Friday, January 23, 2015

Stand to Pee

Some male practises are under threat.
Take the case of a male tenant in a rented apartment in the German city of Duesseldorf who sued the owner of the flat he is residing in so that the former can get back the full refund of his 3,000-euro ($3,490) deposit. All because the proprietor had told the resident he would withhold 1,900 euros because the marble floor of the bathroom was permanently stained by splashed urine.
According to national news agency DPA, the district court, on Thursday, ruled in favour of the plaintiff. Even though Judge Stefan Hank agreed with an expert's report that it was in fact uric acid that had eaten through the floor – he also said that standing to urinate was a common practice.
He said the flat's owner should have made his tenant aware that the marble was highly vulnerable. And: "Someone who still practises this previously dominant custom is regularly confronted with significant disputes, particularly with female cohabitants. However normally he must not reckon with damage to the marble floor of a bathroom or guest toilet."
Tenants' rights are a frequent subject of litigation in Germany.
Last June, the same Duesseldorf court ruled that an elderly smoker must vacate his home of around 40 years after neighbours complained about his cigarette smoke. It said that the pensioner had not tried to prevent smoke from seeping into the communal hallway of the apartment building and had failed to adequately air his flat and empty his ash trays, it said.
On Tuesday, I attended the Allianz Toastmasters meeting in KL Sentral where Haji Hashim Adnan was tasked to evaluate my CC #5 speech titled “When I Speak”. Overall, a good meeting and my score is a 7 over 10.

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