Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Thought It Was Against The Law!

I was having a lovely, yes another, birthday lunch, this time with Sharon Katz, of Voices Magazine, in the Mamilla Mall, Jerusalem, when we were disturbed by the noise outside.

It was hard to believe.  An entire crew of yellow-coated (wearing yellow, waterproof raincoats) were hosing down and hosing down and kept on hosing down one of the fancy apartments just across from us.

Months ago the municipality had sent out notice that it was against the law.

We pay a lot for water in Shiloh.  If the owners of that apartment are billed like we are, they're in for a surprise.


Keli Ata said...

Something tells me the key information in your post is "fancy apartment building." For a lot of people keeping up appearances trumps everything else, including the law.

I can't imagine how much water they must have used since they had to don raincoats. It looks like the used an awful lot of water.

Anonymous said...

you lost a lot of weight! congrats.

Batya said...

keli, I have no idea of the cost, but the big problem is that it's a law which doesn't seem to be enforced at all, or all the cleanining companies would be in trouble.

a, thanks!! I've written about my changes in eating on

Hadassa said...

Does reporting offenders to the authorities do anything? Sometimes the problem is that there aren't enough "people in the field" to catch offenders.

Anonymous said...

Something is missing here. Why were they hosing down a building? This is not normal.

Are you sure they weren't sandblasting?

Perhaps there was recent stone masonry work done there recently and the place is compeletly covered with the equivalent of moon dust or baby powder.

Accusations are flying and facts are missing.

Keli Ata said...

You should leak the video to the media. They could investigate and find out what happened, especially as they were caught in the act. Seems to me that regardless of why they were hosing down the building if it's illegal it's illegal (says the crime reporter).

If the company is in the wrong they could be issued an ordinance violation summons or something.

Batya said...

It was water. We could see the wet sections at times vs the dry. The buildings aren't all that old. The workers were wearing yellow "rain slickers."

It's not the first time I've seen it.

I thought my blog was "the media." Pass it on...

Keli Ata said...

Your blog is indeed the media. Sometimes, though, important stories need a bit more publicity.

That's all I meant:)

Batya said...

Ahh, so "not all media are created equal..."

Keli Ata said...

Well, the politicians and people of influence only tend to respond to the broadcast media and large daily newspapers.

Though, offline, I've gotten into trouble with politicos for reporting even at a small weekly lol. There are exceptions to the rule.

Batya said...

I tried before, but the govt wasn't interested.