My neighbors have this massive almost dead maple tree in their back yard -- probably 70' tall. I've grown increasingly concerned about the tree because if it fell the right way -- the direction of local prevailing winds, btw -- it would smash the smithereens out of my deck and kitchen, and perhaps even more of my house.
The neighbor has been trying diligently to get someone to take the tree down for the past year. Finally he found someone reasonable through his company and they had a date set to take out the tree.
The day before the tree was to be removed, the local electric company (rhymes with "puke") left a note on the neighbor's door saying they would not drop the power to our two houses but they'd be happy to set temporary poles and string temporary lines for $20k.
I told the neighbors that they could stage the crane in my backyard and then not need to drop the power lines out at the street. Last night the tree man came by and inspected my yard and agreed he could do the work from there -- with a 23-ton crane in the middle of my backyard.
So now I have the good neighbor's remorse: I can't go back on my word (and I stand to benefit by having a peril removed) but I'm worried about what a 23-ton crane might do to my yard, my trees, and a sewer lateral.
Have you ever done something nice for a neighbor and had it come back to bite you in the arse?