I'm not going to choose any sides yet.
Watching the video, and reading the story on the page there is just confusing.
From the footage, I can understand why he would raise his trimmer up (not the best method), there was growth all along the fence that he was probably trying to cut. The women felt the need to walk over and put her arm over the fence?
Where were they sitting, right beside the damn fence?
Also, I'd like to see the trimmer he used. I'm trying to imagine why debris would fly into the neighbors yard from those angles.
I have a feeling that these neighbors do not get along with each other, and that this family maybe wanted to cause trouble and take their frustrations against the landscaper. (this is common, I'm sure we can all agree)
Scenario that I am considering
The landscaper was doing his job.
The neighbors told him to stop, probably because they didn't want to hear the noise, and wanted to enjoy their time - they couldn't wait 5 minutes. They are probably envious that their neighbor had a landscaper to begin with.
The landscaper probably thought that the neighbors were ignorant, so he didn't bother to listen, he went right back to work. The landscaper wanted to get this simple job done, so he can finish his day without having to come back when the neighbors weren't home.
The wife (neighbor) is a woman
. She thought it would be clever to stop the landscaper and have her way, like most women do - by reaching over the fence and pushing the trimmer.
Suddenly she realized what she had done was stupid, so her family panicked and came up with a phony plan telling the police that debris were hitting them, and that's why they told him to stop.
pictured above: me
"You are a woman, therefore you are wrong"