The kid would come around like clockwork every Sunday at 2 pm during prime nap time. He set up a CD boombox that blared “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe on repeat as he practiced his skateboard moves right in front of our townhouse. Nothing but “Poison” and the clack of skateboard wheels for hours and hours and hours. I’d be lying if I didn’t say my thoughts turned to violence.
But this was nothing compared to Eva N, a Slovakian woman who blared the same four-minute aria from “La Traviata” from her balcony from 6 am to 10 pm every day for sixteen years.
No variation. Placido Domingo on a loop for sixteen hours a day. Reasoning with her didn’t help. Neither did calling the cops. Even taking her to court didn’t deter her. It wasn’t until cops moved in–and after the case wound its way to the Slovakian Supreme Court–that she was arrested and charged with harassment and malicious prosecution. Eva N could face up to three years in prison. (Read the full story here. It’s…incredible.)
This leads into this week’s survey question: What’s your neighbour-from-hell story when it comes to music?