We were driving with the air conditioning brushing against our silky hair. Suddenly, we hear a BOOM CRANK HISS and we were stalled. WTF?
Our luxury condominium’s drains run through the middle of the road. The drain covers were so poorly fitted that when we drove over it, they simply gave way. The car fell 1 feet deep into the concrete drain and damaged the radiator, broke the bumper, and made the engine hiss.
It cost $300 (Rs. 14,000) to repair the radiator and the engine. Changing the bumper would have been another $250 (Rs.12,000) so we bolted on the old one, scratches and all. After 2 months of daily phone calls, threats of legal action and bad publicity, we recovered $300 from the apartment builders. Most people are surprised that the builders paid anything at all. Painfully, no remedial action has been taken to fix the drain covers.