Car Problem again
Another complainant this afternoon who is supremely worried about his car. What is it about cars that bring out this huge streak of incredibly strange pride in people that they seem to lose all common sense?
I offered him a car cover, which he refused. Why? Because it is too troublesome, and because his car is in his words, only a sedan, not a Ferrari. If it was the latter, he would use it. I think he's worried people may think he's putting on airs.
So I explained the vacuum effect to him, which he denied was true.
I told him that the cats if removed would be killed, which of course he said he didn't want, but he did want them gone. He kept asking why people couldn't take them home. I said, besides the futility of it due to the vacuum effect, the HDB doesn't allow it - which again of course he refused to believe.
He wanted to know whom would pay him for the damages. I pointed out that by parking a car in a public carpark, he could not expect to be reimbursed if something happened to it. I said for example, what if a tree fell on it, or someone scratched his car as had happened to me once?
He said that if he could claim if a tree fell on his car (he must have very generous insurance) and if someone scratched my car it was just my 'bad luck'.
I told him that we could come to an agreement then - if these two cats were removed, then since according to him, no new cats would come in, we wouldn't have a problem. However if say new cats DID move in, could I have his word that he wouldn't complain? He said he did not want to talk about the future - only the present.
He said he had a right to complain - he asked how I would feel if someone came into my house and damaged my property? I pointed out his analogy was flawed (which he didn't agree with) - my house is private property, a public carpark is not. I said a better analogy is if someone scratches my car in a public carpark. Where was my redress in that case?
He said that if I wanted to prosecute someone for scratching my car I needed evidence. I told him he was exactly right - where was his evidence? Had he seen the cat scratch his car? He said I was being ridiculous. He said that today he had seen paw prints and fur and this was also 'damage'. He wants someone to offer to pay him for repainting his car. He agreed to let the caregivers there go down and take a look at his car.