[quote]She’s feeling uncomfortable getting in this, when in fact, she thinks you’re being unreasonable.
I’m sure she is, and thinks I am. On the other hand, I think she’s/they’re being unreasonable in trying to dictate what kind of vehicle I drive. It comes down to “Is it reasonable to insist that someone who pays for a parking space, and pays you, only park a car in that space when it makes fuck all real difference to you or anyone else?”
And if pissing people off unnecessarily creates situations that make you uncomfortable then the lesson is clear. Don’t piss people off unnecessarily. This issue is a completely pointless waste of everyone’s time and the best way to avoid any further discomfort is to let the matter drop.
Wolf, I agree with you completely. I vent here at Forumosa, let my frustrations show while discussing this in the office, and have done my damnedest to avoid getting into it face-to-face myself. Like I said, I sent one of the girls down to have a reasonable discussion and I think (OK, hope) ‘they’ now understand the problem from my perspective. Whether or not they’re sympathetic or not is a different matter, but I don’t think I can make them be sympathetic by provoking a confrontation. I’m trying to avoid a confrontation, but I’m sticking to my guns on this.
I met the building manager on the stairs this morning, and she was pleasant and cheery enough to my face. I have no idea what was going on behind the smile, but I’m an eternal optimist and try to take people at face value. I’m trying to present this as me being annoyed about a stupid rule, rather than being annoyed at her for just doing her job. Hopefully by letting her kick the problem up the ladder (or pretend to, but actually just let it drop) we can maintain a decent enough relationship here.
If not, then we do have a mess on our hands. [quote]the custom and economics (of space) of using parking spaces for cars only.[/quote]If they want to argue that I should pay for a space and leave it empty then the ‘economics of space’ are absurd and unacceptable. And I’m afraid that where I come from it’s customary for the person who pays for something to do what the hell he pleases with it as long as he doesn’t hurt anyone else.
The bottom line is “What are you going to do if I continue to exercise my right as I see it?” What can they do? Have it towed? Trash it? Have me evicted from the building? These are all serious steps for people that are supposed to be looking after the tenants. I’ll be recording that conversation if it happens, but hope that it can be avoided.
What I’m looking for is some way to make them just accept that I’m going to park in my parking space, without anyone having to get nasty. There needs to be a compelling reason for them to change their interpretation of the rules, and I am aware that having some uncouth hairy foreigner yelling at them in English is not going to do the trick.