It wasn’t me!

By | May 18, 2012

I have been advised I should not post this in my lobby. I won’t — instead I will tell you all about how I was unjustly accused.
Some passive-aggressive person left an UNSIGNED note under my door.

TO THE FELLOW OWNER WHO SUGGESTED THAT I AM THE PERSON LEAVING THE JUNKMAIL ON THE FLOOR.
I AM NOT BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR THIS COMMON PROBLEM

It pains me to think that one of my fellow owners is concerned that I am the culprit who is tossing the junk mail on the floor. I learned of this suspicion via an admittedly polite note under my door. I will respond in kind. That’s just my way. Since I have no idea who my accuser is, I am reluctantly placing this note in the lobby.

I could protest my innocence — it’s not me, really! — but how would you know?

How do we as owners (and tenants) stop this for happening? Anonymous note shaming is one approach to be sure. Unfortunately for me the wrong person was shamed. And this hit and miss method does not seem to be working.

There is a camera in the lobby that videotapes the mailbox area. Typically, these cameras are installed to catch criminal activity — and I don’t think this litterbug’s behavior quite counts. Inconsiderate, yes. A crime, no.

But nonetheless, the management company might be persuaded to release the tapes so that the real culprit might be identified. (Not that I care to do this — sounds very heavy handed for a litterer. I don’t think this is the way to go…we’re a condo not a police state.)

A better solution — and one that I suggested to Maple Ridge some time ago myself — would be for a blue bin to be placed in the lobby. We had this in the last condo I owned and people used it. Let’s suggest this at the next condo meeting. Or let’s all email and ask Maple Ridge about it again. Perhaps if more of us asked they would add one. This would solve the problem without the need for more notes to be passed and paper to be wasted.

And, I like to sign my notes: My name is Christine Elias – I am your fellow owner. I’m also very friendly, I’ve probably said hello to you and — perhaps most importantly, given the nature of condo dwelling – quite considerate.

Thank you for your time – and send a note asking for a blue bin. That’s the real solution, isn’t it?

Christine

4 thoughts on “It wasn’t me!

  1. Sean

    i think you should definitely post it in your lobby. it’s polite, specific, and offers a solution. It’s actually the model for how to handle this type of stuff.

  2. Christine

    I thought so, too. But my office mates said it makes me sound like a nut.

  3. Sean

    it’s not nutty at all — you have no other way of reaching the person, so this is the best way, and it’s well written.

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