It was one of those chilly “too much water in the air” Taiwan days and I was feeling a little sluggish. Opting to stay in bed for as long as I could, the time to get out of bed came when I heard some angry shouting from outside.

Environmental noise is far from uncommon in Taiwan but people angrily shouting at eachother usually deserves a peek. Not out of any sense of overly nosey compulsion, but I’ve found you never really know what you’re going to find (punch-ons, people getting bapped over the head with scooter helmets, women relentlessly slapping their boyfriends silly, old people screaming at eachother because someone dared park a vehicle outside their house etc).

On this particular occasion there was about four or five people standing around a car, my landlord and the police. The source of the commotion seemed to focus on a woman, who was intermittently receiving phonecalls on her mobile.

With nobody paying me much attention I decided to approach my landlord and see if I could find out what was going on.

Turns out the owner of the car was the woman who was getting phonecalls… she’d taken her kid and left her boyfriend a few days ago, to come to stay with another male friend. I didn’t recognise her or the guy she was staying with.

So what was all the commotion about?

In the dead of the night, this woman’s boyfriend had rocked up and keyed up her car (it was parked on the street).


He did this and left, and was now calling her and promising that “more was to come” if she didn’t return to him. Cue the police and hysterics.



Not the smartest of fellows, he’d been caught on the security cameras along the street and mounted outside of the property itself. Four of them in total.



The police of course would keep that as evidence, meanwhile he seemed to be under the impression the keying one’s car was some sort of heavily weighted statement.

Personally I thought it was a bit of a feminine approach, reeking of passive-aggressiveness. Granted though it was probably better his frustrations were taken out on the car then a direct response on the woman and/or her child.

Probably a reflection of why she left in the first place (the reason(s) for which I’m not privy too), in that if you’ve got to go and key your now ex-girlfriend’s car to try to win her back – it’s probably best to accept it’s over.