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Neighbours, even Bolt, must show respect

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I respond to Kerry-Ann McKoy Tulloch's letter in The Gleaner, 'Bolt is not the neighbour from hell' (Gleaner, June 2, 2015). The writer defended Bolt, but ironically she pretty much confirmed everything Jodi 'Jinx' Henriques complained about in her brief post online.

Now Bolt is revered and loved everywhere. He is successful and wealthy. He is also not a kid but a grown man nearing 30. Jinx obviously made the post on social media out of frustration, and anyone who has ever had noisy or disruptive neighbours, i.e., 'neighbours from hell', will understand exactly where she's coming from.

Neighbours will have different tolerance levels for different things, and neighbours deal with things differently. So although one neighbour may be able tolerate and ignore it, another may not. When you move somewhere, you always try to adapt and fit into the new neighbourhood and its culture. No one is entitled.

Either way, bad behaviour should not be condoned as acceptable, no matter who the culprit is. Some of the backlash to Jinx's comments were nasty and crude, far worse than what Jinx said. And to suggest that she was being classist or otherwise is absurd. She did not issue an official press release, but was merely venting informally on social media, out of frustration, her only wish was that Bolt would move back to the last place he lived.

Frankly, I don't know any Jamaican or anyone, anywhere who would not be in love with the idea of Usain Bolt or someone famous living in their neighbourhood.

No matter where we chose to live, we will expect certain things that come with the lifestyle we may be privileged to live. At the end of the day, we must show social responsibility, consideration, and respect.