Okay, I admit that I’m not the “nicest” person in the world and I have my flaws. Compared to most western people who live in Taiwan, I probably have less patience. However, I like living here, love my job and am an outgoing person. I have no problems admitting to a mistake.
I’ve been living in my apartment for 18 months now and there have been some misunderstandings between me and the other tenants. I’m the only foreigner. Few people here speak any English. But there have been many small problems that have now become one big problem.
I have the only apartment at street level that opens onto the street. All of the others live in the apartment building. Many people, including me, park their scooters in a hodge podge mess near my front door and on occasion, right in front of my door totally blocking my access to my own apartment. The latter has only happened once or twice but the point is, it has happened.
I have been forced to move scooters on many occasions, hopefully sending a message that they should park at least a few feet from my door. Now, many months and, apparently, many complaints about me later, someone has decided to intentionally damage my motorcyle (not my scooter).
On at least four occasions, the front and back turn signals have been broken over a two week period. At first I thought it was an accident at my school. Numerous scooters and bikes are parked outside the front door of my school, not to mention the heavy foot traffic. So I naturally assumed people were bumping into my bike and cracking the turn signals, which eventually broke. (the turn signal assembly on most motorcycles sticks out and is vulnerable to accidental breakage).
So anyway, I replaced the last turn signal on Wednesday, parked my bike downstairs where I have been parking it for three months, and two days later I get my bike and the signal has been broken. They made it look like it was still attached but I checked it before I moved it. So now there is no doubt someone here is doing it.
I asked my TW friend to come here and talk with the manager, explaining what I have written here, but they seem to feel the onus is on me because of my past transgressions. My friend suggested he write a note in Mandarin saying I’m sorry for appearing to have a bad attitude, and that I have now been informed by the manager of my mistakes. The note also says that I am not the only one to have made a mistake in judgement regarding the scooter parking problem. It goes on to say I’ll try my best to be more reasonable, but that breaking my bike piece by piece is not the answer. If in fact they have a problem, they should come and try to explain to me.
What else could I do here? :help: