Sometimes in life it’s what you don’t see that really matters. In many situations having the last word in any kind of discussion with a belligerent person is a blessing.
I once lived in an apartment building managed by a gentleman who feared offending tenants for any reason. Although he lived in one of the rental suites he refused to do anything to assist the residents whenever they dropped by his office requesting assistance.
He was unavailable to fellow tenants even though the very building he lived in might be in jeopardy. Many times he told me to call the after hours number to report any incidents and concerns. He was quite a frustrating person. His main goal in life was to complete his nursing course. Everything else came second.
There were a number of incidences where tenants living in the second floor suite had their friends climbing up the outside balcony walls to gain entry to the suite. Their friends were either not at home or it was in the early evening hours. This behavior was a 24- 7 situation.
On a number of occasions I caught them on film and presented the proof of this illegal entry to him. The proof he demanded we offer him. On more than one occasion he would scrutinize the photo, hmm and haw a few seconds and then complain that the photos were either grainy or lacked detail.
After one forty-five minute discussion with the guy I finally left in frustration. He did not want to get involved for any reason. Fellow tenants complained that during his tenure as on site manager he ignored many of their repair requests.
He was eventually asked to leave his position. One day after passing by the office I thought of an ideal retort to his frustrating answer. No one shed a tear for him when he finally vacated the building.
One day after passing by the office I thought of an ideal retort to his frustrating answer:
“What do you prefer a perfect picture or a protected premise for your tenants?”
Oh well some folks simply refuse to see the forest for the trees.