Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Semi-Good Neighbor

Stan Freberg here. A man was arrested for being too nice. For example, he collected his neighbors' mail while they were on vacation and lost it--including several large checks. Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. My father always taught me to be a good neighbor. Lend a helping hand, you know. So, how is it that Thomas Rensfeld was arrested for being too good a neighbor? Well, listen: the couple living next door to the do-gooder called the cops and complained that he'd caused them untold mental anguish when he "...helped them out by mowing their lawn for them every other Sunday with his tractor, at 4 a.m." Also dug a garden for them in their backyard, and ruptured their water line. Hmm...not too bad so far...

But wait! Rensfeld destroyed the transmission in their car when he tried to push the stalled vehicle with his truck, and forgot to put it in neutral.

Are there more good deeds? Yes. Semi-good neighbor Rensfeld collected their mail for them while they were away for the summer, and lost it all! Including several big checks. Oh, and he burned their house to the ground, while trying to repair a lamp. Yeah, the guy's starting to get annoying...ahem...

The 38-year old New Orleans defendant was held in a cell for 5 hours before he was freed following a hearing. He faces a $25,000 fine, and up to 2 years in jail for harassment of his neighbors. "I can't believe how unappreciative they are after all I've done for them!" Rensfeld says.

Well...some people are just ungrateful, Bill.

Stan Freberg here.

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