Commenters have slammed a homeowner who refused to remove poison ivy from his yard after neighbors asked him because it kept their young children away.
The original poster (OP), known as u/Acceptable-Neat8443, posted about the situation to Reddit’s popular ‘Am I The A**hole’, where it received over 11,200 votes positives and 4,400 comments. The position can be found here.
Poison ivy, along with its Toxicodendron congeners, poison ivy and poison ivy, contain sap oil that can trigger allergic reactions.
Found in every state in the continental United States, Toxicodendron plants thrive in hot, sunny areas and do not survive well in deserts, rainforests, or at elevations above 5,000 feet.
Poison ivy is a climbing vine and often appears as several glossy leaves arranged in groups of three along a stem rather than as free-standing shrubs.
It is sometimes difficult to spot poison ivy because it can be easily confused with other plants. If you’re not sure if the plant in front of you is poison ivy, look for these characteristics:
In the post titled “AITA for refusing to get rid of poison ivy at the edge of my yard?” the owner said that the border between his house and that of his neighbor was covered in poison ivy.
Recently a family with young children moved in and one of the parents asked them to remove the poison ivy because their children were getting rashes when playing in that part of the yard.
The OP refused, saying he had “extreme sensitivity” and had stopped trying to control it as it always caused rashes when he tried.
Instead, the OP told his neighbor he could have the poison ivy removed from his part of the yard.
“They said even if they did it would grow back in their garden on my side and I could pay a company to remove it if I didn’t do it myself,” the post read. “I said I would only agree to this if they paid for everything. They refused and said they would look into the local pest laws. We are no longer on good terms.”
The PO said that since the factory was “their problem”, they shouldn’t have to pay for it.
“Am I really the asshole here? » the message read. “They could just teach their kids to avoid poison ivy like I do. I could understand that if I had planted it intentionally… Frankly, I’m grateful to them because it kept their noisy kids away from my yard who were really annoying every time I was in the garden.”
Over 4,400 users commented on the post, with many criticizing the OP for not compromising on the issue.
“Offering cost sharing seems like a very reasonable compromise to me,” one user commented. “Digging makes you an AH neighbor. Celebrating it as a poison deterrent to children even more. Your neighbors will understand the laws and act accordingly, and still hate your guts.”
“If you’re sensitive to it, why DON’T YOU WANT to take it off?” another user commented.
“I don’t understand why you keep poison ivy you are so sensitive to,” another commented. “It’s a weed, a nuisance and an allergen. You can plant other things for the little critters, maybe even plant a hedge to keep neighbors away that doesn’t cause rashes and requires moon suits to approach.”
“Oh I see the real reason you are letting this poisonous plant continue to grow and encroach on your neighbor’s property is so the kids won’t be able to play in that part of their own yard,” another user commented. . “You intentionally keep a poisonous plant that is harmful to you and your neighbors so they can’t access that part of their property. How completely selfish. YTA.”
Pleasemynews contacted u/Acceptable-Neat8443 for comment.
In another viral Reddit post, a man was praised for telling his neighborhood about his “evil” neighbor, and another person was applauded for “revenging” his neighbor.