cockatoo. You actually could not hear another person speak if you were in the vicinity.

Now this is where my bored old syndrome cuts in. I left the hedge that grew over the fence into my yard from his yard, grow. It was bougainvillea and grew quickly and many long shoots appeared. I felt if the neighbour was really neurotic this would annoy him. Sure enough, my dog caught him leaning round to my side of the fence to clip the shoots off in the middle of the night. The neighbour had sneaked along the fence line and reached around the hedge only managing to snip a few shoots off before my dog started to bark.

It was a lovely neighbourhood to live in but every time I walked outside he was watching. Every visitor we had, he was watching. I could not wait to move. If you took the dog for a walk without a leash, he would be on the phone to the Council putting in a complaint. I wondered how many other residents he had driven out of the area. I found out later this bored old pensioner had done his very own local town plan, had complained about the local camping area (he wanted it as a parking area for his boat trailer), had complained about tourists in the area, and had complained about dogs barking near his home, even complained about the only two shops in the town. He was well known.


Do you have a neighbour like this or do you suffer from bored old pensioner syndrome yourself….tell us!

Gillian Johnston

Gillian Johnston is a mother, grandmother, writer and hard worker based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Born in 1951, she's a proud member of the baby boomer generation. Gill has set up a website about the difficulties that arise over 60 years of age.

  1. People like that need to get out and put some one else first. Try volunteering some where and be useful instead of a useless waste of space and a pain in the *** instead. There is so much to do besides making enemies of everyone and driving the neighbours to murderous rage.

  2. I’d be highly surprised if this behaviour is because of him being a bored pensioner, he’s probably been a nasty person his entire life, but in retirement he appears to have perfected his skills…

  3. It is sad if you think about it an illness. I do not think people like that can help it and I think the best thing to do would be to wave and smile every single time you see them never vaulter big smile and wave!

  4. Maybe been a boss telling people what to do all his working life ,needs to keep it up to make him feel good .

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    • Probably the opposite of that. Never been able to boss anyone all his life, and now he sees his chance to bully someone

    • Yes Barbara never thought of it that way ,but whatever the reason no need to be such an old grump .

  5. I would be very friendly to him, 60 is not old so probably been that way from a very young person. It sounds like the more he complains the more people get their backs up and so the problem escalates. So as I said be very, very friendly.

  6. Please!!!!!!! Remove the pop-up box (purple ad for 60’s) or at the very least make it easier to remove. So many times I end up just giving up on trying to read the article featured. The ‘no thanks’ function does not work easily. Again I have not read this feature…..

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  7. Yes. I have a neighbour like that. So whenever I see her peering out her windows or looking over the fence I wave to her or blow her a kiss. She got upset about us picking the apricots off her tree from the branches that were on our side. So I had the tree completely pruned back on my side and it ended up too heavy on her side and fell over. She complained about that and was told I was within my rights to prune on my side.

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