In Perth, Australia, Cilla Carden, a vegan and massage therapist, is embroiled in a legal dispute with her meat-eating neighbors, Toan Vu and his family, over the smells emitted during their backyard barbecues. The ongoing conflict, which began in 2018, has seen Carden file multiple claims in court, although they have been dismissed twice due to a lack of evidence, as reported by 9News.
Carden alleges that her neighbors intentionally barbecue to annoy her, making it impossible for her to enjoy her own outdoor space without encountering the aroma of cooking fish next door. However, proving such deliberate intent has proven challenging, leaving her claims difficult to substantiate, according to the Telegraph.
It’s not just the smell of meat that upsets Carden; she also expresses disgust over her neighbors’ cigarette smoking and finds their children’s basketball-playing noise bothersome. In an attempt to find a compromise, Toan Vu has stored away his grill and restricted his children’s basketball activities to designated areas. Despite these efforts, Carden remains dissatisfied with the situation, describing it as “devastating” and causing her unrest and sleeplessness, as shared with 9News