My DH and I befriended a couple about 6 years ago. They were both awesome people, we got along fine, did things together, the other lady and I even got pregnant just a few weeks apart. Shortly after their baby was born things changed. The guy, lets just call him B, started getting a bit funny. He would be really rude to his wife in front of me, for example. Then he started a small business to earn some money for the family. My DH supported him until the business folded because B managed to alienate his suppliers and customers with his attitude. He started another business, ditto. My DH started a small business and made the mistake of getting B on board, letting him piggyback of our business. He's too lazy to go out and work and would happily sponge of anyone stupid enough to let him or let his family starve. So we, being nice people helped them out, you know. His poor wife is suffering and the child... His wife's still amazing and we felt really sorry for them. BIG mistake. Recently my DH told him he cannot allow this to carry on, it's been awhile and B's just sitting around, making demands, complaining they are starving, they don't have money, blah blah. He refuses to go out and work. All hell broke loose. My DH is suddenly the biggest @#$% in the Southern Hemisphere and a bad friend etc. A few days ago B came round to collect some of his stuff he stored here and the next day he came screaming round saying we broke it. We actually didn't touch it, but in his mind we broke it and that's it. Realising he's not going to be able to reason with B my DH said he'll replace it. Annoying, but when you deal with fools and children... Yesterday B came round again. Saying the replacement stuff is broken. Turns out it was perfectly fine, but he was off, ranting and raving. I finally lost it and said to him he can F off, he will not come into my house and talk to me like that. We are not the ones in the wrong here! My DH came in and tried unsuccessfully to reason with him, pointing out that the goods was actually in good working order, but B stormed off, calling up some unrepeatable things as he went. I told him to go forth and multiply, in less polite terms. We were a bit worried, as B's MO is usually to punish people he thought wronged him, usually perfectly innocent people who simply stood up for themselves. We didn't have to wait long. When we got up today we found a nice big hole in our barn door and all our personal possessions gone. None of my MIL's stuff and other people's things stored in there were taken. Sadly he's too clever to do his dirty work himself and the Police in this town can't catch a cold, so reporting it is pointless. After 4 break-ins and no interest from the cops we learned not to waste our time. Believe me, living in this place can be frustrating! So apart from hoping he'll will run into some extreme misfortune like a bad car accident or something (I know, I'm just really mad right now), I'm just going to leave him well alone and he'd better stay far away from us from now on. In the meantime we are trying very hard to sell our farm so we can go far away and make a fresh start and be very careful who we befriend. Send selling vibes please.