The Brothel Notary
It’s not exactly the phrase I would use to advertise my notary services, but I have been called “The Brothel Notary” on more than one occasion. I suppose at first reading the term can be a bit misunderstood. Perhaps a bit of explanation just might save both my reputation and marriage!
Similar to the sharing of “notary performance” information by signing services, title and escrow companies – it has come to my attention that the name http://kenneth-a-edelstein.com has been “passed around” by another “industry” here in New York City. I get frequent calls to go to brothels. There, I admitted it. Kinda odd, they call me – no, I don’t call them! But I do make frequent “house calls” to them. As notaries we take the work where we can find it.
The “houses” I go to tend to be “upscale”, even elegant. The workers are polite to me and at times it seems that they have almost “adopted” me as a pet! Their notary needs are the same as the vast “other” majority of my clients. They have real estate transactions, POA’s to be signed and an occasional “plea” document that requires notarization. Pardon the pun, but on the “physical” side; the notary work environment is better than most private homes. I am always given a quiet area, good lighting, a proper table, valid ID and cash (whatta surprise) payment.
Only the area in New York’s “Diamond District” has better security. These locations generally have massive doors, camera and intercom systems and some very large “bouncers”. I have never seen a gun, but the dogs! The dogs are a major part of security. Costing around five thousand dollars, they are huge and superbly trained. For obvious reasons the customers would not tolerate cameras or human guards in the “treatment area”. Once I was warned to not raise my voice or lift my arms above my head – as if I was about to throw something. Then I noticed the cold gray eyes watching me. My client told me a key word from her would have resulted in a fearsome and immediate attack.
There is a humorous aspect to telling the wife, “I’m off to the Short Stay, not sure when I will be back”. As a http://newyorkmobilenotarypublic.com – I neither condone nor condemn the activities (which I certainly have never actually witnessed). I’m there to do a job. Each of our clients deserves our respect and should receive flawless professional services.
As Notaries we are in the “services” type of industry, similar to a food server or barber. Though it’s very improper to request “tips” – they are occasionally offered to us and are appreciated. I guess the business of this article might be classified as a “service industry” also. It depends on your prospective and point of view. Back to tipping. As there are often waits till my client is available to sign; I am frequently offered a “gratuity” for my patience. It does take some restraint on my part to insist on “cash only please”!