1.6 min readBy Published On: October 15th, 2022Categories: Caught in Southie, Features15 Comments on Late Night Etiquette in South Boston

Enough is enough

After a night out on the town, just a gentle reminder that Southie is in fact a neighborhood and that you should act with consideration and respect – especially late at night.

Many neighbors have taken to social media to complain about the late night behavior in South Boston. Fist fighting, yelling + screaming, stealing + smashing pumpkins, drunk people walking into the wrong home, public urination etc. are all some of the complaints circulating.

This young woman was caught on camera on F Street smashing pumpkins – you know, just for fun.

Another gentleman was caught messing with the handmade jack-o-lanterns at Southie Haunts (which seems to be a weekly thing).

So when walking home kindly refrain from:

Yelling and screaming – please converse in a normal speaking voice – your friend is right next to you.

Urinating on someone’s home, stoop, plants etc.

Smashing pumpkins, stealing plants, decorations, signs etc.

Littering – we realize you have to have the last White Claw or Bud Light for the three block walk, but you don’t need to throw it on the ground, leave it on someone’s stoop etc.  Same goes for your pizza plates, takeout bags, and Chinese food containers.  I once saw a box of fried rice in someone’s planter one morning.

Walking home alone so intoxicated that you have no idea where you live or where you are going.  Use the buddy system – be safe!

Being disrespectful – if someone comes out their home and asks you to keep it down, pick up your trash, or knock off the shenanigans, be polite and move it along.  Don’t argue, become combative or pick a fight – choose kindness and respect and just go home.

Thank you!  Also keep in mind, if you’re acting like a jackass, most likely you will be captured on a Nest cam – so act accordingly.







  1. Frank T November 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    A part of the problem is that people come from outside the neighborhood and create the most problem disruptions. Parking on the west end of South Boston has open parking Friday night through Sunday, this should change to parking for Residents ONLY EVERYNIGHT, just like the east part of South Boston. This would help with the parking frustration and might discourage some of those outside our neighborhood from coming here and being found and disruptive. If they have to uber home they won’t be walking all over our neighborhoods to their cars but will be coming and going from the establishment directly. Who do we talk to about changing the resident parking rules to make them equal to South Boston East side.

  2. Joe cook November 26, 2021 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I like the comments on the unruly walking home drunk and disrespectful. The problem exists at the heights as well . I’d like to see these new residents take part in our youth programs or supporting growth within the community they live in ., not just ducking off their trust funds and being rude . I know they weren’t raised by wolves or were they ??

  3. Tina O. November 26, 2021 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I’ve had pumpkins taken from my stairs and smashed from the second floor of 895 Broadway at 3:00a.m. guys were so drunk they wanted to film what they were doing. They live 2 houses away from me!

  4. Phil McKrakin November 27, 2021 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Maria, it’s time to cash in and move to the burbs.

  5. Alphonsus’s Roche September 8, 2022 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Walking around just my area Acadia! Second and “O” I see weeds growing everywhere on the sidewalk. Being 82 I remember every front hall had a broom shovel or dustpan weather you owned or rented you keep your sidewalk clean, better than dirty looks from neighbors that still have Southie pride

  6. Timbo October 16, 2022 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Southie OGs have to get over it. You charge outrageous rents for tiny apartments with no parking, We have to stand In outrageous lines to get on the #7 Bus ! You’re lucky the only thing the “outsiders” are just smashing pumpkins , You can put up with a little noise on weekend nights. Urban professionals have upgraded Southie from the days of mayhem & murder, It might be nice if you respected and revered your new well mannered, better educated neighbors. We can’t continue to. Transform Southie if the olde timers cling to their colloquial past.

    • Maureen Dahill October 16, 2022 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Yikes, angry much? So we, lifelong residents, are “lucky” that you are destroying property and being disrespectful to neighbors and neighbor’s property? And some of new “better educated” neighbors are not “well mannered.” That’s why we wrote this.You sound like a pompous jackass. Also, a large majority of life-long residents also have college and post college degrees. It’s really not that impressive. We’re just asking people (lifelong and new) to be respectful of neighbors. And it’s your choice to move into “tiny apartments with no parking” and pay “outrageous rent.” You chose this neighborhood. Just be respectful of others. Nobody likes a jerk – and you my friend – are a jerk.

    • HaHaHa…, October 20, 2022 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      …Hey, um, “Timbo” (lol…seriously?)? Yeah, um, so…I bet you’re one of those jokers who walk around Stop & Shop with your chest puffed out and a snarl on your face because “that’s how we do it in Southie” …because you’re “a Southie now”…am I close? Yeah, nobody calls us “Southies”, ok, joker? And even if that WAS a thing? You’d never be seen as anything but what you are. Just another blow-in clown, who, in YOUR OWN WORDS, thinks you can move in, throw a little (or a lot) of daddy’s money around and change the fabric of a neighborhood to suit your own entitled-little-puke needs. You’re no better than those on the opposite end of the financial spectrum, who move in (or, more accurately, “get moved in”) and bring all of THEIR problems with them.
      As a matter of fact…your worse.
      I’ll take ignorance over arrogance 100 out of 100 times.

      So you keep thinking the way you do about us “old timers” (the operative word being “thinking”, of course. Because I’m quite sure you don’t possess the testicular fortitude to say it to our face.).

      Ya punk.

  7. Adam October 16, 2022 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Well said Maureen.! This article should be printed and posted on every corner in Southie. However, I have a feeling that it would only make those who are being disrespectful even more destructive.

    • Maureen Dahill October 16, 2022 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      You’re probably right!

  8. Timbo October 16, 2022 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I’m sure this is the way Maureen Dowd began her Pulitzer Prize award winning career in journalism, cyber bullying readers like you & Adam. Dissenting voices should be met with open hearts & open minds, not vitriol & name calling. Diverse opinions create a public square for discourse. A few White Claws on your steps does not destroy a neighborhood. Closed minded bigots do .We are better than this !

    • Maureen Dahill October 16, 2022 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Tim, you started it. I’m ending it. Have a wonderful night.

  9. Johnny McNeil October 17, 2022 at 8:43 am - Reply

    To the Southie Natives that hate the people driving their housing value through the roof, maybe it’s time to cash out. The resentment is getting out of hand, neighborhoods change. This may not be ideal but at least it will afford folks the chance to move to a decent suburb. The young professional demographic will only get larger as new complex’s and Boston industry grows.

    • Maureen Dahill October 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      why do you think the late night etiquette is just for new people. It’s for ALL southie residents. Including my own children in their 20’s who are lifelong residents.

  10. Kevin Conroy October 17, 2022 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Well said, Maureen. If Tim is renting from a long time local, that’s a rarity. More than likely it’s some faceless LLC. Property around here has changed hands or flipped a number of times over the years.
    Have a nice day.

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