The true horror stories in modern Paris Part 34
Mme. Landlord was on the phone. ‘Mais, Non!’ She repeated in utter exasperation. Mr. Pride had called her to demand access to his roof through her apartment’s window where I rent, so his workers could install a sky roof on his restaurant. Mme. Empathy believed that the lack of a sky roof was the reason her restaurant was sparsely occupied. You would think that good food with honest price is the keys to more customers, but not Mme. Empathy, our lady with substance. So here he was, Mr. Pride, demanding that I complied his request. He knew I was suffering insomnia and was weakened. Mme. Landlord defended me, ‘You and Mme. Empathy keeps installing electric appliances that make loud noise all night long, which keep my tenant up every night. I have told you this many times!’
Mr. Pride interrupted Mme. Landlord with a scoff. ‘Your tenant chose to live above a restaurant. Where does she get off complaining?’ Mme. Landlord corrected him, ‘I too live above a restaurant in the other building, but the restaurant owner there is causing no problems. Why can’t you do the right thing and pay for the insulation? You are a wealthy man with many business, Mr. Pride!’ But alas, he kept demanding that ‘this Asian woman should stop feeling sick and open her door to the tradesmen.’ He was relentless with the woman senior to him by 20 years or more. Mme. Landlord pleaded him to let her keep her doctor’s appointment, but he kept demanding for nearly two hours until she finally dropped the telephone receiver from exhaustion.
In the meantime I filled out a form to be submitted to the Police with the help of a lawyer. I was hopeful for a moment, only to be cast down by his comment. 'It may be months before the police even replies. This is France. There are too many cheating restaurants and bars.'
No wonder there was a time when Japan had more Michelin starred restaurants than in France. To be continued.