“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy
Y O U T H F U L E X U B E R A N C E
Late Tuesday afternoon as I was vacuuming in my apartment unit I heard a loud thud in the back bedroom. I ran into the room and saw two youngsters running away from this back window. They saw me and headed for the hills pronto.
They had kicked in the back main floor bedroom window. The exterior window was broken into many sharp fragments and the inside window pane was not damaged.
I telephoned the police to report the incident and when the female officer arrived on the scene she photographed the damage, asked me to fill out an incident report and then asked me if I could identify the perpetrators.
I could do better than that: I had their pictures performing other acts of theft and vandalism which had occurred in the past month. The younger boy wearing the glasses had vandalized my car in June of this year.
I thought I had the world by the tail until the officer told me sadly that because of their age there is nothing the police can do to bring the perps to justice. She and I agreed that this was unfair but that was the way the law operated.
I had photos of the two boys performing other acts of theft and vandalism and the officer took them with her. I also provided her with the address of another resident whose son plays with these two wayward youth.
This has created a crisis mode for me. The window was scheduled to be repaired later today (Wednesday July 27) however I received a call from the after hours repairman assuring me that the window will be repaired on Wednesday.
I am a bit leery about leaving the suite for fear of further reprisals against me. There really is no on site security to monitor the site.
I have contacted the site’s management main office. I asked them to assist me in this matter and try some legal remedy to ban these two kids from the site.
Hopefully something positive will result. Other than that my nerves are on edge and hopeful the site management and the police can help me in this critical situation.
There are however two ironic twists of fate that make this tragic situation comedic:
- The officer who will investigate the incident begins her vacation today for 10 days and then switches to a night shift. “This will make it difficult to identify the children” she said.
- This is summer vacation time and the full-time on site manager is on vacation until sometime next week. No one is in the office to assist tenants and I need the window installed ASAP.
Holding things together during such trying times is definitely a difficult challenge.
E D I T O R I A L U P D A T E
After this story was posted I received a phone message from Agatha the temporary on site manageress. I explained the situation to her in detail. She told me that she would speak with the mother and discuss her son’s destructive activities.
An hour or so later she telephoned me again and told me that she informed the mother of her son’s actions, explained to her the steps that could be taken if this activity did not stop and then told me that the mother had heartily apologized to her for her son’s bad behavior.
She told Agatha that she wanted to meet with me so that she could personally apologize for all the grief her son had caused me. This was great news.
This was an outstanding effort at keeping the peace by a woman who describes her job role as a “floater” assigned to many job sites.
Kudos to her and her efforts to help me with this issue.