Oh where have you gone, Common Courtesy?

Oh where have you gone, Common Courtesy?

Common Courtesy (and it’s significant other, Common Sense) seem to have become much less common over the last week or so…or maybe it’s just that some of my tenant prospects are just plain rude and inconsiderate.

Need to re-schedule a showing appointment?  No problem.  Forgot about me until I called to confirm- so you need to call back with a better date?  Cool.  Gotta cancel (even at the last minute) ’cause your dog ate some homework from that Pre-Med class you’re takin’, and you just have to re-do it right now?  OK, not too plausible, Einstein- but I’ll let you slide.

But don’t confirm a short time before your appointment time and stiff me….

Oh where have you gone, Common Courtesy?

Last Friday, I had two appointments- one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 6.  Around 4, I called Mr. 5:00 P.M. and got an “Oh, Dude!  I forgot all about dat- we gonna have to re-schedule!”  Well, OK.  It hurts my heart that he forgot about our little time we were to share- but I was over it in a jiffy.

At around 5:15, I called Mr. 6:00 P.M..  With him, I got a “Whoa!  That’s today?”  Editor’s note:  Dang…Am I invisible or what?  After explaining to him what yes, the appointment was for that day, he told me he’d be there on time at 6.

…and he stood me up.

Oh where have you gone, Common Courtesy?

Fast-forward…Had a 5:00 p.m. appointment today, and I spoke with Ms. 5:00 P.M. around 2:30 and confirmed things.  Running a bit late in the afternoon, I called her to update her- just in case I was 2-3 minutes late in arriving.  I spoke with the lady at 4:57.  She told me that that was OK, but that she had an appointment soon after ours and was in a bit of a hurry.

I arrived  a bit earlier than anticipated- 5:00 p.m. on the nose…and Ms. 5:00 P.M. was nowhere to be found.

I gave her a call right away, and got her voice mail.  And got it again…and got it again.

To this minute, I don’t know where the heck that inconsiderate (insert your own words here) is- and a good bit of me doesn’t really care.  Wherever she’s gone, I know she didn’t take Common Courtesy with her…so where is it?  So did it walk away all by itself?

Please let me know if any of you folks find it any time soon- and send it my way!

Oh where have you gone, Common Courtesy?



About Dennis Burgess

Dennis B. Burgess Realtor in Orlando, FL ORRA Vice-chairman of Strategic Planning/Secretary ORRA/FR Boards of Directors Empire Network Realty 6000 S. Rio Grande Ave., #104 Orlando, FL 32803 Cell: 205-445-4755 Office: 407-440-3798 bamaburgess@hotmail.com Twitter: @orlrentals Turning vacant into occupied, and "houses" into "homes"
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