A care worker is left in shock when her neighbor calls the police to report the nerf gun battles in the street.
Dan Scott, 25, was enjoying a friendly game with his new neighbors, where they attacked each other with foam darts.
The self-proclaimed “big kid”, moved into the area in November of last year and quickly found four other homes involved in the Nerf gun wars on his street.
But he was stunned last month when two police officers knocked on his door to investigate reports of “weapons being fired”.
Dan, from Winslow, Buckinghamshire, said: “We have Nerf battles once or twice a week – it can happen randomly when people are on their way home from work and most Friday nights we ambush people .
“Then one day on my vacation I had a bang on the door – I thought it would be one of the neighbors but it was two police officers.
“They said there was apparently a gun involved so they had to go round. I said ‘You know it’s a Nerf gun right?’ I think they knew but they had to double check.
“It was actually quite funny but it came as a shock.”
Although the police were told it was toy guns, they needed to double-check that no actual guns were involved and warned the care worker of their neighbor’s complaint.
The families involved share Dan’s collection of four Nerf guns and nearly 1,000 bullets for the game.
They all secretly attack each other when they come home from work or sit in the garden on the weekend, much of which has been captured by the homeowner’s doorbell camera.
Dan continued: “I used to work with kids so I have a lot of random things like costumes and Nerf guns and I’m used to being a kid.
“Half the neighbors have my Nerf guns ready in their homes now and we try to get the kids involved too, it’s just a laugh.
“Once I lay in a bush in a camouflage dress and my girlfriend watched the neighbors show me on the doorbell camera leaving the house.
“They knew I was hiding somewhere, but they couldn’t find me, it was funny.”
‘It didn’t stop our fun’
Dan refuses to do anything to ruin their fun and orders more toy guns to continue the playful shoot-out, despite a complaint from an unknown neighbor and a subsequent police visit.
Dan said: “I was shooting at a friend, so it must have been one of the other neighbors, fed up with bullets falling on their garden, who reported to me.
“But we go round and pick them up, we’re good about it – they’re 2p a pill anyway so we won’t drop them.
“I laughed when the police arrived. We haven’t done anything wrong.
“The police said ‘You don’t want to disturb all your neighbors, you just came in’, but said they also play with Nerf guns with their kids.
“That hasn’t stopped our fun. We’ve bought more Nerf guns because of it — I’ve got another eight on the way.”
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police officers attended an address in Winslow on 14 August following reports of a weapon, believed to be an air rifle, that had been fired.
“It was a routine response and the person was given words of advice and no further action was taken as no offense was registered.”
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