A few months ago, here in NYC, the superintendent of a nearby apartment building toppled my motorcycle which was legal parked outside the front entrance of the building where he works. He and the doorman righted the bike. In the process of toppling+righting, the bike sustained about $170 in damages.
When I confronted the toppler in a letter, he wrote back, admitting he tipped the bike and agreeing to pay for its repair.
Well, big surprise, the prick has reneged on the deal! He has ignored by letters and phone calls asking for reimbursement.
Now, I know I can try to sue him in small claims court. But I went down that road a few years ago with another deadbeat who stalled, sidestepped and evaded me like crazy; I finally got my money but it was after expending huge amouts of time, effort and grief. I suspect that this guy will be just as slippery – all for far less $$$ than my first case.
So I want to try another strategy: I want to sue (or threaten to sue) the management of the building where he and the doorman work. Can’t the building be held liable for the damage its employees do? I figure that once the building management sees that they’re being threatened with a law suit for a measily $170 they’ll turn the screws on the super to pay me – like he said he would – and make me go away.
If this is a viable course of action, to whom do I direct my calls/letters/summones? For what it’s worth, I know it is a co-op building.