I partnered up with a couple of other guys, as some of you know to sell 100 mobiles in a park that is closing.
We have 9 left.
We have been robbed nearly blind by people stealing a/c units (24), now appliances, & awnings.
Due to this happening, we have had to reduce the price of the homes top move them, some drastically.
As you know reduced price = reduced profit, & there wasn’t much to start with.
I have several national ads out, & have been showing the homes, as I get inquiries.
I had an investor in town on Saturday, from one of my ads, to look at remaining homes.
I got to the park a few minutes early, & pulled up just in time to see a guy with a truck, pulling a 6’x 10’ trailer full of aluminum awning pans.
Probably a couple of hundred bucks worth.
Can you see my blood pressure rising?
I stopped the guy & asked him where he was going with MY aluminum.
This turns into a confrontation, and him calling me a liar & I start to call 911, when he said that he worked for my partner, & had permission to get the aluminum.
Well I call partner, & he says call the law, OK, then “let me talk to him” well the guy lies his a$$ off & says the right things to “partner”.
Partner now says “I don’t know what the big deal is, the guy is just scrapping”
Fine get out of here.
I show homes, fairly rattled, & find that 4 awnings(about what was on the trailer) gone.
Also now appliances missing, & a/c units missing from homes with no sign of forced entry, & all doors locked. Hmmm, investor even says “looks like an inside job”. Duh.
Blood pressure rising again.
Email partner, turns into a circus, because he actually is an employee(over 4 years), didn’t have permission, used bosses trailer without permission, & lied about it all.
Now this morning “he is soo fired”.
He returns 12, or 13 panels, out of about 64 (4-10’x 20’) that are gone, & bosses trailer & allows that “it is all that I took”.
It gets better, or worse.
It turns out that this guy lost a daughter fairly recently(last year?) in a parasailing accident on the coast, & his other daughter was seriously injured.
Partners had to loan him money for the funeral.
Apparently surviving daughter has had to have long term medical care, including therapy.
Now his wife is diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes, & needs an immediate mastectomy, & lymph node removal.
I call partner back, tell him that James clearly needed the money, or he would not have done it.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I told him that Jesus says, “if we cannot forgive our brothers, our Father cannot forgive us”.
This is a crucial time in this mans life, & if ever there was a time to minister to someone, clearly this is it.
Partner says “I want to cry”.
I say " find James, & cry".
Please pray for this family.
That little money won’t make me or break me, but my reactions will.
I also told partner to hire him back.