Singaporeans - most violent people on earth?
Apparently, they must be, for neighbours are so scared to confront each other! The man who wrote in to complain about the man feeding in his backlane last night, sees this man almost every night. He says it's causing a nuisance, and there's a bad smell, BUT instead of first trying to talk to the man, he calls the police. That's right boys and girls, because calling the police, always makes it better. The police incidentally weren't able to do anything.
Now he's written to his town council, the police, his MP and to us. Now I know we have people like the Everitt Road group, but I seriously hope they're the exception and not the rule. I have to say most of my neighbours have been really nice people (with one exception).
So here's the thing, why won't people just speak to their neighbours directly? Many a time when we have gone down to mediate, a lot of people get upset because they wonder why their neighbours didn't just speak to them directly. If that doesn't work, then it can always be escalated to the proper authorities, but you've given your neighbour a chance to solve the problem first, which I think he or she will appreciate. If not, then call CWS, town council, police, etc.
Some people say it's because they don't want their neighbours to know who they are. Let me tell you that from what we've observed, most of them have a pretty good clue whom the complainant is anyway.