I have rarely if at all have spoken about my years as a Property Manager. There are stories I could tell; some you would not believe. I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been there myself. One that stands out in my memory is an event that I thought I would never witness. Before I go any further let me just say “DON’T DO THIS!”
Years ago I managed a number of different complexes in different areas of the town I lived in. One group was a cluster of 76 townhouses not far from where mine was.
My answering service was very good at keeping me posted with phone calls and inquiries. Sometimes I wish they hadn’t been but this one night proved to be the phone call they couldn’t believe that had to make. Waking me up around midnight I heard the operator say,
“Wake up and get over to the Williamsburg Townhouses as fast as you can.”
After being so rudely awakened I asked “Why?”
“A woman is driving her car around the parking lot threatening to run it through one of the units.”
I said “What did you say?”
“Get dressed and get over there now. I am calling the police.”
After throwing some clothes on I jumped in my car. Driving over there I thought “This can’t be for real. People don’t drive their cars through brick buildings.” In my mind I remember thinking “Sane people don’t drive their cars through brick buildings.”
How wrong I was. By the time I arrived other tenants were outside, police officers, and a fire truck had also shown up. Sure enough a drunken housewife had driven her very large vehicle through a townhouse where her husband was, well, visiting his girlfriend. She was quite angry and very intoxicated. Resisting arrest she fought to strangle her husband and his mistress.
The police hauled them off while everyone stood in amazement viewing the car in the townhouse. Somehow she had managed to run it through the front of the townhouse after continually ramming the car back and forth in the parking lot. Once she knocked the basic framework down the front door ended up in the den area pushing the couch up to the back wall that had a beautiful china cabinet full of expensive dinnerware and silver. Or at least it was full until she broke it all.
The upstairs was barely in place structurally. We wondered how long it would be before it fell into the kitchen and on top of the car. Bricks and broken glass were everywhere. The front door was somewhere between the car and the couch while other items on the sides were untouched. As I said, I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.
The story was the husband was the CEO of a large company and quite well known. The mistress of course had to move and our company had to remove the car and rebuild the unit. After all was said and done the wife and her husband reconciled and stayed together.
If I wanted to get someone’s attention there are better ways to do it. It worked for her but with a lot of damage in more ways than one.
Of course this scandal made the news and is etched in my memory as one I will never forget.
The moral to this story is if you want to drive your car through a building for any reason, I would recommend one that is not made of brick.