The neighbors mercilessly trolled a "rude" homeowner who apparently tried to block access to a sidewalk with a series of ironic signs.
Locals in South Holmwood, near Dorking, Surrey, were stunned when a large “No Access” sign appeared on the street in April, despite reports they have been using it for more than 80 years.
Since then, however, the "Phantom Poster Printer (PPP)" has made it its business to add its own funny characters to the "impolite" note.
After the locals were stunned when a large sign reading "No access" appeared in an alley, the "phantom poster printer" inserted the note with their own witty chants, including a reading "Private parts, no public access".
Other fun characters are one that references Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle earlier this year (pictured on the left), while another says everyone is welcome to a street party every Friday, pictured on the right
Other offers of the Phantom poster printer are signs with the words "Your name is not wrong" (shown on the left) and "Get off my street" (shown on the right)
The original prohibition signs were put up by Jane Benson, who bought the west wing of Anstie Barn Farm about two years ago.
She is believed to be protesting dog walkers using the driveway to her home.
Keith Carter, who lives at the end of the street, said, "The people in the village didn't take it well that they were told they weren't allowed to use this street anymore." With the closure of the Covid, more people went here so she took swear words with her. & # 39;
His house is the first to be hit by walkers on the street and he says, "We certainly have no objections."
The local committee has requested that part of the lane be made public.
Mr. Carter said, "To be fair, she has made some concessions on behalf of individuals, including an elderly local couple."
Ms. Benson could not be reached for comment.
The 54-year-old Kathryn Tupper from the region documented the fun exchange on Facebook and shared photos of the signs this week.
She says it all started after the homeowner replaced the original "subtle" sign with a bright green notice that said "Private Land". No public access or right of way. & # 39;
In response, the PPP put up their own imitation sign in similar colors that read: "Farmers stay away, only self-appointed snobs."
It was quickly removed, but over the next several months the PPP struck again, leaving signs reading "Private Parts, No Public Access" and "Street Party Every Friday". Everyone welcome among others.
A photo shows how the police appear to have been drawn into the matter, apparently with a notice from the Surrey police asking for information about the identity of the PPP.
The saga finally came to an end on Tuesday when a new sign that looked more like the original was reinstalled.
According to Kathryn, the locals have now started a campaign with the council to make it an official right of way.
When she spoke today, she said, “The route doesn't go near your home and you can't even see it. The old owners never bothered people using it.
& # 39; The old sign was nice and polite black. The villagers found the timing a little rude. We continued to use it, but they told people to leave their country.
They called the police and said the signs were harassment, but they thought it was funny.
The 54-year-old Kathryn Tupper from the region documented the funny exchange on Facebook and shared photos of the signs this week.
The police tried to prevent us from going up the alley to ease tension, but we informed them of some laws that gave us the right to keep using.
“It was then determined that even though they owned the alley, they did not own the pillars, so the sign was removed this week.
“All the other households up there were enthusiastic about the PPP signs and want everyone to use the street.
“Every day more people used the alley to see what new sign had appeared. It amused us for weeks. & # 39;
Social media users were also tickled by the feud, with Justin Boyne writing, "Awesome, well worth the effort."
Clare Wiliams added "So funny" and Lotti Newman said, "Love this one."
Others were more sympathetic to the homeowner, however.
Melanie Hardy wrote: “In all honesty, some people think that everything is theirs. How would you feel if random strangers kept walking your garden? & # 39;
A Surrey Police Department spokesman said yesterday: “We are currently investigating allegations of a range of criminal offenses, including public order and criminal harm, in connection with an ongoing civil dispute between two different parties.
& # 39; The crime allegedly took place in South Holmwood.
"A number of investigations have been carried out and the investigation is ongoing."
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