We just carried on doing what we were doing, when Aonghas had a look through the blinds and saw this Indian lady still there picking peaches off our peach trees in the front yard, and she even had a bag with her! He said she had about 20-30 peaches and she showed no sign of stopping anytime soon! Aonghas was worried she'd take all our peaches off the tree, so I suggested he open the front door and just stand there watching her, and maybe ask if she was OK after a little while if she kept going.
Well he went out, and while I was working on the computer I could hear a woman's voice. At first I thought maybe she was having a nice conversation with Aonghas, or that our nice neighbour had spotted her and came over to save us, but it was the complete opposite...
Aonghas opened the door and looked at her as she picked peaches off our tree and put them in a bag, and she even had a pole with her! She was about to leave, avoiding eye-contact with Aonghas. For some reason though she chose to leave by going under our fence!
Aonghas called out to her to ask how many peaches she took, and that's when the Indian lady came back to Aonghas, and told him that she knew our mum and that Aonghas didn't tell her how many she could take. If Aonghas only wanted her to pick a few, he should've done it himself, according to her!
She then went on to accuse Aonghas of being rude to her for asking how many peaches she had picked! She said she was doing us a favour by picking both the bad and the good peaches and cleaning the garden and that if we want our peaches we should've picked them ourselves! Besides, she had only picked peaches from the bottom of the tree...Well that's probably because she couldn't reach the peaches from the top of the tree1
She asked Aonghas for our mum's phone number and told him that she would ring our mum and would even show our mum how many peaches she picked, and would tell her how rude Aonghas was.
By the time she was gone, our peach tree was bare!
If I had known what had gone on, I would've come outside to help and defend Aonghas!
Well when our mum came home later that day, she was fuming! She said she didn't know this Indian lady, and that she only vaguely knew her as the lady would sometimes walk past our house. Aonghas said had he known, he would've argued a bit more rigorously! She was ready to take this lady on and said she would scold the lady the next time she came into contact with her.
Our new rule is that if anyone asks for permission to pick fruit off our trees, they have to ask our parents first!