Noisy neighbors can easily get under anyone’s skin, especially if the noise robs that person of much needed time for rest and relaxation.
Such was the dilemma of a Chinese man, surnamed Zhao, who has been enduring the noise his upstairs neighbors constantly produce on a daily basis.
According to Shanghaiist, the family has an active young boy who spends most of his time jumping around in their home. While Zhao has nothing against the boy being energetic, he complained that the frequent jumping around made too much noise and was disturbing his rest.
Initially, he tried some diplomacy and talked to the family about his problem. However, his complaints fell on deaf ears and the noise persisted.
Zhao then decided to just get back at them and went on to devise a plan that would teach his noisy neighbors a lesson they won’t forget.
He even spent 400 yuan ($60) for his revenge by purchasing a machine designed specifically to annoy noisy upstairs neighbors. Dubbed the “building shaker,” the motorized machine is programmed to continually thump against the walls to produce the loud, constant sound of “revenge”.
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Before leaving his apartment for the weekend, Zhao switched the machine on at around 8 p.m. last Friday night.
For two days straight, the machine annoyed his neighbors with incessant thumping sounds.
The neighbors even went to the property management office to complain but they were unable to help. They also reported it to the police, but Zhao was nowhere to be found.
The machine was only turned off upon Zhao’s return on Sunday afternoon. While local authorities were there to make Zhao shut his device off, it was not reported if he was penalized for his actions.
Perhaps now his upstairs neighbors will keep it down.