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Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities

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Every once in a while that annoying person who is sorely lacking in social graces crosses our path. Most of the time we are put on the spot and are reluctant to put the person in her or his place regarding the rude intrusion of privacy we are made to suffer.

Here’s a strategy that might work: turn the tables on the yenta by assailing her with your own questions, such as “what exactly is your job here?” and “how long have you been with the company?” Or glance at your watch and exclaim “Oops! Have an important call to make!” Then whip out your cell phone to do just that.

In time the curiosity seeker might catch on and find someone else to badger.

Dear Rachel,

We recently moved into a new development and fixed up our grounds nicely, at no small expense. Just when the grass started to take on that lush look and feel, through my window I caught sight of strangers actually making themselves comfortable on our lawn.

It didn’t take me long to figure out how to deal with the trespassers. The next time they came around I turned our sprinkler system on and virtually assured that they wouldn’t be back.

Not on my turf!

Dear Not,

Your new lawn must have felt irresistibly lush to the gatecrashers. Speak of which, why not invest in a fence? After all, can you really afford to sit at your window day in and day out?

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