Village Life – A Stiff Letter

Nobody messes with this mother. Letter to village management :

Dear ****, today the unsociable and dictatorial behaviour of John **** came to a head when he caused a confrontation in the driveway to the garages by unit 25, ***** Village, in front of my carer, who was attempting to drop me, my walker, and my shopping near my unit (**).

Mr **** persistantly leaves his large old Holden car outside in the garage and drop-off area, while he uses his garage as a workshop. This is particularly annoying for Mrs **** in the garage next door, who then has difficulty getting in or out.
He also blocks the other garage on the right, yet complains if anyone else parks in the area, even if picking up and dropping off. His attitude has been deteriorating over the past few months.
Today it came to a head when my carer, Michaela from **** brought me home with my shopping, including a heavy piece of flat-pack furniture, and we found the Holden parked on the right hand side of the driveway.
Michaela said it was too risky to try to pass the Holden, so we had to park facing it, in order to unload the car.
I have mobility issues plus low vision, and this was the closest roadway to my unit. Mr.**** was coming alongside his car but when I went to pass he placed his three-pronged walking stick in front of me, blocking my way, and was muttering ‘You stay there, and I will go home and call the police’. At first I didn’t realise he was being confrontational, then I ponted out his car was in our way. However he kept going on about calling the police. I gave him a piece of my mind, pointing out my carer could not get me home, while she was in fact reversing up the drive in order to let Mr.**** drive out and go about his business.
Meanwhile Mr **** continued to be antagonistic, and in the end we left him to get my shopping to my unit, by which time my poor carer was running late for her next client.
Mr ****’s self-centred attitude continues into his refusal to turn down the volume of his television, which is upsetting the upstairs residents, including **** and ****. Even with his door closed I can hear it from my courtyard on the other side of the steps, several metres away.
Finally, he insists on using a sprinkler almost daily to water grass and trees over on the common area, despite this being a complete waste of water, and the hose lies across the pathwway in a very dangerous manner. It will take an official letter once water restrictions come into force on 16th September, 2019, to make him comply to any water limitation, but I doubt even that will have a result.
We tenants all get along well, and try to include Mr **** into our beighbourhood, but his churlish behaviour descended into the innapropriate today when he physically blocked my way home.
I would like to put this matter on record.
Eunice English

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Published by Eunice C English

FormerFreelance journalist. Poet, writer, artist, photographer. Retired and coping with Parkinson's Plus, macular degeneration and other boring stuff but life is still interesting, if a bit of a challenge!

3 thoughts on “Village Life – A Stiff Letter

  1. Hi Euni.
    A stiff letter is required in this instance but any future physical or verbal abuse should warrant the insertion of his three pronged walking stick up his old Holden. Life’s to short to have to suffer mentally agitated old farts like that. You can quote me on that, take care and as they say,
    Nill bastardom carborundum . Love john xxxxx

    Sent from my iPad


    1. That was the gggenteel versioon for the office Joh.. Umm, never been one to swear but was last heard (probably from some distance away) yelling at him (he is very deaf) “Now bugger off!!” and he did. I used to be a nice lady but I have zero tolèrance for old farts. Boy it was great therapy. He wont do that again – and live. He is 90 though!


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