A nurse who has been working 50-hour weeks during the pandemic received a nasty note calling her home a ‘disgrace’.
The 34-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous, bought a bungalow in Poole, Dorset, last November. But any warm welcome her family had was slashed by a snobby note put through their letterbox last Friday.
A local folded a note into a neighbourhood watch newsletter which had written in block capitals: ‘Your garden and curtains are a disgrace.’
Taking a swipe at a less wealthy nearby area, the ‘coward’ finished with: ‘This is not Turlin Moor.’
The mental health nurse and her husband, an ambulance driver, are planning to renovate their ‘forever home’ for their one-year-old daughter and their ‘growing family’.
But they are stuck ‘in limbo’ while waiting for planning permission to come through and are both very busy at work.
The mum said: ‘I’m sorry the net curtain and my baby’s blackout blind are not up to your standards, that’s the downside of being a full time nurse in the NHS, having a one year old and a husband currently working seven days a week.
‘So easy for some people to make judgement when they have no context.
‘It was just horrible. It is like being bullied in your own home and that should be the one place where you should feel safe.
‘I have been working nine- or 10-hour shifts five days a week, and they are not a nice nine hours as I’m dressed up in full PPE with a face mask and apron. So, to come home to something like this was really upsetting.
‘To the mysterious note-dropper: “Feel free to come and cut my lawn or give us a hand with the renovation, you troll.”‘
After posting the letter on social media, dozens of people have responded with support and some have even offered to mow the family’s lawn themselves.
Local councillor Vikki Slade was angry the note had been delivered with a newsletter from the neighbourhood watch, making it look like someone from the group had written it.
Ms Slade said: ‘Not only to write this anonymous letter in capital letters, but to associate it with a community group that is set up to bring the community together and make residents feel safer. It is just such a cowardly thing to do.
‘If [the nurse] wouldn’t have mentioned this or posted about it on social media, she would have been sat at home thinking: “Is this how the rest of community see my house?” and resenting the fact she has moved into the area.’
The NHS worker said she does not want sympathy, she just wants the person who sent the note to know it is not okay to treat people like this.
She said: ‘Anyone that feels it appropriate to behave in this way is a cowardly bully, so it did not surprise me their name wasn’t on the note.
‘I was angry that someone would offend a whole community of people that live in Turlin Moor.
‘I work hard, as do a lot of other people, and it doesn’t matter who you work for, or if you work at all, no one should be subjected to bullying.
‘The local residents within the Broadstone community have been so lovely and supportive with their kind words.
‘I don’t want sympathy and I didn’t post this to get anything from anyone, I just don’t want someone to think this is an acceptable way to behave and subject others to this treatment.’
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