Casual Friday with Ann Landers???

Thought I would share this article someone passed along to me recently.  Thanks Fred!  It was published in the Detroit News on August 11 year not found yet.  It was from a photo copy of a photo copy. 

“Dear Ann Landers:

As a property manager for the last 11 years, I feel compelled to respond to the letter you recently published from the “High Rent Dwellers.”  They made us all look bad.

Dear High Rent Dwellers:

 I agree that your manager should treat you with respect.  One of the cardinal rules of property management is to remember that residents pay our salaries.  That does not, however, give them the right to abuse us.  I’d like to fill you in on some of the thinkgs I’ve done for tenants.  You might then think about us in a different light.

I have counseled you on everything from bankruptcy to intimacy.  I have cleaned blood off the walls after a suicide.  I have found corpses in varying states of decay, helped Alzheimer’s sufferers find everything from their telephone to their teeth and taken apart your sink because you lost your contact lenses and thought they might be in there.   I have talked to you about your loud sex, your loud stereo, your out-of-control children and your barking dog.  I’ve had to inform you that it is against the city ordinance to keep pigs, goats or poisonous snakes in your apartments.

I have witnessed the effects of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse and just about every other form of abuse there is.  I have worked on your behalf with the FBI, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  I’ve had residents who were pedophiles, pyromaniacs, rapists, poachers, convicted child abusers and armed robbers.  But through it all, I have tried to be respectful.

Remember, when you leave your job to go home at night, you can put it all behind you.  When we go home, we’re still at work.

I hope this letter will help you be a little more empathetic and respectful.  Property supervisors have bad days too. 

-Managing in Chicago

Dear Managing:

On behalf of all the people in your field, thanks for an eye-opener and a mouth-closer.”


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