So it turns out that rich folks have the same problems with their neighbors that you do. Tech entrepreneur Mark Towfiq says his billionaire neighbor, financier Bill Gross, tormented him at his Laguna Beach home by repeatedly blasting the theme song to "Gilligan's Island." Apparently, the dispute began after Gross installed netting to protect a $1 million, 22-foot lawn sculpture by renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly.
Reportedly, Gross says the netting only went up after a rock was thrown at the sculpture, causing $50,000 in damage. In his lawsuit, Towfiq says that after he complained the netting spoiled his view and a city inspector found that Gross didn't have the necessary permits, his neighbor retaliated by playing music at all hours of the night, including the famous TV theme song on a loop. When Towfiq complained about the noise, Gross sent him a message reading: "Peace on all fronts or we'll just have nightly concerts, big boy."
Towfiq calls Gross a "76-year-old billionaire used to getting his way no matter what," adding: "As proven by their behavior here, Gross and his decades-younger-girlfriend, defendantAmy Schwartz, are bullies." In his own lawsuit, Gross accuses Towfiq of "peeping Tom behaviors," saying he "appears to have a particular fascination not only with Mr. Gross but also Ms. Schwartz, particularly when the pair are swimming and thus wearing minimal, if any, clothing."