"You're mocking me, aren't you?"
Truly, that was one of my favorite scenes in Toy Story. Woody is most definitely mocking Buzz, making fun of his delusions about being a space ranger and not a toy. I have used that line on my husband from time to time, though I lack the great delivery of Tim Allen...
Mocking can be funny, or it can be hurtful...depending on the circumstances and the people involved. When my husband mocks me, it is usually in response to something I said or did that was sorta dumb, and I am laughing at myself along with him.
But what if I hired a professional REALTOR to help me sell my home, and instead of helping me, they sneered at me after our meeting, and made fun of my gaffes, made fun of my home...and then wrote a blog about it in a highly visible network of their peers? And then that blog gets "featured" by the network as a noteworthy piece to read....wow. That's over the line, in my opinion.
Then to add insult to injury, several other "professionals" jump on the bandwagon and mock me as well, even though they never met me, never understood anything about me...but there it is...sure my name was not mentioned, but in reading it, *I* know it's about me...and the authors know it's about me...and chances are everyone in the office knows it's about me...
Is that cool? Is that professional behavior? Even if I didn't know it was about me, if I was planning on calling on a REALTOR to help me sell my house, I sure as heck wouldn't call THESE people...what things would they find about my home or my personality to make fun of?
We are professionals. We have a job to do, and that is to sell homes. Not mock the people who bring us business.
Ok, so their house wasn't updated. So they were unrealistic about the price they wanted for their home.
That's why they need a professional - to advise them.
Not mock them. For shame. Makes us look like a bunch of jerks.