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Apartment living has its perks, but almost everyone who's ever experienced it has a story of a noisy neighbor they'd like to forget. When it comes to boisterous neighbors, most people pick their battles and decide whether to tune out the noise, confront the neighbor or go into counterattack. One man in London came up with a creative way to get his revenge.
Oli Beale's neighbors decided to have a karaoke party that extended into the early morning hours. So instead of tuning it out, Beale wrote a critique of each person's performance and scored it on a scale of 1 to 10. He wrote it on a giant newspaper-style posterboard that he put up in the building's common area for everyone to see. Beale's homemade poster reads, "To the people that kept us up all night by singing/screaming on their balcony, thank you for your epic performance. Your terrace faces 115 windows so you really did have the perfect stage." Obviously, Beale's sign was meant to be sarcastic and it goes on to list the songs as well as the times they were sung, with their ratings written below.
The list begins with a 3 out of 10 for the Who's "Pinball Wizard" at 2:23 a.m. and ends almost seven hours later at 9:10 a.m. with "Friday I'm in Love" by the Cure. Apparently, 3:14's rendition of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was the low point of the evening, as Beale wrote, "I hate this song." The high point seemed to be Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," which he rated a 7 and wrote, "actually very good." The review ends with Beale's true feelings. He wrote, "As the song ended, one of you looked out over our courtyard and hugged the other. You gestured to the beautiful sunny morning and gave a little smile that said to the world: 'Yep, we absolutely nailed that.' I hate you."
This is not Beale's first venture into creative complaint letters. In 2008, he wrote a complaint letter to Sir Richard Branson about the food on a Virgin Airways flight that some say is the funniest complaint letter of all time. Along with pictures of his food from his flight from Mumbai to London, he attached six pages of detailed complaints.
So it appears that all was not lost on karaoke night. Sure, Beale and some of his neighbors may have lost hours of sleep, but in return, now they'll all get to share in the laughter of Beale's clever critique.