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dateline: 27 March 2019

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Man Gets Even After Fence Dispute

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • get even: to take revenge
  • dispute: a disagreement or conflict
  • unique: very different; not normal
  • reserved: saved for a specific person or group
  • naked: having no clothes on; bare
  • mannequin: a human-like figure used to display clothing that is for sale
  • nosy: paying too much attention to someone else’s life
  • bylaw: a law or rule that applies to members of a community or organization

Man Gets Even After Fence Dispute

A California man who was forced to lower his after a neighbour complained about its found a unique way to get even. He filled his yard with naked mannequins and a garden party. His included a reserved seating note for the “nosy neighbour” who complained to the city about the bylaw infraction. The home owner said he had built his fence to keep his dogs from getting out of the yard. Now everyone can see in and he hopes they like what they see.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did the California man want to get even about?
  2. How did he get even?
  3. What was on the note?

Discussion Questions

Have you ever complained to the city about a neighbour? What neighbourhood complaints are common in your region? Do you think they are valid or should neighbours stop being so nosy?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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