Good question. And, frankly, I don’t know. It isn’t a street in the sense of a widely used thoroughfare, but is a lane, off of an alley, off of a street. The only people who drive on it, live on it, or have things delivered.
So, it’s a space in front of a public door (where 2-3 others also park their scooters). I can’t imagine any tenant could claim space in front of a public door as theirs alone, since it is used to access 12 apartments.
I’m not going for reprisals, and that was never really my intent. I’ve been here too long and am (gasp!) beaten down by these experiences. I verbally get into it, if it’s worth it. But, the whole appease routine by liquoring up the “guards” (while a smart suggestion, and one that definitely pays off if you try it) turns my stomach to be honest.
Trying to argue logic with people who think it’s ok to anonymously remove your scooter in the first place . I don’t need it. And, it’s the definition of pissing into the wind, in my book.
I have to leave Taiwan before I am overcome with anger through these daily waltzes with lunacy. I think it would be alarmingly easy to become a racist if I stayed. Despite lots of great people, and ease of living, the lack of law enforcement, the general “luan”-ness, the “if I don’t apologize, I’ve done nothing wrong”, the pausing in doorways, the buses running red lights, the umbrealls poking in my face any time it is rainy or sunny, the in-my-business attitude of strangers – it’s all too much!
I’m done. This was only the straw that broke the camel’s back. As with all straws, it wasn’t that big of a deal as an individual thing, but taken with years of this crap, it was a watershed event.
I’ll never change people to see things, or react to things as I think they “should”. And that’s fine. This isn’t my home country. They can go one ‘touching their hearts’ and urging all who disagree to “leave. Because this is Taiwan.”
Message heard loud and clear. Time to come up with an exit plan and vamanos.
Taiwan: Forget you!