Monday, October 22, 2012

No Parking

During a pre-bid meeting at a community outside of Philadelphia, I sat at the head of the room in front of about 20 contractors interested in bidding a new YMCA building.  In the midst of our conversations, a resident came into the room and demanded to know who parked in his spot in the lot.  Immediately, the president of Peter Becker asked all in the room who may have mistakenly parked in a reserved spot.  It was pretty obvious that it was one of the contractors because the resident indicated that the vehicle in question was a large pickup truck.

After disrupting the meeting and taking up the time of about 30 people in the room to sort out the parking mishap, the resident left the room abruptly and with no further conversation.  Although it seemed a little drastic to disrupt a meeting of this size, I understood how the resident felt, although life is full of these little inconveniences.

When the resident was out of sight, the president of the community leaned over to me and mentioned that the situation needed to be handled quickly because the resident involved was known to carry a gun.  From that point on, I never take chances parking in a reserved spot in a community, especially not at that community.

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