Andrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1105 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1262 times:
So I am here in my room, trying to study and get ready to go to sleep. But there is a little slight problem, I live in building that is shared with under-graduate 1st years. And from this afternoon they have decided that being noisy and party is the way to go. Maybe they want to get drunk as much as they can before the new Budget for 2008 starts. (Tax on alcohol will increase.)
Anyways I let it slide until around 11pm local time.I tried talking to the guys and politely asked them to lower their noise.....but so far nothing. Since my arrival to the University I have been advised to call our "State Patrol" if there is any case of emergency or if I need any assistance. I have picked up the phone and call them. Well I was trying to reach them for at least 15 minutes! And yet, NONE is picking up.
OK maybe they are busy or something, it happens. As suggested in other thread I called 999. In the US people call 911 to make a noise complaint, so I thought that it will be same SOP. Called 999 and I asked to be transfered to the police. I wanted to make a noise complaint and have constables to come to my address to stop the party and NOISE. Well I was told that because of recent legislative change Exeter police does not deal with noise complaints! WTF?!! OK, so I asked what else can I do? I was advised to contact an environmental agency at Devon (Exeter City Council), but they don't have a hotline or operate 24/7. So I am told to record the noise and show it as evidence.
Shocked and disgusted I thank the 999 operator, wish him good night and now I decided to go drink. By the time I get home I will be drunk and will not care about the noise.
I wish that I go back to States where police would show up in matter of minutes and stop the noise and where the uniformed police officers have guns and don't take sh!t from drunk prick$. How in the hell is an environmental agency going to help me now? I need to solve the solution now, not later. And what the hell, what kind of sh!t is this....police is not dealing with the noise complaints anymore. Record the noise?! WTF!!!
As usual, any reply is welcome, the usual give-a-fuck meters, cargo bay, etc.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12238 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1256 times:
Quoting Andrej (Thread starter): I wish that I go back to States where police would show up in matter of minutes and stop the noise and where the uniformed police officers have guns and don't take sh!t from drunk prick$. How in the hell is an environmental agency going to help me now? I need to solve the solution now, not later. And what the hell, what kind of sh!t is this....police is not dealing with the noise complaints anymore. Record the noise?! WTF!!!
Hey come to Cleveland Ohio where the police will eventually respond to a noise complaint, the key word being eventually.
Not to be off-topic or anything, but 911 is for emergencies. A noise complaint would not fit that category.
Back on topic, I had a midterm today, and have been studying for the past couple days. I keep my window open so that my room doesn't turn into a sauna, and along with the breeze comes the sound of between 5 and 10 kids playing out in the "courtyard". These kids are all probably between 3 and 8 years old - that's a LOT of noise.
Add onto that the noise from my apartment-mate playing Halo or Call of Duty or whatever downstairs.....dude's gotta be deaf if he needs the TV that loud.
But suffice it to say, I've gotten pretty damn good at tuning out the loud ambient noise in this apartment building.
I'm watching Jeopardy. The category is worst Madonna songs. "This one from 1987 is terrible".
Metroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1082 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Quoting Andrej (Thread starter): Shocked and disgusted I thank the 999 operator, wish him good night and now I decided to go drink. By the time I get home I will be drunk and will not care about the noise.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14486 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1195 times:
About noisy parties (I have posted this story on A.net before):
When I was in university, I had a Turkish classmate, a hardworking, nice guy. He told me that he was living in an apartment block (one of these early 20th century working class buildings) in Berlin-Kreuzberg, with some Hell's Angels types in the flat above him. He had a job, which meant that he had to get up early in the morning.
Now one day the bikies decided to have a party. Around three am my classmate went upstairs and asked the bikies politely to lower down the volume, since he had to sleep. He got met by abuse and threats.
So, nextmove, he called the cops. A patrol car with two Berlin cops arrived fast and, since the cops clearly could hear the din, they went straight up to order the bikies to shut down. Again, they got met by abuse and insults.
My classmate told me that the next he heard, standing at his flat door, was the cops radioing for assistance.
A few minutes later a platoon of riot police arrived, in full combat gear, trampled up the stairs and then you could hear screams and the sound of batons making contact (back then, in the late 80s-early 90s, Kreuzberg was one of the more politically riotous districts of Berlin and a police barracks was not far away from my friend's place, where the police always had a company of riot police ready to go).
Shortly afterwards the two original cops knocked at my classmate's door and told him that he could go to sleep now, they had confiscated the stereo equipment.
Andrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 1): Hey come to Cleveland Ohio where the police will eventually respond to a noise complaint, the key word being eventually.
I never been to Cleveland or Ohio, but where I used to live officers showed up quite quickly.
Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 2): 911 is for emergencies. A noise complaint would not fit that category.
Having spend lots of time in 9-1-1 dispatch, people called for all kind of emergencies. It is not an emergency per say, but if I don't know local police number, dialing 9-1-1 never hurts. I don't abuse the system and when I need help they will guide me. Same here, dialed 9-9-9 and was advised that police does not deal with noise complaints.
I had more then one for you! Came home last night, people were still partying, but can not remember much. Fell asleep and woke up today.....very late. Missed my class, but not my exam and I feel I aced it.
Jan, that is one funny story. Its shame that cops (or constables ) here just don't respond to noise violations. I made an official complain about it today. I know that our property manager is very nice and helpful and she will talk to them. As for me I had a good time in bar.