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28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018 / Costa del Sol

I’ve never understood it Mike Senker

In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man I’M writing this before Christmas but you are reading it after Christmas, so I hope you all had a good one. I’ll let you know how mine was next week because I’m going back to the UK to see my daughter. I’m sure it will go without a hitch. I mean, ‘planes, hotels, restaurants over the Christmas period - what could possibly go wrong? Talking about restaurants they spend fortunes on opening the place, make them look nice; get decent chefs, good menus and hopefully good food. So why, oh why, do they all have so many wobbly tables? Admittedly some now have tables that have little screw things on each leg which can be adjusted but most don’t. So we finish up with either me, the waiter or both, bending serviettes or beer mats and trying to wedge them under the offending table. Then there’s the chairs. I was in a place the other day and all their chairs had arms and guess what, they were also loose and wobbly. It’s just a basic requirement. If

something isn’t right fix it please. Here’s a question for you. What do you do when something’s not right in a restaurant? Food wise - maybe it’s not hot enough or too salty or just isn’t what you expected like a tough steak. Do you just leave it or do you send it back? I always tell them the problem and see how they deal with it but I’ll never just leave it. I’ve been with friends who say, ‘it’s ok’ just leave it’ and I tell them it’s best to say something, as if you don’t they are not doing anyone any favours because it depends on the restaurant’s reaction as to whether you return again. I still have a few things to do and sort out over Christmas but they will not get done. It’s not because I don’t want to do them, but for some absurd reason come December 20 everything stops. Hospital appointments, lawyers, accountants are all telling me to come back the second week of January. It’s not only here; it’s the same if not worse in the UK. I’ve never understood it and I never will. Well I hope you have all had a great Christmas and I will have more grumps for you in the New Year. By the way, if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @silverfox1949xx or email


LEGALLY SPEAKING Staying safe this Xmas - part 2 WE answer some common driving questions, kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, who set up the N332 website and Facebook page to help break down barriers.

STAY SAFE: Look after yourself and your belongings. ADULTS should avoid carrying large amounts of cash and make sure you are not followed when you have collected cash from an ATM or a bank. If you become suspicious, contact the police immediately. Do not accept help from strangers who supposedly want to help, they sometimes take advantage of your guard being lowered in order to grab money and valuables. Avoid street-gamers playing such tricks as the ‘shell game’ or ‘find the lady’ type scams, not only will you not win, your distraction leaves you vulnerable to theft. When you visit friends and neighbours, always lock your home securely, leave nothing of value in view, don’t fully lower your window blinds and don’t announce your intentions to vacate the premises on social media. Similar advice also applies to the car of course, never leave valuables such as gifts on show. If you return to your vehicle with goods, be careful you are not seen if you then leave your car to continue to shop.

The police would also like to remind party organisers and revellers that any activity, party or public celebration must have administrative approval and comply with safety standards, such as having fire extinguishers, security and emergency exits indicated. If any incident occurs: keep calm and try to stay away from that area, alerting the organiser or 091. Finally, if you see anything or anybody acting suspiciously, please notify the authorities immediately. Although you might not consider it an emergency, the 112 call centre is staffed by people who speak a variety of languages and nobody will be offended if an alert turns out to be false, as that is by far a better outcome than ignoring something which later results in a tragic incident. Stay safe this holiday period, look after yourself and your belongings, keep them out of sight at all times, keep bags and wallets secure and never unattended, and be vigilant, that way we can all hope for a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year period.

For more news and articles visit or search N332 on Facebook.

Can Community fine debtors? Can a Community of Property Owners legally add a surcharge to your fees due if the payment is late? R P (Costa del Sol) No, they can’t. Not legally, anyway. By law, the Community can only charge the established fees of the participation shares, or cuotas. Nevertheless, a number of Communities have voted to charge penalties on late payers. If no one objects, this can work. Experienced property administrators,

David Searl You and the Law in Spain

however, recommend that the reverse method be applied. That is, those who pay on time receive a discount for prompt payment. The late payers have to pay the full amount.

This system requires a vote at the AGM to raise the fees, so that the late payers will face higher charges while the prompt payers apply their discounts and pay the same fee as they paid before the change. This system has the twin advantages of creating a positive feeling as well as being completely legal.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.

Euro Weekly News - Costa del Sol 28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018 Issue 1695  
Euro Weekly News - Costa del Sol 28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018 Issue 1695  

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