Some xiao tou stole the headlight on my bike (a flashlight-style thing that screws...well, screwed...onto the handlebars). They unscrewed it a bit, popped out the light, and left the screw mechanism on the bar.
It's not a big deal, but I'm still quite annoyed.
So here's my dilemma. Do I:
A.) Forget it, buy a new NT$100 light and remove it each night to store in our apartment when I park the bike in our building's foyer;
B.) Call my landlady's niece and ask her what the right move would be, since the thief almost certainly lives in our building;
C.) A, but Krazy-Glue the new flashlight to the screw-thing. I'd add some bike-chain oil so any potential thieves would get their hands messed up, but that might cause me to inadvertently mess my own hands up.
D.) Write a brusk note in Chinese that says "Dear Thief: Why did you steal my bike light? Did you think it was an OK thing to do? Could you not just buy your own light? It's not only aggravating, it's shameful. Did your mother raise you to have such bad morals? Is this the impression you want foreigners to have of Taiwan? Please return it and I won't ask who you are. Or don't return it...and bite me. Sincerely, your foreigner 'friend' upstairs."
(Yes, I can knock out an acceptable translation of that in Chinese, and according to Sasha, 'bite me' is acceptable as a literal translation in Taiwan. Woo!)