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Old 09-05-2019, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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It seems like it must be a regional thing. I havenít heard of that prank.

When we moved to the country, our house got TPíd (toilet papered) a few times. Where we came from, this would be considered vandalism, but there it was considered a harmless prank. My youngest son was very popular, so thatís why we were targeted.
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Old Yesterday, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Texas
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It seems like it must be a regional thing. I haven’t heard of that prank.

When we moved to the country, our house got TP’d (toilet papered) a few times. Where we came from, this would be considered vandalism, but there it was considered a harmless prank. My youngest son was very popular, so that’s why we were targeted.
I think that's always been the case. Kids have no appreciation of how difficult it is to remove TP from trees and roofs, or the damage that can be done to car paint from "egging" etc. Make them clean it up, and all of a sudden, they seem to realize the impact. And yes, in my experience as well, it was often the popular or well known kids that had it done to their houses.
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Old Yesterday, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I recently learned that TPing incoming freshman the night before the first day of school is a local tradition. I even read posts from concerned parents that kids may not know their freshman's address and didn't want them to be left out. It was unfortunate that we saw quite a bit of rain the next day.

The tradition is not school sponsored (but they get the addresses from the school directory). The community seems to love the tradition and no one gets bent out of shape.

https://patch.com/wisconsin/shorewoo...hool-tradition
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Old Yesterday, 08:18 PM
 
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This is harmless. One of my neighbor's child ding dong ditched me a few times, but I just saw him on my cameras and knew not to answer so I just let it go. You can't call the cops on children especially childish silly acts that mean no harm to anyone. They just do it for fun and if you don't answer the door then they will eventually stop and go away. I don't understand why the little things in life annoy people so much... just let it go because it's not that big of a deal unless the child causes damage to your property. Kids will be kids it's part of growing up.

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Old Yesterday, 10:16 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My neighbor had a way to take care of it. His daughter's friends pulled this on them several times but, in a not so bright move, did it at the same time once a week. I mean like around 9 PM on a Thursday, they knew the doorbell was going to ring. The last time it happened, Dad was ready. He filled up a couple water balloons early in the day and put them in the refrigerator so they'd be nice and cool that night. Have you ever heard how loud teenage girls scream when soaked with ice cold water? Once they got over the shock, Dad came out, they apologized, all laughed about it, and Dad took them in to dry off
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Old Today, 10:58 AM
 
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This thread brings back fun memories, not the ding dong ditching as much as the TPing, it was and still is huge in my hometown. People don't do it to be mean at all, or to mock anyone. It's harmless fun, not destructive.

We would never waste time or TP resources to do it to someone we didn't like. It was the thrill of doing it quickly and not getting caught (KYG's neighbor is awesome, how fun). It was how beautiful you could make the yard look. We had one mom who loved when we did their house, she would wave and not stop us.

So we used to do a favorite teacher's house frequently, one time he captured one of our friends and we left her there, it was hysterical all around, the story is still legend.

Let the kids have fun, so many real things to worry about.
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Old Today, 11:27 AM
 
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Going back over 45 years, we did it every Halloween. Topped it off by throwing field corn at their windows. Before soaping them and winding toilet paper around their evergreen trees. It was just something we did when we got too old for Trick or Treat (13 or so). Where I grew up, it was known as "raiding". Other places, I've since heard, "mischief night".

Troublemakers would fill bags with cow manure and set them on fire on someone's doorstop, throw eggs on bricks, let air out of tires, pick up VW bugs and place them in inconvenient places, etc., but we (my friends and I) never did.

Years later (when I was LONG past my "raiding" stage) we had some kids who liked to stomp on our outside metal cellar door to torment us. This was right outside my bedroom window. I'd be trying to study, and could look right outside at them. Two of them were from a local well known family (their father was a doctor and older brother is now a realtor) and one of them (I've found since) has several DUI's to his name (they share a last name, different spelling with Art of the "Honeymooners"). They had to come into our back yard to get to it. I put up a series of croquet wickets to trip them up. It worked a little.

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