Life is really funny.
My left-hand side neighbour has the highest gate and fences in the whole neighbourhood most of our gates are only 3-4ft high whereas his is a towering 6ft. Our houses are all compact linked 2-storey town-houses so you can imagine how his house sticks out like a chimney in the middle of the long row of houses. Despite all the high security, he’s the only one who had his expensive shoes stolen time and again.
Each time it happened, he would make a fuss and told me “ Aiyah, so fedup. Last night thieves climbed into my house and stole my shoes – they’re expensive stuffs all my shoes cost about RM400 ~ RM500 per pair and the thief took them all. You better store your shoes properly”
But I told him “Oh, I don’t have expensive shoes like yours so don’t think the thief would be interested.”
The first time it happened, he fixed sharp pieces of broken glass on top of the wall besides the gate. The 2nd time it apparently happened, he blamed the maid for not locking the gate.
Today, I noticed that his latest security measure was twinning barbed wires to his grills!
Honestly, I truly have my doubts about the thefts. Why it only happened to him eventhough his house is protected with such “high security” gates and forbidding fences. One interesting point is these thieves only stole his shoes after the risk of climbing over a 6 foot tall gate and fences! His immediate neighbour never locked his gate and we’ve never heard him complained about his things went missing. Another reason for my doubts (very strong one) is based on a secret his maid shared with me.
One day she smelt dead rat so went sniffing high and low to search it out until she arrived at the shoe rack and discovered that it was from his shoes! She almost puked. And to think that someone kept wanting to steal his shoes! Unless that thief was a pervert addicted to stinking shoes and got lured by such foul aroma otherwise he would have been suffocated even before making his getaway! The mere thought of it had both of us in stitches and laughed until we were in tears (wonder if his ears were itchy that day). If only he knew how we were making fun of him, he would go into fits with anger! Anyway, his maid has since gone back to Indonesia so it’ll be a buried secret between the maid and I.
On the other hand, this other neighbour had left a pair of shoes on the ledge besides the gate for months yet there were no takers. The pair of shoes were sitting there so pathetically for months, weathering the rain and shine. Even the garbage collectors came and went each day without showing the slightest interest. Maybe the shoes didn’t look like a RM500 pair of shoes! Or rather because it didn’t smell like dead rat!