The Mark of the Jandal

Monday, May 07, 2007

All Your Things Are Belong To Us

I'm laying on the mat in my living room Saturday morning, May 5th, working on my final exams which have to be submitted on Monday when a young man walks up to my door. I open it and he hands me a piece of paper. I look down and see that it's a memo:

--beign memo--
To: All tenants
CC: Vice Chancellor
From: Director of Physcial Facilities
Date: 03 May 2007
Re: Condition Survey for NUS flats at Vaivase-tai on the 07/05/2007

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Please be advised there will be a full survey for all the flats at Vaivase-tai on 7 May 2007 starting from 8.30am until 3.00pm. The survey will be conducted by the Physical Facilities through the Building Service team to inspect and report on the current condition of these flats

Please note this will be a full survey and will cover the entire unit both inside and outside of building. We will carry out this exercise on the condition with or without the presence of the tenant.

You are also reminded we are not responsible for any loss of personal belonging during the survey

Thankyou for your corporation
Amerika Siale
--end memo--

That's Amerika, his friends call him 'States, he's responsible for not fixing things that are broken, and he does this job very well. Well I call him Amerika when I'm feeling polite, and I think it's nice of him to warn us on a Saturday that he's planning on looting our house Monday while we're at work.

There were some other volunteers over on Saturday, and upon reading the memo above one of them asked "Is that legal?". And what a good old laugh we had about that statement.

We called the Peace Corps office and arranged to have someone watch our apartment while the inspection occurred.

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