Two different carowners
One of the TC officers wrote to me yesterday and said that someone had written in to claim that the cats were scratching on their car. The complainant wanted the TC to compensate him for what he claims is damage caused by the cats. I've written to the TC officer to ask for more details and to also let her know that the authorities are not liable for cars in a public carpark - basically, you park at your own risk. Otherwise it would never end - what if you wanted compensation everytime a bird defecated on your bonnet? Or a tree landed on your car and smashed the windscreen? And who's to say it is necessarily the cat anyway?
I just spoke to the caregiver and she says she'll check where the blocks are and will go down to take a look.
On the other hand, I received another email from another caregiver this morning. I had spoken to the complainant last week and he claimed the cats were on his car. He told me his car was only 5 months old and he did not want it to be scratched. I explained cats rarely ever scratched cars and asked him if he would consider using a car cover. He asked how much it would cost and I said we would get him one out of goodwill. He said he would think about it.
The caregiver contacted him on Monday and he agreed to use the car cover. He then asked why she was going to all this trouble - and she told him that she valued life and didn't want the cats killed. He was shocked and told her that he did not want the cats killed either as he was Buddhist. She went down and had a long talk with him and he has agreed to call her if there are any more problems. She also gave him the car cover.
This morning he emailed her to tell her not to trouble herself to come by and check the area out all the time. He would contact her if he did face anymore problems. Good work to the caregiver for handling it well!