He ended up admitting he made a mistake, took the higher ground, and even wanted to fix things. But because she wanted to take advantage, he needed something to back him up. He went home, got on his computer, and typed her name into Google search. The photos that he came across were something that he couldn't believe. Because he now had a case, he was determined to make her regret everything.
18-year-old Kristopher Hess started to feel like his everyday routine was getting pretty stagnant. He would go to his security job, that he had to do 16-hour shifts, get back home at eight in the morning and go to bed. He would almost sleep for the rest of the day and go back to work. One day, he got an unexpected call from his friend, who said he would come over to visit him. He said that he would stay a couple of days to hang out together. Kristopher felt amazing because his boring everyday routine would become a bit different with his friend around.
Amazing weekend coming
The time that his friend Mark would come over would be Independence Day weekend, so Kristopher knew that they would have a good time. He applied for leave at work and wanted to prepare for his friend coming over. Kristopher bought some beer and snacks because he knew the weekend would be great. When his friend arrived at his doorstep, he had something else on his mind.
Not a great idea
As Mark got settled in, they both went into the back yard, pulled up some chairs, and opened up some beers. While they were chatting away, Mark had an idea that seemed fun in his mind. He suggested that they get some fireworks to celebrate the upcoming holiday. Kristopher didn't like the idea and knew that he would regret it if he said yes.
In the end, Kristopher said yes. He gave Mark some money, and they went to buy some fireworks. Kristopher even said to his friend that every time fireworks were around, something went wrong. And he had a feeling that this time wasn't going to be any different. Nevertheless, they bought some sparkles, bottle rockets, and other fireworks.
A weird type of fun
When they got back home, they placed the fireworks they bought on the ground and stared at them. Mark said that because it wasn't dark yet, they should at least light up the sparkles. Kristopher didn't see any problem with that and agreed.
Regretting his decision
Mark gave Kristopher the sparkles, and he lit them. When they went off, both friends felt quite nostalgic, waving them around and making shapes in the air. But one thing happened that would make Kristopher regret the whole firework idea. As he recalls, two sparks from both of their sparkles fell on the ground and made two little fires.
As both friends saw the sparks hit the ground, they looked at each other and knew that this wasn't about to turn out as they like. Because the grass was pretty dry, the fires started to spread pretty fast. Kristopher immediately ran to get the garden hose and spray the fires. He barely did anything, and the fires were quickly spreading to the neighbor's fence.
They called 911 and waited desperately for help to arrive. They continued to try to kill the fire, but nothing was working. As the flames caught up to the fence, it quickly went up in flames too. Patricia, who was the neighbor next door, came out to see what was going on. Kristopher always thought that she was a nice lady, and there he was burning down her fence. But Kristopher saw Patricia come out, saw what was going on, and as she was going back to her house, she smiled at him in a sinister way.
As the weekend came to an end, Kristopher had to go back to work. He felt terrible for what happened and felt like the planned weekend turned out nothing as he hoped. Once his shift ended, Kristopher felt exhausted and wanted to go home and go to bed. As he came in the front door, and an unpleasant surprise was waiting for him.
He found two pieces of paper taped to his door, one demanding 4000 dollars for the fence that burned down and another one for 6000 dollars to cover for the burnt lawn. Kristopher knew he didn't have the money to pay what the neighbor was demanding. He literary spend most of his money on the fireworks that weekend. He showed the two quotes to his father, and he noticed that they were printed from a Microsoft word document. Not having any logo or company name on them, Kristopher's father told him to no give that lady a single dime.
With the two quotes, a little note attached said that she would like him to pay for her water bill for the next three months because she would need lots of water for her new lawn. Kristopher wanted to vent a bit, so he went on social media and wrote that the neighbor's demands were unbelievable. The fence was old and falling apart, her back yard was filled with dead grass, and he never saw her mowing it once. But once the accident happened, she demanded a new fence and a new lovely backyard with flowers.
Kristopher had a friend that was a contractor. He was positive that his neighbor's lawn was in a terrible state before, but the fire made it difficult to prove that. As for all of the things his neighbor was demanding, Kristopher had a contractor that he knew would do it for less money than others would. He made arrangements, and when the contractor came over, things started to get heated.
