Futility & Discretion

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Bunny the Chihuahua...in the "evil" strollerSome days are better than others.

I'm an engineer and like things logical.  You can guess who my favorite Star Trek character is.

But some things in life are far from logical (hellllllloooooo real estate).

And in today's case, the exercise in futility involved a nonprofit organization that Liz has volunteered with for 6 years that involves work with Bunny the Chihuahua.

We've been going back and forth for a few weeks trying to resolve a request to continue use of a pet stroller to alleviate Liz's arthritis.  A stroller Liz has been allowed to use for 6 years is now being banned.  Most likely somewhere in the national chain of volunteer groups there was an incident between a volunteer dog in a stroller and a human.

Net result is rather than limit the organization's reaction to just the one dog and handler, the result is the group's liability folks get involved and make a  policy change that impacts every small dog that works from a pet stroller. 

They offer "alternatives" that don't really address the root issue and refuse to reconsider their policy change.  "You're a valued volunteer" (just as long as your work exactly the way we tell you to, and sorry if that causes you physical issues).

20 minutes this morning discussing with the group's liason got nowhere.  A complete exercise in futility, but I suspected that would be the case.

If this was an employee/corporate issue it would be easy.  Call HR and invoke the stroller use as a reasonable accommodation under ADA.  End of story and done.

But since it's a volunteer/non-profit relationship and not a big corporation, it's not that simple.

Sure, we have tools we could use if we didn't want to exercise discretion.

We could bring the heat to their Facebook page, Twitter, call them out on our blog.  Ask others to help us go viral and bring enough bad PR that they'd have to reconsider.

But it's a nonprofit and in the big picture, they do much more good than harm.  So they'll remain nameless and Liz will find another organization to work with.  One that's not so risk averse that they've forgotten the human element of the animal/human teams that volunteer for them.

Discretion.  It's a necessary characteristic for any good real estate agent.  There are many times the gremlin inside of us would like to tell someone what we REALLY think, but in most cases it's best for all involved to leave those words unsaid.  You just don't know what the future holds, and the person being put on blast today may be the person that decides something important tomorrow that impacts you or your clients.

Verbal jujistu, it's just part of what we do :)




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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

They say discretion is the better part of valor, but it’s also the best part of wisdom.

May 09, 2019 06:56 PM #1
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
Content Marketing Specialist

Sometimes, it is confusing which matters the most. One small error and they put it like it's the biggest thing ever.

May 09, 2019 07:28 PM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill - verbal jujitsu.   Might be the name of my new favorite spectator sport. Of sorts. And in the stands.

May 09, 2019 08:59 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill you and I have one more thing in common Diane has RA as well and she is limping around and pays the price all week for her Saturday Volunteering of 4-5hrs... Endre

May 09, 2019 11:32 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- please thank Liz for me for all of her volunteer efforts!!!!  And what the heck has happened to common sense. Hmmmm it's on the same train to nowhere as courtesy and kindness. 

May 10, 2019 07:04 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sorry to hear they weren't willing to bend...they are losing a great asset in Liz.

Reminds me of a quote by son told us, popular at the government ship yard he works at...."Someone $h*t their pants, now we all have to wear diapers." Funny if it weren't so true.

May 11, 2019 06:39 AM #6
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