The Woman in Purple (rainbow_goddess) wrote in bad_service,
The Woman in Purple

Bad police service

For most of the last three years I had a raving lunatic for a next-door neighbour. He played his stereo very loudly and annoyed the shit out of me. He yelled at my cats when they were on my balcony. He complained to the building manager that my cats were on HIS balcony, so my boyfriend and I mounted some wooden lattice to separate the two balconies.

One day someone left a note on said neighbour's door complaining about his loud music. He accused me of doing it, and followed me to the bus stop to scream at me where no neighbours would hear him. I went to the police station and filed a report about the incident. The police officer said, "Call us immediately if he threatens you."

A few weeks later I was using our apartment building's laundry room. I removed the dry clothes from the clothes dryer so that I could put my clothes in (there are only two washers and dryers for 24 apartments, and the laundry room is only open until 8:00 p.m., so I couldn't just leave them there and use other machines or wait for whoever the clothes belonged to to come pick them up. I folded them as neatly as I could and left them on top of the dryer. Just as I was leaving the laundry room, psycho neighbour's girlfriend came in.

When I got back to my apartment, psycho neighbour started to yell at me over the balcony. He said, "There better not be anything missing from that laundry!" I ignored him. He then said, "I hope your boyfriend isn't coming over tonight!" I ignored him. Then he said, "I AM GOING TO PUNCH YOU IN THE HEAD!"

I immediately grabbed the phone and called the cops. I told them about the report I had filed, and that they had told me to call if the neighbour threatened me. Cops said: "That's not a threat."

I said, "He threatened to punch me in the head!"

Cops said: "That's not a threat. We can't do anything about it."

I talked to the building manager. She said that he denied threatening me and that I had no proof.

I contacted the landlord-tenant hotline. They said that situations like this are not under their purview.

I have three cats, and I moved into this building because it allowed cats. Not long after I moved in, government passed a law allowing landlords to charge pet deposits of a half-month's rent. Very few buildings in this city allow pets, so moving was out of the question.

Fortunately, psycho neighbour's girlfriend left him, he couldn't afford the rent on his own, and he moved out. But I lived in fear until he did.
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