Starting to act up
As the contractor assessed the damage done on the fence, Patricia ran out of her house and started to scream at both of them. She said that she didn't give Kristopher permission to bring someone to assess the damages. He replied that because the fence was separating the two properties, the fence also belonged to him. Not knowing what to say back, Patricia called the cops.
Not believing a thing
The cops couldn't do anything because everything was done on Kristopher's property. As they went away, the contractor estimated the damage to be around 1200 dollars. Kristopher also knew a man who did lawn care. He called him up, and he came when his neighbor was away. He estimated re-seeding the whole lawn to cost around 800 dollars. Kristopher made copies of the two estimates and gave them to Patricia. When she saw them, she quickly denied them both.
When Patricia saw that estimated, she started to scream at him, telling him that the people that did the estimates surely had to be the worst contractors and that she doesn't want them near her house ever again. Kristopher told her that he knew both men personally and that they were amazing workers and did their jobs perfectly. She didn't have anything to say, so she slammed the door to his face. From this point on, things got pretty interesting.
He had enough
A couple of days later, he came back from one of his 16-hour shifts at eight in the morning and went straight to bed. An hour later, his neighbor comes to the door and starts to knock and demand to talk to him. When Kristopher opened the door, he told her that he needed to sleep because work started in five hours, and he would talk to her some other time. She replied by saying that he was lazy for sleeping until 2 pm. At this point, he had enough of her antics.
Close to losing it
Because he had enough, he told her that the final offer was to accept his 2000-dollar estimate for the fence and the lawn or get nothing. It seemed that she accepted the deal and agreed to meet him at a notary to finish everything. He spent that same night making the contract and gathering the 2000 dollars.
Not showing up
When morning came, Kristopher rushed to the notary where they agreed to meet and finally end what seemed like a nightmare. He ended up waiting for her there for about three hours and got a message from her saying that the offer he gave her wasn't enough. She also said that she had people over working on the lawn and fence and that he would have to pay every expense. Kristopher needed a new plan.
Deciding to wait it out
Months went by, and Kristopher watched crews come and go fixing up the whole backyard of his neighbor. It was amazing. She had a little pond, new flowers, and other things that she never had in the past. He found out that she wanted to do this to her backyard for a long time and only waited for the perfect opportunity.
In one way, Kristopher did feel bad about burning down the fence and his neighbor's lawn, but he did offer a fair price and did agree to fix all of the problems. But she was asking for much more money from what he offered. He thought about doing one last thing and sat down on his computer. He went on a community Facebook page, where he found some incriminating photos of his neighbor. Things started to come together, and he finally knew why she was asking for more money.
On that community page, made for the people in their neighborhood, she started to post photos of herself and her friends enjoying a holiday in Hawaii. She didn't know that he was also a member of that group and could see all the photos. This was the reason she was asking for more money. In the photos, you could see her drinking cocktails and staying at an expensive resort. It was time for revenge.
Four months passed from the day of the fire, and her renovations were done. Kristopher got papers to go to court for 10,300 dollars. Bear in mind, he was only 18-years-old at the time and had to get a lawyer to work on his case. When the day came and went to court, Kristopher, with his lawyer by his side, gave the judge all the things he was saving up. He showed him the fake quotes that she gave him initially and showed the quotes he got from the contractors he hired, and of course, he showed the photos and all the messages that his neighbor was posting in the community group.
Kristopher also mentioned all the harassment he got from her, mentioned that they had a deal and that she didn't show up, plus mentioning that her lawn was dead even before the fire. The judge turned to Patricia and told her that everything she was doing was crazy. She was offered a new fence and a lawn that she didn't even deserve and still asked for more money. The judge even said that he would deduct Kristopher's lawyer fees.
Got what she deserved
Kristopher has said that after the court day, his neighbor financially lost a lot. He didn't know the Hawaii trip's cost, but he did know that she had to sell her house and move in into a smaller one because she was in big debt. Kristopher also added that he will never play with fireworks ever again. The only valuable thing he learned from this terrible experience was that taking responsibility for your mistakes right away is pretty important.