Thursday, March 10, 2011
My Friendly Neighbors
ver the past week, we all got to witness some very, er, neighborly behavior in our elevator. It started with a note from the Hausverwaltung asking us to all please not trash the elevator, and to ask anyone doing construction work in our apartments to please not trash the elevator. (I never actually saw the elevator trashed in the days prior to the note, so I don't really know what brought this on.)
A couple of days later, the letters to the right appeared. Apparently the top note, written anonymously, was not originally posted in the elevator, but left in the mailbox of one of the building's (very nice) dog owners. The letter is pretty damn bitchy, telling her that her dog is getting the elevator and building dirty all the time and that she knows for sure it must be that particular dog (our building is bursting with dogs). The recipient of the note wasn't about to let herself get harrassed in this manner without responding. She posted the letter for all to see, calling out the anonymous letter-writer for leaving it her box and stating that her dog was not responsible for all of the things the original letter accuses him of. Both notes stayed up for a few days!
We described this to a German friend who reports it is common to have people in your building with nothing better to do than to take the German habit of looking out for societal order to an unfortunate extreme. In her own building she had a retiree accuse her of keeping a bike in her apartment! Oh the horror! First, it's perfectly allowed to keep a bike in your own apartment, and second, my friend doesn't have a bike. Thinking back, one time a neighbor asked me in the elevator if I had a gray cat. I thought she was just curious, but now I wonder if there could have been some cranky spin on it.... (I do not have a gray cat, but there was one that wandered around outside our building a lot.)