We live in a senior community with an HOA. There are rules that if you're having anything done to the outside of your house, you have to request a permit. It's pretty routine, but it's a rule.
We came home from work on Saturday to find a couple of guys with a pickup truck (no signage on it), spray painting our next-door neighbor's house. No permit showing in the window, as required by the HOA. And the neighbors (as far as we know) haven't come down from Alaska yet to winter in their Arizona home (which is the one next door to us). After we got home, my husband went out to get the mail and noticed the painters leaning up against the truck, and OUR gate was wide open. Okay, so they went in the yard to paint the side of the neighbor's house. We'd rather have been asked first, but it was too late for that. The thing that annoyed us was that the gate was wide open, and we have a dog who has access to the back yard through a doggy door. So our beloved Yorkie could have been wandering up and down the street, with half-blind old people speeding around in golf carts.
My hubby tried to tell the painters that they should have not left the gate sitting open. Unfortunately, their English was so limited, they thought he was asking if it was okay for him to close his own gate. How nice was it that they said, "Is okay. You close"?
After he closed the gate and came back in through the garage (not going through the gate), he went back out later and realized that they had forced the gate to open inward (it should be opened outward), and in so doing had torn loose a firmly attached piece of latticework we had attached to the gate to block skunks from coming into the yard. The little plastic connectors were all over the ground, and the lattice was hanging loose.
We called the HOA and are trying to track down the painters to make them come back and fix the gate. If they won't come for us, perhaps we'll send INS. (Okay, that was mean, but a fact of life here in Arizona.)
And we're going back to putting a lock on the gate so NO ONE can open it except us.