Be Aware of Where You Answer the Call of Nature, You Might be On Camera

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Cherry Creek FA.100067131

Ginger Harper's question today about The Call of Nature brought up some interesting answers. 

My own response: 

I think as a listing agent, I might have this discussion with my seller and if they have strong feelings against it, put it in the showing instructions to please not use the facilities. Otherwise, I'd suggest they designate a powder room or guest bath as the preferred destination. 

As a buyer agent, I'd honor the seller instructions, if any, then otherwise wing it. It happens. Check for water flow first, be neat, be clean, and I'd likely feel compelled to check afterward and all should be fine."

Yada yada yada, blah blah blah. Nothing particularly exciting in that response, eh?

Interestingly, though, Fred Griffin's response included: "I direct men to the back yard." My response to his comment was: "Hmm, as a seller if I found that out it would p*ss (pun intended) me off much more than having them just use the indoor plumbing. To explain why I think that a blog post will be required. :0)"

Certainly nothing against Fred's having an opinion or policy which contrasts mine, the concept just happens to pluck a sore-spot for me and I thought I'd expand some on that.

So, here {said in my best Paul Harvey imitation} is The Rest of the Story ... 

Logically I know a person urinating in the yard is no worse than the dog doing the same thing in the same place. However, it is just plain rude (in my opinion). On a roadside is one thing, while out camping another, etc., but on a person's private property without their go ahead? Nooooo.

Of course, I might be a little (overly?) sensitive about people peeing on my property having once captured with our front-door security camera a missionary "watering the plants" from our front porch.  

Yes, a bonafide let-me-convert-you-to-my-religion missionary. 

I work at home and never answer the door if I'm not expecting - or recognize as a welcome intrusion - whoever is standing on my porch (thus the security camera so I can see who's out there and decide whether or not to answer). The camera is not hidden in the least, btw, as I wish people to know that they're potentially being viewed/recorded. 

In this particular case I wasn't home at the time but, for some forgotten reason, I was later scrolling through the alert videos captured that day. In one, I saw that two missionaries had approached the house, rung the bell, waited a bit, then turned to go. No big deal, these two had dropped by 1x or 2x a month for a long time now, only to be ignored by me.  

I was about to delete the video when I saw that instead of leaving directly one stopped and proceeded to urinate off the side of our little entry porch and the other stood there laughing.

Imagine my surprise! 

I wrote a scathing letter, complete with a still image captured from the video footage clearly showing the two men's faces and another clearly (well, not so clearly that it had to have censor marks) showing what the one was doing. I also included a warning that if I ever caught them doing that again I'd go straight to their Ward President with the evidence. I posted it front and center on the door and got a good laugh from my husband and many visitors.

This was years ago and I've only seen saw those two missionaries come back to the house ONE time since then - they read the sign and left quickly (after which I took it down).

It's possible, in fact, that our house might now be on the official do-not-approach list as we haven't had any known visits from any of the local missionaries since then.


Moral of the story: Be aware of where you answer the call of nature, you might be on camera! 


Cross-posted from my blog, At Your Service.

Posted by -  fB


Me!Rebecca Rasmussen, REALTOR®, GRI
SpinOne Group

Associate Broker 

HomeSmart Cherry Creek

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HomeSmart Cherry Creek
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Greenwood Village, CO 80111
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Oh my goodness. We have missionaries in our neighborhood all the time. I'd be furious if I caught one of them doing their business off of my porch!

Apr 11, 2016 09:30 AM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Funny post Becca Rasmussen . I have not read the questions yet today but I will be sure to comment when I do. I agree with you, check for water flow, use the toilet, check for messes.

Apr 11, 2016 09:41 AM #2
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Something as innocent sounding as "going in the backyard" and leave someone on the sex offender registry for life.

Apr 11, 2016 12:23 PM #3
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

OMG LOL that is hilarious.  Yes, I agree, using the powder room is a much better choice...with or without cameras.

Apr 11, 2016 01:01 PM #4
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Hilarious.  Love that you posted the pic on your door.

Our MLS has a rule that you or a client Cannot use the bathroom in a house that is listed.  I always tell my buyers to use the office restroom before we go.  Can't believe how many people ask at the first house.

Apr 25, 2016 06:52 AM #5
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Becca Rasmussen ,  Good for You!  That's a funny story, but like you, we also have a video camera by our front door, although we have not had anything like that happen.

Oct 20, 2016 11:51 AM #6
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