A subject NEVER discussed on thes Boards is ones like this (leave it to Meade to bring it up).
Set up to meet a prospectiver tenant in the park today at 8 AM. couple with a 3 year old daughter and and 9 year old son. Wanted a 3/2 D/W. Rent is 750 per month and i told the ladty we would work on deposit…they want unit on the first. At 8:40 they show up and without an apology, asked to see unit. There was a vacuum cleaner in the unit from my final clean crew and 9 year old starts running thru home pushing this vac. The little girl Sasha was adorable and held her arms up to me and became a lump on my hip for 10 minutes. I show the home(she picked it apart, I knew she was gonna be trouble) and they want to pay 500 dollar deposit in 100 month increments included with rent.
I tell them I like at least half of this up front and the lady asks,“Cause we’re black?” I reply, " No because you were late for our appointment, have a unruly son, and a bad attitude".
Husband got involved and it quicky got ugly with some 4 letter words (his, hers, mine). i hate this kinda thing and I love this kind of thing. I hate it because it makes me take time and honestly question if my response was in ANY way tinged with race issues, glad because it brings this issue out of the dark and into the light where folks can kick it around and maybe take some of the power out the thing.
I knew they were black before making the appointment…I could care less. I believe we are all God’s children, but my own beliefs are not really germane in a business setting. Should I have taken them to number 17 where Lexi, a black girl of 6 almost got adopted by my wife and I? (Mom had a drug problem and DFS was gonna remove her from the home). I realized I didn’t need to defend myself in any way. All of our properties reflect area demographics.
This shook me up some, I realize their being 40 minutes late didn;t exactly set the stage for a good showing…what could I have done better? Anyone else had this come up?