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Old 04-30-2008, 09:41 AM   #1
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I'm so angry I could just burst
I live in a duplex. The people upstairs and I have a rack attached to the wall that has the recycle bins on it. I was just sitting outside having my morning cigarette when the man upstairs came down to put something into the recycle bin. He knocked the green bin down onto the hood of MY car, denting the car and chipping the paint. He then said "haha you have a little ding in your car" and then tried to talk to me about the weather. When I would not respond (I could not or I would have yelled at him and his small child was right there so I did not want to do that) he said "sorry about that Christine" and went inside his house.

What exactly am I supposed to do about this? This is NOT the first time he has done this to my car. I am sooooo angry I could just explode.

I came inside and wrote an e-mail to the building owner, but he does not want to bother listening to me.

What do I do to protect my property from this person?
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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That's awful...maybe file a report or see what your options are through your insurance...or tell him I need your addy for them to send the bill to...
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I'd go and talk to him to see if he's willing to pay for the damages. If he's not responsive, I'd file a police report or something. People can't just damage your property and expect not to have consequences...and sure it was an accident, but he still should pay for the damages.
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I phoned the police. They said go get an estimate and hand it to him. If he refuses to pay for the damages take him to small claims court. This is NOT the first time he has done stuff like this. He is a PITA.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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and everybody who knows me wonders why I don't want to live around people. If it was at all possible where I live economically I'd have several dozen acres between me and the next person.
Sorry you have to go through this, hope the turd pays for the damages that he thinks he's entitled to cause.
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I phoned the police. They said go get an estimate and hand it to him. If he refuses to pay for the damages take him to small claims court. This is NOT the first time he has done stuff like this. He is a PITA.
That's exactly what I was going to suggest, except go to a few places and get different estimates. Show him all of them and ask him to pay for the least expensive, that way he has less chance of having a reason to refuse. If he does refuse, tell him you have no problem taking him to court. Don't back down on this guy. Good luck!!

If all else fails, you can sic that monster of a dog you have on him. Or at least leave poop on his doorstep.
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Have you approached him and explained that you will be getting an estimate for the damage and play to take him to small claims court if he doesn't pay? I don't know if you are able to talk reasonably with this man, but it would be worth a shot. You could explain how you've overlooked other incidents, but that you have to draw the line this time. He's setting a poor example for his own children...not taking responsibility for his carelessness.

Do follow through. Not in a mean way, though. Try the communication route first, and if that doesn't work, pursue it further.

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Originally Posted by stitchwitch View Post
and everybody who knows me wonders why I don't want to live around people. If it was at all possible where I live economically I'd have several dozen acres between me and the next person.
Sorry you have to go through this, hope the turd pays for the damages that he thinks he's entitled to cause.
I couldn't agree more!
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He's having a great day today. He's got the kids all outside and he's inside singing away. His wife left for work. This man is not approachable. He is, at best, a liar! We have proven that. He phoned the city and complained about garbage pickup, stating he owned the house. They sent him tags to put on his garbage bins. Before he got them he would just come up to my side and dump his unwrapped diapers and garbage in my bin. He also told his children to put their half eaten fruit in my bin. It is right outside my door and has no lid. The lid mysteriously dissappeared two months ago. I want so badly to move but I can't because we can't afford to. Dumping poop oh his doorstep would make me as bad as him! I don't think I want to lower myself to his level.
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So sorry you have to put up with that, some people are just so ignorant. I agree with others, get an estimate and give it to him but from what you say, I doubt he will offer to pay.
I hope your day is getting better.
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