Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What is the craziest or most creative (and non-violent) way in which you have gotten back at an ex- for wronging you? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.
On some Saturday morning in March of 2005, just a couple of hours after I caught my ex-wife cheating on me, I got a visit from the police.
The guy she was with heard that I’d found out about them and called the police, concerned for her safety. She wasn’t returning either of our calls.
The police checked the house and my text messages to make sure she wasn’t in the house with me and that I hadn’t threatened her safety. I’m not a violent person, but that day, I had taken down all the paintings in our house and cut them to shreds in the garage. One of the cops stopped on the way out and turned to me to say, “I know what you’re going through and I can see the kind of person you are. You are legally within your right to do what you want in this house so long as it doesn’t interfere with your neighbors’ well-being. But if you do tear this house apart, I can tell you’re the kind of guy that’s going to feel bad for it later. She’s not worth that.” Then he just walked out.
His words had all but robbed me of my anger. I was pissed because I wanted to continue to be angry at her, but he was right.
As emotional stability began to return, it hit me. I could still dismantle the house without damaging it. So, I grabbed my tools and in the subsequent ten hours, I dismantled everything in the house that could be unscrewed. I spared nothing.
The kitchen appliances, all the furniture in the study, the 3 bedrooms, the dining room, den, and finally, the living room. I was very careful not to damage anything. I neatly and gently stacked the parts and pieces of everything I dismantled.
I then put all the screws in a shoe box and took them with me.