Neighbour confrontation video over noise complaint goes viral

What started as a late-night noise complaint in a northern Ontario suburb has become a viral video viewed more than 130,000 times on YouTube.

WARNING: Profane language can be heard throughout this video

What started as a late-night noise complaint in a northern Ontario suburb has become a viral video viewed more than 130,000 times on YouTube.  

A man from Lively has posted footage to the video-sharing website that shows a confrontation mainly between himself and a young man in the small community, located in the western part of Greater Sudbury, Ont.

In the video, Grant Reed is behind his video camera. He is heard confronting two youths about making excessive noise with a vehicle in the neighbourhood throughout the night. 

"I've been out all night waiting to confront the guy that has been terrorizing our neighbourhood for weeks now," wrote Reed in the video's description.

"He runs his snow machines, and most recently his car (with no muffler) up and down the street, revving it as loud as he can all night long. Tonight he woke me up 3x before 2:30 am. This has been going on for weeks, so I knew I had to do something. There are a lot of older folks in this neighbourhood that are sickly and need their rest, and a lot of younger folks with little kids too. This guy has no respect for anyone. What you will witness is what happened when I confronted him."

Called police

In the video, Reed can be heard explaining to two young men that he would like them to keep the noise down. In response, one of the young men is heard yelling and swearing at Reed.

Reed said that when he went home, the noise problems didn't stop.

He said if I stepped on his property again I'd be dead.- Lively resident Grant Reed

"They decided to fire up the car and rev it as loud as they could for two solid minutes," he said on his blog

"It was now around 4 a.m .(Just a rough guess). At this point I figured, okay so they didn’t get the message (I wasn’t really surprised.) So I called the police."

Reed also wrote that he posted the video "so the neighbours would know exactly who the culprit has been these past few weeks. I believe you should be held accountable to your community when you do unacceptable things. And in my opinion, you can have a loud car all you want, but when you intentionally rev it to annoy others ... that is unacceptable."

He told CBC News on Monday morning that he felt he "could be in a little bit of danger [during the confrontation] and, at one point there, he did threaten me. He said if I stepped on his property again I'd be dead."

Reed said he invited the teenager's parents over for a chat the morning after he took the video.

"I was willing to discuss it with them [and] to have the video taken down," he said. "I thought well, you know, maybe they'll apologize, they'll take him by the ear, whatever they're going to do, but they declined to come over."

Reed added "there are a lot of great kids [in this neighbourhood], but [the] way he showed the lack of [respect] to me and the neighbours, yeah, it did leave a bad taste in my mouth."

When asked if he was going to leave the video up, Reed said, "For now, yes. I am."

Sudbury police told CBC News they have taken action on the alleged threatening comments.


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