Next, her son came by to borrow from my husband. He borrowed $30. I told my husband about his Mom. My husband is even more trusting than I am. The son paid my husband back. But a month later -- there he was again. He wanted $30 again. I told him, "this family is not a bank." But my husband loaned him the $30 again. I don't expect to see it returned.
I will say that I see far less of mooching mom since she stole the $20. And I learned by talking to other neighbors that she's done the same with all of them, some for much larger sums. I suppose we'll soon see much less of her son. This is truly an odd way to get rid of moochers. Loan them money that they won't pay back and then they leave us alone while they are off to bother others.
The really odd thing is that they never give a reason why they want these sums of money. My best guess is that they need it to pay the pizza delivery service that I often see at their door. And since our inner city row houses are only 16 feet wide, I overhear their conversations. They refer to my husband and me as "worthless yuppies" (didn't that used to stand for YOUNG upwardly mobile professionals?) And they blame our flower boxes for summer mosquitos. It's really too bad that our mooching neighbors don't share my sense of humor. This is the stuff of comic soap operas.