i encountered a strange case recently. I dropped my glasses on a public road one day and went back searching for it. As I was approaching to retrieve it, a 4-5 yr old boy approached it first, saw it and STAMPED his feet crushing it, on purpose. The parent of the kid was with him and so were other passerbys and they all saw it. The kid ran behind the father and the father kept quiet. They were tourists btw.
I approached the father and ask if he would pay for the damage or foot the optometrist bill for repair(it was found out it was beyond repair later). A new one costs $380.
Ok, so the father asked me to go to his hotel because he had no $ or passport as they were following a tour. He would not give me his name btw
There were 2 tour guides with them, one local and one foreign of the father's origin(the country from which i would not reveal). The local(spore) tour guide said "not my problem, u tok to him lor". The foreign tour guide gave me a vacant hotel room number by i managed to jot down his name tag. One tour member offered to pay me $4.
I called the police but they said "this is not police case" "u try toking to the hotel manager""we can't do anything"
i was thinking to myself, that's it. case close..
i went down to the hotel, left a message (together with the repair bill) to the foreign tour guide with his name and asked the manager to call me if and when she can get hold of the bunch.
Later that nite, the manager called me and said :" they say they r not responsible for the damage"
so i said thank u and had a good nite's sleep...knowing btw the bunch is flying off the next day..adios!
but then i woke up at 3am sweating and asked myself :" WHAT'S THE LAW?"
my next alternative is to start a civil case but then i dun even have the name of the child's father! The good news is i had a spare glasses at home but i had 5 hrs of blurred vision.