What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

"I need my pants..."

The neighbor who lived in the studio beneath mine had her boyfriend move in, and they were a disturbingly dysfunctional couple. One memorable event evolved from him slipping out to retrieve the Sunday morning paper at the building entry, and her locking the apartment door behind him, leaving him in nothing but boxers out in the hall.
For literally HOURS, he knocked, threatened, pleaded, cajoled for her to let him back in. She silently refused. Eventually, he stopped asking to be let in, and started requesting that she at least give him some clothes, and began listing the specific items he wanted to wear to work the next day. It was as pathetic a scene as Steve Martin's The Jerk: ".. I need my pants, and my long-sleeved shirt. And my jacket, I need my jacket..."
Unable to endure overhearing any more, I left the building out the side garden gate - not wanting to pass the broken, humiliated man clad only in his boxers, begging for his clothing, piecemeal, through the weathered old apartment door.


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