Monday, January 22, 2007

Who's really causing the problem?

One of the TC officer's wrote to me today. She said there was a complaint about the cats but these were about sterilised cats.

It turns out that the complaint was about food being left behind in the walkway. I told the officer I would speak with the feeder and try and find out what we can but that this isn't a problem with the sterilised cats. If the allegation is true, it's a problem with people leaving food behind. It's not as if the cat is going somewhere, getting food, bringing it into this area and then leaving a mess by not cleaning up! The woman claimed the cats are defecating on the walkway as well so that does need to be looked into though I told the officer most cats do not defecate on a walkway - they prefer to bury their defecation.

She said that the complainant wanted to remain anonymous but was nasty. I told her I did appreciate the difficulty of her job but I don't think that just because a complainant is nastier should mean that the complaint has more validity. They should be based on merit - not who is meaner to the TC officer.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Autumnpiglet said...

It's funny how the nasty complainants always want to remain anonymous. If there's is any validity to the complaint, why remain anonymous? What is there to be afraid of?

Like my mom told a police officer who came by my place after someone complained about traffic, thinking that we were the ones who complained, if the complainants don't identify themselves, it could be a prank call. Why entertain? They shouldn't be wasting tax payers money on anonymous complaints that has no grounds.

22/1/07 4:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I agree - and it's something that crops up over and over again.

22/1/07 4:25 PM  
Anonymous fatcat said...

The policy of anonymity makes sense in "personal" disputes where the complainant may have reason to fear reprisals by a neighbour s/he complains of. But a complaint about waste food left in public areas and cat feces in the corridor is not such a personal item. Perhaps this could be suggested to the authorities. Anonymous complaints that are motivated by malice can allege all kinds of things and can also be lacking in specific detail which could be confirmed or disconfirmed, yet apparently they are given consideration. If the complaint is real, and if it's a persistent complaint, then it should be possible to document the circumstances and the complainant should sign it.

fatcat

22/1/07 10:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - as I pointed out to several TCs, letters to the national press have to be signed off with your full name. If your life is not in danger, then why not give your name?

22/1/07 10:45 PM  

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