I don´t think it´s the neighbors who are stealing the chiles; I´m suggesting that, in feeding the deer, your neighbors are the real pests here b/c they´ve exacerbated the deer problem.... The deer aren´t as afraid of humankind as they should be, plus they´ve come to associate human dwellings with easy food b/c they get treats rather than bullets from the professors/hippies in your ´hood.
I can kinda relate b/c some POS at my community garden picked one of my Paper Lanterns, bit it in half, and then spit it out. (I´m guessing it was too hot for them?) The Marine-turned-hippie at the garden suspects it´s the destitute single Mom who rents a home directly behind the community garden; she hardly seems like a hippie, and i haven´t the foggiest idea if it was actually her or not. But I will say, at least deer and most hippies have the decency to swallow the food they´ve stolen. This scumbag just wasted it without reason. It was just the one pod, but i´m still pissed, on principle. I guess it would´ve been more poetic if s/he´d chosen something hotter, like one of the 7Pots.
It´s a quote from this thread here: http://thehotpepper....taste-like-sex/ I imagine that bad translation and language barriers are a factor, but there seems to be so much going on there, with that little gem.
Woops, my bad, your post ran on from the previous one about peeing around the plants...