So I’ve been living in a youth hostel style place with a communal laundry room. Unsurprisingly I had clothing stolen, a lot of it at once. Nothing with great cash value, unless for weird t-shirt and sweatshirt collectors on e-Bay, just sentimental value. The night markets have provided cheap replacements.
However, I’ve got a likely suspect, a transient English teacher who came here looking for work, but left after getting a better job offer elsewhere. I got to know him a little and he told me he loves it here and wants to come back when his contract is up.
I’m thinking about telling the management at my place, who likes me and knows I’ve had stuff stolen, that this guy probably did it. I have no expectations of “justice” for my laundry, I just want to be mean. I thought about filing a report with the police so this clown might have a hard time getting back in to Taiwan, but figured they would ignore me.
So what do other Forumosans think? Is the petty revenge worth the trouble?
Are the clothes taken distinctive?
If so, Got old photos of yourself in those clothes?
Print 'em up, post 'em:
“If you see these clothes, walking around on another body, the guy wearing them’s a bloody thief. Give him a kick for me.”
Just let it go. If you have no proof you have no way to know for sure. Who hasn’t before been ABSOLUTELY SURE that someone has done something just to find out it was someone else? We all have. If you have no proof, let it go. If you do, just give it to the hostel’s management so he can’t do it to anyone else.
Two main reasons to let it go:
Dwelling on it hurts you much more than him.
If he didn’t do it and you exact your revenge, you have punished an innocent man.
[quote=“jdsmith”]Without proof, you have no cause to seek revenge.
If you have no real proof (such as catching the chap in yer threads), then you have no justifiable grounds for revenge. Nothing worth going out of one’s wig for anyway.
Let it go…
Stealing clothes from a laundromat is pretty low on the list of a career criminal’s achievements. Chances are it’s just some poor dumb chap who deserves pity more than anything. If it’s just some prick trying to cut a corner on his slippery slide to the scummy end of the pool, then he’ll get his just desserts one day. Someone will deal with that type somewhere on down the line.
Thanks for the input, the counsel of strangers has value. In the absence of proof, like this guy showing up at the front desk here wearing my clothes, I will write this off as experience.
With theft, it’s always important to act ASAP with a hope of catching the guy. If he is no longer in TW, and you suspect he did it, then I am guessing you didn’t do anything about it at the time.
Let it go.[/quote]
Yeah, I didn’t notice until a week and a half after this guy left that I was missing stuff.
If you have no real proof (such as catching the chap in yer threads), then you have no justifiable grounds for revenge. Nothing worth going out of one’s wig for anyway [/quote]
All I have is my recollection of him suspiciously checking on my whereabouts by asking if I wanted to hang out every twenty minutes while I was doing laundry. Should have realized something was up, but I really was busy studying.
You can try reporting it to the police, but prepare to be thoroughly ridiculed. [/quote]
Why I shelved this portion of the plan.[/quote]