Ms. Demeanor's Vertical Etiquette

Dear Ms. Demeanor: How long until I can justifiably take my neighbor's paper?

By Jamie Lauren Sutton | February 6, 2013 - 11:04AM 

Dear Ms. Demeanor,

How long is long enough to wait before stealing a neighbor's paper?

Imagine large piles outside the door of the apartment next to mine. They must be away somewhere reading the newspaper on their iPads by the pool, right?

Sincerely,
Polly Paperwait

Dear Polly Paperwait

As tempting as those piled up New York Times' may be, I think you have to wait at least a work week (five days) then only take the oldest paper each day until your neighbor returns.  

To be extra safe and neighborly, check with the super or doorman to be sure that your neighbor is in fact away and not just trapped under something heavy inside (or worse).

See you in the funny papers,
Ms. Demeanor

 


 

Ms. Demeanor is channeled by a longtime Manhattan vertical dweller and real-estate voyeur who writes under the pen name Jamie Lauren Sutton. She is here to commiserate, calm and correct. Please email your quandaries to [email protected] and put "Dear Ms. Demeanor" in the subject line.

See all of Ms. Demeanor's advice here

 

Brick Underground articles occasionally include the expertise of, or information about, advertising partners when relevant to the story. We will never promote an advertiser's product without making the relationship clear to our readers.
topics: