Thursday, July 12, 2007

Another scratch

Another scratch
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Here was the other scratch (again taken after a lot of shifting around). The complainant said there was no way to see them in the dim light. I asked if we could take the scratches under some other conditions but he he refused to comment.

The officer suggested we walk back to the RC. The complainant, whom as you may remember is an RC member, stormed back ahead of us. When we got to the RC, the officer suggested we go in and sit down. He refused. He said we could stand right outside the RC. We agreed and said whatever would make him comfortable.

He kept repeating that he wanted to know what was going to be done. We explained that we could offer him a car cover out of goodwill and we had also brought a repellent. He wanted to know what was going to be done about the scratches already on the car - whom was going to remove it for him.

I took out the coupon parking booklet and asked him to take a look at the paragraph to say HDB and URA had no liability for cars parked in a public carpark. His arms crossed, he refused so I read it to him. I saw the officer nodding out of the corner of my eye.

I told him no one was 'liable' but that we would like to help. I asked him that if he was wrong and had fingered the wrong cat, would he pay the caregiver compensation by the same token?

He kept saying she should take the cats home and I said that he had no right to dictate that.

He then said that just as Michael Fay was accused of vandalism, the cats had done the same. I pointed out that (1) Michael Fay was a person (2) had deliberate intent and that (3) evidence was found. I said that as I remembered it, there was a phone booth or some other evidence found in his room that tied him to the crime. I asked him if he had evidence to prove which cat did it.

I also told him that there were instances where scratches had been caused by other things, such as pebbles caught in a brush used to clean the car, or if it was sent through a car wash.

He then got upset and started asking again if we were saying a dinosaur or tiger did it. He raised his voice and said that we must think he is paying people to scratch his car (?) and then pointed at someone standing nearby and asking the guy if he had paid the latter to scratch his car. The man backed away slightly. By this time, a crowd was starting to gather.

He then kept saying he had no time for this and did not want to talk to us anymore. He glared at me but when I returned his stare, he dropped it and then kept repeating he was busy and tried to leave.

He kept repeating the cats were a nuisance. The caregiver and I asked if he could tell us how exactly. He mentioned the scratches. I said aside from that, if he had any other issues. He said that that was enough. We asked again if he could tell us exactly what nuisances he meant so that we could be sure to tackle all of them.

He then got angry and said that if we don't know what a nuisance is, we ought to look it up in a dictionary or go back to school. We pointed out that we wanted to know what he defined as a nuisance. I told him there was no need to be rude. The caregiver also said that she was a resident and did not deserve to be treated this way by another resident.

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Blogger Mary said...

Hi Dawn, Good Work and i truly love your patience and courage. This man is a real nuisance in my opinion and if he is reading this, and don't understand why he is labelled as a nuisance, then he should go back to school.

12/7/07 10:33 AM  
Blogger eslina said...

In any kind of argument, you can tell when a person is arguing just for the sake of arguing esp when it is so obvious that the person is not making any sense in his arguments.

Dawn your patience and sincerity in finding the truth and resolving the problem had definitely embarrassed him which I believe he deserves the embarrassment esp when he is just being unreasonable and acting childish by throwing tantrums instead of discussing in a calm, rational, adult manner.

It is so obvious that he just wants someone to pay for the scratches even after knowing that no one is liable for it. He knows he will definitely not get any compensation from the govt bodies so he is trying his luck to see if "someone" will pay for it since the cats that he accused don't have money to pay him.

Anger which can grow into hate can make someone think the worst of anything. I fear that hatred which he cannot vent on humans will be channeled towards innocent cats.

A pity that this idiot prefers to let his BIG EGO and stupidity over-rule his rationality.

12/7/07 11:14 AM  
Anonymous cat talk said...

This man is not fit to be a model RC member. The MP and all those responsible for his appointment must be informed of his unprofessional behaviour.

Out of goodwill, I am willing to pay for the damage but he must conduct himself decently like a gentleman to prove to me the cat did it.

He is a shame to the organisation.
You see his true colours, lost his composure and attempted humiliation tactics by telling Dawn and volunteer to stand outside building.

Display hostility and aggression by folding his arms and creating public disturbance by raising his voice.

In short, I get turn off by low class character.

12/7/07 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sometimes people join RC thinking they could get a little power by explioting the organisation. Selection committee needs to be of a higher standards.

12/7/07 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you let us know where his car is? I can make sure by the end of the week, he wont have just some scratches on his car..... and I can guarantee you no cat even a tiger can do what we are going to do to it...

12/7/07 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a cat who loved to mount on my car. It jumps from the boot end. climb up the roof,stroll down andsat on the bonnet. There are only paw prints of the track it took. NO Scratches!

12/7/07 4:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Rebecca and I spent some time today trying to get some vets to look at the photos. will be posting on that in a moment.

12/7/07 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you ROCK! You have shown the utmost patience with him. Obviously this is an inscure man who resorts to bullying tactics to get what he wants. "Exaggerated sense of self importance" is how I would classify his behaviour. I agree with Cat Talk that his behaviour must be brought to the MP's attention.

12/7/07 6:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The caregiver was very calm and collected. I think she made a lot of difference.

12/7/07 7:37 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...


I can tell you no way can a cat make that sort of deep scratches. If a cat can scratch that deep, then it basically means that any human would be able to scratch a car and have such a deep scratch.

Afterall, our nails are all made of the same material.

13/7/07 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 2.46pm,i have the same impulse, even if the MP made the caregiver and that bully shake hands, I'm sure he'l still be cursing and plotting revenge inside him,
got to train the cats to run away from human.

13/7/07 6:00 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It really is the lighting though autumnpiglet. The scratch is barely visible if you just stood and looked at it so I'm also not sure why he was so upset.

Anonymous - that's one of the thing the caregiver is worried about.

13/7/07 7:09 PM  

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