Since you know the owner; why not simply show her that photo? She may not realize that this new light is much worse than the old one. She may have thought she was trying to be helpful. Without talking directly with her, how would you know her intentions?
I have spoken with her about the issue of her lighting (a different set of lights at a different time) entering into my bedroom which was affecting my sleep. No changes to the lights were made as she promised on the following "on Monday". The lights are exactly just the way they have always been. (You see, the "first" light that I complained about in my story is actually the second offending light in this history, the newest offending light is actually the third! I predict that when I complain about the most recent light that a fourth light will have to be added to the total. I'd bet $100 on it, the odds are in my favor one this one.)
I have to assume that the lady knows what these lights look like, after all, it is her property, she is the one legally responsible for the actions of those who work for her as well as those which she hires for such jobs as installing illegal lighting. She is responsible for everything concerning the business. If there are things that she is not aware of then that is a case of her own neglect and I have no pity on the poor old soul . If you ask the neighbors around here they would agree with me. Now please don't ask me how I know.
Believe me, she is well known as being a bully and expecting that everyone accept her doings or pay the consequences. She runs rough shot over anyone who questions her self assigned authority. That is her MO.
This is not the United States. The people here did not fight for their freedom from a repressive government. The ones in control were the rich and they made sure the poor remained poor at all costs. Since the US has taken control of the island things have changed a lot but they haven't changed completely. Some people still have the "this is my little Kingdom and everyone must bow down to my will or pay the consequences" syndrome.
The owner of a little grocery store across the street from this ladies pharmacy is the same. He would have me wait at the counter for minutes at a time while he stood there shooting the breeze with some one he knew, acting like he didn't need to attend to me. I fixed him real quick. I would wait for him to finally acknowledge me and when he asked what he could do I would answer him... "I would like you to provide me the same respect and service that you provide to all your other customers, but since you won't I have no choice but to go to someplace else that does. I would then turn around and leave.
After a while I would need to go back, I would face the same disrespect (an quite frankly, hatred of the Gringo) on his part an I would do the same. Eventually he learned that if he wanted my money he would have to treat me as an equal and not some piece of dust. He learned that I could always get my cigarettes someplace else and that his little store wasn't the only one on the block.
So like I said, this isn't the United States. Different things need to be treated differently here until some people transport their thought process to the 20th century. After they get there then we can try to move them into the current century.
It's not so easy here, for some the hatred for the gringos runs deep and "being superior" is more important than just about anything. I find the younger generation to be a lot more "modern", maybe it's the now available American TV and access to the internet that is removing the outdated mindset of the past.
As far as this lady's intentions goes, only she is the one that know for sure. I choose to let the courts make their own determination as to the answer to that particular question based on her actions.
On Monday I am going to complain about the most recent light. Will a new one soon afterwards appear? Only time will tell.
Edited by PirateMike, 19 July 2019 - 08:11 PM.