Friday, July 27, 2007

Difficult complainant

I spoke with a caregiver today. Apparently she and some friends care for some community cats. She said there was someone she calls a "Complaint King" who complains about everything. He came up last night and was berating her friends again for feeding the cats. Before he left, he apparently told them to watch how long they could keep that up or something similar and rather threatening.

This morning her officer called to say there was a complaint. She suspected it might be the same complainant and she shared what happened to her friends with the officer. The officer was not surprised apparently and he apparently said that this was probably why the complaint had occurred. Apparently this man had also been complaining a lot to the town council. She asked the officer how many cats there were there and he did not know, nor did he know which cats were there (there are actually only two according to her). However he said that this man would keep complaining till they were removed and might speak to his superior. He asked her to please remove the cats at least for the time being.

The caregiver then spoke to the manager, who was the officer's superior to ask for his help. The manager also knew that this man was difficult and apparently he had even complained about the manager to the MP at one point! However he told the caregiver she must try and keep everyone happy and look after her cats well. She said that she had been but that this complainant was clearly unreasonable.

The caregiver said the cats were sterilised and were well managed - and she felt this man has always been unreasonable. However even though he is unreasonable (and she said she felt he was harassing the TC too), his complaint is still being dealt with. The caregiver was quite overcome with worry for the cats and cried on the phone as she didn't know what to do.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone shut the unreasonable people up? MP maybe?

27/7/07 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go complain about him - i am sure you can find something to complain about eg flower pots outside his flat, someone other than his family members staying in his flat (besides big mouth of course). He harasses you and you harass him back. Sorry turning the other cheek does not work with bullies.

He is just a sour puss and wants to make other miserable like him. Don't cry ; p

27/7/07 5:37 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

Instead of finding happiness in ordinary daily existence, he is vigorous about breeding conflicts over nothing. This is harassment,
know where he stays and get your camera ready, he may be spitting, urinating and doing a bunch of obnoxious stuff.

Why cry? I will make him cry instead.

27/7/07 8:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I sure hope someone can tell him to go away and stop bothering everyone. And you're right Anonymous - look hard enough (or maybe not even very hard!) and you're bound to be able to find something to complain about!

27/7/07 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, sounds like our case too, it did put a lot of stress on our caregiver in concern, we all went down to see the MP eventually and I think she should too.
though our MP's not very interested to find out more about the bullying-complainaint, he did insist to work on the rule that tipped ears are not supposed to be removed, at least thats a minimal asurrance.
all the best,

28/7/07 3:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for sharing that.

28/7/07 6:06 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Oh, another big mouth bully.
Don't be discouraged or cry, dear.
No need to give face to him. Just take a different approach to fight back through the proper channel, like what others and Kuratmao suggested.

28/7/07 6:17 AM  
Anonymous huh said...

This compulsive complainant is a neighbourhood bully.

There was once a very aggressive guy against stray feeding, he would shout vulgarities and almost resulted in hitting the elderly feeder who was reduced to a nervous wreck.

I went there one night and ' tormented 'the bully by following him and acted even crazier than him. He tried fleeing...

Round 2, we got the police to warn him against use of vulgarities and threathening behaviour towards feeder. Soon after, harassment ended.

28/7/07 6:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

huh - glad that the harassment stopped. Sometimes someone just needs to stand up to the bully and tell him to stop. The problem is when the bully doesn't go after the caregivers directly - but usually a TC to go after their cats!

28/7/07 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is why we should maintain an amicable relationship with our TC...
Huh , you r really something!! (applause)I also heard that one of our caregivers dressed up as a smoking 'ah beng' during his feeding rounds... so interesting to hear there's our group's so 'multi-faceted' and the extent we would go... laughing out loud

28/7/07 7:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I've met people who look sterotypically 'scary' at first glance - big guys with tatoos. However they turned out to be big softies who love cats :)

28/7/07 9:46 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

not to worry, it was a private estate and other volunteers mobilised during that time. .
He became respectful later.

Another case in Central S'pore. Young man kept harassing cats and one day elderly feeder ( age 62 ) smashed a beer bottle while he was having his dinner. Not satisfied, both went to the back lane and young man received some good knocks.
Feeder knows martia art.

Today, the young man is a friend of the feeder and the cats still around.

29/7/07 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha.... Dawn should start compiling a CWS cartoon/ biography on the next CWS anniversary (any?)

29/7/07 3:32 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

huh - while I'm sorry violence was resorted to, I'm glad both of the people worked it out and are now friends :)

koratmao - haha - I know some of you on the blog have talent in drawing (because I really don't!) so if anyone wants to start drawing stuff, let me know ;)

29/7/07 11:03 AM  

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