Good thing I wasn't rude and obnoxious.... like I normally am.

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

Following the vein from yesterday's post where an email I sent out fell into my seller's hands.  At least with decent results.

I placed a call to city hall... 'cause my parking permit had expired.  I ordered a new one in December... and it still hadn't arrived.  I called a couple of weeks ago to inquire, and they told me they had been behind schedule... due to "reasons"... and they would make sure not to ticket me for continuing to park in the lot, even though my sticker had expired.

Yesterday I called, yet again, to let them know my sticker had still not arrived.  The woman who answered was pleasant, and in return so was I.

I simply said "I called a couple of weeks ago... and my sticker still hasn't arrived".  She dealt with my issue... it turns out the sticker had returned to them, 'cause they had my address wrong.

Then came the kicker... she said "This is Monica... Debbie's sister."  She could clearly hear my blank stare... "Debbie who works in your office!"....

Good thing I was nice to her.  I  wouldn't want her complaining to Debbie that this Alan-guy was mean to her sister.... right?

ya just never know.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

So, Alan what happened were you sick? is that why you were nice and not rude and obnoxious??:))Endre

Jan 25, 2018 07:40 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes you have to just be kind instead of being overly critical and all of that jazz. I’ve been there myself. Good post!

Jan 25, 2018 09:55 PM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

good morning Alan. This too is another example of you never know, so always be kind.

Jan 26, 2018 08:54 AM #5
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

thank goodness you dodged a bullet on that one my friend.

Jan 26, 2018 12:24 PM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is another example of the two degrees of separation.

Jan 30, 2018 03:59 PM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Always act like you're being watched by someone who is going to grow up to be "just like you."  Being a mom helped me learn to treat everyone with dignity and respect, especially during a challenging moment. Ha. Glad you minded your manners, Alan. ;) 

Jan 31, 2018 07:49 AM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Wow! You never know who you know who is going to read your emails, and who you don't know who knows someone you don't know she knows.  

Feb 01, 2018 05:25 PM #9
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Oh wow, it truly is a small world. The older we get, the smaller it becomes. And, of course being nice is always the better road.

Feb 01, 2018 06:30 PM #10
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Alan, When I first started working on the production floor in 1991, I quickly discovered LOTS of the assembly line workers were related.  Mother, daughter, another daughter, all with different last names.  There were aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, inlaws and outlaws.  To this day I don't think I ever got to know all the different connections   What I did understand pretty quickly was be very careful about what was said and to whom.  Bill

Feb 01, 2018 07:26 PM #11
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

well next year when you call... you know who to ask for to get your sticker on time.

Feb 01, 2018 07:47 PM #12
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Alan, you are right, it's a small world and you never know who knows you!

Feb 02, 2018 05:29 AM #13
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Alan, it is a small world where we live. You never know when you're going to run into a neighbor, so-worker, kids teacher, someone from church, past clients etc. Glad it worked out ok.

Feb 02, 2018 05:37 AM #14
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Exactly and a lesson i once learned the hard way Alan May 

Feb 02, 2018 05:44 AM #15
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Alan.  If you want, I can call on your behalf and be rude.  No one will blame you.

Feb 02, 2018 05:47 AM #16
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

That's the same lesson I get from my terrible driving behavior.  I'm impatient, beep a lot, and glare at people.

I learned to tone it down when a family member told me how a woman was incredibly rude to him while he was driving. She had a vanity plate (!) and I immediately knew who it was!  

Feb 02, 2018 07:18 AM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

So I am waiting for the rest of the story ...............what happened next

Feb 02, 2018 11:37 AM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nice story, you never know who you are talking to. I got a text a couple of days ago asking if I could help them find a home and it was a little garbled so I was wondering who it was. Today, I got an email and I put 2 and 2 together it is the father of a client of mine, so glad I was not rude either as they want to move to the area and want help buying a home.

Feb 02, 2018 02:18 PM #19
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Alan May ,

You obnoxious? Rude? How about funny and looking at things from a different perspective than most! A good reminder you never know who you are talking to....and its a small world!! Happy Friday!

Feb 02, 2018 02:54 PM #20
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

So true! You just never know where that next client is coming from or who knows you because of who you know! 

Feb 02, 2018 11:19 PM #21
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Hi Alan, you are right, you never know who you are speaking with - very important lesson!

Feb 03, 2018 06:48 AM #22
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