Dumpster Diving - Posted by Karl (Oh)
Posted by Karl (Oh) on January 04, 2007 at 23:07:14:
I just thought I’d share one of my prouder moments in this business.
A buyer who’s horribly behind called and left a message yesterday that she was dropping off at the park office (where I also share an office) the $975 that she owed to bring her payments current, and avoid eviction. She was also making a payment to the park for lot rent.
When I got to the park yesterday, there was only a money order for $475 waiting for me. Our park receptionist opened the envelop from the tenant, took out her money order, gave me my money order, and tossed the envelop.
I called my buyer today to ask why she only gave me $475? She freaked out. She swore there was a second money order in that envelop for $500 for me. I didn’t really believe her, she’s lied to me about everything else. The receptionist was sure she checked the envelop carefully before tossing it in the trash. All the park office trash went into their giant dumpster last night.
I told the buyer that she would have to get that money order replaced. That’s a 30 day process, according to the money order receipt. She got very angry that we lost her money. I told her that she could not get angry at anyone about this, we’ve been extremely flexible with her when she was late with payments, now she needed to be flexible with us while we figure this out.
But I really wanted that $500 now, assuming it even existed. That buyer may not be around in another 30 days to give it to me again. So I dove into the park dumster. For about a half an hour I rifled through the trash, in full view of three school buses dropping off kids, while parents and tenants observed my endeavor.
While in the dumpster, I discovered where my rehab guys had just dumped the old dirty toilet, dog pee soaked drywall and insulation, and rotten plywood from a rehab we’re working on.
Finally, I found the almost empty envelop. Inside was a $500 money order made out to me. I promise not to doubt the word of that buyer again (at least until she opens her mouth and begins speaking).