I have been cursed with some of the worst neighbors in creation. I chalk it up to karma for torturing my neighbors during those first ear-piercing years as I learned to play the drums. My parents knew better and relegated me to the pool shed in the backyard, so those unlucky enough to reside on the other side of the fence bore the brunt of every snare pop and cymbal crash. In return, as an adult, I’ve been blessed with a neighbor who shot a squirrel out of my tree with a BB gun and left its carcass on my driveway, gentlemen who smoked two packs a day and used my lawn as their own personal ashtray, and folks who think Sunday at 11 p.m. is the perfect kickoff time for parties. When will I have repaid my debt, is what I’d like to know.
Everyone has bad-neighbor stories, but at what point does annoying behavior cross the line to the realm where you can sue over it? For Andrew Kim, a human who must have done deeds far worse than play drums poorly to have to live next door to a Vanderpump Rules “star,” excessive weed smoking is where he draws the line. Kim is suing his next-door neighbor Scheana (spelled Sheena by everyone else on the planet) Shay because she’s taking bong rips day and night and causing his apartment to fill with the smell of sweet leaf.
The suit reads, “Plaintiff and his family have awoken on many mornings with the sensation of nausea for having inhaled marijuana smoke during the night.” But that’s not all. Shay is also “purposely causing…noises to disturb the peace” and left a bowl of cat food outside for an extended period, which caused ants to infiltrate Kim’s residence.
Let’s take a look at one of Shay’s performances on Vanderpump Rules, shall we? She’s the one standing between the girl with the braid-bangs and the one with the purple zebra pattern headband.
In her defense, Shay’s rep said, “The Shays have never received a complaint from a fellow neighbor or building management relating to marijuana smoke stemming from their residence. However, there was a recent issue with a neighboring apartment, which was vacated in December 2015, that had received many complaints.”
And as far as kitty, “While the Shays do have a black cat, their pet has never been allowed outside access. The cat in question belongs to another resident in the building.”
Did I mention I also had a neighbor who dragged their old, used toilet onto the curb and left it there for two weeks? Time to lawyer up!