Ms. Manners: I was horrified when fruit pickers invaded my yard.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We have about a dozen fruit trees at home. We fertilize, cut and care for them ourselves. When the fruit is on the trees, we invite a few specific people, usually from our church, to pick it up.

When I invited a member of the church for fruit, imagine my surprise when she arrived with a caravan of people I didn’t know! The person I invited said in a very loud voice in front of everyone: “Well, you see, I brought friends.”

One of the kids in the group was climbing trees, and I was horrified—especially since lawyers in our area like to actively advertise the large sums they win for clients.

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