The clever neighbour.

This happened years ago, when we were living in an apartment block, mostly occupied by elderly people. A few months before this happened a new neighbour moved in. He was about 20 years old and he was thrown out of his previous apartment in the roughest area of our town. The reason being his constant antisocial behaviour. Playing loud music in the wee hours of the night, yelling, screaming, you name it. To be thrown out of that area, you have to behave pretty bad. So I still wonder why they placed him in our block…

Anyway, we had lots of trouble already. We called the cops a few times, one of which I remember best. It was Pentecost and the party had been going on for hours. There were lots of people going in and out, lots of booze, lots of yelling and screaming and lots of terrified neighbours. Around 3 AM we’d had enough and called the police. The woman on the other end of the phone asked me kindly if I’d asked them to turn down the volume. Uhm… No, of course not. There’s like 20 huge guys there and most of them were pretty drunk. No way I was going to their door. So the police came. They turned down the volume for a bit, but when the police were gone the volume went up even higher than before. So I called again. This time the music went down and stayed down for about 30 minutes. Only to be followed by a lot of screaming and yelling and banging on the door (not ours). It turned out that one of the guys had collapsed. All of the others were too drunk to have any clue what to do. At first I thought nothing of it and I wasn’t going to call an ambulance. But when I heard people yelling the guy who’d collapsed was a diabetic and he was unconscious I did call for an ambulance and I told the woman on the phone to send the police as well, as I thought they might be making trouble. Turns out I was right about that and the police was needed to let the ambulance take the guy to hospital. We contacted our housing company for the gazillionth time and finally they started making arrangements to throw the guy out. But not before this happened…

All apartments had a locker in an outbuilding, connected to the main block. The guy had kicked in the door of his locker about 5 times already and every time he got a new door. The rest of the residents weren’t too happy with this, as we all had to pay for damages to the building. But by this time, the housing company has stopped replacing the door for free. So when it got kicked in again, they asked him why it had been kicked in and they told him that if he wanted to get it replaced for free he should go to the police and file a declaration of destruction or burglary. By this time the alcohol really got to this guy, because he went to the police and told them he’d been burgled. So the police came to ask neighbours some questions. Whilest going out we found two policemen and two neighbours near the guys locker…

The policemen asked us if we wanted to answer a few questions. Of course, no problem. Did we notice the door was broken? Yes, of course. It had been like that for weeks. For weeks? So this didn’t happen two or three nights ago? No, I was sure of that. The door had been open for at least 2 weeks. Hmm, well, the guy told the police someone had broken into his locker only a few nights ago. I asked the policemen if he told them anything had been stolen and they said that he told them X amounts of empty beercrates had been stolen. (can’t remember the exact amount). I asked them what they thought of the fact that the entrance door to the locker building didn’t have any signs of a break-in and of the fact that the thief walked by at least 5 other lockers before they broke into his. They smirked a bit. I then asked them if X amount of beer crates actually fitted into the locker. Yes, they had measured it and they did fit in. I looked at them for a moment and if asked if the guy had taken into account that the door opened inwards. They laughed and told me that he hadn’t taken that into account. I smirked and told them they’d know enough now.

The door stayed open for a few more weeks and was only repaired after the guy had been kicked out. We all were very happy with this, as we finally had peace again.

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