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May 6, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
Found a sandwich inside my locked garage. The car was undamaged. What now?
posted by be11e to grab bag (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The background: My car is my most valuable possession, and I'm completely dependent on it, especially on weekends. I rent a one car garage a couple of blocks from my apartment. The owner of the garage is not my landlord, and also rents out a rowhouse around the corner from the garage. The garage is detached from the rowhouse, adjacent to an alley, on a main street, and is pretty much a nice wooden box to keep my car in.
The event: This morning, when getting my car from the garage, I noticed slices of baloney and bread on the floor of the garage, a few feet from the door. It was enough sandwich for a nice 6 inch sub. The door of the garage was locked and my car was not damaged. There's a gap between the garage door and the sidewalk, where the sidewalk kind of dips, and I guessed that someone had thrown half of a sandwich in between this gap. All the sandwich pieces were lined up in a row inside the garage, from 2 to 3 feet from the door. In the alley next to the garage was a styrofoam box, some spilled lettuce, tomato, and onion.
I don't know who would have done this - it really seems like someone took the time to throw the sandwich inside the garage, and it wasn't just dropped outside on the sidewalk accidentally. There are garbage cans along the entire alley, so it's not like there was nowhere else to throw away a dropped sandwich. Presumably, whoever did it also doesn't have a key to the garage, or else my car would have been damaged or at least baloney-ed. Right now, I'm thinking it's either some random kids in the neighborhood doing random things, or I've inadvertently pissed off some passive-aggressive person.
One of the reasons this bugs me is that the garage is right next to an alley where people keep their trash for pickup. There are some pretty large rodents in Baltimore hanging out in the alleys, and I've heard stories about people finding litters of rats inside their car engines.
Neither the landlord nor the property manager have been very responsive in the past, and they both live farther from the garage than I do. I want to put something to cover the gap between the garage door and the sidewalk - is there some sort of netting or something I could put in that will go to the sidewalk? Where would I get it and how would I install it? Should I go talk to the people in the rowhouse who rent from the landlord? I don't know them, but maybe they can give me some idea about what happened? Or maybe I've accidentally done something to piss off these very people and they're the ones who threw the sandwich? What's my next step?