Maybe the term politics is too dignified for this story.
You may recall an entry I posted a while ago about the number of cats, both owned and stray, that live in our apartment complex.
Over the month or so, this problem has given rise to some hilarious community correspondence. In the lead up to our scheduled council clean up, the body corporate chairman issued instructions on where different types of rubbish were to be left. Rather interestingly there was a specific reference to the disposal of dead cats. They needed to be wrapped up and then left in the garbage bins. Matt and I were concerned that the cat problem was that bad! Were people poisoning cats? Or had our apartment complex become some kind of feline slum where cats were now prone to diseases related to urban overcrowding like malaria and dysentery? A week later however there was another notice apologising for the reference to dead cats. He meant rats.
This week, a new notice appeared. It read like this:
Reference to Dead Cats and Rats
From my previous correspondence where dead cats should have read dead rats, it has come to my attention that there are now a number of dead cats found on the property. Could residents who find dead rats or dead cats on the property dispose of the rats and cats in the usual manner, by double wrapping then and burying them near the letter boxes.
Over the Christmas period, if you are unable to dispose of the dead rats or dead cats, freezing is suitable and the carcasses can be left in the freezers in the communal garbage area.
Thank you for your understanding during this busy period.
Hehe! Morbid but hilarious.
Well, of course, it turns out that our chairman didn’t write that notice. It was some punk making fun of him. In my opinion it is kind of justified. This body corporate gets a little uptight over some silly things. But the chairman didn’t think it was very funny. The prank was followed up by yet another notice dropped in our mail boxes:
To the person who done the malicious letter drop in my name.
Re: Dad cats and rats and the disposal of them
If and when I find the person who wrote the malicious letter to residents I will take legal action against you
John Smith (not Citizen)
I am sitting here now thinking the following:
– This is kind of funny
– Our chairman sounds like a drama queen
– What do the 50 other households in this complex think about this? Are they laughing too? Or have they been mislead by one of these letters and started burying dead animals around the property (or hiring a lawyer!)?
– Does the chairman think I am a suspect? He put this letter in my box and threatened me with legal action!
– I didn’t know that we had a communal freezer