In the past, whenever I’ve done “Was this rude?” type of posts, it’s never been about me. It’s always been situations that I’ve witnessed happening to other people. Well, this time something questionable happened to me, and I want to get your take on it.
A couple of months ago, the Home Warrior, Mini Warrior, and I headed out to Vegas for a conference. I was in meetings all day, and the guys hung out in the hotel room or walked around looking at stuff. A good time was had by all, until our second evening. It was about 10:30, and the Home Warrior and I were watching a little TV before turning in for the night, while the Mini Warrior slept in his Pack ‘n’ Play. All of the sudden, the Mini Warrior woke up and started crying. I get it—strange room, not his normal crib, etc. He cried for about a minute, and I went over and gave him his pacifier before going to brush my teeth. He cried for about another minute when I heard a loud banging noise. At first, I thought someone was at the front door, but when I checked no one was there. Then the Home Warrior told me it was a loud knock on the connecting door. Evidently our neighbor was disturbed by the two minutes of baby crying.
Here are my problems with this. First of all, banging on the connecting door is just rude, no matter what’s going on. Second, do you really think making a loud noise is going to make a baby stop crying? Third, it’s Vegas for Pete’s sake! I have heard all kinds of crazy things in neighboring hotel rooms, but IMO that is just par for the course in Vegas. Finally, he had seriously only been crying for two or three minutes—not long at all in baby time.
After a quick debate, we decided to call the front desk. They sent a security guy up to talk to us, and that was the last we heard of it. This is what our neighbor should have done! If your neighbor is being too noisy, call the front desk and let them handle it. I think this is good etiquette, but also seems safest. You never know who is in the room next to you, and handling it yourself could lead to uncomfortable confrontations.
This is the first time I’ve ever called the front desk on a neighbor. Typically I just turn up my white noise and drown out whatever I’m hearing from next door.
Readers, what do you think? Was our neighbor justified? What do you do when you have a noisy neighbor?