Love Thy Neighbor
Man posts sign reading "GLAD YOU HAVE CANCER. SO DIE STUPID" targeting sick neighbor.
Residents of one Rhode Island neighborhood are rallying around the cancer victim targeted by a hateful sign.
Neighbors protested Wednesday night outside the Cranston home of Edward Jimmis, who posted a sign directed at his neighbor.
The sign read: "Glad you have canser (sic). So die stupid".
Bob Gold, the target of the message, said he couldn't believe it.
"I had to go over to the fence and look at it several times, go away, come back. I said, 'Oh my God. He's really done this. He has so gone over the line,'" Gold said.
Jimmis stayed inside his home during the protest, but commented on the demonstration outside his door.
"Let them do whatever they want to do," he said.
As for the now infamous sign, Jimmis said he put it up because Gold had been pushing his buttons.
"Sorry for the sign. It wasn't called for. It wasn't me. I wanted to hit a nerve. It was directed at him, not everyone who has cancer. It was very distasteful. I admit it. I'm not a vicious person. I did wrong. I admit it," Jimmis said.
Neighbors claim Jimmis engages in antagonistic behavior on a regular basis.
Lynn Ceprano said he gives her the middle finger.
"He is so bad. He is so bad," Ceprano said.
Jimmis claims he has arthritis so the finger sticks up.
Another neighbor said Jimmis mowed the letters F and U in his lawn as a message to her.
He allegedly shines a spotlight in one woman's window, and the neighbors can rattle off the stories.
"I've lost a lot of my eyesight. I can't drive a car or anything. He'd come out here calling me a blind blah, blah, blah and stuff. I just don't like the guy. He's constantly antagonizing everybody," said Bill Arrighie, whose mother-in-law lives across the street from Jimmis.
When asked why so many neighbors have negative stories about him, Jimmis said, "They all get together."
His wife called them troublemakers.
Jimmis said each neighbor started the problems with him.
Both sides of the feud said Jimmis does have friends in the neighborhood.
But the message was clear.
"Pack your bags. Go find another town to live in," Gold said.
Jimmis said he's willing to end the dispute, but he said he's not moving.
"I ain't going nowhere. This is my house. They can stay out there for three years. It's not going to bother me," he said.