Dispatcher Gets Nasty Note From Neighbor Ordering Her To Stay Home

Sandy Malone

Jefferson County 911 Dispatcher Heather Silchia found a nasty note from a neighbor under her windshield wiper.

Centennial, CO – A Jefferson County 911 dispatcher found herself the recipient of a nasty note after a rude neighbor assumed she had been violating Colorado’s stay-at-home order.

Heather Silchia, a mother of three young children, works the midnight shift as a dispatcher in Jefferson County’s 911 call center full time, KDVR reported.

So imagine Silchia’s surprise – and dismay – when she found a nasty note under her windshield wiper on April 11 telling her that she should be staying home.

“PLEASE STAY HOME!” the unfriendly message left on her car parked in front of her home began.

“I noticed a few days a week you leave home with your baby and return a short time later without it,” the nosy neighbor wrote. “Then I see the man of the house arrive with the baby later in the afternoon while your vehicle hasn’t moved all day. This leads me to believe that the kid is in daycare.”

“Stop,” the note ordered Silchia. “I am assuming that man has an essential job since he is gone all day but if you are home there is no reason for your child to be in daycare at a time like this.”

“I also see you leave shortly after your husband (I assume) gets home,” the missive continued. “You aren’t wearing any sort of uniform and I have never seen you wear a mask. Bars are closed and you couldn’t possibly be getting groceries every night (which would also require you to wear a mask) so again I ask you to please stay home.”

“Also, do everyone in the neighborhood a favor and keep your older kids inside. They are loud,” the neighbor ordered her. “Help do your part in keeping our town safe and STOP LEAVING YOUR HOME!”

The note was signed “Sincerely, All your neighbors.”

The dispatcher, who told KDVR that she was raised by two first responders, said her job answering 911 calls on the graveyard shift during the coronavirus pandemic is crazy, stressful work with trying to notify police and fire department personnel about potential virus contamination at any scene.

Despite juggling a full-time job and three tiny children while she and her husband work opposite shifts, Silchia seemed to take the nasty note in stride.

“If somebody’s having a bad day, and they’re taking it out on you, just be kind, and that’s something I have to do every day in my job,” she said. “Even though we just answer the phone and we don’t respond to the call ourselves, we are the first to respond to people’s cry for help.”

Silchia said she hoped sharing her story would serve to remind other nosy neighbor types that no all essential workers wear uniforms, KDVR reported.

Comments (38)
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Bambie
Bambie

Only if people like that would ask kindly instead of being nosy and stop being negative and rude they should put their skills into something more positive like helping others speak encouraging words offer time with the elderly. If you have nothing good to say keep your mouth SHUT!!!! And mind your business with all the skeletons in your closet!! To the 911 dispatcher and her husband kudos and applaud for you for handling this the mature way because if she would have gotten this note to the wrong type of person they would have been handled it very different.
Signed........MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

I feel the pain. I hate it when people do stuff like that neighbor especially after I’ve worked a hard night shift. Night shifts are brutal as it is, but even more so when you can’t get your rest during the day. #redeyesmatter 😁

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

BRAVO, you did nothing wrong. If someone has that much time to study what you do all day long they need to get a LIFE!! This lady and her husband is working to raise 3 kids while both of them probably don't even get to see each other day to day. Most first responders don't if they have a family. Kudos to this 911 first responders and all the other first responders working everyday to keep us safe.

Uhoh50
Uhoh50

It would be so nice if people didn't automatically think the worst of each other.

bryantrent
bryantrent

You have to work

JBoH
JBoH

"I am assuming that man has an essential job..."

Nothing sexist there, right? You know what they say about "ASSUME"?

Reppoc1
Reppoc1

Put a giant TRUMP 2020 sign in your yard! That should explode some heads!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Karen! Are you there Karen? Hello, Karen?

XIHP308
XIHP308

Bringing report your neighbor to a new level. Not all essential workers wear uniforms. Tells you something about the intelligence level of the neighbors.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Tell Karen to mind her own business, she clearly has too much nosey neighbor syndrome.

BTW, I change into my uniform once I get to work, so just because I am not advertising who I work for, doesn't mean I am not an essential employee heading to my job.

Stanracer
Stanracer

People should have all the facts before they beak off otherwise they should mind their own business.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

When you've documented your neighbor's schedule in that much detail, you're not being nosy. You're a stalker.

CraigT
CraigT

It's important to know your neighbors & the neighborhood.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Sincerely, All your neighbors.

Gotta love Facist, nosy, busy bodies who use anonymous cowardly notes and think they speak for everyone.

These are the same kind of people that will pull up your Trump sign out front.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

The Gladys Kravitz's of the world have come out making assumptions that only make an ass out of them. The biggest has to be DeBlasio in NYC. But I see it even in my neighborhood with some people trying to police everyone in the area without knowing any facts.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

What the hell happened to mind your own business. You may not agree with numbers about death rates, those at risk or whatever. Worry about yourself. Leave others alone. This is one of those women who are gonna yell at a family who’s in the middle of an open field all alone for not wearing masks. PEOPLE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES AND STAY OUT OF OTHERS LIVES!

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

She was too kind. I would have sent a really nasty note to all the surrounding neighbors with nasty note attached saying if you’re not this person, someone is stalking your every move and if you are this person, then MIND YOU OWN $&$@ BUSINESS

Zojja
Zojja

Can you say nosy, stalker neighbor? Does she just sit at her window 24/7 writing down every neighbors' actions? Who does that? Her name must be Karen.

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

My daughter is a 911 radio dispatcher, and I would be PISSED if one of her neighbors did that! I would have to pay them a visit!

SPD33
SPD33

self righteous piety abounds currently. So many people just can't get enough of telling others what to do and certainly won't let the facts get in their way.

impeachdeeznuts
impeachdeeznuts

She's way nicer than me... I would nut up on that troll. And I guarantee she is the only author of that note. A lonely, bored Karen with nothing better to do than spy on her neighbors through the curtain. Lord help us... this lock down needs to end!!

Petard
Petard

Prime IM Stasi candidate! (the neighbor)

oly4ray 2020
oly4ray 2020

Wow, what did I just read? That neighborhood needs to start finding something else to pass time... wow..

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

My neighbors know what I do (EMT/ambulance driver) and wave as I go by. Had this happened to me, my answer would not have been so restrained. Kudos, young lady, and well done. #IAM911


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