Monday, 10 September 2018
The true horror stories in modern Paris part 87
The month of January 2018, I was left in peace during the long absence of Mme. Landlord. She wanted to enjoy the time with her grandchildren. However, she did not leave quietly…as my readers might guess by now.
Mme. Landlord would not release my deposit easily. She cooked up all the things that needed to be replaced new. Luckily, my insurance agent had advised me to take photos of the apartment when I was first allowed in. They needed to contest the claims concocted by Mme. Landlord, just like she did with her former tenant Jupiter who had his deposit denied for taking out what rightly belonged to him. What happened next needs a bit of explanation, so unbelievable her attitude was.
She had an accident falling off from a ladder when her phone rang. Now the phone call was from my insurance agent and the ladder belonged to me. She had insisted on leaving it in her apartment until the painting was completed. She made a huge fuss about her fall, telling everyone that she fell from the ladder while removing the glues from her walls. She repeated to the world that had I done the job right, she would not have needed to be up the ladder. Had I lefft her apartment in a good condition, my agent would not have bothered her. Mme. Landlord had a lot of experience with Japanese students and tenants that she knew my sense of obligation would yield if she succeeded in making me feel guilty.
She was right. I felt obliged to pay her medical bills because she got injured in relation to the action of my agent. Later my French lawyer advised me that I was not responsible for her injury, but I had already paid her. There was a flash of sheepishness in her eyes, but she took the money and quickly pushed it down her pocket looking very satisfied. I asked her for the receipt issued by the pharmacy. I did not want to repeat the same mistake made by the Japanese government who paid a chunk of compensation money without an international witness and ended up endlessly being demanded of compensation by a certain group of people. I personally agree that financial compensation does not heal everything, but it does not hurt for them to acknowledge what they have already received from Japan over decades.
After Mme. Landlord left to join her family, I spoke with my insurance agent. It turned out they had never called Mme. Landlord. They had in fact called me and left a message. I checked my mobile’s records and found the message sent on the day Mme. Landlord claimed to have the accident trying to answer the call from my agent. It was a petty lie and yet her circle of friends were disgusted that ‘here is another ungrateful migrant causing a trouble to the French.’ I understand the concern of Madame Le Pen about the ungrateful migrants because some of them are disrespectful of the French ways. But I hope she knew of migrants like me who are made ‘scapegoat.'
To be continued.