On December 2, 2018 the usual noise was coming from Jeremy Stamper’s car sound system. So my roomate called Agostino to complain.
We weren’t aware of it at the time, but Jeremy Stamper’s peace bond (resulting from his arrest for assault with a weapon on November 23, 2018) had conditions that forbade him from coming onto the side of the building where we lived. Jeremy was breaching his conditions.
Sometime in the afternoon, these letters were delivered by sliding them under our door:
It is clear that John Cerino wanted to involve Richard Pollington in our dealings, even after Richard had repeatedly called police with false accusations, made false accusations in LTB applications on behalf of the landlord and a family(?) member had been arrested for assaulting me. That wasn’t going to happen. So I called Agostino. As usual, the conversation wasn’t very productive, but Agostino did agree to ring the doorbell when delivering future notices (he hasn’t) and he states that the letters delivered earlier that day were “requests”. He also states that John does not want any more contact with me because “You’re too rude to him”. (I don’t even know what to say to that now, let alone then. John’s conception of “rude” is that rude=you disagree with me. That’s typical socio….er…douchebag behavior). I also let Agostino know there will be further applications filed at the LTB as a result of their actions. Agostino also insists I deal with Richard.
On the morning of December 3, 2018 I was walking beside the building on my way to the bus stop. I was accosted by Ron Stamper, Christina’s husband (although I didn’t know that at the time. I didn’t even know his name.) He was antagonistic, hostile, and screaming insults at me, so I began recording:
I called the police, but no charges were laid. The audio of Jeremy saying “I don’t know why you’re filming, bro” and “You’re just gonna get charged” at 2:50 in the video also violates his conditions, but the police weren’t interested. (Jeremy’s peace bond also forbade him to contact me, either directly or indirectly. His father wasn’t “filming”, so the remark had to have been directed at me).
Ron hadn’t quite crossed the criminal line and the police are massively uninterested in laying charges in (what they think) is a routine neighbor dispute, but this does look a lot like interfering with another tenant’s reasonable enjoyment of his rental unit. Any sane landlord would have served the Stampers with an N5 or two at this point. But not our landlord, John Cerino.
I was getting angry at this point.
On December 4 and 5, 2018 the ceiling in my roomate’s bedroom began dripping water. The unit was being treated for bedbugs (on a deficient notice of entry, as usual) and I called Agostino to let him know about the water dripping, a non-functioning doorbell and to sort out a few details.
On December 6, 2018 my roomate had other obligations, so I stayed to deal with the exterminator (for the sixth time, at this point). I was wearing a body camera and recording all interaction with building staff and the exterminator (Sounds a little paranoid, doesn’t it? In this case, it was wise. When dealing with douchebags, having an objective record of the events is essential.)
Around 10:30, as I was moving bags of laundry to the front deck in preparation for calling a cab to go to a laundromat I noticed some activity around the door buzzer to our unit and went to observe.
This is what happened.
There are two points that Agostino may not have been aware of: 1) Richard is 13 years older than me. Not old enough to get my respect as “elderly” and 2) it’s hard to show respect for someone who is screaming profanities at you. Richard’s aggressive comment, finished a short distance from my face, were provocation. The camera doesn’t show Pollington’s poke at my ribs, one of his favorite methods of emphasizing a point (or Agostino’s push from behind as I moved towards Pollington right after. I stopped myself from falling into Pollington’s doorway by putting my right hand against the door/frame). I have seen that Agostino is accustomed to such behavior from his brother and accepts it as normal. I don’t.
On December 7, 2018 there was still no answer to our letter of December 1, 2018 and we hadn’t managed to pay rent.
So, my roomate called Agostino;
A bit later, after my roomate and I had talked things over, I called Agostino.
At 5:49 pm on December 7, 2018 Agostino showed up again to collect the rent. He brought Richard along. These people just don’t seem to get the message that we wouldn’t deal with Richard Pollington. He’s also confused about the date. The letter he hands to me is dated December 7, 2018.
I was annoyed that Richard was filming the interior of our apartment, but didn’t make an issue of it. Richard just shrugged when I objected to the video being made. This was typical douchebag behavior. Richard had made statements in our landlord’s first L2 application (yet to be heard, since it is joined to ours) complaining that I had filmed in his “living area” two years ago. I hadn’t (I had made some audio recordings of conversations with Richard on his porch). Here he was, doing the same thing he complained about.
The letter Agostino handed to me is here:
On December 8, 2018 when I returned home I noticed the word “cunt” scratched into the paint and wood of our front door:
So I called Agostino.
Not much satisfaction there. I also reported the incident by calling police non-emergency number. The cops didn’t bother sending anyone out for this complaint, and I don’t blame them for that.
When I was finished speaking to police, I called Agostino back. I had a letter to deliver to John and wanted to speak to him in person about the door
Sometime in the afternoon of December 8, 2018 the word “fagit” was added to our front door.
It was clear to both my roomate and I that this was connected to the recent events with Richard Pollington and the Stampers. Jermey Stamper (and every other tenant in the building) had keys to the security doors leading up to our unit. Their units are on the other side of the building, but all of the locks have a common key. Whoever scratched to words on our door got through two locked doors to do it.
On December 8, 2018 I delivered a letter to our landlords by giving it to Richard.
I also took a few pictures to back the claims in the letter.
I got a few of the dates wrong in my letter; my father had passed away on November 26, 2018 and I was dealing with his funeral and grieving at the same time as dealing with our douchebag landlord and his crew.
Then I called Agostino about the vandalism to our front door.
At 6:20 pm, Agostino knocked on the door. Richard was with him.
How many times do they have to be told we won’t deal with Richard Pollington?
After that, I called a complaint about the word “fagit” carved in the door.
Somehow the cops though this was a hate crime and a half platoon of cops showed up. A shame they don’t respond like that when it’s a tenant being hassled. I recorded the interview with police, and some of the assumptions they make are a bit hilarious, but I think we got it sorted out that it wasn’t a hate crime. It was motivated by hate, but not the kind of hate that makes it a hate crime.
My number one suspect at the time was Richard Pollington, and I mentioned that to police. If someone is calling you a “cunt” a day or two before it’s carved into your door, it seems reasonable for police to ask that someone if they know anything about it. I also provided a copy of the video showing the encounter with Richard Pollington on December 6, 2018. Richard would later claim in LTB applications, that I had assaulted him during this encounter (Still think the bodycam is a bit paranoid? It isn’t. These people think lying is a team sport.)
So, another evening wasted dealing with police, dealing with and documenting our loony landlord’s behavior and all around insanity.